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Philips Sonicare HX6014/26 Pro Results Brush Heads Standard Pack of 4
Philips Sonicare HX6014/26 Pro Results Brush Heads Standard Pack of 4
Price: £21.16

3.0 out of 5 stars Very expensive, terrible packaging, 13 Oct. 2014
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Can't complain about the brush heads themselves except that they're hideously expensive and the packaging is the worst I've ever come across. It's almost impossible to open the sealed plastic shell without cutting oneself.

Oregon Scientific - All Terrain Action Camera
Oregon Scientific - All Terrain Action Camera
Offered by AOT (UK VAT registered)
Price: £78.89

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but has some limitations, 27 Jan. 2009
I bought this to for filming idiot drivers on my cycle commute to work, and with the supplied mounts it attaches easily and securely either to my bicycle or helmet. A ring mount round the camera's body means it can be mounted at any angle perpendicular to the camera's axis.

It's basically a ruggedised weatherproof webcam, running off a pair of AA batteries. Picture quality is good in daylight, but its low-light response is poor, so it's not much use at night. There's a rolling shutter so vertical lines get sheared during pans, but it's not too bad. Unfortunately sound quality is very poor indeed, practically useless. The 32MB internal memory won't last long so you really do need to buy a memory card for it - a 4GB card will provide about two hours' recording time at the top resolution of 640x480 at 30fps. Video is stored as AVI files encoded in M-JPEG.

The camera has just three buttons and most of the time you'll only need access to the on/off and start/top buttons. The buttons could do with being a little larger as they're difficult to press with gloved hands. A third button is for accessing camera functions such as setting the date/time and selecting the recording quality. The small LCD screen has no illumination and some of the symbols are hard to read, but most of these functions are only required occasionally.

The software provided is very frugal; only drivers for Windows are supplied. It can be used as a webcam attached to a PC, but with its USB1.1 interface it can't manage its full resolution and frame rate. Transfer rates from the camera are also hampered by the slow interface, so it's advisable to have a SD card reader to hand for transferring video files from it.

Also included in the package are USB and RCA video cables, a carrying bag, two AA batteries and a printed manual in a variety of European languages.

Despite its limitations, it's great fun. With it's light weight and the supplied mounts it can be mounted on almost anything, and it's clearly built to take knocks so it'll survive accidents. It could do with a decent microphone and better sensitivity in low light but its versatility more than makes up for its shortcomings. M/F Replacement PS/2 Keyboard to USB Adapter M/F Replacement PS/2 Keyboard to USB Adapter
Price: £1.73

76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Note the word REPLACEMENT in the product description, 15 Jan. 2008
Don't bother purchasing this if you have a plain PS/2 keyboard you wish to use in a USB port.

This adapter will only work for those keyboards that have combined PS/2 and USB logic within them, it won't magically make any old PS/2 keyboard work with a USB port.

It's only any use to replace an adapter that comes with a PS/2 / USB keyboard.
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Professional Apache Tomcat 5 (Programmer to Programmer)
Professional Apache Tomcat 5 (Programmer to Programmer)
by Vivek Chopra
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.99

