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Nanoinnovation: What Every Manager Needs to Know
Nanoinnovation: What Every Manager Needs to Know
by Michael Tomczyk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £45.00

4.0 out of 5 stars NanoInnovation: What Every Manager Needs to Know, 4 Mar. 2015
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What exactly is 'Nanoinnovation' the layman might ask? One of the world's leading global players outlines it as..."Nano scale represents one billionth of a meter (0.000 000 001m). The word “Nano” is derived from the Greek word vᾶvoς (nanos), meaning “dwarf.” Breakthroughs in nanotechnology have provided an unprecedented ability to synthesize, deposit, manipulate, and integrate novel materials at nano scale. This has allowed major product performance enhancements and creation of new products. Nano scale materials provide high surface-to-volume ratios, pristine material properties, novel material behavior, and greater packing density. These simple yet powerful abilities are generating the manufacturing innovations of the 21st century. Billions of dollars of nanotechnology research and development have led to product innovations across numerous market sectors and improved quality of life across the globe.'

Well, that explains it better than I ever could! Michael Tomczyk brings the subject to life in a work aimed at those in business or in the field whose interests are defined in commercial terms.For those who are in awe of the miniaturization of digital information for example and who wonder where it will all end? the author offers a future perspective based on his observations re current research and development. A rapidly expanding field with vast potential and possibilities.


The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District
The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District
by James Rebanks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

4.0 out of 5 stars The Shepherd's Life, 4 Mar. 2015
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Being a lover of Cumbria and the Fells, I was looking forward to reading James Rebanks 'The Shepherd's Life' not having read any of the author's previous works. James specialty-if you can put it like that- is the beautiful Herdwick breed of of sheep. The hardy grey/black sheep which roams the fells and which Beatrix Potter is recorded as having saved from extinction.
The authors style is engaging and easy to read. Ranging through the seasons; recording the many trials and tribulations which is the shepherds lot! Of course the keeping of sheep in the uplands is a controversial issue with environmentalists who point out the damage sheep to to fragile eco-systems, farmers of course, insist the landscape we know and love has been created by sheep cropping virtually everything that pushes through the soil.
In truth,landscapes like the Lakes are somewhat artificial as intensive sheep husbandry is only about 300 years old. Before that, much of the uplands and valleys were forested.
Naturally the author would not subscribe to the 'grazed to the bone' theory regarding the negative impact of sheep grazing but he is certainly aware of environmental issues surrounding four legged vegetation hoovers!
Its an interesting insiders take on sheep farming and the author imparts plenty of previously unknown facts and figures surrounding this branch of the agri-business


Igenix Convector Heater with 24-Hour Timer and Thermostat, 2000 Watt, White
Igenix Convector Heater with 24-Hour Timer and Thermostat, 2000 Watt, White
Price: £35.44

4.0 out of 5 stars Igenix Convector Heater, 26 Feb. 2015
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This small convenctor heater is light and doesn't exactly exude quality. However, it does the job and throws out a reasonable amount of heat for its size. It also has a timer on it so you can set it come on when you require it. e.g. first thing in the morning when the day is at its coldest. I'm told that these convector type electric heaters do use more electricity than oil filled electric radiators. I'm sure you would notice a difference in your fuel bills if you use it all day. For occasional use or a quick burst of instant heat then it's fine.


Sony HDR-PJ620 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with Built-In Projector
Sony HDR-PJ620 Full HD Handycam Camcorder with Built-In Projector
Offered by GSM-Fonz - (New Year Sale! Up to 90% price Drop)
Price: £447.90

