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Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
Price: £2.29

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely and unputdownable!, 30 Aug. 2015
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After the Chinese find huge oil and gas resource in the Pacific, the USA is taken by surprise by joint attacks from China and Russia. Unlike previous conflicts the attacks start in space and cyber space. Deprived of its satellites and advanced communication systems the US Navy suffers heavy losses as the coalition occupies Hawaii. To strike back the US cannot rely on its advanced technology; the billions spent on more advanced planes, guided missiles and communication systems are rendered useless by hacking or sabotage. The US has to rely on its people’s ingenuity and low tech guerrilla warfare.

The book is a true page turner. In addition to being unputdownable the book is timely and relevant; today China is provoking its neighbouring countries with its claims over the South China Sea. Russia has annexed Crimea and controls parts of Ukraine. Important US databases have been hacked probably by China and Russia. The book is about what would happen if this “cold” war would turn hot?

What lets the book down a bit is the detailed description of weapons systems and other technicalities that the average reader might find unnecessary.

A bit worryingly the book opens with an American P8 surveillance plane that is ordered by the Chinese Navy to leave the area, a similar incident took place a couple of months ago: “This is the Chinese Navy. You go”.


Yousave Accessories Tough Mesh Combo Silicone Cover Case for Nokia Lumia 630/635 - Green
Yousave Accessories Tough Mesh Combo Silicone Cover Case for Nokia Lumia 630/635 - Green
Offered by Yousave Accessories
Price: £0.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Not fit for purpose, 10 July 2015
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Does not fit the Nokia Limina 635 as the cover falls off.


Terratek 18V Cordless Drill Kit, Variable Speed Electric Screwdriver Complete with 120pc Accessory Set
Terratek 18V Cordless Drill Kit, Variable Speed Electric Screwdriver Complete with 120pc Accessory Set
Offered by Futura Direct Ltd
Price: £44.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a drill but a screwdriver!, 21 July 2014
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Given the price of the drill and the mainly positive reviews I purchased this drill. However the drill lacks the power a basic drill needs and I was unable to drill through a 15mm particle board. I am sure the item will be fine as a screwdriver, but as a drill it's totally useless. The drill was returned promptly and I got a refund from Amazon.


Garmin Speed/Cadence Sensor For Garmin Forerunner/Edge/Virb Elite/Montana/Oregon
Garmin Speed/Cadence Sensor For Garmin Forerunner/Edge/Virb Elite/Montana/Oregon

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful gadget but don't soak it!, 11 Nov. 2013
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This is my second unit as the previous one stopped working after a year probably because some water got inside the unit. I would advice you to follow the instructions closely so that you set up the unit correctly for water resistance. It’s also a good idea to cover the unit with cling film while you wash your bike.

The unit is fairly easy to set up, as the unit calibrates itself, but you have to be precise where you put the magnets. The GSC-10 gives cadence information to your Garmin unit (or an ANT+ compatible device), and provides speed information when you don’t have GPS coverage – for example when riding under the cover of trees or using your turbo trainer at home.


Scott And Amundsen: The Last Place on Earth
Scott And Amundsen: The Last Place on Earth
by Roland Huntford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and a pleasure to read, 27 Aug. 2013
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At the time of publishing this book in 1979, there was an injunction taken out to ban the book indefinitely. In addition the author of the book Roland Huntford was for a period banned from Cambridge University library for having used his sources to portray Scott in a negative light; you should definitely not write something negative about a perceived British National Hero!

Learning about these events triggered my curiosity and I simply had to purchase (and read!) this book. It is eloquently written and well researched. This book is not about putting Scott in a negative light, but more to give Amundsen the credit he deserves.

Amundsen combines the use of Eskimo dogs with the Norwegian tradition of skiing. Huntford describes how Amundsen for years planned, trained and prepared for his Polar travel. One of the author's main points is that the success behind Amundsen's South Pole expedition was down to hard work, he was not "lucky" with the weather, or had found a pleasantly short way to the Pole. At the time of the publishing of this book (1979) this seems to have been largely overlooked or forgot in Britain. The route to the Pole chosen by Amundsen was unknown territory, as opposed to Scott who followed Shackleton's route to 88 degrees South.

