Daily Archives: April 14, 2012

Rooted Nook Touch: Ubuntu Linux

Well, this is quite a development! It has issues, but still.

Ubuntu on NST

I am RUNNING UBUNTU, LXDE X11 + USB MOUSE, USB KEYBOARD on NOOK SIMPLE TOUCH

Here’s one photo:


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And after the break, another.

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Occupy Wall Street: Stunning Photo

This photo came across Twitter and it just stunned me:


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A big part of it stunning me is the lack of anything urban in it. This harkens back to paintings I saw in schoolbooks when I was a kid, describing the history of America. It’s as if we’ve gone back to that time — and that spirit — in order to set things right again.

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Writer Shoo Rayner: Why iBooks Will Fail

Writer and artist Shoo Rayner was so enthusiastic about iBooks Author that not only was he one of the first to do a book for it, he also did a YouTube video about creating it, which I embedded in a prior post.

Now reality has set in and having been exposed to The Apple Method, he has lost his enthusiasm for publishing another iBook again:

Let me yet again remind everyone of my bottom-line position: All current eBookstores suck and all of them should be platforms that people can tie into via APIs to sell on their own. They basically become malls where each of us rent (via transactional fees) our own space via APIs and do not have to answer to anyone about what the hell we are selling.

Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all the rest of them are fighting the disintermediation of themselves. But that’s as inevitable as all of the disintermediation they have done to others. Time for you lot to wake the hell up. There’s money to be made. More than you’ve been making — even though you will have to give up that outrageous thirty-percent cut you’ve been extracting from everybody you deem “worthy” of being included right now.

Previously here:

iBooks Author: Creating A Children’s Book
The Hulu For Books That Never Was

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Almost How It Was Online

You wouldn’t have heard the modem noises at all after establishing a connection.

Plus, I wouldn’t have seen the color graphics because my Commodore-64 was connected to an amber(!) monitor (I think from Zenith?).

Lastly, some BBSes would use CLRSCRN — ala a VT52 terminal — to present a new screenful of information, not scrolling.

Still, all that brought back memories!

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Occupy Wall Street: The Permit

This just came via Twitter:

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Occupy Wall Street: April 14, 2012

All photos taken today Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Too Damn Early O’Clock. Resampled and resized to VGA; click any to enlarge.

People will appear tiny in these photos. I won’t crop-zoom to show faces.

Those two waking up slept on Wall Street itself.

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Metro UI-Like Poster

Taken at Peter Minuit Plaza (outside Whitehall Ferry terminal) today Saturday, April 14, 2012:

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Gas Prices Retreat A Bit

This is the price today Saturday, April 14, 2012:

Last weekend it was $4.49.

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