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to see Wrox back, 28 Jun. 2004
Development of the Apache project's Tomcat JSP and Servlet engine continues apace, and again, Wrox has done a good job in swiftly getting a book to market which covers the latest version.
Wrox's earlier book by many of the same authors, 'Professional Apache Tomcat' covered versions 3 and 4. This book no longer contains any material specific to version 3, but has had a major overhaul and concentrates on Tomcat 5, though it's still useful and relevant to administrators working with version 4.1 and up.
Like its predecessor, the book covers the installation and management of Tomcat in great depth on both Unix and Windows. Its Unix coverage is geared towards Linux in favour of any other version of Unix, but in practice there's nothing particularly Linux specific and users of other Unix variants will have no problems following the examples.
As with the previous edition, the first two chapters provide background to the
Apache project, J2EE and the evolution of web application technologies from CGI to JSP. Detailed chapters on installation and architecture follow. Only installation of the Tomcat binaries is here though; building Tomcat from source with Ant is not discussed at all (however, Ant is referred to throughout the book, mainly in relation to application building and deployment, and gets an appendix of its own). The architecture description is unchanged from the previous edition, but remains an excellent overview of Tomcat's internal components.
And on to the nuts and bolts. A lot of space is given to the new web-based administration tool (itself a web application handled by Tomcat), but at all points the underlying affects on Tomcat's raw XML configuration files is made clear, so the command line junkies - or those who choose not to enable the Administration Tool at all - are catered for in parallel with the point-and-click brigade. Web application configuration and management is much expanded, now covering Servlet 2.4 descriptors as well as those for 2.3.
Tomcat's HTTP connectors, employed when Tomcat is set up as a stand alone web and application server are described in a single chapter, but new to this book are details of using the SSI and CGI servlets which are new features of Tomcat 4.x and 5.
For non-trivial installations, one would wish to integrate Tomcat with a web server, creating an environment in which the web server delegates dynamic content to Tomcat which otherwise no longer handles HTTP directly. There are a number of protocols available for Tomcat which provide the connection to a web server. As these protocols have stabilised in Tomcat, so the book no longer covers the older, largely deprecated connectors beyond a brief description of each. It then concentrates almost solely on the JK2 implementation of AJP.
This whole area is a lot clearer than it was in the earlier book: a short chapter provides the background and describes the protocols used to connect the web server and Tomcat, followed by a chapter devoted to each of Apache (for both Unix and Windows) and Microsoft's IIS web server using the JK2 connector. I was a little disappointed to find that Sun's web server gets no mention at all, particularly as up-to-date official documentation in relation to it appears to be non-existent. Nonetheless, what's here for Apache and IIS is very good; Apache users get a better deal than their IIS counterparts though - the load balancing and SSL integration sections are far more complete in the IIS chapter.
That completes the first half of the book, and for many uses will provide more than enough information to get a good understanding of Tomcat and a working service. Six more chapters go into great detail about Tomcat's other features. Separate chapters exploring JDBC connectivity, the new JMX features of version 5 and Java class loaders really earns the book its Professional tag. Arguably more useful (in my case at least) are the chapters dedicated to security, clustering for fail-safe operation and embedding Tomcat within an application - absolutely everything is here. The chapter on server load testing proved to be a great help to me just for the inclusion of the use of JMeter, another Apache project which is useful for all manner of web server benchmarking.
Tomcat's documentation is more than adequate for quickly setting up a Tomcat server, but dig much deeper and it quickly becomes difficult to find what you're looking for. Having a book like this with everything to hand makes life a lot easier, and in any case it's worth much more than the official documentation.
Criticisms? I'd like to have seen an appendix or two giving a summary of the
main Tomcat configuration files and server.xml; as
it is not quite everything is covered and what is spread across different chapters. At the moment I'm working with Sun's web server and Tomcat and it would have been great to have a chapter dedicated to this particular setup, particularly as far as JK2 is concerned.
Wrox had some difficulties last year when its parent company collapsed, but now that Wiley have taken over, it's good to see them back on their feet and continuing to produce books like this, complete with their familiar red covers (...and dodgy author photographs). Highly recommended.

Professional Apache Tomcat (Programmer to Programmer)
Professional Apache Tomcat (Programmer to Programmer)
by Vivek Chopra
Edition: Paperback

30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Tomcat Book, 14 Nov. 2002
Tomcat is a subproject of the Apache Software Foundation's Jakarta project, its purpose being to serve Java Servlets and JavaServer Pages. It's a complex piece of software and though the documentation is very comprehensive, it helps to have a good reference work to hand. There aren't many books on the subject to choose from, so a publisher could make a fast buck putting out an incomplete work lacking in depth. Fortunately Wrox Press has done a great job with its new publication Professional Apache Tomcat.
The book covers every aspect of installing and configuring Tomcat in a great deal of depth, detailing its every aspect. From standalone use (where Tomcat is used as a general web server as well as for serving Java content), to integration with the leading web servers Apache (both Unix and Windows versions) and Microsoft's Internet Information Services, nothing appears to have been left out (however, integration with Netscape's Enterprise Server is mentioned in passing early on, but doesn't appear again).
Being only a month old, it's pretty much bang up to date, covering Tomcat 3.x, 4.0.x and 4.1.x with Apache 1.3.x and 2.0.x and IIS 4 and 5.
The book starts with an introduction to the Apache project, and Tomcat's place in the wider scheme of things. The historical progression in serving dynamic web content from CGI to Servlets and JSP is charted, and there's an overview of JSP tags and general web application architecture. This is interesting enough and useful as background, but as this book is intended for administrators, it's covered quickly in the first two chapters, and the main business of installing Tomcat gets underway in chapter 3.
Installation is discussed with both Windows and Linux users in mind, from both binary and source distributions. As the Tomcat source is usually built with Ant, build and installation of this tool is also discussed (Ant and Log4j, both also part of Jakarta, get chapters of their own later in the book). From there, basic configuration of the standalone server followed by detailed examinations of the components that make up Tomcat's architecture fills the next 200 or so pages.
Serious users of Tomcat will wish to employ Tomcat with an existing web server, and four chapters concentrate on this job. There is more emphasis on Apache than IIS, though given Apache's dominance of the web server field, this is understandable. Though there is inevitably a certain amount of detail aimed at Apache and IIS configuration, and a basic knowledge of both is assumed throughout. However, any necessary information is included in detail; for example the (Apache) connector modules mod_webapp and mod_jk/jk2 are given a thorough treatment, describing their use from source installation to configuration, together with the pros and cons of the various connectors available. Beyond that, we learn how to design larger-scale setups, with an explanation of load balancing techniques and scaling of the system, and performance testing with JMeter, yet another Jakarta project component.
As ever, security is a major concern and gets a lot of emphasis. Before client authentication and the use of SSL are discussed, there's an overview of basic system security with Unix and Windows. This should be teaching granny to suck eggs for a book aimed at administrators, but it's only a few pages and completes the subject. More interesting are the sections on security realms and user/client authentication. We are presented with examples of authenticating against a MySQL database with JDBC (database connectivity with JDBC is a big enough subject in its own right, and so gets a separate chapter too), and digest authentication. We then move on to encryption with SSL: using Tomcat itself with the JSSE and PureTLS Java SSL implementations, then later with Apache and SSL (setting up mod_ssl with Apache gets a very useful appendix of its own, taken from Professional Apache 2.0, another Wrox book). Again, there's lots of detail, right down to how to get hold of signed certificates for your server. Here the book's general emphasis on Apache over IIS is most apparent, as SSL with IIS is not discussed at all. However, I have no experience with IIS, so I can't say for sure how serious this omission might be.
There's a very brief appendix on setting up Apache's Axis SOAP toolkit, but without any mention of SOAP appearing elsewhere in the book. As other concepts are introduced so well, it's a curious addition.
With nine co-authors (though only four got onto the cover photograph - I wonder if they drew straws?), one might expect wildly different styles throughout the book, but each chapter is consistently and clearly laid out with diagrams and relevant configuration file fragments where necessary. There's little levity and it's all written in a very business-like manner, but then this is hardly a subject you'd choose for holiday reading.
Professional Apache Tomcat is surely the definitive book on the subject. I recently used it to integrate Tomcat 4 with an existing Apache 2 installation, and everything went very smoothly. More than just a set of tutorials it offers a thorough description of the whole architecture, and makes an excellent companion to Wrox's Professional Apache.

