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TuneUp Utilities 2012, 3 User License (PC)
TuneUp Utilities 2012, 3 User License (PC)

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Maintenance Tool, 28 April 2012
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In the past I've had some horrendous 'tune-up' software - having to rebuild entire systems to undo the damage they've wrought. But I had read some good reviews about previous versions of this software, and with Microsoft's backup software being so much better nowadays I thought I would give it a go.
I was glad I did. It is very easy to install and the interface is quite simple. It makes a series of recommendations which you can choose to accept or ignore and then it just gets on with it. All of the work it does can be reversed quite easily.
It has the normal range of features you would expect from such software - registry maintenance, defrag of hard-drives, removal of temporary files and suchlike. It also has the facility for disabling start-up programs (which it will allow to run when they are required but will disable them again afterwards) and changing internet connection settings. It can even disable minor graphical features (for example - the shadows on some menu displays) to tweak that last little performance enhancement out of an ageing graphics card.
It will show the status of its overall optimisation - highlighting any recommendations that you haven't acted upon and it can configure the PC/laptop for better economy or increased speed.
On occasions a message pops up on the toolbar to inform me of the number of changes it has made recently and I can review these if I wish.
As this is a three user license I have also tried it on my in-laws ageing PC, which barely had the minimum requirements for installation. It worked smoothly and effectively, removing an inordinate of junk of all types. The PC runs so much smoother because of it.
An excellent software package to be recommended for routine maintenance.


Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012

16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight synopsis of SQL Server 2012 Admin, 26 April 2012
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I'm glad I downloaded the free Kindle version of this instead of spending money on the printed book. It does tell you the various improvements and new features for SQL Server 2012, but it does so with no great depth. Any examples within it are so brief as to be no great use at all.
So as a summary of what is new to 2012 it is of some use, but to get any real understanding of what these features are you will have to go elsewhere.


SQL Server 2008 Administration: Real-World Skills for MCITP Certification and Beyond (Exams 70-432 and 70-450)
SQL Server 2008 Administration: Real-World Skills for MCITP Certification and Beyond (Exams 70-432 and 70-450)
by Tom Carpenter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 31.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good coverage of most aspects, 29 Mar 2012
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This is one of the better books to give an introductory-level approach of all aspects or SQL Server 2008, but does lack in some areas.

What I found particularly good is the approach of using both SQL Server tools and Windows Server (the Operating System) tools together. Most books I have don't cover the actual OS too, and showing you how to monitor SQL Server through the OS was rather well done.
In some area it did lack in details quite badly. For example, at the start of the book it mentions the features of FileStream and Change Data Capture but then never covers them at all. The section on database mirroring shows how to create endpoints, but none of the other steps to get this working - hardly a worthwhile explanation.
Some of the tools and options mentioned weren't quite correct - a couple of tools have been superseded and other bits looked like they must have been taken from a beta version of SQL Server, but on the whole I'm glad I used this book.

It has left me needing to examine a couple of areas in more detail but it has filled in a lot of gaps I encountered from other material.


