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Humax FVP-4000T 500 GB Freeview Play HD TV Recorder - Mocha
Humax FVP-4000T 500 GB Freeview Play HD TV Recorder - Mocha
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing first release of the platform by Humax, 12 Dec. 2015
My Humax PVR-9300T started resetting itself so I thought it was time for an update. So for the good points

It use HDMI for connectivity
It offers x8 fast forward that the 9300 didn't have for some reason
It supports wi-fi so software updates should be straight forward

That's about it as the user interface looks like someone who has just done a UX design course has been let loose on it. Yes it is slow to load but more importantly the interface is a mess. The current programme is 'expanded' using a large overladed box so that it hides the programme next in the schedule and there appears to be no way to turn this functionality off. This leads to a cluttered interface which follows through into the other elements - when the information is displayed about a programme (push ok and the ok again - there is now 'info' button as on the old boxes) the text is pushed to the right by the large programme image (which is often blank) and therefore the text is small and hard to read. The play screen includes the 'buttons' below the time line bar which means that it overlays the bottom 1/4 of the screen which is a distraction

This brings us on to the system architecture - they appear to be dynamically loading the programme information and not caching it. This is really shows the immaturity of the product. In addition, as noted in some reviews it runs very hot and therefore for peace of mind it needs to be put in standby when not being used. When it is turned on it takes nearly 30 second before the signal is available to the TV which is annoying (I left the old 9300T on to get around this issue).

This is really a disappointing product and Humax don't appear to be pro-actively developing it as there have been no update sine the first release.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Not AC/DC compatible and overheating leading to an unpleasant smell, 27 Oct. 2015
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I brought a couple of these to replace halogen bulbs but found that they offer poor value. They claim to be AC/DC but the first one failed when fed with a 12V AC supply which led to the need to buy a 12V DC LED driver (another £15). The other bulb works but it seems to over heat in the halogen light fitting which has led to an unpleasant smell. I thought they would 'burn in' and the smell would reduce but that doesn't appear to be the case. In addition they are 6000K which gives a very harsh white light and lack any warm. I've concluded that these are not suitable for my use and will look for alternatives.


Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders
Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders
by Jennifer Garvey Berger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £28.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Half the story, 24 Sept. 2015
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I think this is a great book as it introduces the Cynefin framework and explores it implications for management today. The issue I have is that it doesn’t go far enough – where they talk of a directional vision statement it is keeping the idea of a vision which has no agency in a complex environment. The term ‘guard rails’ is used in preference to context free constraints which is fine but there is no mention of context sensitive constraints and the implications of these. This means that they provide half of the answer but it is incomplete and doesn’t really touch on innovation. I can’t assess from the material if this is an oversight on their part or a lack of understanding of the underlying theory of complexity. With these reservations I still think it is worth reading.


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1.0 out of 5 stars This is a really cheap unit. The magnets are ..., 29 Jun. 2015
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This is a really cheap unit. The magnets are extremely weak, compared to the Pebble supplied cable and struggle to hold on to the phone. This is compounded by the short stiff cable so you have to be very careful in attaching the watch otherwise the watch will not charge.


Modern Race Navigation: Expedition Software in Action
Modern Race Navigation: Expedition Software in Action
Price: £22.08

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent review of modern race navigation, 12 Jun. 2014
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This book, although short, contains a wealth of information, not only on how to use Expedition but also the related sources and tools that are useful whether coastal sailing or crossing an ocean.

It doesn't dwell on the basics so it is still worth while having a copy of one of Stuart Quarries's navigation books on your shelve.

Highly recommended - get an copy


The Economist: Managing Uncertainty: Strategies for surviving and thriving in turbulent times
The Economist: Managing Uncertainty: Strategies for surviving and thriving in turbulent times

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting review but only draws on current practices, 12 Jun. 2014
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The book starts with a quote from Donald Rumsfield which is actual a paraphrasing of Snowden but it then draws mostly on contemporary management thinking to attempt to address uncertainty, where I think it would have benefited from looking at some of the complexity material.

Uncertainty is not new and it has always existed but we only recently come to understand, with the help of complexity science, that there is a class of systems that exhibit this characteristic and are not casual. This means that we can't model these system although they can be stable and are dispositional in nature. In the past we have muddled along but now as this becomes a widely seen in markets we need some tools and practices that will help us.

