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Apple + iPad + Huxley = Orwellian nightmare | Technology |

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2010 at 2:56 pm

For the implication of an iPad-crazed world – with its millions of delighted, infatuated users – is that a single US company renowned for control-freakery will have become the gatekeeper to the online world. The iPad – like the iPhone – is a closed, tightly controlled device: nothing gets on to it that has not been expressly approved by Apple. We will have arrived at an Orwellian end by Huxleian means. And be foolish enough to think that we’ve attained nirvana.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix – 1 year later

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I'm in the first few hours of using the updated Ubuntu Netbook Remix distro, and have to say that I'm quite happy.

The comparison to jolicloud is hard to make, but I suspect I'll have more to say about that in the coming days.

For now, it's nice to be back in the comfortable land of a solid debian based system that doesn't try so hard to keep you away from the innards of the OS.

More sci-fi reading list

In Uncategorized on January 17, 2010 at 2:07 am

27. home again, home again, by Cory Doctorow.  I like Cory's writing, and if you do too, you'll enjoy this one.  Same with the next
28. Return to Pleasure Island, also by Cory D. This one was a bit odd, but a fun read
29. Shadow of the mothaship, also by Cory D. This one was really odd, but I liked it
30, 31, and 32. A Place so Foreign, Super Man and the Bug out, and Anda's game.  All by CD.  Super Man and the Bug out was my favorite, but I did enjoy them all.  They're quick reads, and each has a good bit or two (or more) that make them stand out.
33. I, Robot, by Cory Doctorow is wonderful.  Just wonderful.  Definitely worth reading, maybe more than once even.
34. When Sysadmins ruled the earth, by Cory Doctorow – a great story.
35. Printcime, and 36. I, Row-Boat – also by Cory D.  Don't recall these that well, but I've never been a one to remember most short stories
37 and 38 After the Siege and Scroogled, also by Cory Doctorow – both great, I liked After the Siege a bit more, but Scroogled has it's own special dystopian flare that I totally enjoyed.
39. Mars Girl, by Jeff Garrity.  Wow, this was a fun one, and a sick one, and a fun one.  Read it.
40. Mind like a strange balloon.  Tom Maddox.  Don't really remember this one.
41. The robot and the one you love, also by Tom Maddox.  don't really remember this one either.
42. Gravity Angel. Tom Maddox. No memory of this one really.
43. Flyboy Action Figure Comes with Gasmask by Jim Munroe.  totally off the wall, crazy fun sci-fi storytelling.  Loved this one.  Really fun read, quick too.
44. Zero-Option, by Lindsay Brambles. This was a great one – highly recommended.
45. Choices, by Lindsay Brambles.  Also a great one.  Lindsay Brambles is a talented sci-fi author.

that's it for now, more later.

The Sunday NYT on the Kindle

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm

quite a lovely experience, actually.

granted, it's been ages since I've read the Sunday New York Times – probably more than 5 years come to think of it – having kids and spending an entire Sunday with a newspaper and coffee being two things that don't mix all that well 🙂

So, as you can imagine, I was intrigued to see what the experience of Sunday's NYT on the kindle would be like, and I'm pleased to say that I rather enjoyed it.

Granted, it isn't at all the same.  I do miss the tactile feel of a newspaper, and I loved the photography of the NY Times, especially the magazine. 

BUT – if the choice is between not reading it at all, and actually reading some of the articles – I especially enjoy the Sunday editorials and op-eds, and the week in review – the kindle is a really good compromise that fits nicely into the life of this busy dad.

MSI Wind, 10 months later

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I've had my MSI Wind U100 Netbook for just under a year, and have to say that after a year, it hasn't really held up all that well.

After about 6 months, the fan started making odd noises, and today, it has suddenly developed an issue with the wireless drivers – can't connect/spontaneously looses awareness that a wifi card is there – but only while running Windows 🙂

So – nice concept, still really like my netbook, and if this thing ever does die, I will likely replace it with another netbook, but I really wouldn't mind if the build quality on these was better and it was a bit easier to get technical support. 

The issue is less about netbooks though, and more about MSI as they don't really have much in way of support infrastructure that I've seen, whereas if this was a dell or lenovo netbook, I suspect my support experience would be rather different.

magazines and newspapers on kindle

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2010 at 1:51 pm

ok, I get the full attraction of the device now – magazines and newspapers are just plain cool on this thing cause you skim quickly, jump around pretty easily, and the subs are *cheap*

How to say stupid things about social media | Cory Doctorow | Technology |

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm

How to say stupid things about social media

Criticising social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook is as pointless as knocking people who discuss the weather

Via Cory Doctorow

an interesting and somewhat refreshing take on what social media is about

kindle pdf support stinks

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2010 at 3:50 am

font size is super small.  only option is to convert formats.

kindle pdf support = fail

Digital White Flight-How Race & Class Shaped MySpace&Facebook

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2010 at 12:44 am

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things I’m reading

In Uncategorized on January 4, 2010 at 3:53 am

So, in my limited time with my kindle, the major I've come up against is that it's easy to get commercial ebooks from Amazon on the device, but it's a bit more of a pain to get free content on to the device – including freely published essays from the 'net that one might want to ready in a less online format.

so, consider this post a test of how well I can use posterous to share what I'm reading with you, and with my kindle.
(i.e. there should be attachments that I can download from the "browser" that the kindle ships with. Having written that, I'm struck by the question of what posterous will do with azw format files? here goes)

Speaking in Tongues, Zadie Smith.azw
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The Obama Disconnect_ What Happens Wh….azw
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