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2.0 out of 5 stars SGH-J700i - no good for the radio, 8 Mar 2012
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This review is from: 3.5MM Stereo Headset Audio Adapter for Samsung Mobiles Phones - Fits DM-S105 / F400 / F480 Tocco / GT-3650 / Genio Touch / Corby / S3650 / GT-S5230C / S5233S / Star / Tocco Lite / M8800 Pixon / SCH-i770 Saga / SCH-i910 Omnia / SCH-R200 / SCH-R210 Spex / SCH-R300 / SCH-R310 Byline / SCH-R400 / SCH-R410 / SCH-R420 Tint / SCH-R430 MyShot / SCH-R450 Messager / SCH-R460 Myshot 2 / SCH-R500 Hue / SCH-R550 JetSet / SCH-R600 Hue II / SCH-R610 / SCH-R800 Delve / SCH-R810 Finesse / SCH-U310 Knack / SCH-U350 Smooth / SCH-U430 / SCH-U440 Gloss / SCH-U450 / Intensity / SCH-U470 Juke / SCH-U490 Trance / SCH-U650 Sway / SCH-U700 Gleam / SCH-U706 Muse / SCH-U750 Alias 2 / SCH-U810 Renown / SCH-U900 FlipShot / SCH-U940 Glyde / SCH-U960 / Rogue / Glyde 2 / SGH-A117 / SGH-A127 / SGH-A137 / SGH-A167 / SGH-A177 / SGH-A226 / SGH-A227 / SGH-A237 / SGH-A257 Magnet / SGH-A517 / SGH-A637 / SGH-A657 / SGH-A736 / SGH-A737 / SGH-A747 SLM / SGH-A767 Propel / SGH-A777 / SGH-A827 Access / SGH-A837 Rugby / SGH-A867 Eternity / SGH-A877 Impression / SGH-A887 Solstice / SGH-F110 Adidas miCoach / SGH-F200 / SGH-F210 / SGH-F490 / SGH-F700 / SGH-G600 / SGH-G800 / SGH-i450 / SGH-i617 BKackJack II / SGH-i627 Propel Pro / SGH-i637 Jack / SGH-i640 / SGH-i788 / SGH-i900 Omnia GSM / SGH-I907 Epix / SGH-J700 / SGH-L760 / SGH-M110 Solid / SGH-P520 Armani / SGH-T109 / SGH-T119 / SGH-T229 / SGH-T239 / SGH-T339 / SGH-T349 / SGH-T409 / SGH-T419 / SGH-T429 / SGH-T439 / SGH-T459 Gravity / SGH-T469 Gravity 2 / SGH-T539 Beat / SGH-T559 Comeback / SGH-T639 / SGH-T659 / SGH-T729 BKast / SGH-T739 Katalyst / SGH-T749 Highlight / SGH-T819 / SGH-T919 Behold / SGH-T929 Memoir / SGH-U900 Soul / SPH-A513 Fin / SPH-A523 Mysto / SPH-i325 Ace / SPH-M300 / SPH-M305 / SPH-M310 Slash / SPH-M340 Mantra / SPH-M510 / SPH-M520 / SPH-M800 Instinct / SPH-M810 Instinct S30 / SPH-R311 Axle / SPH-Z400 (Electronics)
Although the phone recognizes a headphone has been plugged in, it would appear it can't use it as an aerial - so the radio doesn't work. As this is the main purpose I require the headphones for the item is therefore of no use to me.
At this price a gamble worth taking, but didn't work for me.


Mythology for Dummies
Mythology for Dummies
by Christopher W. Blackwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and educational, 21 Feb 2012
This review is from: Mythology for Dummies (Paperback)
For many years I have had an interesting in mythology, but a lot of the books I have come across are just too 'dry' and boring to read through. Once my concentration goes I just can't keep a track of the names and stories.
This book is very well written and is certainly ideal for myself. It has an easy-going style, with brief passages that can be read in short bursts keep my interest and enthusiasm. However it does not skimp on the detail.
At the beginning it explains why so many myths cross each other or have contradictions galore within them - and why nobody cared!

It covers Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology, Northern European and Non-European.

With only two contributors it means that it has a more coherent approach than some of the 'Dummies' books and is an example of how to make an involved subject captivating.


Scotland The Best
Scotland The Best
by Peter Irvine
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent extensive guide book, 21 Feb 2012
This review is from: Scotland The Best (Paperback)
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Effectively a book of lists - best restaurants, best hotels, best parks, best cafes, most interesting museums, graveyards, parks - the list is enormous. It gives only a brief description of each item but enough information to locate and decide on whether to visit.
A few maps and a handful of pictures in the middle, but primarily text - because there is so much content to get into this book.

I have been visiting Dundee and the surrounding area for about 7 years on a regular basis and even I found interesting places and sights within this book that I wasn't aware of for that area.

Edinburgh and Glasgow have large section devoted to themselves, but all of Scotland is in here somewhere! You can find places via the extensive index or look at the maps - numbered codes point you to corresponding articles for that location.

