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SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive 64 GB
SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive 64 GB

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome functionality, 17 April 2014
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Let me tell you the ways I love this:

The Sandisk media app works nicely. You need to get this from Google Play, iTunes and Amazon. Its a nice interface and all the files show up. When hooked up to PC by USB 2.0, it is just like any drive. (its Ex FAT format) You can upload pictures and video files from phone/tablet to the drive in its Media upload drive folder. Using the app on your phone/tablet, the drive appears as a second tab. You can see the battery life in the settings of the app. Much thought has been put into this.

It has 8 hours battery life which is better than all but top range pcs and tablets.

The SD card slot allows increased storage space but also the ability to pop a card out of camera and see pics/media on the bigger screen of your tablet/ or simultaneously.

I was able to stream the content onto 4 devices at once, near flawlessly. It stuttered with new connections added, but not unbearably so.

Here are the cons which I would suggest as possible points of improvements.
USB 2.0 not only impact on transfer speeds but battery charging times. Sandisk there is another reason for you to go 3.0

The internet hop through feature is brilliant (meaning you latch on to existing network so that it appears as a network drive withing that network) but it is there when the problems start with video streaming.

I would strongly suggest this for anyone needing the functionality. Think of what it could do for entertainment in the car, group tutorials, etc. It also expands the possibilities of a dedicated camera. Take photos/video of a lecture, then stream.


SanDisk 32GB Ultra Android Dual Drive
SanDisk 32GB Ultra Android Dual Drive
Offered by MemoryLab
Price: £8.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Convenient, 17 April 2014
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This is a great little stick with both USB2 and microUSB which allows transfer of data between computer and micro-USB equipped devices. Of course you can do this via appropriate connector but you probably don't want to be doing this regularly for large video files or large folders and clogging up internal memory of which more and more manufacturers are eschewing.

So what cons do you need to know?

The retractability feature is protective, but the "expandability" may affect your ability to use it. See that thick cover on the stick? It does mean the USB or micro USB can't sit flush in the socket through the fault of cases or casing.

It does affect battery life of the phone. A video file read from stick or written onto memory does take a portion of your battery life, Not much once or twice, but enough to know you should use the right cable for that. And using a bable technically means you're providing some charge instead of using it. The percentage obviously depends on your battery size.

That said, I would highly recommend for any android user that can't make use of a microSD card. You could use a OTG cable but that's one more thing to carry, and I would look in askance if you had one in your pocket at all times.


Calculation Skills for Nurses: Student Survival Skills
Calculation Skills for Nurses: Student Survival Skills
by Claire Boyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 17 April 2014
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This is a good book as a companion reference as well as a pocketbook. It is very easy to read an follow and the worked examples are inviting. The latter is important because the usual method in the medical field for calculations is to seek an example and use the values you are working with at that point in time. Of course working through the examples and committing them to memory is essential for exams, but at 4 am and let's say a junior doctor who prescribes something bleary eyed- I know which one is easier to prefer.

This rates with the best out there. Highly recommended.


Medicine Management Skills for Nurses: Student Survival Skills
Medicine Management Skills for Nurses: Student Survival Skills
by Claire Boyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Important but be aware of local variations in protocol, 17 April 2014
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This is an important resource but not vital. There should be a designated medicine management protocol and it should be in written form in EVERY ward. That's where the student nurse should be directed to during her introduction to the ward. I am fairly certain that every Trust is different, so to rely on this on the ward is probably not ideal.

However I do know it is important for students to have some kind of knowledge base before hitting placements. This is where this book comes in to its worth. While there is no substitute for practical experience, you need to be in a practical situation to achieve that- and you don't want to go into that blind.


Clinical Skills for Nurses: Student Survival Skills
Clinical Skills for Nurses: Student Survival Skills
by Claire Boyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great clinical skills book, 17 April 2014
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This is a very good companion for the student nurse or medical student. Have this onboard and you have a good base for clinical skills when you go to the wards for the first time.

There are more detailed techniques not covered, but as something to fit in your pocket and making sure you've got the basics right- this is wonderful. You may want to make use of sticky notes for any local variations of procedures.

My recommendation? When you feel you don't need it any more, you pass it on to the green student you're mentoring.


The Mr Porter Paperback: The Manual for a Stylish Life - Volume Two: 2
The Mr Porter Paperback: The Manual for a Stylish Life - Volume Two: 2
by Jeremy Langmead
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.44

4.0 out of 5 stars It depends on your point of view, 17 April 2014
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Elegance, sartorial or otherwise, is covered in great detail here. This is the Western/Caucasian meaning of the word, and makes for interesting reading. It does make me wonder about what was covered in Volume 1, and it follows to wonder whether I am vain.

Here is a disclaimer, I look at the male section of the Fashion supplements in Sunday broadsheets and responses range from admiration and envy to "what the heck?" So this provides some form to my nebulous musings,

The chapters are highly readable, and it follows that ideas and themes that come up on the Mr Porter's website have been expanded to the printed form. For anyone snubbing the effort for snobbishness, here is a thought: think of the ridiculous things boys are into and imagine if you whisked one of those aspects away and got them interested in this book instead.

I would recommend it for the young man beginning to find his style.


International Security: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
International Security: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Christopher S. Browning
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected and readable., 17 April 2014
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"International Security" provokes the cool balanced tones of political apparatchik mixed with military deliberations in strategic think tanks.

Mr Browning invokes socio-economic arguments and the view from the more deprives areas of the world. There is a lot to like in his writing and at times I occasionally thought the shorter format did not do him any justice. That said, I also felt the impression that there were major issues that could have had more coverage. I would certainly recommend this to the lay person, and there are certain aspects that would enrich debate,


Designing and Conducting Business Surveys (Wiley Series in Survey Methodology)
Designing and Conducting Business Surveys (Wiley Series in Survey Methodology)
by Ger Snijkers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £58.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, 17 April 2014
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This is detailed text on compiling your own business surveys and the most effective way to conduct them. Statistical approaches are covered and more importantly, how certain types of surveys handle those statistical approaches.

Having been through this book, I went through the university library to see if there were any equivalent, just for kicks. There wasn't anything outright, although there were a number of books that had sections touching upon this, usually in the marketing/statistics section and not in as much detail. It does get slightly difficult to read in parts, but I admit I am a layman who knows a bit about statistics.

I think that says it plenty.


How to Change Your Life: Who am I and What Should I Do with My Life?
How to Change Your Life: Who am I and What Should I Do with My Life?
by Benjamin Bonetti
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Earnest and easy to access., 17 April 2014
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This book is written in an earnest tone and easy to read and relate to. The advice is fairly generic although the author does try to jazz it up with his own examples as a celebrity life coach. Its straightforward and when put on paper, looks more impressive than the common sense approaches it suggests. I dare say that I am looking at this through a jaundiced eye of reading many self help books. There is a possibility that a "new" reader might find this good.


Easy Russian for English Speakers Vol. 1 & 2: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian; From everyday essentials to Chekhov, Pushkin, Gagarin and Shakespeare
Easy Russian for English Speakers Vol. 1 & 2: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian; From everyday essentials to Chekhov, Pushkin, Gagarin and Shakespeare
by Max Bollinger
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £17.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly off 'putin, 17 April 2014
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This is not something you want to use as your first Russian resource. The first CD is a terrible introduction where it feels like the rapid tempo of everyday conversation is being used as they fire phrases at you. The second CD is much more interesting with references to Russian literary works and culture. Its great if you have the basics but if you don't,- beware.

I would recommend looking through the relevant website first as that is an important resource. Dive straight into it like I did and prepare to be lost. Not something to pop into your car's CD player uninitiated.


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