Professional Apache 2 (Programmer to Programmer)
Professional Apache 2 (Programmer to Programmer)
by Peter Wainwright
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource for Apache administrators, 2 July 2002
Peter Wainwright has done another fine job of covering the installation, configuration and running of Apache, this
time focussing on version 2.0 of the application.
Much of the material in this book was covered in his previous edition (Professional Apache), though the obvious
emphasis here is on Apache 2.0. However, Apache 1.3 isn't ignored and the book is still useful for anyone using
that version, as well as anyone simply migrating to 2.0.
As before, it starts with a basic overview of the HTTP protocol, TCP/IP and server hardware. These are useful for
beginners, but I'd hope that anyone thinking of running a web server would have this knowledge already.
The section on improving web server security has been expanded into its own chapter and includes plenty of useful
system security and integrity advice not peculiar to web servers, but crucial nonetheless. The chapter on
extending Apache with third-party modules has had an overhaul too, now covering the likes of WebDAV and
mod_python. mod_perl, which has changed drastically for Apache 2.0, is also covered in detail for both versions of
I've recently built an Apache 2.0 server from scratch using nothing but this book, and apart from a couple of
typos I've found it to have covered every step of the way without coming across any errors or omissions (the index
is very good but in the May 2002 print I have some of the entries are one page out). The book is still very
Unix-centric, though there seems to be more specific information for Windows users than in the previous edition.
But then who would run Apache on Windows anyway? The author makes his views clear near the start of the book that
Unix is a preferable platform, but for the masochists there seems to be enough information to get Apache running
on Windows.
If I have any complaints it's that perhaps the chapter on monitoring Apache could have been expanded somewhat in
its description of log analysis tools. Only Analog is covered in any depth, though it is described in plenty of
detail from installation to configuration and is arguably the most useful analyser out there anyway.
Professional Apache 2.0 isn't a bed-time read, but it's an excellent tutorial and reference for the Apache
administrator and far more useful than the online documentation. If you are planning to install or run Apache,
then I highly recommend this book.

The Very Best of Steptoe and Son [1962] [DVD]
The Very Best of Steptoe and Son [1962] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wilfrid Brambell
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £3.64

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lacklustre effort from the Beeb, 31 Oct. 2001
If you're a fan of Steptoe & Son and you're replacing your VHS collection, then this disc is worth buying, if only because we're unlikely to see a better effort. The picture quality isn't very good as might be expected with such old material, but the main problem is that a disc with an entire series could have been produced instead of the rag-and-bone collection we have here. As there are three episodes from series 7 conspicuously absent even though they've been released on VHS in the past, I can only hope the BBC haven't managed to lose them in recent years, as they've managed to do with so many other Steptoe episodes.
On the plus side, there's what appears to be a recent interview (about 25 minutes long) with Galton and Simpson which is a nice extra.
Encouragingly, the disc calls itself volume 1, so hopefully we can expect some more episodes on DVD soon.

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