How To Build An ePub eBook Library For Your iPad

January 31, 2010

As everyone’s anticipation to own an iPad increases, I’ve discovered that some Mac owners have never dipped into the ePub eBook pool.

This post is a brief guide to building a library of DRM-free and legally-free ePub eBooks.

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I Won’t Miss Flash. Here’s Why, In One Image.

January 30, 2010

The site for the Sony Reader used to load quickly. Recently they did a revamp and clogged it all to hell with Flash. I had to go there today to find out a two-second bit of information: What dictionaries were in the Sony Reader.

I had to wait forever for this crap Flash to load first!


Click = big

Count the spinning wheels! And those are only the ones on-screen. There’s a bunch more off-screen too!

(Don’t bother trying this on your iPhone. Sony might have an iPhone-friendly version of the site.)

My crap desktop PC is old. A 1.6GHz Celeron. But still — the CPU in the iPad is a 1GHz A4. How much of that CPU do you want to see wasted on some insane web designer’s Flash wanking?

Kill off Flash, Apple. And good riddance to it!


Sony Dash: Part Two

January 12, 2010

Researching the Sony Dash turned out be a rather disappointing experience.

It’s basically a revised Chumby.

There’s nothing bad about that in and of itself, except the hype surrounding the Dash made it seem more than that.

What’s worse, the Chumby cannot do all of YouTube. Even with a widget, the result is frustrating and disappointing.

Any device that cannot provide access to all of YouTube is dead on arrival. Period.

Palm’s Foleo was ridiculed for not being able to access YouTube.

It also didn’t help that Hawkins had no defense against Mossberg’s question about the Foleo being able to access YouTube videos.

What makes Sony think its Dash is an exception?

I’ve got news for Sony: it’s not!

Everyone — every potential customer — is going to ask about full access to YouTube. The moment they’re told they can access a pre-digested selection of videos, all interest will be murdered.

Right now, we don’t know the hardware specs of the device. Sony was coy. Perhaps they were gauging interest before committing to a final version.

Well, lots of people are interested. But no full YouTube = no sale.

Don’t screw this one up too, Sony!

Previously here:

Sony Dash, Part One


Sony Dash, Part One

January 7, 2010

Watch this YouTube video:

This seems to be the first time Sony has really gotten something in the past four years.

I’m sitting here with a PC sabotaged by Microsoft Windows updates that makes YouTube videos look like slideshows now. It didn’t start out that way.

I’m the perfect candidate for the Dash. I could use it right now just for YouTube. The US$199.00 price is also amazing.

Unfortunately, it won’t be out until April. And much can change between now and then.

I’ll have at least one more post about the Dash as further information comes in.


CES 2010 Note 1

January 7, 2010

There won’t be a parade of device announcements on this blog. Go elsewhere for that.

So far the only thing that intrigues me is the Sony Dash. I’ll post more once I know more.

The parade of landfill-ready eInk devices continues. I’ll probably do one big post about that procession of FAIL.

My initial take on Blio was that it was shit, then I caught a two-second glimpse of it running on an iPhone. Why didn’t they say so from the bloody start? Their website is pathetic for useful information. This is no way to go about doing things.

I’m still waiting for information about the Notion Ink tablet and Pixel Qi’s partners.

That hp mini-tablet Ballmer held up last night? Puhleeze. It’s fingertip-hostile Windows 7. Next!


Sony Bets The Farm On 3D TV

January 6, 2010

I came in late to a live vidcast from CES of Sony announcing something called the Dash. I missed that completely and am disinclined to look it up so close to my sleep time.

I did, however, see Howard Stringer pimp and pimp and pimp for 3D TV. Discovery Channel 3D HD. ESPN 3D HD. PlayStation 3D. Blu-Ray 3D.

Did anyone out there ever ask for 3D? Anyone?

Ray Bradbury hates television being such a “distraction.” But he apparently owns a large flatscreen HDTV. That’s something I’ll never own.

And I will also never own a 3D HDTV, either.

I don’t care that no one would ever see me watching it …

… I still don’t want to risk looking like a dick while doing so.

At least Sir Howard had the sense not to imagine a 3D Sony Reader.