The sections within the book are:
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Regional Hotels and Restaurants
Particular Places to Eat and Stay in Scotland
Good Food and Drink
Outdoor Places
Historical Places
Strolls, Walks and Hikes
Outdoor Activities
Consuming Passions
The Islands

A fabulous and recommended guide book.


Spices
Spices
by Sophie Grigson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative articles and interesting menus, 20 Feb 2012
This review is from: Spices (Hardcover)
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Not a large number of recipes, but each one is explained thoroughly and clearly. The spices used have interesting and informative articles, not really required information but I liked them. Some articles detail the history of the spice (trade importance and suchlike) as well as medicinal uses. The photography is very good, showing the spices and meals at their best.
For anyone wanting to cook for the first time with spices this is an excellent book. It would also be a good gift for someone experienced in cooking as it has a narrow but detailed area of speciality.


War in Heaven
War in Heaven
Price: 5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent conclusion to Veteran, 1 Feb 2012
This review is from: War in Heaven (Kindle Edition)
Having read Veteran I had to buy the sequel as soon as possible and was not disappointed.

The action sequences are numerous, some in flash-back as the central character (Jakob) recalls past missions which have links to the story as it unfolds in this book. There is more time spent in cyber-space than in Veteran, which is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars - I found those sections a little too 'pretentious' in some parts and the description of the existence within cyberspace just didn't work for me. However, with the first book setting the background of this story this book goes into the action much faster than the first. At the beginning of the book there is a brief synopsis of the story so far, but you would be better off reading Veteran beforehand.

The author either has experience or knows people who have experience of military life. Not just because of any technical details but also because of the attitude and behaviour of various 'squaddies'. The descriptions of the combat scenes are very well done, from the close-quarters combat to the space battles.

The story is involved but easy to follow. The twists and turns it takes are very well done and kept me guessing until the very end.

I await more from this author with anticipation.


AVG Anti Virus 2012 2 PC, 2 Year Licence (PC)
AVG Anti Virus 2012 2 PC, 2 Year Licence (PC)

4.0 out of 5 stars Good product but strange registration, 11 Jan 2012
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As you would expect with AVG, this is a good all-round security product. The installation was easy, even on the very old PC that I used at the time. Once installed it sits there quietly and just gets on with it - barely noticable.

The only oddity with it is the registration process. It accepts the serial number provided with the software but then informs me I have 30 days to register it or it will cease functioning. The web link takes you to a page that asks for the serial number again and once completed with email address and suchlike confirms the two-year registration.
Basically it's forcing you to provide contact details, which I object to. I've bought a two-year license with the product and I don't believe I should have to provide anything other than the registration number upon installation - I get more than enough mail already.

However, the product itself is good with an easy to use interface and easy to install.


Veteran
Veteran
Price: 5.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut novel, 28 Dec 2011
This review is from: Veteran (Kindle Edition)
Knowing nothing about this author I decided to buy this, partly because I was told the author is from Dundee and I was in Dundee at the time. In fact the references to Dundee are fleeting, so don't worry if you haven't been to any of the locations described in the book. In this distant future they're pretty much unrecognisable anyway.

A retired and heavily augmented (as most combat troops are) soldier is 'reactivated' to track a 'Them' that has managed to land on Earth somewhere nearby. 'Them' is the name given to the alien race that Earth has been in violent conflict with for 60 years. They are an incredibly violent and single-minded species seemingly intent on obliterating mankind.

Of course nothing is as it first seems and with an increasing collection of very well depicted characters an involved story unfolds and is very well done. There are a large number of action sequences with futuristic weaponry, all very well described. The detail and atmosphere of the battle sequences remind me of the detail found within Iain M Banks novels, but 'grittier' and more personal (no AI battles here - it's all close quarters combat).

The story travels from various Earth locations to deep space and within cyberspace, showing it all with a rich texture. The characters are believable, with their own flaws and eccentricities.

An excellent novel that I could barely put down. I am ordering the sequel straight away.


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