Huntford portrays Scott as someone who does not want to learn from others, nor from his own mistakes; he chose to use ponies instead of dogs, and using skis correctly was merely an afterthought (he brought dogs and skis with him, but did not bother to learn how to use them), his food provisions were too few and too far apart, last minute he took on a fifth person in the team going to the Pole although he only had provided food for four. His equipment was not thoroughly tested. The book gives a devastating, but fair, portrait of Scott: he's the one to blame for the failure of the expedition, and the death of his polar party.

Roland Huntford is by many seen as the reference author on polar travel expeditions. If you are interested in the history of polar exploration I recommend this book 100%.


Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000  (Retail Packaging)
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 (Retail Packaging)
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality camera, 13 Jun. 2013
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I purchased the camera mainly for video calling ( Skype, etc), and I am very happy with it. The camera is light and small, gives clear pictures ( not the grainy ones you get from the in-built laptop cameras), handles contrast very well and has a good microphone. It is also easy to place on top of your screen, or elsewhere on your desk. I definitely recommend it.


Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i for PC/MAC
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i for PC/MAC
Price: £169.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and user friendly scanner, 13 Jun. 2013
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I purchased this scanner for personal use to scan paper documents and free up space in my office. Previously I had a flatbed scanner that gave good quality scan, but was very very slow.
The Scansnap 1300 is very easy to set up and use - you install the software (cd provided), plug the scanner and you're ready to scan. Although it says 12 page per minute this is at the lowest resolution, which for me was not good enough as I might have to print out the scanned documents one day. I increased the scan quality which slows down the scanning, but it's still a very fast scanner as it has a paper feeder and does two side scanning in one go. Scanning a batch of 10 -12 pages goes like a dream. The provided software is easy to use and gives you many possibilities for adjustments; you can scan directly to Dropbox, or set the compression rate of the files, etc. The file format is pdf. If you plan to get rid of your paper archive this scanner does the job.


Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, License Card, 1 User (PC)
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013, License Card, 1 User (PC)
Offered by Tech-Select UK
Price: £79.99

82 of 92 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unacceptable licensing agreement, 8 Feb. 2013
I purchased this software, but once I became aware of the consequences of the licensing agreement I asked for a refund. In fact Microsoft don't sell you the software, the grant you a license of use; you can install and run the software on a computer as long as you comply with the Microsoft T&C. You can only install the software on one pc. If your PC dies or stops working you will have to buy a new licence. What happens if your hard drive crashes, or you have to replace other components in your computer? You are dependent on Microsoft goodwill to be able to re-install your software. I am not going to take that risk.

Update July 2013
At the time of writing the review (February 2013) Microsoft would not let you re-install the software. Microsoft has since then reluctantly changed its policy after pressure from end users and the T&C now states that; "You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you, but not more than one time every 90 days (except due to hardware failure, in which case you may transfer sooner)." Which is clearly an improvement.
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Kata GDC E-702 Elements Cover For DSLR Cameras
Kata GDC E-702 Elements Cover For DSLR Cameras

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Allows photography in bad weather, 9 Nov. 2010
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I have used the raincover in the past weeks for outdoor photography in the rain. The cover protects your camera as well as your lens from rain while you still have access to all the cameras functions through the sleaves on the side. I don't have any problems in operating my camera or zooming. You have a clear view on the camera controls and LCD display through the transparent parts of the cover. Easy to fit on and off - however taking pictures in the rain will always be more complicated than when the sun shines!


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and good value for money, 18 Oct. 2010
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Purchased this daysack mainly for hiking and cycling. Another reason is that the sack fits the dimensions to be taken as carry on luggage with airliners. The volume of the rucksack can be adjusted according to your needs. Very light and solidly built, comfortable to wear, although the hip belt could have been more supportive. Good value for money.


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