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Mac OS X Unix Toolbox
Mac OS X Unix Toolbox
by Thomas Myer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A useless book for nobody, 15 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Mac OS X Unix Toolbox (Paperback)
I can't figure out who this book is aimed at. It says in the book that it is for people with experience of unix systems who want to learn how to use those skills on a mac, but this is completely stupid because 99% of unix commands are the same for Bash on osx as they are for Bash on other unix based OSs. As i read through the book I found that NOTHING is explained at all, it's like reading the author's notes on the subject.
Commands like 'ls' might be obvious (list), but other commands like 'ifconfig' mean nothing at all unless explained. But you are supposed to know already what all the shortcut codes mean, in which case you already know everything in this book, are already a unix admin and do not need this book.
Also in this book for intermediate/experienced users are useful tips like how to turn your computer off using the mouse and the shutdown menu item, seriously?! You know what all the commands mean but you don't know this? Have you ever seen a computer before? What bizarre parallel universe do the authors live in?

All the information that can be obtained from bash commands IS NEVER EXPLAINED thus rendering it useless. Again, if you already know what all the info is, you won't need this book to get it.

Appendixes are useless and irrelevant, a huge section about Fink Commander, but nothing much useful at all.

On top of which the proofreading was done by a poorly trained chimp and the book is full of mistakes.
Avoid at all costs, just a buy a good unix / BASh book until a seriously revised version of this comes out (hopefully never).

Epson Stylus DX9400f WiFi Edition 4-in-one printer, scanner, copier, fax with individual ink cartridges
Epson Stylus DX9400f WiFi Edition 4-in-one printer, scanner, copier, fax with individual ink cartridges

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Patience required for "easy install"., 11 Sept. 2008
I was very pleased with this printer when I bought it 3 months ago, all the functions are easy to use and the ink cartridges seemed to go on for ages, printing photos and all sorts. It was quite a struggle to get it set up, the wi-fi at least, the rest was easy. Took about 3 hours, just remember to turn off your Airport before configuration.

Well, that was how it started off anyway. When it came time to change the ink cartridges is when the real problem began. Firstly, the new yellow cartridge could not be recognized, swapping back to the old one worked. Swapping back to the new one again yielded the same problem. So I thought, ok I will use the old one to keep the printer online (you need all 4 to use the printer at all). Put the old one back again and got the same error as with the new one! The cartridge could not be recognized. After phoning Epson support they said to rub the exposed circuit on the cartridge with newspaper (ok! why not?) and if that did not work then return the printer for exchange.

Later that day, I had a new printer. Plus point here is that the retailer (Elkjøp in Norway, a division of Dixons, UK) and Epson had no problem with providing a new item. That part was made easy and painless, so thanks to them for that.

This did not solve the problem. When trying to configure the new EpsonNet WiFi ethernet router it would not show up in the configurator. Remember I had been through all this a few months before, and I am pretty good at these things, networks etc. I tried everything! Epson did their best to help, but after 3 versions of the configuration software, endless hours of my time and knowing all the cables / connections were good, I ended up getting my old router back from shop (who luckily still had it) and the new one now lives in box, alone and unused. I still don't know what the problem was, my old router would not show up in Epson Config either, so it wasn't a faulty router, it wasn't the Software or drivers as I tried combinations of 3 different releases of each, including the latest versions from Epson Europe (download) and the ones I was pointed to for download by the support team.

I should mention here that I am using an Intel Mac with OS 10.5.4 and 3Gb ram.

As much as Epson tried to help, unless there is a complete overhaul of their configuration software this is the last ever WiFI product I will buy from them. I just don't have whole days to waste like this.

An important point here is that had I not managed to get my old router back I would have had to return this 2nd printer also, and not for a replacement but for a product by a rival manufacturer. It simply did not work at all.

Exotic Creatures of the Deep (Special"Pouchet Wallet" Format inc. Poster-fold Booklet)
Exotic Creatures of the Deep (Special"Pouchet Wallet" Format inc. Poster-fold Booklet)
Price: £17.63

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three In a Row & All 5 Stars, 23 May 2008
Another fine album from Sparks. Balls was good wasn't it, but the last three albums from Sparks have been amazing. Most bands this far into a career in music are either repeating themselves or have just gone wrong. Sparks just seem to get stronger and stronger and this album shows the Mael fountain is still pure and gushing. "I Can't Believe That You Would Fall For All The Crap In This Song", should be released as a single and it should be a number one song in 192 countries. I urge you to buy this album and all Sparks albums because you will be helping to make the world a more fascinating place. A place of beauty and joy and happiness. :-)

