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The World as Design: Writings of Design
The World as Design: Writings of Design
by Otl Aicher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.20

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3.0 out of 5 stars design is not art. art is not design, 15 Feb. 2017
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otl aicher (1922-1991) was a german designer, known for his designs for corporate identities, including lufthansa’s, and especially for his posters and graphics for the 1972 munich olympics. he was a founder of the short-lived ulm school of design. aicher also designed a sans serif font, rotis, in which this little book is printed. like most sans serif fonts, it works well in signs and short texts, but is tiring to read in large stretches. reading the book is made harder by aicher’s quirk of never using upper case, reproduced in this 2015 publication of the book written in 1991. german readers may find the banning of capital letters exciting, since they usually have so many of them, but english readers may find it a fatiguing self-indulgence. i’ve let you have a taste of it here.

the grandiose title hides what is actually a set of personal essays on what constitutes successful and unsuccessful design. inside the ranting style are some convincing arguments. some examples: that design should not be based on art and aesthetics, but on fitness for purpose; that good design does not have to depend on using standard elements; that ingenuity pays off (aicher is a big fan of charles eames and of human-powered aircraft); that post-modernism is a waste of space. to get these arguments, and more, you will have to study and penetrate aicher’s writing, a task that must have been especially awful for the poor translator, michael robinson, who has ended up with some clumsy english, but i suspect that he was remaining true to the original german. there are a few small line drawings, possibly aicher’s own, and a few little low-contrast photos.

if you are keenly interested in late twentieth century design, this book is worth the effort. just.


Umbra 118140 746 Rimw Piece 2 in 1 Modern Wall/Standing/Desk Clock - Walnut
Umbra 118140 746 Rimw Piece 2 in 1 Modern Wall/Standing/Desk Clock - Walnut
Price: £40.62

3.0 out of 5 stars Bright hands, dark face, 10 Feb. 2017
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This is a large office clock with a dark face and bright metal hands. The hands are very visible, but the numbers and minute divisions are not. That's because they are pierced through the face, and whether you can see them depends on whether there's something pale behind the clock, or on how the light falls across the face. This seemed a lot like a triumph of design over utility. There's an ordinary battery-powered movement on the back, and this is mysteriously covered by a heavy metal lid that falls off easily. You can hang the clock on the wall, or use a little wooden stand if you want it on a shelf. It does not tick, but is silent as the second hand sweeps smoothly round -- it does not jerk.

You'll buy this if you really like the design, otherwise there is no need to pay so much.


Post-it 12.7 x 44.4 mm Notes Markers Jaipour Pads (Pack of 5)
Post-it 12.7 x 44.4 mm Notes Markers Jaipour Pads (Pack of 5)
Price: £3.06

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful little markers, 8 Feb. 2017
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These paper notes markers are like tiny post-it notes. You can stick them on as page markers in book, magazines or folders, where they stay in place very firmly, and you can peel them off without doing any damage or leaving a mark.In the pack, you get five colours. I ofetn use them to mark magazine articles I mean to come back to, and to mark the place in music scores I am studying. I also use them to write and attach brief notes in books, without having to write on the page. Useful things.


Rapesco Adjustable 6-Hole Organiser/ Diary Punch (Silver)
Rapesco Adjustable 6-Hole Organiser/ Diary Punch (Silver)
Price: £8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Strong punch, 30 Jan. 2017
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If you have a smaller size organiser, planner, or diary that needs 6-hole punched pages, this punch will do the job for you. I'm using it for my pocket-size Filofax, and the punches are easily adjustable to line up correctly for A5 and A6 sizes, too. It is really convenient to be able to punch envelopes, small maps, and home-made divider sheets.

The punch is heavy and strongly made, and ought to last for years.


Android Phones For Dummies
Android Phones For Dummies
by Dan Gookin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to start using Android properly, 17 Jan. 2017
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When you get a new Android phone, you can easily "have a go", and maybe get some advice from friends and family, but I bet you will be missing out on many things that your phone can do. Now here's a Dummies book for once without the awful, grating "humor", and with decent colour illustrations. It concentrates on telling you how to get your phone working as you want it, and how to do things properly. Are you really getting the best out of the camera? Have you got your music sorted? Are your apps and widgets under control? How's your security?

You could learn all this and much more by reading right through the book, but that would be a waste of effort. You can just look up anything you are curious about, with the usual excellent Dummies table of contents at the front, and index at the back. It's also fun to "dip in" every now and then and you might discover something you never guessed was there. It's worth looking at the few pages that cover getting out of trouble, too.

Experienced Android users will, of course, know a lot of this stuff, but if you don't consider yourself an expert...take a look.


ECOVACS ROBOTICS DEEBOT SLIM - Ultra-slim robot vacuum with Direct Suction (optimized for pet hair)
ECOVACS ROBOTICS DEEBOT SLIM - Ultra-slim robot vacuum with Direct Suction (optimized for pet hair)
Price: £179.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Clean sweep for hard floors, 5 Jan. 2017
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If you've got hard floors, this robot will sweep them, but it won't do carpets. To start it up, you press its one button, and it works its way around your rooms, dodging and bumping between furniture legs, avoiding collisions with walls, and popping through doorways when it gets the chance. Left alone for an hour or so, it does a good job, as its path crosses the floor again and again, eventually covering it all. I've got hard flooring in my hall, dining room, kitchen and laundry room, wood and tiles, so the Deebot does a useful job for me. Having experienced what it can do, I wish I also owned a robot that does carpet, for the rest of the house!

