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Toshiba Satellite C850D-115 39,6 cm (15,6 Zoll) Notebook (AMD E1 1200, 1,4GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, AMD HD 7310, DVD) schwarz
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Preiswert und seinen Preis wert, 9. September 2013
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Also mal vorneweg, für weniger als 300 € kann man sicherlich kein Spitzengerät erwarten. Das Plastikgehäuse wirkt billig. Und der Prozessor ist mit 1,4 Ghz auch nicht wirklich schnell. Aber für meine Zwecke war das Gerät genau richtig. Ich hatte zu Hause ein älteres Gerät, auf dem ich Linux Suse laufen hatte, da ich lieber mit Linux ins Internet gehe. Dieses Gerät hat plötzlich, wenn auch nicht wirklich überraschend seinen Geist aufgegeben und es musste schnell ein Ersatzgerät her, dass zwei Bedingungen erfüllen sollte:
Zum einen sollte es nicht viel kosten. Zum anderen sollte keine Software vorinstalliert sein, da ich mein eigenes Betriebssystem draufladen wollte, nämlich Suse 12.3, kostenlos aus dem Netz herunterzuladen.
Am Samstag hatte ich die Bestellung aufgegeben, am Mittwoch kam das Gerät an. Das Betriebssystem ließ sich ohne Probleme auf den Rechner laden. Dieser ist über den Ethernet-Anschluss ans Internet angeschlossen und läuft bis jetzt reibungslos. Bei Funktionen, welche hohe Ansprüche an die Rechnerleistung stellen (hochauflösende Videos online) stößt das Gerät allerdings an seine Grenzen.


Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (Rough Cut)
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (Rough Cut)
von Daron Acemoglu
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The way to prosperity leeds through inclusive political institutions, 8. September 2012
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The central thesis of the book is quite simple: Prosperity is achieved when economical institutions are inclusive (allowing all citizens to participate and compete in markets under fair conditions) These inclusive economic institutions require inclusive political institutions, which allow different groups to participate in the political decision-making process. If that is not the case, if small elites are allowed to dominate politics, then they will manipulate economic institutions to their own benefit, extracting wealth from the other groups. Hence the labelling of these institutions as extractive. This thesis is elaborated on the 460 pages of the book, and the historical pathways of different societies leading to either inclusive or extractive institutions are analyzed.
Examples acrually range from England to Kongo, from Australia to Argentina, from the old Maya Civilisation to modern day China. It is a dizzying array of examples, and occasionally one has the feeling that the historical events described in the book must have been more complex Therefore occasionally I have wondered whether these events really fit so perfectly into the line of arguments, which the authors have developed.
And while they describe quite well what they understand as inclusive economic institutions (property rights, market access, 'level playing field' etc.) the definition of inclusive institutions remains a bit hazy. It's not democracy, but 'pluralism', 19th century Japan qualifies, Argentina does not.
ButI found it a very interesting and thought-provoking book, which I wholeheartedly recommend. As somebody who is working in the field of development I find it lamentable that development orthodoxy since the Eighties is completely dominated by economic prescriptions (which hardly have worked). The rediscovering of politics and policies (and institutions) as an important precondition for growth and development was long overdue. And even if reality is too complexe to be fully covered even on 460 pages, this book certainly provides a good starting point.


Markets and States in Tropical Africa: The Political Basis of Agricultural Policies (California Series on Social Choice and Political Economy)
Markets and States in Tropical Africa: The Political Basis of Agricultural Policies (California Series on Social Choice and Political Economy)
von Bates
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A concise overview how small famers were given a raw deal in post-independance Africa, 6. April 2010
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An excellent book for all those who want to understand, why productivity in African agriculture is still so low and why African farmers in their majority are still so poor. Bates concentrates on the effects of internal policy decsions and does not have much to say about external inflences. But even so this book shows convincingly how small farmers in many countries saw a good part of the fruits of their labour expropriated through adverse pricing and unfavorable trade policies by their governments and squandered in quest for a modernization of these economes through building up industries, which due to overprotection didn't bring prosperity either.
If there is one weakness, though, that is the fact that the text is actually quite old. Although the second edition dates from 2005, the text is essentially the same one as in the first edition analyzing policies until 1980. While there is a new foreword, the analysis has not really been updated. It would have been better, if there had been at least one additional chapter analyzing developments since then, especially the consequences of liberalization for the role of agriculture within the local economies.


Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil
Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil
von John Ghazvinian
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A gripping tale, well written, 10. Juni 2007
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I was at first hesitant to order that book, written by a journalist with not much prior experience about Africa, expecting another book with the standard fare of cliches, common wisdom and weak on background. As a matter of fact I was pleasantly surprised to find a book, which is well structured and well written. It mixes sound (and fair) analysis with vivid tales of his journeys to those countries, he is writing about. He also sheds light into affairs and issues, like the troubles in the Niger Delta, the abortive coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea in 2004 and the attitude of the Angolan government towords the West and Chinese involvement in Africa, which you might hear about in Western media, without really being made aware of the background. But you find also a discussion of rather obscure, but relevant issues, like the influence of Nigerian business circles on the oil policies of Sao Tome and Principe.

The only, small, weakness in my oppinion the the complete lack of footnotes indicating his sources, especially when it comes to background analysis, which certainly is based on reasorch from written sources. That might have made it a bit easier to understand, how he comes to certain conclusions.

But nevertheless, reading this book, was not just informative, but also an enjoyable experience.


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