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sony HDR-PJ620 Camcorder., 23 Feb. 2015
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With so many quality compact film cameras now carrying HD quality video capture, I wonder what the market is these days for dedicated camcorders? I recently sold A Panasonic flash card mini-cam because despite taking thousands of photographs each year, I take very little video footage. Would this much more sophisticated Sony Camcorder change my habits?
I still have an old Samsung Hi-8 film video recorder which took much better quality footage than the Digital Panasonic so I was interested to see how the picture quality would stack up against the film cam?
When I unpacked the cam I quickly became aware that this would not take a standard SD card. I remember having a Sony Cybershot digital camera that would only take a dedicated Sony Memory stick. The HDR-PJ620 does it appear, at least take a standard micro flash card but unfortunately I didn't have one so I had to wait three days to try it out while one came from Amazon. Minor gripe but would it be too much to ask of Sony to include a card with a camera costing £450?
The camcorder is a nice size which feels balanced and is easy to get to grips with. After familiarizing myself with the machine I took it out and took a mixed range of footage...inside a country church..outside in the graveyard and in a woodland. I also too plenty of photo stills. It's fair to say that these stills are pretty poor quality compared to a dedicated digital camera. Flat, undefined and they are what they are; a video still rather than a photograph. If you think the PJ620 will stand in as a camcorder AND camera then think again.
The Cam takes AVCHD and Mp4 files. reading up on the former I received all sorts of information telling me that I'd need an onboard player to play these files. I downloaded the free Sony Play Memories which unfortunately will not open nor can I uninstall it as I'm told it's 'in operation'. Now I've got a useless file service frozen on my laptop. It's not all bad news though as it appears the standard Windows Photo Viewer will play these AVChD files. In fact, when you download your footage into a file and open it, you notice that there are TWO files for each piece of footage. An AVCHD file and an MP4. Although the latter is supposed to be better quality, I didn't notice that much difference but that could just be my laptop or even the flash card I'm using. This is in fact a Kingston GB class 10microflash card which someone might tell me is not fast enough although its advertised as fast. Incidentally, after taking nearly 7 minutes of footage I was informed that I had used 13% memory so I guess a 16mb card will take about 50 minutes of footage? I notice another reviewer recommends a 64gb card. I suppose if you are planning to take a lot of footage then you will need a bigger card. For myself who will only shoot relatively small amounts, download onto my laptop and then delete off the card and re-use then its big enough for me.Incidentally, it works out a lot cheaper buying 4 x 16gb than a single 64gb card. 16gb card £5.54....64gb card £31.59!
As for the actual recording quality. I was not overwhelmed the first time I viewed the footage I had shot in indoor and outdoor environments but a few days later, I took some footage one late afternoon and for some reason it came out much better. Still not as good as film but quite acceptable. The first time I used to projector lens again it looked blurry and undefined, however that was my fault. I hadn't realized that the projector lens has a sliding focus button on top of the preview screen. Viewing the footage on a white wall in a cottage we were staying at showed a marked difference. Surprisingly clear. Personally I love the fact that it has this element which recreates an old cine projector. It's nice to able to shoot footage and come back and view it as a large image in a film like format rather than on a laptop.
As others have mentioned, it has a pro style 'optical balance' lens mechanism which Sony reckon offers a 13x more stable footage. Hence you don't get those seasick shots you get with a fixed lens cam. It has touch screen and onboard editing facilities although I don't know why you would rather edit on the camera rather than on a computer?
All in all, it's a nice quality camcorder which takes pretty decent quality footage but poor stills. However most people will be buying it for its video facility and not as a photo camera. I do envisage taking a lot more video footage now I have this neat little Sony Cam but I'll still be taking a quality super compact or DSLR for photographs.


Ultrasport 10 LED Multifunction Headlamp incl. Batteries - Black
Ultrasport 10 LED Multifunction Headlamp incl. Batteries - Black
Price: £11.47

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultrasports generic Chinese head torch, 20 Feb. 2015
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Having owned quite a few head torches over the years,including the original Pezel zoom head torches which defined the market when they came out, these cheap Chinese made head torches are OK and serve a purpose, however, don't expect longevity from them. Usually the head band goes quite quickly before the torch itself begins to malfunction. You might get two or three years if you are lucky but with these torches available everywhere-from garages to Bargain shops- they are a pretty cheap and disposable item. Like most Chinese products!
Surprised that they are selling these Ultrasport jobs at £11+ though. Can't see them staying long at that price considering you can get a head torch like this for a quarter of the price.

* I should have added that my sample product did not work at all! Despite trying decent batteries instead of the cheap Chinese batteries supplied...dead as a doornail. However, as it was a free sample I'm not heartbroken but perhaps three stars IS a bit generous in the circumstances !


Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
by Alexander Osterwalder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.31

4.0 out of 5 stars Value Proposition Design., 20 Feb. 2015
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Value Proposition Design lists a team of authors who I understand,previously wrote a best seller within the genre,'Business Model Generation'. Not having read that particular tome but having read quite a few business strategy books recently, I was interested to see what differing perspective the authors had that their peers had missed?
Well,not a huge difference it appears.Although there is plenty of advice on how to maximise potential through developing a coherent business strategy and advice on recognizing the blind alleys which a lot of business practitioners fruitlessly follow, those who run successful businesses or who are students in the field, will recognize this area for themselves.
Although the authors offers interactive elements and access to the Strategyzer.com. website where they can engage with other users, a lot of this material could be filed under 'teaching grandfather to suck eggs' such is it's predictable course.
Possibly of value for those who are less familiar with these theories and strategies.


Unstoppable: Using the Power of Focus to Take Action and Achieve Your Goals
Unstoppable: Using the Power of Focus to Take Action and Achieve Your Goals
by Pete Wilkinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

3.0 out of 5 stars Pete Wilkinson's Unstoppable, 19 Feb. 2015
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I've read quite a few of these business guru books recently. Some offering useful positive advice written in a down to earth style, others rather 'wham,bam,thank you Mam' in their transatlantic zeal! Pete Wilkinson's Unstoppable falls between these categories in its style and delivery. A tool box of ideas,strategies and ways of delivering which will appeal to both businessmen-and women- and business students.
Despite it's in your face title, the author's methods are pretty conservative and matter of fact. In fact, a lot of what is related is just common sense and predictable if you have read these types of books before.
It could be subtitled 'Seize the Day' which basically sums up the thrust of Unstoppable in three words. Interesting but not really revolutionary in its conception or lessons.


Gamechangers: Creating Innovative Strategies for Business and Brands
Gamechangers: Creating Innovative Strategies for Business and Brands
by Peter Fisk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gamechangers: Creating Innovative Strategies., 18 Feb. 2015
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Peter Fisk's Gamechangers is a very readable and entertaining account of businesses who have broken the mould and established themselves at the cutting edge.Aimed I imagine, at Business students and those cutting their teeth in business, Fisk explores the creative dynamic which see some enterprises prosper and flourish when others either tread water or fail completely.
The author offers a tool box of ideas and suggestions based on his wide experience in the field and shows how a commercial strategy can be developed and brought to success and maturity through simple techniques and belief in the product or service.
Straightforward and easy to follow, Fisk's book will be of interest for anyone who has an interest in the world of business and finance.


Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact
Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact
by Mike Clayton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Mike Clayton's Powerhouse, 17 Feb. 2015
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'Many people have described Mike Clayton as a powerhouse' runs the blurb. Not being familiar with Mr Clayton that may or may not be true. However, this business guru who has apparently written twelve books on the subject, offers the reader in Powerhouse a philosophy which the author contends will imbue the reader with a sense of purpose and drive. A positive way of living and working which cannot fail to effect changes in one's day to day life.
In a way these books are like contemporary 'How to win friends and influence people' or 'I can make you a millionaire'! Full of high fiving positivity and optimism which hardly reflects most people's day to day lives.
Mike Clayton offers positivity and advice in spades but can reading a book really make the diffident and reserved individual a dynamic go getter? Interesting and easy to read but personally after reading it and cannot see a new dynamic me emerging from the experience.


GoPro Cameras For Dummies
GoPro Cameras For Dummies
by John Carucci
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.58

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go-Pro Cameras for Dummies, 16 Feb. 2015
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The GoPro camcorder has really taken off in recent years; especially amongst outdoor enthusiasts like skiers,climbers and paragliders who use these nacky little helmet mounted video devices to record the action. Author John Carucci offers his vast experience in all things cam/camera related to guide the user through the techniques and potentialities of the GoPro cam. From the variety of mounts,through shooting techniques right through to post production editing.
With more and more outdoor folk using the GoPro every year and given their competitive price and robustness,this book will, I'm sure be welcomed by a wide readership who wish to exploit the full potential of the cam.


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