Monthly Archives: February 2012

Nook Touch Macintosh Achieved?

November 8, 2011: Nook Touch Macintosh: An Impossible Dream?

I was doing some searches about that to see if there were any new developments and I came across this Comment:

Re: Mini vMac for Android

Post by Juror22 » 02 Jan 2012, 15:00

Running Mini vMac on my rooted Nook SImple Touch – thanks for the port to Android.

The eInk display has quite a bit of ghosting with the app, but it is still quite distinct and easy to read. Since redraws on the device cause the screen to flash (other apps can be unusable because of this) it is more than acceptable in its current non-flashing form. I have used a paint program and MS word, with the app’s keyboard. Not sure if it is useful, but it is VERY cool to run a system that old on a $99 eReader.

These were the issues that I encountered:

I had to use button savior to get the app menu (not the mac’s menu) to display, so that I could load a disk. (this may be normal for the Android version of this app, not sure…)

I really wish there were arrow keys on the apps keyboard, so that I could play Tetris. The inclusion of the command and other keys is appreciated.

It is REALLY hard to click on menu items, particularly the apple menu – it would be nice to be able to place the mac display in other locations on the Android screen, since I have the real estate.

Overall, I am very happy with the functionality of this port.

Thanks again

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

So someone claims to have done it.

But I’ve seen no YouTube videos, photos, or blog posts about it. And it’s never been mentioned at the XDA Developers forum.

I wonder how it would run now that the eInk can be set not to flicker?

Does anyone have more information?

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France’s Book Grab: Worse Than Google Books

France: All your books are belong to us

Last week France passed a law that permits the state to seize authors’ rights on books published before 2001.

France Guillotines Copyright

No burden of proof is to be laid on the publisher. This overturns the basic principle of copyright, under which the rights are assumed to remain with the author unless someone else can prove that the rights have been assigned to them or they hold an exclusive licence that has not terminated.

Google English: [Politics] unavailable Books: Pirates of the amendments to defend the authors!

“Waking up one morning, go online, see a publisher with whom one has cut ties 30 years [ago, now advertising and selling] your book, and learn that we can do anything about it, this is what awaits many contemporary authors of books with this law … And they call us pirates?” Said Marcel Baptiste, secretary of the Pirate Party.

This is an absolute outrage.

That any State would even dream of trying to do this is astonishing and beyond belief.

While writers are hamstrung left and right in opting-out, dig this: A publisher assigned by the State gets a ten-year exclusive license for an eBook edition and has up to three years to stall before issuing one! Three years!!

If this is not beaten down aggressively, there is no hope anywhere in the world for any of us.

Can you imagine the outrage in the tech world if France passed a similar law for software and tried to claim all rights, say, for pre-2001 editions of Windows or the pre-OS X Macintosh OS and all software that ran on them?

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Interster Episode One: New Fansub Version

A new fansubbed version of the first episode of this rare South African puppet series is now available on YouTube.

This one differs from the first in that the subs are superimposed by YouTube and are not part of the video file. So if DownloadHelper is used, the subs don’t come along for the ride.

But at least it can be watched by everyone with YouTube. Be sure to click on the CC icon for the subtitles.

The other version, with hard subs, seems to be still available for download. See this post: Interster Episode One: Proxima Clash.

By the way, at one time the available thirteen episodes were up on YouTube. But the person who put them there also got a bit enthusiastic and did Star Fleet too. That series triggered an aggressive DCMA takedown and the extermination of his entire YouTube account!

Previously here:

Interster: Fandub Voice Acting Call
Interster: Now On YouTube!
Finally: Interster!

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Statin Dangers: No Longer Anecdotal

NY Times: F.D.A. Warns of Cholesterol Drugs’ Side Effects

Reports about memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion span all statin drugs and all age groups of patients, the F.D.A. said. Dr. Egan said the reports were rare, but those affected often feel “fuzzy” or unfocused in their thinking.

And:

The symptoms generally were not serious and went away within a few weeks after patients stopped taking the medications. Some people affected had been taking a statin for a day, others for years.

No!

Before anyone is prescribed a statin, they should have a brain imaging study to provide a reference point of cognitive functioning.

If any side-effects develop, another brain imaging study would show it when compared to the pre-statin one.

And as far as I’m concerned, the side-effect is permanent. I can’t prove it — because I don’t have the set of images I suggest — but my short-term memory is not as good as it was before I encountered a statin.

Previously:

Here: Statin Drugs Category
At Mike Cane 2008: Statin Drugs Category

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Apple Abandons iSlate Trademark

Before we knew it would be called “iPad,” Apple also filed for the “iSlate” trademark around the world:

Apple Will Call It iSlate: Latest Proof (Ironically, that post also links to the currently-disputed iPad trademark in Taiwan, which was filed back in 2000!)

Just as Apple used a beard company for some “iPad” trademark filings (IP Application Development), they used the beard company Slate Computing (USA) LLC for “iSlate” filings.

What links the two companies to Apple is that Slate Computing also holds the “iPad” trademark, confirming this is all Apple behind the beards.

I wondered this morning if Apple would use that “iSlate” trademark, so I went to look at it.

I learned that they abandoned it in October 2011.

See the filing after the break.

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DIY Nook Touch Handstrap

Something everyone can do without having to root the device.

Comfortable rubber band grip

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Rooted Nook Touch With Faster eInk Hack

Here’s another video demonstrating the fast eInk refresh hack for the rooted Nook Touch:

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Flexible Rubber eInk Reader Video

This was just uploaded to YouTube hours before post time. It shows a rubberized and flexible eInk-screen reader that I’ve never seen before, from a Russian company called Wexler.

Being that thin, there wouldn’t be an IR-enabled touchscreen (nor would that even be possible with the flexibility). While it’s an interesting demonstration, I wonder if anyone would want to go back to pushing buttons on an eBook device.

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Terrahawks: Behind The Scenes

Wow. I tripped across this on YouTube. From 1983 and I’ve never seen it before. A behind-the-scenes view of Terrahawks. Including Bob Bell — who I’ve only seen in still photos and heard on the scant DVD commentary — on video!

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The Nook Touch 1.1 WiFi Issue

When Barnes & Noble updated the Nook Touch software to 1.1, suddenly people who never had problems before were faced with WiFi difficulties.

Here is a roaring thread about that at a B&N board: My experience with BN Corporate about Wi-Fi issue

But what’s most interesting is his follow-up, posted today: NST 1.1 WiFi issue Corportate came to my house!

I have been calling them weekly RE: the WiFi issue since the November update. My home is close to the corporate office, so they called me to do “a field TEST” of the update they are working on to address the problem. Seriously, 3 people came to my home, a WiFi Platform Architect, a Product Readiness Engineer, and Digital Support Supervisor! Their software does work with my CenturyLink Westell 7500.

This is clearly a software issue, since 1.1 created it. It will be interesting to see how long it is before B&N issues a 1.2 update.

And when they do, let’s hope it fixes the issues with sideloaded books too.

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