One week with the iPad

Please bear with me as I type this review directly on the iPad — on Pages to be copied into WordPress — while reclining on the sofa. Although I have used it in a number of other ways, my intent right now is to get a good feel for using it in this particular real-life … Continue reading One week with the iPad

Migrating from Kindle to iPad: An Illustrated DRM Primer

Over the weekend I made a tweet that several people asked about: Basically, they wanted to know how to convert DRM protected Kindle books over to ePub books that will work on the iPad. I love the fact that Amazon was able to release a Kindle app for the iPad on the very first day, … Continue reading Migrating from Kindle to iPad: An Illustrated DRM Primer

iPhone + Meowmania = most expensive cat toy ever

A few months ago at Ignite Portland 7, a few of us on the balcony were comparing silly cat-related iPhone apps. My takeaway from that discussion was Meowmania (iTunes link). Meowmania does one and only one thing. When you touch the screen, a spinning cat head appears and meows. That’s it. No real point. Buuuut… … Continue reading iPhone + Meowmania = most expensive cat toy ever

Kindle versus paper: a pictorial

I have had a Kindle for a few months now and really enjoy it. I have been reading like I’ve never read before! The size and convenience are great and, for many texts, far outweighs the longevity and space requirements of paper books (even though I love having shelves and shelves of book spines to … Continue reading Kindle versus paper: a pictorial

Wikis and notepads and text files, oh my!

The other night, @verso tweeted a question about running a little wiki on a home file server. I responded with TiddlyWiki, which is a whole wiki contained in a single HTML file. It actually may or may not fulfill her needs, since there are huge concurrency and remote access issues — it’s designed to be … Continue reading Wikis and notepads and text files, oh my!

Comments from all over (Virtual Kindle Style)

When the blog was the only outlet for typed thoughts and shared comments, everything got posted here (or, technicall, over at LiveJournal, as that was my blog long, long before I moved it here.) Now that we have Twitter and Facebook and whatnot, those thoughts get scattered throughout the internets. In an effort to graft … Continue reading Comments from all over (Virtual Kindle Style)

Why I probably won’t be getting a Kindle 2

What I have seen of the Kindle 2’s design makes it an enviable device to gadget-lover-Brian. While the first Kindle looked like it was made by Tandy, this updated one looks like it came straight out of Cupertino. It almost looks like an oversized iPod Touch, seamlessly melded with a keyboard, and large enough to … Continue reading Why I probably won’t be getting a Kindle 2

GooPhone

Is anyone else non-plussed by the gPhone/Android announcements? It seems to me that they’re simply releasing Yet Another Cellphone OS. They’re making a big deal that it’ll be open and interoperable and that anyone–from the basement hobbyist to the corporate programmer–can write apps. Don’t most of the other cellphone OSes (WinCE, Symbian, Palm, Sidekick, and … Continue reading GooPhone