As the Deebot runs around, rotating brushes sweep dust and debris underneath the centre of the robot, which then exerts enough suction to pick it all up and deposit it in a small dust box. After each sweep mission, you raise the top lid, lift out the box, and empty it.

It's a bit noisy, so I find it best to leave the area and let it do its job. Some very clever programming enables it to escape from under furniture and to manoeuvre around chair legs. It will occasionally get trapped, and will then beep for help. It also gets tangled in trailing wires which can damage the brushes, so keep them out of the way. There are good instructions, and also a remote control, so you can stop the Deebot, take over its steering and motion, change its cleaning mode, or send it back to its charging base. If it is running low on charge, it will automatically stop cleaning and head back to base. OK, I admit it: I talk to the thing, praising it for getting back to base, telling it off when it hits my shoe, and generally treating it like a small animal.


Marigold Let It Shine Extra Thick Microfibre Cloths, Multicolour, 5 Packs of 4 Cloths
Marigold Let It Shine Extra Thick Microfibre Cloths, Multicolour, 5 Packs of 4 Cloths
Offered by Homecare Essentials Limited
Price: £16.16

3.0 out of 5 stars Bright but not clever, thick but not stupid, 1 Jan. 2017
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These are heavy-duty microfibre cloths that are useful for most kinds of household cleaning. Being microfibre, they are good for wiping shiny surfaces without leaving smears, and will pick up some grease, too. The edges are all securely hemmed, so they should last through many washes without fraying. I like to use them for my several glass-topped tables, mirrors, and computer screens.

My only worry is the very intense colouring. Are they really colour-fast? I would have preferred pastel colours, or white, then they could just go in a hot white wash.

ONE WEEK LATER. Not quite colour-fast! In a hot wash, the green cloth slightly tinted artificial fibres, but did not affect cotton. Many cotton garments are sewn with artificial fibre thread, so watch out. I now have some white cotton pants with pale green thread holding them together. Ah well.


SO & CO New York Women's Quartz Watch with Rose Gold Dial Analogue Display and Rose Gold Stainless Steel FOB Watch 5062.3
SO & CO New York Women's Quartz Watch with Rose Gold Dial Analogue Display and Rose Gold Stainless Steel FOB Watch 5062.3
Price: £54.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Big and sparkling, 28 Dec. 2016
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From the photo, you might think that this was a standard, small, ladies watch -- but check the dimensions. The dial, at 36mm diameter, is the size of a large man's watch, and the bracelet is quite broad and heavy. If you have delicate hands and slim wrists, this won't be for you. The bracelet is sized for a big wrist, and most people will have to get some links removed.

The colour is the very fashionable "rose gold", and there are sparkling crystals around the face and decorating the bracelet, so this is very much a dress watch, with legibility not mattering much. Presentation, in a good-looking black box, is fine. As usual, you can ignore the risible "RRP". The real £67 selling price seems to me about right for this watch.


Sabichi Ice White Suction Grip Rubber Bath Mat 70cm x 40cm
Sabichi Ice White Suction Grip Rubber Bath Mat 70cm x 40cm
Offered by DesireTech-London
Price: £6.47

5.0 out of 5 stars Makes your bath feel much safer, 17 Dec. 2016
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This mat with its many small suckers sticks very well to my smooth plastic bath, and makes me feel a lot more secure when standing up taking a shower. The surface is covered with an array of soft dome-shaped bumps, and somehow the feel of these under my feet is reassuring.

It is good value for money, and does what I want.


Windows 10 All-in-One For Dummies
Windows 10 All-in-One For Dummies
by Woody Leonhard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.98

5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to Windows 10, 17 Dec. 2016
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If you really want to know how to use Windows 10 effectively and without tearing your hair out, this book is for you. Woody Leonhard is a critical writer, who makes it very clear where this annoying operating system lets us down, spies on us, and generally makes our computer use harder than it ought to be. But if you buy a new PC, you'll get Windows 10, so you had better learn how to manage it. I would say that this is not a book for beginners, or anyone who is not fairly competent with a computer. If you already know a bit about Windows 10, or are experienced with Windows 7, you are the target reader.

Leonhard is especially strong in explaining the features in Windows 10 that were not there in earlier versions, and also in explaining how to cope when your favourite feature has been given the chop. If you are wondering what on earth happened to system restore, you can find out, and then learn about Windows 10's new ways for you to get out of trouble, with Restore and Reset. Where did backup go? You can learn about File History, instead.

But the earth and everything in it is not all Microsoft's. Here you will find out how to make Windows 10 and your Android phone work together. And your iPad and iPhone, too. You'll learn a lot about security, troubleshooting, the mysterious workings of OneDrive ... I could go on and on.

I don't suppose anyone is going to read through almost 1000 pages -- we'll dip in as we need to. As in most Dummies books, there is a good index at the back, and a detailed and very helpful table of contents (15 pages of it) at the front. It is worth reading through that table of contents. I kept finding things I did not know much about, and then could not resist immediately turning to the page and taking a look. That was enjoyable, because all the writing is very clear, and there is not a lot of the dreadful, clunky Dummies humour that spoils some of their books. There isn't any colour, so the illustrations are unexciting, but are good enough.

I've got lots of Dummies books, and this is one of the best. I'm very glad that it is on my bookshelf, and I'm referring to it often.


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