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Apple iPod touch 8GB (Model A1288 launched Sept 2008)
Apple iPod touch 8GB (Model A1288 launched Sept 2008)

5.0 out of 5 stars super gadget, 7 Sept. 2010
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You know the gadget is good if its taken over by kids. Here is what I learnt in the rare moments that I was allowed to touch it:

- easy/intuitive to navigate and has a vast memory
- quite impressed with quality and price of games that can be played (some under 1 pound !)
- easy and good quality browsing thanks to wi-fi, sizeable screen with an appropriate resolution
- the only thing is that we have to charge it almost daily (I guess the capacity of the battery had to be sacrificed to manage weight and price of the unit.


Biohazard
Biohazard
by Ken Alibek
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Scary, but true !, 5 Sept. 2010
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This is a book about how the USSR worn out in conventional and atomic arms race decided to play in the illegal territory- bio weapons banned by the 1972 international treaty. In his book one of the highest ranking bio-weapon developers/managers in the USSR describes development of major bio- weapon projects- plague, anthrax, Marburg decease etc as well as major Soviet casualties of this war- whether in Kazkahstan or the more famous accidental emission of anthrax spores in Sverdlovsk. The author also provides a credible insider picture on other grim aspects of working in the USSR- primacy of military sectors in the economy, cut throat internal and office politics in Soviet and post Soviet countries, lack of care respect of Soviet/post Soviet functioners towards its people incl the very people that were behind its strategic developments in science and technology and even racism in Moscow. It's not just releveant for understand history though, as the books allows to draw a lot of parallels with Russia's current relationship with the west and in particular the fact that antagonism with the west is still in the DNA of the country's military and law enforcement.

Those of you who have interest in Kazakhstan will have a chance to learn more about another instance how Moscow used the scale and remoteness of the country to conduct most freightening military test sleaving the now independent country with the terrifying legacy and massive clean up bill.


Beyond Business: An Inspirational Memoir From a Visionary Leader
Beyond Business: An Inspirational Memoir From a Visionary Leader
by John Browne
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 2 Sept. 2010
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In this book Browne reflects on key experiences, places and people that had shaped his life as well as transformed BP during his reign. If you're interested in business development or big commercial picture then this book provides a excellent insight into a growth philosophy that propelled BP. If you're in the oil industry, it provides one perspective on many strategic, leadership or organisational choices that any leader needs to make in the process of change or growth of oil or any other business. Interestingly enough, I found this book a lot of about managing external events and powering growth rather than about managing and staying in control of business as complex technically, technologically, operationally as any big oil company is (I work in one). If in anyway this reflects leadership bias of Browne, then that may explain safety and integrity incidents that now seem to be as characteristic of BP as its exciting growth story.
For people outside the industry it hopefully provides the kind of honest image that can dispell conspiracy theories about big oil and hopefully de-mistify and de-villify the industry, particularly in the context of the latest events. As the author himself put it- 'the industry ... measured by its weakest member , the one with the worst reputation'. He said it about another company, but how true are those words today !


Life Stories
Life Stories
by Sir David Attenborough
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's what you would expect, 7 Aug. 2010
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I really enjoyed the book. Importantly for the genre its printed on a nice paper, has exclellent illustrations, etc. The substance is of course first class and as I read it I could almost hear Attenborough's unforgetable intonations... Great read for both adults and children!


Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (12.3MP) 2.7 inch LCD
Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (12.3MP) 2.7 inch LCD

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good product, 7 Aug. 2010
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Here are the observations of the fresh convert to SLRs:

- I recommend to buy this model over the 3000 series because with the latter there is a risk of getting a grip of it within 6-12 months and wanting to buy more sophisticated version which, you may agree, is rather costly.
- although I was initally intimidated by the ample number of functionalities described in 200+ page manual, the camera is rather simple to operate and one can switch fairly effortlessly from one mode of photography to another. I bumped into an elephant on a walk (not in Scotland !) and was able to take pictures in various premutation within each of the major modes (A, M, S, etc) over the space of 10 mins
- it was (and may be still is) better value than the largely equivalent Canon model (some GBP100+)
- it has high ISO sensitivity- 3200, which I understand is almost double of that of canon cameras. I heard a complaint from frustrated Canon owner that the latter's factor is more towards 1500 or 2000. This allowed me to film elephant at night and pictures turned out just fine !


The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2)
The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Trilogy Book 2)
by Stieg Larsson
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what the fuss is about, 7 Aug. 2010
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I found the book to be well below the standard of good crime fiction. Ian Rankin's novels are practically war and peace compare to this one. For me it lacked suspense, although the plot had some ambition on the surface(ex KGB man, the journalist, murders, etc) and overall missed any sophistication. The only thing for me was some novelty in the style of the scandinavian writer... But hundreds of positive reviews- may be I'm missing something !
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Sony SRS-NWGT10 entry speaker dock for Walkman
Sony SRS-NWGT10 entry speaker dock for Walkman

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not great, 7 Aug. 2010
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This is the only Sony product over the last few years that has disappointed me. I could have lived with low volume, but lack of bass (low notes) is quite hard to get over. Unfortunately, there aren't many speaker options for Walkman's either which I find very strange- by contrast there is good choice of external speakers dotr Ipods. If ability to play through speaker is very important for you beware of Sony walkman!


Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader
Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader
Price: £2.85

5.0 out of 5 stars nice and simple, 7 Aug. 2010
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It's amazing how something so cheap can be so good. Allows shots form you camera be uploaded into by far greater ranges of devices including my office laptop which doesn't have SD/MC slot and rejects direct connection from cameras.


Lowepro Slingshot 100 Sling Bag For Digital SLR & 1-2 Lenses for Canon 450D, 1000D,500D, Nikon D3000, D5000,D90, Sony Alpha DLSR Range and Panasonic G1 Series  - Black
Lowepro Slingshot 100 Sling Bag For Digital SLR & 1-2 Lenses for Canon 450D, 1000D,500D, Nikon D3000, D5000,D90, Sony Alpha DLSR Range and Panasonic G1 Series - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Slick in form and functional in substance, 7 Aug. 2010
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My second lowerpro purchase and another success:
- easily worn as backpack
- can be worn as kangaroo bag in a way that makes its very easy (and quick !) to take out a camera, take a shot and put it back.
- compartments are held together by velcro straps which gives ample flexibility to arrange interior as your specific kit requires
- has a slick but sufficiently cryptic appearance that doesn't advertise your GBP 500 camera to petty thiefs


Visionary VM-5 Monopod Including Case
Visionary VM-5 Monopod Including Case
Offered by Binocular Outlet Ltd
Price: £18.99

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good product, 7 Aug. 2010
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I can't say I owned variety of mono/tripods to compare this to but here are the few reasons I'm glad I bought it:
- it is very convinient to set-up and fold too. I was taking pictures of elephant at night and when he run at me (from 50 yards distance) it was very easy for me to lift up the monopod and the camera mounted on it and run (suspect I would have had to sacrifice the camera had it been a tripod)
- its very compact for travel and requires very little space
- footrest certainly helps! if you decide to buy another product don't buy one wihtout it !
- slick design
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