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How to Beat Your Dad at Chess (Gambit chess) by Murray Chandler
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Humans have an innate capacity to spot visual patterns, eg peoples' faces, trees and a clock face. Try covering up a traditional watch with your other hand, ask an adult to to look at the back of your hand and move it quickly away and back over the watch, giving him or her the merest glimpse of the watch, then ask the person what time it said. 9 out of 10 will get it right. The point is that this sort of mental activity is automatic, extremely quick and unthinking (see "Thinking, fast and slow" by D Kahneman for a very readable account of a lifetime of study in this field.). These instant reactions can also be wrong, but they can be practised and trained. Strong chess players spot… Read more
Family Tree Maker 2011 Deluxe (PC) by Avanquest Software
Family Tree Maker 2011 Deluxe (PC) by Avanquest Software
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I have been a very happy FTM 2005 user since 2005. As feared, FTM 2011 looks and feels entirely different.

I have had work experience of migrating to new versions of software which has been revamped, Microsoft ones being everyday examples. This poses established users with the same problem.

In a nutshell, the experience is akin to suffering a stroke, whereby you perform everyday, habitual, comfortable actions and something else happens, or nothing happens at all. Productivity nosedives, frustration mounts and much gnashing of teeth ensues.

Both at work and with FTM 2011 people reassure me that a) brand new users find it easier to get going with the newer… Read more