Monthly Archives: March 2012

Mega Millions Mania

With the Mega Millions jackpot standing — at post time — at a record $640 million, articles like this appear:

A Treasury of Terribly Sad Stories of Lotto Winners

This is a subject I covered in past posts:

Think About How To Treat Lady Luck Before Marriage!
I Lack But Heart The Math Gene
A Mega Millions Winner
Reference: Lottery Winnings Allocation
Won The Lottery? Then Prepare To Be Poor.

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R.I.P. Writer Harry Crews

Harry Crews Wikipedia entry
The Harry Crews Online Bibliography

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DuckDuckGo Just Beat Google In A Search

I didn’t expect this!


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Disgusted by how bad Google search has become, I’ve switched to DuckDuckGo for primary search. I still use Google as a last resort — but now I’m wondering if I should even bother.

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Rumored Kindle Fire With Retina Display?

Oh, the rumor mill keeps churning up phantom new Kindle Fire tablets. The latest and most interesting one is this: Amazon Kindle Fire 2 to launch three models

The larger 8.9-inch Amazon Kindle Fire 2 is said to pack a full HD (1920 x 1200) display – which is unprecedented for a sub 10-inch tablet (the new iPad aside).

That would be a very significant tablet.

The Display PPI (Pixels Per Inch) Calculator tells why:

Kindle Fire 8.9″: 254.4 pixels per inch
New iPad (3): 263.92 pixels per inch
iPhone 4s: 329.65 pixels per inch

So yeah, that screen would put it in Retina Display territory.

At one time, I was impressed by the NookColor screen (the Nook Tablet is the same). That turns out to be only 169.55 pixels per inch.

And that OLED screened Galaxy Tab 7.7? That’s just 196.03 pixels per inch.

A Retina Display Kindle Fire would be a hell of a thing. Rooters would flock to it. Let’s hope Amazon doesn’t lock it down totally with an encrypted bootloader.

Let’s also hope the rumor is true.

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Rooted Nook Touch: Updated Kobo And Kindle Apps

Very good developments!

They updated the Kobo app in the Android Market (Google Play whatever) on March 23rd 2012. It now works on the Nook Simple Touch by Barnes and Noble.

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Let’s Just Buy The Damn Patents

Patents Threaten To Silence A Little Girl, Literally

But now Speak for Yourself in under fire, and from a surprising (to an AAC outsider) or not-so-surprising (to an AAC insider) source. They’re being sued by Semantic Compaction Systems and Prentke Romich Company, big names in the AAC world. SCS and PRC allege that Speak for Yourself is infringing on their patents. I’m going to be honest: I don’t know about patents and infringement, and I’m not going to get into debates about the legal merits of the case, because that’s a conversation in which I would quickly drown.

Over at Techdirt, there are plenty of hand-wringing and comments of outrage.

The hell with that.

Someone needs to do a Kickstarter or other fund where people can contribute to buy the damn patents. Every company has its price.

We live in a country where charities rake in billions. But we rarely know firsthand that our money has actually done any good.

This is one time where we would know we have done some good.

Someone needs to do this.

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Harry Potter eBooks Not DRM-Free

June 23, 2011: SHOCK: Harry Potter eBooks DRM-FREE!

That was the hype. This is the reality, today:

Confirmed: Harry Potter eBooks Are NOT DRM-Free in Kindle Format (Or Any Other eBookstore)

I’m not buying them. I have no interest in them.

What I want to know is, if someone gives up their Kindle and switches to ePub, can they still download the ePub from Pottermore — where it is DRM-free?

As for the watermarking done on the Pottermore editions, I’d like someone to unzip the ePub and let me know how they’re doing it. I suspect something in the CSS or another exterior file.

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Rooted Nook Touch Multitouch PDF Reading

I was waiting for someone to try a PDF on a rooted Nook Touch with the new multitouch hack — and I didn’t have to wait long at all.

B&N Nook Touch Rooting Category

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Harry Potter eBooks: The eBookstores

J.K. Rowling’s crew surprised everyone by launching the Harry Potter eBooks today:

Let’s see how awake all the eBookstores were to capitalize on this huge opportunity!

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This Was Sony

The company that has become largely irrelevant is in the news again today, with a piece alternately touting its possible revival or its imminent death by financial vultures.

Special Report: The Sony Schism

Through the magic of Google Books, let’s take a brief look at Sony in history.

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