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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Photos courtesy of Logan (5 years old) and a new digital camera. I love the perspective he put on the photos.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Foxit just announced a new ebook reader, the Foxit eSllick. At less than a half inch thick, it has a built-in MP3 player and it uses the same eInk technology that Amazon Kindle uses. It comes with an SD slot and a 2GB SD card. It doesn't have wifi but it comes in at $100 dollars less. It also lets you update the device via USB and supports rich PDF documents, that means that you can load your own documents painlessly (unlike the kindle that makes you jump through hoops and does not support rich documents).
It will be temporarily available for $229 (MSRP is $259). That's still more than I would like to pay. I think $99 is the ideal price point for an ebook reader. For that price, I'd like to see an FM tuner and some kind of video playback. I know the eink technology doesn't refresh fast enough for video though. Still $229 is a bit steep.
Since it supports PDF, that means that any of your business documents can be converted (software included). .doc, .ppt, open office, cad and just about any other document can be viewed on the device. PDF can be zoomed for better reading and an interesting feature is reflowing. That means that if you use a large font for easier reading, the device will flow the text so that you don't need to pan around the screen.
As a bonus, you can listen to your music while reading. I don't know anyone who doesn't already have an MP3 player or a cell phone with MP3 capabilities. Having an MP3 player in the reader is a nice touch, I guess, but I would prefer it to be MP3-less and $50 cheaper.
The OS is an embedded Linux running in 128MB of ram on an ARM 400MHz processor. The SD can take up to a 4GB card. The rechargeable lithium ion battery will last 8000 page turns. That's like reading Battlefield Earth 8 times. That's a lot of reading.
I am somewhat tempted to get this. I don't have a kindle or a sony reader and I am an avid reader. I'm also a gadget freak. Still, I can do so much to my EEE PC or my laptop with $200 and both of those are far more useful to me than an ebook reader. I'll have to think about it some more.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The local temp on 12/16, 82 degrees. The reason to live in Florida.
Picture of the Day. Dakota, the Siberian Husky, relaxing his old bones in the sun.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The local temp on 12/16, 92 degrees:
Picture of the day (I got a new camera). I doubt I will really do a picture a day but I like this one. It's some really fuzzy clouds in a weird pattern.
Friday, December 12, 2008
There is a new dark Jedi in town
The force is strong in this one
Your Jedi mind tricks are no match for my....Oooh. Bright lights.
Check out these moves!
Bwahahahahaha! Take THAT stupid pillow!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
My 5 year old son, Logan, likes to draw pictures. The other day he drew me a map of the house and the neighborhood. He made sure to include the local Walgreen's because that's his favorite store.
Last night he decided to draw me a picture of an asteroid field, some suns and a space ship. I thought he did an excellent job.
I have no artistic skills at all. My wife is the artistic one. I think it's amazing that he is so technically capable (I think he will be an engineer) and artistic.
The Plam was an oopsy. The Plane was an out of space issue.
And that's pretty much how I have been spending this weekend. ;-)