Daily Archives: May 21, 2011

Toshiba’s Tablet Is Called Thrive

Ah, J&R famously leaks again!

These links are bound to disappear.

Thrive 8GB:

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Thrive 32GB:

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Both are 10″ with Honeycomb on a Tegra 2 CPU.

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False Profits For False Prophets

Of course it was never going to happen.

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Apple Patent Lays Groundwork For Web-Based Digital Books

A New Patent Application from Apple Introduces us to a Breakthrough Platform Independent Word Processor

Apple states that although the present invention is primarily described in the context of a browser-based word processing system, the present invention could in fact be more generally applied to any system that renders textual information in a platform-independent manner and is not meant to be limited to word-processing systems or browser-based systems.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Looking at that patent, it’s all obvious.

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Doctor Who: The Rebel Flesh


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Barnes & Noble Nook: The Unintentional Tablet!

Waiting for Doctor Who to arrive — ahem — I was idly eying my actual-size cardboard brochures when I was struck by something. I looked at my Sizes Table to confirm it:

Samsung Galaxy Tab: 7.48″ x 4.74″ x 0.46″ – 12 oz
HTC Flyer: 7.7″ x 4.8″ x 0.52″ – 14.82 oz
Barnes & Noble Nook: 7.7″ x 4.9″ x 0.5″ – 12.1 oz

Some people have remarked about the size and weight of 7″ Android tablets.

It turns out Barnes & Noble eBook buyers have been carrying something larger and just as heavy around for years!

Photo confirmation:

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I Am Shocked And Disgusted

NYC’s Narrowest House Returns to Market Asking $4.3 Million

OK, Class. Why is this the dumbest renovation of the 21st century?

All you need is that photo.


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A Very Hard Lesson I Forgot

This is so important, it deserves this highlighting:

Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake.

Oh dear god, none of you should ever, ever forget that.

Forgetting it will mire you in a trap that is near-impossible to escape.

The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity

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The Real Writer’s Song

This is my craptastic MP3 player:

It has three things going for it:

1) It cost me $30 when I bought it back in 2006
2) It runs on one AAA battery
3) Storage is supplied by an SD Card

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The Next, Next Big Thing Is Obvious

The next, next big thing

It’s what Amazon has cultivated that allowed it to crush market-creator Sony in eBooks and just about every bookstore.

It’s what Apple has cultivated with its Genius Bars and Stores and which resulted in a market cap that is just about unbelievable.

The lack of it has doomed Sony.

The lack of it has doomed Microsoft.

The lack of it has stifled Google’s ambitions.

The lack of it has brought the entire worldwide financial system to its knees and brought misery to millions.

It’s what you should be thinking about, cultivating, and practicing all the time if you expect to thrive in the future.

What the hell is this thing that Amazon and Apple have that you can also have?

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Reminder: Get the dotEPUB Extension!

I was astounded to trip across a blog post today where the writer didn’t know about this nifty extension.

It will take just about any post and convert it to an ePub file that you can save to your hard drive and then read offline or even drop into an eBook device (other than a Kindle) to carry around to read.


I’ve used this with Opera, Chrome, and Firefox (I suppose it will work with Safari too, but I haven’t tried).

They recently added image capture too. But with a catch. If there are more than ten images or the images are rather large, it will state only the text can be saved.

There is something like this — either an extension or even a website — to capture posts to a Kindle, but I haven’t paid attention to it and don’t even have an URL. If you do, drop it in the Comments.

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