In the concluding chapter they note that when interviewees were asked what would help them that they asked for practices and framework and then they go on to recount the capabilities that they see an organisation needs. These are just that capabilities and they, in themselves don't provide practices and a framework to help deal with uncertainty

They also note that, later in the same chapter, that contrary to the views of many management thinkers (Hamel and Handy are mentioned) that in uncertain times approaches should be evolution and not revolutionary. This is correct but it would have been nice to have seen this point mentioned towards the start of the book and then developed and elaborated.

Overall I was disappointed and would have like to see them move beyond the contemporary management thinking and look at what Cilliers, Juarrero, Snowden and Stacey could add to the dialogue.


2016 Optimum Time Series 12 Sailing Watch Black 1231
2016 Optimum Time Series 12 Sailing Watch Black 1231

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor update, 12 Jun. 2014
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I brought this watch as I thought it was an evolution of the OC4, which is not longer sold. First the good bit, which is that the flexible wrist strap which is much more comfortable than the older watches, in particular the OC4. Unfortunately that is that.

The display is like a throw back to a Sinclair device of the 70s with it blocky pixelulated display. When we have screens that have over 200 pixels per inch I can't understand why they need to use the display they have. It makes the numbers hard to read and it also leads to the proportions being wrong - look at Suunto. This means that the day of the week characters are too large in comparison to the time digits which doesn't help readability. The digits are smaller than those on the OC4 but the watch is basically the same size.

The other annoying thing is that the light is now triggered by holding down the prog button for 2 seconds. Not very useful when you are halfway across the english channel and need a quick time check. I would have preferred some means of locking the start/stop button to stop the countdown being interrupted.

Oh the wrist strap it is secured with very small hexs screws so I don't think I'll be trying it on the OC4


Gigaset S810H Single Handset ( DECT,Bluetooth,Hands Free Functionality, Low Radiation )
Gigaset S810H Single Handset ( DECT,Bluetooth,Hands Free Functionality, Low Radiation )

1.0 out of 5 stars Not UK compatiable, 31 May 2014
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Item arrived with a 2 pin mains unit and it uses a special spade power fitting so the only option was to return it


Kindle Paperwhite (5th generation), 6" High Resolution Display (212 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
Kindle Paperwhite (5th generation), 6" High Resolution Display (212 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi

2.0 out of 5 stars New software update backwards step, 27 May 2014
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There are two things that I find really annoying about the update

Previously if you had reading progress set to show the time remaining in chapter, when you accessed the menu the reading progress would show the time remaining in the book. With the update the time remaining does not change so in order to get a view of how far through the book you are you have to go to menu, reading progress and change it to book and then flip it back. There is no option that I can find that replicates the old behaviour

Notes are now show as a tab on the contents page which uses the 'scroll bar' to navigation. I have always found this fiddly and much prefer the pagination approach as the pages switches are much more reliable. Also your personal notes and public notes are now separated. I found it interested to see all of them in one place as it provides context. Again there appears to be no option to change

Overall only 2 stars as I think this is a backwards step


Pure Jongo S3 Wireless speaker with WiFi and Bluetooth - Black
Pure Jongo S3 Wireless speaker with WiFi and Bluetooth - Black

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great audio but platform support limited and interface not intuitive, 21 April 2013
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I brought one of these with a view that my children could use it to stream music around the house from their phones and laptops. Have been very disappointing in the platform support as it is limited to apps and bluetooth. I still can't stream music from the laptops (Windows or Mac).

The Apple app works and the updated Android version (25/3/13) now works and no longer hangs. Windows media player see the device but can't connect to it. The user interface is confusing - to play music from a device you need to start the app, select 'start playing now', select 'browse' from the 'Discover' menu, tab across to 'on this device', select the music you want to play, then press the 'P' symbol to display the Pure devices and then select the unit to play to.

The Pure support forms have only the standard information and don't yet contain anything of any use. They seem to have targeted this at too narrow a market and connectivity needs development, along with a more intuitive and simple interface for the apps need . Sound quality is good but overall very disappointed and not what I've come to expect from Pure.
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