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Apple iPod 40GB - 3rd Generation [M9245B/A]
Apple iPod 40GB - 3rd Generation [M9245B/A]

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PC Users be warned, 17 Aug. 2004
The actual iPod itself Is wonderful, but the software which comes with it sucks - you might want to invest in something like Anapod to replace it. Also you might want to check if you need to purchase an aditional cable to use it with youe PC - I did, which caused considerable annoyance. Five stars for the iPod, zero stars for Apple.


A Very English Deceit: The Secret History of the South Sea Bubble and the First Great Financial Scandal
A Very English Deceit: The Secret History of the South Sea Bubble and the First Great Financial Scandal
by Malcolm Balen
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Economics can be fun!, 17 Oct. 2003
A book which makes a potentially very dry subject extremely readable, and makes you realise the dot com boom was nothing new...


Blood Music (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Blood Music (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
by Greg Bear
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perseverance pays off, 29 Jan. 2003
The writing style, something like an 80s airport potboiler, and poor characterisation may be off putting at first, but persevere and Greg Bear will introduce you to a truely unique and weird biological world.


Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years
Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years
by Bruce Sterling
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Futurological Congress, 20 Jan. 2003
This chunk of solid futurology certainly won't disappoint fans of Sterling's Wired articles. However its at it's best when discussing the near present rather than the far future: The chapters on war and politics are the best explanation of what's been going on in the lat 20th century that I've ever seen.


Holy Fire
Holy Fire
by Bruce Sterling
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 18 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Holy Fire (Paperback)
In a time when SF seems to be consuming itself and producing quirky little pieces of retro nostalgia or clever variations on exhausted themes Holy Fire manages to be an insightful piece of science fiction that considers an area of social change that's going to affect us all - the eventual inversion of the age pyramid in western society as birth rates go down and people start living longer.


The Mechanical Turk: The True Story of the Chess-playing Machine That Fooled the World
The Mechanical Turk: The True Story of the Chess-playing Machine That Fooled the World
by Tom Standage
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read, 16 Jun. 2002
Tom Standage has taken a obscure mystery, the workings of the mechanical turk, and a made it into a thought provoking journey through 18th and 19th century history, with various asides on AI, automation, trickery and chess, which only reveals the trick in the penultimate chapter. Gripping stuff.


Professional ASP XML (Programmer to Programmer)
Professional ASP XML (Programmer to Programmer)
by Mark Baartse
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I disagree, 28 Feb. 2002
I would say that this is an extremely useleful book, for exactly the same reason that the previous reviewer thought it was of limited usefulness: It covers the specifics of using XML with DOM. The other books on this subject deal with either language independant examples or JAVA, which can be practically useless if you are struggling with language specific issues of MSXML. This book fills the gap nicely.


All Families are Psychotic
All Families are Psychotic
by Douglas Coupland
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Couplands most energetic book for years, 5 Sept. 2001
This is an unusual book for Coupland, instead of the usual sedate pace its fullof Action! Exitement! and Drama! Rather than people wandering around wondering about the nature of identity in the late 20th/early 21st this can gun fights and car chases. A bizarre change of course, but kind of welcome.


Cobralingus
Cobralingus
by Jeff Noon
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'd be suprised, 13 Feb. 2001
This review is from: Cobralingus (Paperback)
Okay, a book of what is basically poetry from a guy who, though a genius science fiction writer, has a tendency of late to get mired in literary pretentiousness might not sound great. However each and every deconstructed and reconstructed piece of text turns out to be a literary gem. Its amazing, the best thing Noon has done since Vurt.


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