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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
by Jeremy Rifkin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.59

2.0 out of 5 stars Starts well but the gets lost., 11 July 2014
I so wanted to like this book, and to start with it was very promising. Rifkin describes how the emergence of new technologies have impacted and changed society, from the past to the present. He also covers current emerging technology, such as the Internet of Things. It's as the book progresses that the plot starts to get lost.

It's quite clear that Rifkin has a passion - the Collaborative Commons. Unfortunately, to use the saying "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail", Rifkin sees the adoption of Commons everywhere, and it is the answer to everything. I got the feeling that he had taken a core concept (which, to be honest, is an interesting one), and then tried to fit it to any emerging technology. As someone who actually works in the IoT domain, I struggled to find many links between what we was describing and the actual way the technology of IoT is developing.


The Earth After Us: What legacy will humans leave in the rocks?
The Earth After Us: What legacy will humans leave in the rocks?
Price: £4.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Humanity is not that important. Get over it., 29 Jun 2014
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I loved this book. It really drives home how insignificant humans are in the context of life on earth. Regardless of what we do, life will go on.


The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
Price: £8.18

4.0 out of 5 stars A good read., 29 Jun 2014
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A good read. I think most people are going to be surprised as to how much emerging technology is going to change our lives. This book nicely captures some of it. However, I wish the authors had kept to describing the issue, rather than trying to come up with "solution".


F**k It Therapy: The Profane Way to Profound Happiness
F**k It Therapy: The Profane Way to Profound Happiness
Price: £5.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of Cr*p!, 1 Jun 2014
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Take the basic elements of Taoism and Buddhism. Add on some New Age nonsense. Then a bit of hipster laid backness and a seasoning of quantum woo-woo. Give it a slightly racey title and Result!

Save your money. Go down the local charity bookshop and pick up anything off of the New Age / self help shelf.


Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think
Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to an important subject, 30 May 2014
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This is a nice intro into various areas of big data and analytical. As someone who works in this area, I would have liked to have seen a bit more technical depth.


Anker® Astro Slim3 6000mAh Ultra-Slim Portable Charger External Battery Power Pack for Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Note 3, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, MOTO X, LG Optimus and most other USB-charged devices (Apple adapters - 30 pin and lightning, not included)
Anker® Astro Slim3 6000mAh Ultra-Slim Portable Charger External Battery Power Pack for Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3, iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, mini, Note 3, HTC One, One 2 (M8), Motorola Droid, MOTO X, LG Optimus and most other USB-charged devices (Apple adapters - 30 pin and lightning, not included)
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Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent bit of kit., 7 Feb 2014
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I purchased this as I hate ruining out of battery, either on my phone or tablet. So far I've used it a few times, and it works perfectly. Not too heavy so it's easy to just drop in the bag before going out. Would recommend.


Moisture Sensor Kit Urban Garden Tool Soil Moisture Sensor
Moisture Sensor Kit Urban Garden Tool Soil Moisture Sensor
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Price: £1.46

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality sensor, 27 Jan 2014
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Lasted about two weeks before the sensor had corroded and stopped working. Piece of junk. Should have bought a better quality one.


Ground Control: Fear and happiness in the twenty-first-century city
Ground Control: Fear and happiness in the twenty-first-century city
by Anna Minton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful viewpoint, 27 Jan 2014
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A very interesting read. It goes to show exactly how little city dwellers actually have to say in the creation and management of where they live.


Remote: Office Not Required
Remote: Office Not Required
by Jason Fried
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.58

5.0 out of 5 stars A great manifesto for remote working, 30 Dec 2013
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A quick read but has all the important point to help get companies to support remote working. Buy a copy and give it to your boss.


Anker® 40W 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Wall Charger with PowerIQ™ Technology for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, Mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, 3, Tab 4, 3, 2, Pro, HTC One (M8), Google Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, External Battery, PS Vita, Gopro and more (White)
Anker® 40W 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop USB Wall Charger with PowerIQ™ Technology for iPhone 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, iPad Air, Mini, Galaxy S5, S4, S3, Note 3, 3, Tab 4, 3, 2, Pro, HTC One (M8), Google Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10, External Battery, PS Vita, Gopro and more (White)
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Price: £49.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job but with a whistle - updated, 30 Dec 2013
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Does exactly what it is supposed to do and has allowed me to get rid of a number of USB chargers. However, it has a high pitched whistle that is just loud enough to be annoying.
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