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Jeremy - Montreal "Jeremy Meyer" (Berkshire, UK)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this product, it supports the murder of sharks, 9 Mar. 2013
Any statements to the effect that this product is effective etc. are irrelevant. This product is immoral, and should be removed from Amazon's product list immediately. Help shame them into action, by writing a review here. Sharks are becoming endangered due to the ignorant west supporting practices like this in the poor and uncontrolled parts of the world where this has become big business.


Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love (Addison-Wesley Signature)
Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love (Addison-Wesley Signature)
by Roman Pichler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.65

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for Scrum practitioners, 17 May 2010
This is a great book for Scrum practitioners. As well as emphasising the previously much-ignored role of the product owner, it also makes great further reading for anyone who is using Scrum and wants to "grow up" with it more.

The book is written in an easy, readable and informative style. There is much anecdotal content, and refreshingly, Pichler doesn't avoid expressing opinions based on his obvious wealth of experience as a Scrum consultant and coach.

As a Scrum master I have been involved in many Scrum projects over the years, but I found this filled in some gaps, and answered some questions for me. The emphasis on the Scrum Product Owner means that there is a lot of advice in the book which is germane to product release. This after all is what Scrum is about, and although this should be essential reading for anyone wanting to be a product owner, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has any role (or who is a stake holder) in a Scrum team.

Pichler tackles such issues as handling non-functional requirements and investigative tasks in the product backlog and sizing and detailing stories. He also discusses the large scale problems like having hierarchies of product owners, coping with dependencies across multiple Scrum teams and presenting product road maps to upper management, or customers, without violating the principles of Scrum. He also presents some interesting metric approaches for measuring velocity to address the "lack of predictability" problem that some teams find with Scrum.

There is good coverage of the importance of product visions, how much and how little to add, as well as recommending some techniques for verifying and creating them.

As well as clearly stated, sage advice throughout, there is also a list of anti-patterns or common mistakes at the end of each section, which will be all too familiar to anyone who has worked on a Scrum project. An excellent tool for pointing out to other team members that they are doing it wrong, without getting personal!

Absolutely required reading for any product owner wanting to ship successful products, and highly recommended for anyone who is using Scrum.


Philips SBC VL1200 Wireless TV Link
Philips SBC VL1200 Wireless TV Link

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I have owned this for years now., 24 Sept. 2004
I have owned this device for some years.
It is for the most part a great device, and I find the picture quality to be absolutely superb although I have had some problems with it, some of which I have solved and some not.
1) Our microwave renders this device unusuable. It makes a frighteningly loud noise and completely scrambles the picture when the microwave is on.
2) My wireless LAN interferes with the picture too. I get a regular pattern of lines which on certain channels is better than on others, but never goes away. We live in a quiet town in Berkshire now, when we were in London I would often get other interference too.
3) Any picture signal with a lot of white in it (flame, or bright lights, mostly adverts and opening credits, fortunately) causes loss of vertical hold on the picture momentarily. This has never been a real issue.
4) The "Mounting the device above your video player or cable box" just doesn't work for us. I had to use the extenders, which means only two devices. I get around this by having the DVD player running through our Sky box, and the Sky box running through the VCR. This means that whichever one of these devices is on, will play a signal. I have ended up only needing one channel from the device this way, so the manual switch is no issue at all.
5) Our cable box would not work because the TV Link won't route the correct frequency of IR. Now we have a Sky box, and that also (maddeningly) has weird behaviour, and will work once or twice and then "jam" until it has been manually turned off and on again. Sadly I have to go downstairs to change Sky channels, but for watching movies in bed, and controlling the VCR/DVD with my universal remote it is a great device.
6) An added plus, if you have a DVD player like ours that plays CDs is that you can get your music beamed somewhere else too. Either on your TV speakers, or if you plug in a set of PC speakers, you could get more decent sound.


Building LDAP Enabled Applications with Microsoft's Active Directory and Novell MNDs
Building LDAP Enabled Applications with Microsoft's Active Directory and Novell MNDs
by Bruce Greenblatt
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sound, well structured and informative book, 1 Mar. 2002
This is a very good book. It is concise yet detailed in its presentation and provides a good background to the topic.
The author guides you through the history of LDAP, and gives you a little bit of the detail of the network layers below it, and a good description of directories and their uses.
Like other works, this book concentrates on the Netscape API's although it makes mention of the JNDI API's too. Active Directory and NDS are covered. Do not be mislead by the synopsis, this book only covers coding with Java. There are no examples in any other language, although there is a chapter devoted to using XML with LDAP.
The long example which is an LDAP enabled Mailing List Administration Application is very useful, and reasonably well written, although the author ought to read the Sun Microsystem's Java Coding Standards document and brush up on some of his class naming.
Most impressive is that the author has managed to write a 180 page book which doesn't feel like a perfunctory description of the subject.

Recommended reading if you are using Java to query MS Active Directory information.


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