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Canon Pixma MP520 Photo All-On-One Inkjet Printer (2178B002)
Canon Pixma MP520 Photo All-On-One Inkjet Printer (2178B002)
5 used & new from $175.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars good if/when it works, August 14, 2011
I've had the MP520 for more than 2 years, and finally I've had enough. At first it worked ok. Printing text was OK, but printing with photo paper was always a little clumsy.

Then the papers started coming out crumpled up, more and more. Finally the printer became totally useless. I kept it around as a scanner.

Until it started complaining about the ink tanks - which prevented complete use of the device, even scanning. Sometimes it would start working if I fought long enough with the contact surface of the ink tanks. Now, it's totally useless as I have no intention of buying new ink tanks for a printer that doesn't work so that I could use it as a scanner.

The promise of the device is nice - too bad that (in my case) it didn't deliver. I bought it mainly because I remembered the old Canon laser printers from the 90s which worked like a dream. It looks like the quality is not the same anymore.

Designing for the Social Web
Designing for the Social Web
by Joshua Porter
Edition: Paperback
51 used & new from $0.13

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very uneven book, August 21, 2008
The book is a fast read. It's written in a conversational style, which means it's sometimes very verbose but rarely difficult to understand. There are some references, most of them to blog posts or web sites. A lot of the information sounds more like opinions and the background info is not really explained. The writer makes many unnecessary comments and opinions on things that are very loosely related to the treated subject.

The scope of the book is large. This means that the treatment of topics is shallow. Inside one chapter I could find very interesting paragraphs and then a couple of pages of uninteresting (too shallow or repetition of something that was self evident or repetition) musings. The book would have benefited from more editing and condensation of ideas, as it seems the writer would have had more to say on many topics. This is why it's a shame that the expression is not more condensed and organized.

I would recommend the book as an introduction to many issues concerning modern web site design from a non-technical perspective. I didn't find many new things in the book, but found some inspiring thoughts or comments on existing sites. The problem was that due to the unevenness, there was no fast way of recognizing the less interesting material. But, it's a fast & easy read, so not too much time is lost on the boring parts. I felt i got some ideas & inspiration from it which is always nice.

Japanese for Busy People III: Kana Text (Vol 3)
Japanese for Busy People III: Kana Text (Vol 3)
by Kodansha International
Edition: Paperback
39 used & new from $0.02

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Schoolbook, January 3, 2007
This is not a very difficult book, which is both a good and a bad thing. Most people probably use this as a part of their class, and it is not too difficult to be used in self-study. Some grammar is introduced in a weird order - some very common (and not difficult) structures are introduced quite late. I liked "Shin Bunka Shokyuu Nihongo" a lot more, but wouldn't recommend it for self-study.

The kanji-reference in the end does not (if i remember correctly) include kanji learned in japanese for busy people 1 & 2, which IMO is a problem.
(correction: it seems they are included, i remembered wrong.)

Even if it has its problems it's not too bad. Would recommend it for self-study, if it fits your level (past JLPT4, maybe studying for JLPT3).
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Solo Training: The Martial Artist's Guide to Training Alone
Solo Training: The Martial Artist's Guide to Training Alone
by Loren W. Christensen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.85
59 used & new from $3.67

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very useful for me, June 27, 2006
I agree, solo practice is very important. If you have no clue what you could practice alone, are training karate / tkd / krav maga, and fairly novice, there might be some good drills for you.

If you train something "softer", or martial arts that emphasize body unity (Chinese MA, Judo, Aikido, systema etc), this is probably not your book.

A problem whith this book is that it has plenty of drills, but the detailed instructions on the techniques are lacking. This is OK if you assume the reader has trained longer, or atleast gets the details from their own teacher. But if you've trained longer, i doubt you'll get much new info from this book. And if you've trained less, IMO you need more detailed info. If you need to ask the details from your teacher, you'd be better off asking the drills from your teacher too.

Atleast one good option is "Attack proof" by Perkins / Ridenhour / Kovalsky. It's more a self-defence book, but had drills i found actually useful and new to me.

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