Daily Archives: March 25, 2013

The Tablet Design You Get When You Can’t Say No

The Pepper Pad!

A D-Pad and a scrolling cylinder.

A stylus and a keyboard.

And that’s a seven-inch screen!

It was the Vitameatvegamin of tablets.

Do you think Samsung would have done better? No. Meet the Samsung Q1.

These were tablets before the iPad, before Steve Jobs said No.

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Armageddon Nook HD+ Sales Are A Yawn

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This seems to be going down with a big fat thud!

Check it on Twitter search:

Got Nook HD+
Bought Nook HD+

A search for Nook HD+ alone shows nothing but endless pimpery.

The lack of squeeing on Twitter is Barnes & Noble’s doom.

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The Market Barnes & Noble Ignores

Yes, I know I should call it “Nook Media,” but until they have separate financial reports and separate investor conference calls, they’re still B&N to me.

Kindleberry Wireless: A Portable Outdoor Hackstation

Recently I got to go down to Australia to attend an awesome conference called CampJS. It isn’t really a conference, actually, but instead a bunch of programmers in the woods for a few days hacking on side projects and learning new things. Getting out of the big city was really refreshing and at the same time made me realize how badly my glossy screened laptop works in the great outdoors.

It got me wondering if there existed a laptop that was designed for hacking in direct sunlight… something that had a ridiculously long battery life and was still readable in high brightness situations. Instead I stumbled upon a more awesome solution: the kindleberry, a combination of the Raspberry Pi and the Amazon Kindle.

Is there anyone at Barnes & Noble to see the opportunity here?

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The Definition Of “Cyprus” Is “Screw You”

Cyprus Said to Reach Tentative Deal to Avert Default

Deposits below the EU deposit-guarantee ceiling of 100,000 euros will be protected, and a loss of no more than 40 percent will be imposed on uninsured depositors at the Bank of Cyprus, two EU officials said. Uninsured depositors at Cyprus Popular would largely be wiped out, two other officials said.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And so with a wave of a wand — this isn’t even going up for a vote because it’s been framed as a bank resolution — in the Iron Fist of the State, POOF!, your money disappears.

Russian Oligarchs did not get to be Oligarchs playing nice or recognizing rules. There will be vengeance.

Having now created this loophole scheme that “absolves” the politicians, how long before it’s applied in other countries?

Previously here:

Cyprus Looks Like Toast
Cyprus: No Cash Until March 26th
Are You Paying Attention Yet?
The Financial Monkeywrench Of Cyprus
Cyprus Launches Financial Andromeda Strain
The Day The ATMs Stopped Working

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