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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My second Nexus 7, 28 Dec. 2012
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I bought my first Nexus 7 half a year ago and I am so completely satisfied with it, that I bought a second one for my wife (and kids) as a Xmas present :) I have an iPad too, which I am not using anymore (though the kids still are, of course) as the Nexus 7 is so much more convenient (to hold, copy files on the device, better User Interface...)


Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01UK 11.6-inch Laptop (2GB RAM, 16GB HDD)
Samsung Chromebook XE303C12-A01UK 11.6-inch Laptop (2GB RAM, 16GB HDD)
Offered by Atlantix Sales
Price: £206.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great device for school and education, 1 Dec. 2012
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For the last week I have been using a new Samsung Chromebook in school (not with students, just for myself as a teacher) and it has been mostly - with the exclusion of some hiccups - a great experience. It combines the lightness and speed of a tablet with the versatility of a laptop. Of course, not without making some compromises. So, here is what the Chromebook is not

a substitute for full blown PC and therefore not likely to be your sole device
a status symbol as it does feel a bit cheap (or rather corresponds to the price tag of $249)
a device you would want to have unless you feel at home in the cloud and you have got wi-fi access at home and at school

Having said that this little netbook with a great keyboard and an even greater trackpad has surprised me with how many task I like it using for. As it is instantly on it is particularly useful when you have tasks to do that don't typically take longer that booting a slow PC, including sending an email, taking a couple of notes, getting organized and doing research work online.

If you are familiar with the Google apps and Google Chrome you can start to work straight away. Here is what I've been using the Chromebook for:

staying organized with calender, tasks and email
writing my preparations in Docs
creating presentations for my classes in Slides (quite a hassle free experience)
using drive to access files (from pdfs to mp3 for listening comprehension)
research (Google Search, Google Translate, Wikipedia, etc.)
entering students' grades and assignments into a Google spreadsheet
blogging (in fact I'm writing this review on the Chromebook)

This list basically covers all my needs as a teacher. Students, of course, could additionally choose from hundreds of educational apps on the web, such as voki, sliderocket, prezi and many more.

The Chromebook is very light and you can carry it around just like a tablet, without cables and connectors. The battery lasts for 6 hours, which should get you easily over one school day.

The only problems I have had so far were occasionally slow connections, connection timeouts (disconnecting and reconnecting resolved the problem) and inserting an image into blogger directly from the webcam. My verdict: 4 1/2 stars out of 5.


The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation
The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation
by Jay Elliot
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not very objective, 16 April 2011
While the story is well-told, the author all too frequently praises Steve Jobs as well as himself. That's rather annoying.


The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
by Matt Ridley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.95

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars one or five stars?, 15 Oct. 2010
I am not really surprised that this book gets either great or very poor ratings!
Having read many other (great) works by the author for whom I have great respect as a deep thinker, I first couldn't believe that this book was written by the same other of "Red Queen". Much of the book lacks scientific rigor, which however does not imply that the basic tenets are wrong. The counter-current way of looking a meaning things is often quite refreshing and I ended up enjoying the book as much as I disliked it in the beginning. So, if you are interested in "evolutionary economics", grab yourself a copy, it is a good read and provides a lot food for thought.


The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment
The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment
by Paul R. Ehrlich
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars intesting, but some outdated views, 11 July 2010
The book is in general a good read. The authors are, however, extremely biased against evolutionary psychology. Moreover, some informations is plainly outdated: the savannah hypothesis for hominid bipedalism and reduced hair can't be seriously proposed anymore today as the authors do.


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