Things Viral
Things Viral
Offered by FastMedia "Ships From USA"
Price: £49.74

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars save your voice for screaming, 13 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Things Viral (Audio CD)
Now they have made two albums his voice probably hurts quite a lot. Khanate use a special machine to slow the passing of time when they record their brand of super fast speed metal and this shows on the album during its' entirety making it sound quite slow, maybe. Lyrics are about the pleasent things in life like people having a nice chat and sneezing and the like. Why it is called Doom music I have no idea. Not really as super special as the first album, but then it is easier to understand what the singer is on about this time. Buy it, open all the windows and turn it up loud.

by Brooklands Books Ltd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a manual, 13 Aug. 2004
I've read this twice from cover to cover as well as using it to flick through and find out info about the vehicle. This is a surprisingly good read even if you haven't got a lightweight Land Rover and the various techniques for destruction along with which bits to destroy first is great. The fact that nearly all the pictures feature a lightweight completely different from mine, yet strangely familiar so that it IS like looking at my car is just weird. If you have read enough Jackie Collins read this instead, it's really good!

A New Breed Of Dub: From the Makers of Dubhead
A New Breed Of Dub: From the Makers of Dubhead

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow and low, 14 July 2004
Just as good as A New Breed of Dub isues 2 & 3. It's really dubby and that's double the fun as any dubber knows. All I ever hear these days is "turn that down, the house is vibrating!" The house is meant to vibrate. The house can be rebuilt, the dub vibrates forever.

The Dub Revolutionaries
The Dub Revolutionaries
Price: £17.43

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victory (dub) is yours!, 14 July 2004
This review is from: The Dub Revolutionaries (Audio CD)
I was a little wary of this album. Mad Professor with two of reggaes greatest legends just sounded too good to be true. So many projects like this go wrong. This one went right. This is really quite cheerful dub and you'll be smiling all the way through. Naturally, the music from a technical standpoint is nail on the head stuff, not showing off and ruining your listening pleasure, but interesting enough to keep you playing the disc over and again. I played this 3 times straight the day I got it and only stopped because I wanted something to listen to the day after! This is not commercial dub music but it's just so good it ought to sell a few million copies or more.

Trojan Reggae Sisters Box Set
Trojan Reggae Sisters Box Set

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A girls box for tough boys!, 19 Feb. 2004
This box has masses of superb tracks that will have you skanking all over the house. There are some precious gems that shine brighter than the rest too, like Phyllis Dillons' "A Thing of the Past" which is sung wonderfully. Alongside those stand out tracks are some that creep into your mind the more you listen and these will have you playing the discs again and again. Don't be put off by the sisters title if you are a guy, this is not girly music.

Bass Builders Reggae Bass
Bass Builders Reggae Bass
by Ed Friedland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rastafa... oh, howzit go again?, 22 Oct. 2003
Covering most areas in reggae this book is by no means comprehensive but how could it be, we're talking half a decade of excellence in music production here. If you are new to bass there is much here for you and if you are more advanced you will find some nice riddims to play. The CD is good but some of the tracks are too short, not allowing time for the player to start grooving before the track ends, especially with the easier stuff. That the tracks were recorded without bass on one channel is a good idea, you can switch off the bass player with the balance control on your hi-fi and play with band on the CD to give a good idea of what you are doing without interference. Biggest drawback is that these aren't THE basslines from the songs because of copyright control. They are close though and a lot of this music you won't find in tab archives or in book form anywhere else. A great help to players is the dual tab and music notation that allows you to learn the music while using the tab, so you can open the book and play easily and learn in more depth should you wish to. Also contains a notation legend and a good introduction to the music and the author.
I haven't found much in print dealing solely with reggae of different styles from skas' walking bass to dancehalls' sythesiser patterns and this book is very welcome beside my bass and amp.

Equal Rights
Equal Rights

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add To Basket, NOW!, 22 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Equal Rights (Audio CD)
Everybody should own a copy of this, one of the best albums ever recorded. This scores one hundred percent and never gets dull. The CD versiion contains two bonus tracks and one of them, Pick Myself Up (live) is mindblowing. I'm not a big fan of live tracks tagged on to the end of reissues but this track alone is worth ten times the price of this CD, as if the rest of the songs weren't good enough! With this album it's impossible not to turn up the bass and volume in equal measures and let the neighbours enjoy it too! Buy it or forever live an impoverished life.
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