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John Wooden's Winning Ways (Insights From Great Business Minds)
John Wooden's Winning Ways (Insights From Great Business Minds)
Price: £2.23

3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic introduction to John Wooden's life and phiosophy, 19 Mar. 2011
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This is quite a good, but short, introduction to John Wooden, his life and his philosophy. The book itself is more of a springboard to reading other books on John Wooden, or perhaps interesting someone else in exploring the full history behind this book. It does contain some interesting quotes. It is a very quick book to read, taking about 15 minutes. As a free book, I highly recommend it, although if I had to pay for it this would not be a good book at all.

Nespresso by Krups XN2003AP Essenza Manual Coffee Machine Bundle With Aerocinno , Black
Nespresso by Krups XN2003AP Essenza Manual Coffee Machine Bundle With Aerocinno , Black

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best espresso system for the home - excellent machine, 19 Mar. 2011
I got this machine as a coffee (or more accurately) espresso machine for my house. I was fed up with the 'barista' type machines with the steam nozzles for making cappucinos as they were difficult to use and to clean, and in my house would not be used due to the time consumed in using them. Nespresso has created an excellent system of making a quick, proper coffee.

The coffee is much better than instant. However the capsules needed for the machine are slightly expensive (c.20-30p depending on type) however it is good coffee and you have to consider if you bought this coffee at a shop it would cost at least £1.50 if not more. Purists may also argue that using a traditional machine or one of the coffee presses might make better coffee, but I don't have the time or inclination to go down that route.

The machine is simple enough. There are two automatic buttons which you can program with the amount of coffee that you want to put in a cup. Fill the tank with water (again a much simpler system than the traditional coffee machines you can get from other shops), put in a capsule, press the button and you have a good coffee. You can make volumes from espressos to full mugs, but note that if you run water through a capsule for a second espresso it tends to be a bit weaker. If you want you can even use this as a stand in for a kettle if it's already powered up by just running water straight through.

The aerocinno mug that they give is also quite good. It is a magnetic whisk system for hot and cold milk so can make lattes or cappucinos effectively. You can even use it to whisk milk for a hot chocolate!

I chose this machine as it was the basic range of nespresso machines (i.e. also the cheapest), plus it was the automatic version (the manuals you need to hold the button down), and it came with the aerocinno accessory. There are other models which have stunning designs, and have other features, but they also come at a price - but could be more suitable for other people's requirements.

Capsules need to be ordered direct from Nespresso, but they offer to give you a speciallly designed capsule order with your first order.

Overall I love this machine. I can press a button and have a coffee waiting for me after I get out of the shower. I would recommend this machine for those who want a good coffee once a day.

Fundamentals of Anaesthesia (Cambridge Medicine (Paperback))
Fundamentals of Anaesthesia (Cambridge Medicine (Paperback))
by Tim Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £92.42

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for the starting anaesthetist - basics and more, 17 Mar. 2011
Fundamentals of anaesthesia is an excellent resource for those starting out in anaesthesia. It is a well written book, well illustrated and divided into sensible sections detailing all that is needed to know for those starting out. Basic principles are explained well, as well as the practical concepts around these. The book also goes into the physiology, pharmacology and physics behind anaesthesia to allow one to deliver a safe anaesthetic. The book is quite long however this is not more so than other basic textbooks. For a starting point this is excellent. As a bonus there is a separate kindle edition for those on the move, although all I have read is the sample, the contents are the same.

HP Deskjet 3050 All-in-One Printer
HP Deskjet 3050 All-in-One Printer

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product for the price, wireless prints and scans on Macs, 20 Feb. 2011
I purchased my new HP Deskjet 3050 all-in-one and for the price it is amazing! Considering what separate printers and scanners used to cost, this all-in-one is cheap, and works perfectly. For my needs it is good and works with Mac OS 10.6 easily. And on top of printing wirelessly, it scans wirelessly as well. The only downside as with all printers nowadays is the ink is expensive and the cartridge type doesn't seem to have cheap re-manufactured equivalents of a re-filling kit yet (note Amazon sells the big size replacements for quite cheap).

To start off I bought this to replace another Hewlett Packard (the 720c) which would not work with my mac. I chose HP for their excellent quality, the fact that my deskjet is 11 years old (and still going strong) and that I also have a HP LaserJet, I trusted their quality. The printer comes in a fairly light box, and the machine itself is very very light compared to my old printers.

Setup for the mac was easy enough, and needed the installation of the software on the CD and the USB cable to allow communicating to the printer the wifi settings. After that everything has been working fine. I can switch the machine off at the mains and then turn it on again as needed and it remembers the settings. Printing and scanning wirelessly from Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) is easy - print as you would, and you can scan by putting a sheet in the machine, pressing a button and selecting the relevant machine to scan it to. It seems to use Apple's Bonjour (AKA ZeroConf) for scanning. The only downside is that scanning does take a long time, but the only machines that I have ever seen scan fast are business machines (i.e. the more expensive ones). Also note there is no automatic document feeder for the scanning.

Print quality is good for home use, but I don't think this machine is advertised for photos, but then again at the price it's not my main concern.

I have not tried this with a windows machine yet so cannot advise on this.

All in all this machine is great at the price, and is excellent value. If you are looking for a wireless printer-scanner I would go for this machine.

Nonin Go2 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter - Blue
Nonin Go2 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter - Blue

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good basic pulse oximeter, 15 Jan. 2011
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This is a good basic pulse oximeter for daily community healthcare. The manufacturer Nonin is well known in the medical community for making higher end kit, and it is good to see that they have made a cheaper home version. The fingertip pulse oximeter is well built, only runs on one battery, and automatically functions when a finger is put in. There is a back light for dark situations as well. The machine is quite sturdy and can fit into a pocket or case. The only downside is that a case is not provided with the machine, considering the price. Another (relatively small considering what the machine does) downside is the choice of colours: blue/orange/green - sometimes you do wish for a basic black model, but the blue is quite a dark blue. The machine doesn't have the higher end waveform functions of its more expensive brethren, nor pulse oximetry tracing, however unlike what seems like the cheap/dubious import oximeters which seem to have colour screens and recorders, having reliable oximetry is the key which is why I originally went for the Nonin Go2. Recommended
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Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive
by Tom Clancy
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but not quite up to previous Clancy standards, 31 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Dead or Alive (Hardcover)
I come from a background of reading Tom Clancy books (and watching the films, playing the games made in his name) and was quite excited when I got my hands on this book. The book picks off with characters Tom Clancy has developed over the years, and places them in a situation where he is hunting a terrorist planning atrocities (think Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda under a different name). The book is readable enough although a bit convoluted at times, however I was disappointed as it was not quite up to Tom Clancy's previous books. A lot of the first half of the book seems to digress into descriptions on technical matters every now and again which is distracting. The plot he describes is also sometimes hard to follow. I didn't feel quite as involved as in his previous books in what was going on. To balance this off though I have very high expectations for Tom Clancy books and this is quite engaging for fans, which is why I have given it a 4 star instead of a 3 star rating that I was going to give it. A bonus in the book is that Clancy seems to be setting the scene for a sequel!

Beach House 04.02
Beach House 04.02
Price: £58.11

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy going late night grooves, fantastic album art, 30 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Beach House 04.02 (Audio CD)
This compilation is a fantastic laid back album, a mix of tunes that suit a laid back easy night. Both CDs are fantastic and are a reflection of the excellent mix that Hed Kandi made during 2002. A lot of tracks have a soulful vocal backing to them, my favourite example being How Deep Is Your Love on CD1. Combined with this is the fantastic art direction of the Hed Kandi series and the beautiful album cover. The only downside to the album is that some of the music is of the type that was a bit overplayed in 2002, however this shouldn't be too much of a negative on this otherwise fantastic music and art package.

Top Gear Supercars: The World's Fastest Cars
Top Gear Supercars: The World's Fastest Cars
by Top Gear Motoring Association
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £5.00

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing coffee table book for a Top Gear or car fan, 30 Dec. 2010
I got this book for Christmas and I have to say it has pride of place on my coffee table at the moment! Written by the BBC Top Gear folks this book goes over their personal best supercars, and their experiences driving them. The book is quite picture heavy but if you are really into cars and driving you will appreciate this. An example of this is a chapter on the Bugatti Veyron - the Top Gear crew managed to get 3 of them racing in Abu Dhabi! I would recommend this for anyone who likes Top Gear and supercars, either as a personal purchase or a gift.

The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Book 3)
The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Book 3)
Price: £3.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than the film, 30 Nov. 2010
Like a lot of people I came to this after seeing the film Hunt For Red October Special Edition [DVD] [1990] (a classic in its own right). The film was based on this book, however it has missed certain key portions that the book has. If you are wanting a typical Tom Clancy thriller this is among the best - don't expect groundbreaking symbolism in this book! The book actually explains technical terms and the background in far more detail than the film, and the book stands on its own in terms of a thriller in the background of a NATO-Soviet conflict in the Atlantic. Whilst the main portion of the book is concerning Jack Ryan (the hero) and the Soviet submarine captain, there are interesting portions of the book which try and look into the actions of various ships and planes which are making up this conflict. Highly recommended!

Metro 2033
Metro 2033
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent post-apocalyptic thriller, 28 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Metro 2033 (Kindle Edition)
This is a great post-apocalyptic novel from Dmitri Glukhovsky. I will confess I only read this after starting to play the game Metro 2033 (PC DVD) which is based on this book. It is a fairly standard post-apocalyptic novel with similar themes, although it has reflections and themes based on what happened on the Second World War from a Soviet/Russian perspective. The book follows a fairly young inexperienced traveller trying to save his "home" metro station from unidentified attackers - and allows him to experience what has become of Russian society after a nuclear attack. It is interesting as we can see his naive reactions to what has happened to the inhabitants of Moscow, which reflects some of the previous factions and history in Russian society.

It has been interesting as I have never read a modern Russian author before, although I cannot tell if anything or not has been missed in the translation. One thing that may be unfamiliar in this book is the use of Moscow Metro station names - it is easy to get confused with the names and being unfamiliar with them I have no way to tell if there was some underlying meaning to the use of the station names.

Overall this is a good science fiction novel and well worth reading, especially if you enjoyed the game.

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