Daily Archives: May 7, 2013

R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Artist

RIP Ray Harryhausen

He did incredible things. Impossible things. By hand. One frame at a time.

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Google Books PDF Death Match 4: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

It’s time to get real.

Previously I’ve used Success: A Novel (catch up here) as my Google Books test PDF. Most mainstream devices can now do that. So it’s time to up the ante to the full Monty of what I need a device to do.

I’ve already tried this twice:

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Second Samsung Galaxy S III Test

I wanted to use the same PDF but problems erupted. I had to use a different issue of The American Magazine. The one in those first two tests was 203MBs. The one in these tests is a whopping 290MBs. How’s that for going nuclear?

If you want to play at home:
Google Books: The American Magazine, Volume 89
Google Docs: American Magazine (for those outside the U.S.)

I will repeat this introduction on all four posts in this series since I doubt people will read all of them.

Now onto the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.

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Google Books PDF Death Match 3: iPad 4 With Retina Display

It’s time to get real.

Previously I’ve used Success: A Novel (catch up here) as my Google Books test PDF. Most mainstream devices can now do that. So it’s time to up the ante to the full Monty of what I need a device to do.

I’ve already tried this twice:

Samsung Galaxy S III Test
Second Samsung Galaxy S III Test

I wanted to use the same PDF but problems erupted. I had to use a different issue of The American Magazine. The one in those first two tests was 203MBs. The one in these tests is a whopping 290MBs. How’s that for going nuclear?

If you want to play at home:
Google Books: The American Magazine, Volume 89
Google Docs: American Magazine (for those outside the U.S.)

I will repeat this introduction on all four posts in this series since I doubt people will read all of them.

Now onto the iPad 4 with Retina Display.

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Google Books PDF Death Match 2: iPad Mini

It’s time to get real.

Previously I’ve used Success: A Novel (catch up here) as my Google Books test PDF. Most mainstream devices can now do that. So it’s time to up the ante to the full Monty of what I need a device to do.

I’ve already tried this twice:

Samsung Galaxy S III Test
Second Samsung Galaxy S III Test

I wanted to use the same PDF but problems erupted. I had to use a different issue of The American Magazine. The one in those first two tests was 203MBs. The one in these tests is a whopping 290MBs. How’s that for going nuclear?

If you want to play at home:
Google Books: The American Magazine, Volume 89
Google Docs: American Magazine (for those outside the U.S.)

I will repeat this introduction on all four posts in this series since I doubt people will read all of them.

Now onto the iPad Mini.

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Google Books PDF Death Match 1: Nook HD+

It’s time to get real.

Previously I’ve used Success: A Novel (catch up here) as my Google Books test PDF. Most mainstream devices can now do that. So it’s time to up the ante to the full Monty of what I need a device to do.

I’ve already tried this twice:

Samsung Galaxy S III Test
Second Samsung Galaxy S III Test

I wanted to use the same PDF but problems erupted. I had to use a different issue of The American Magazine. The one in those first two tests was 203MBs. The one in these tests is a whopping 290MBs. How’s that for going nuclear?

If you want to play at home:
Google Books: The American Magazine, Volume 89
Google Docs: American Magazine (for those outside the U.S.)

I will repeat this introduction on all four posts in this series since I doubt people will read all of them.

Now onto the Nook HD+.

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Nano-Fondle: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

I’ve extracted this bit from my upcoming post — hours and hours from now — about doing a Google Books PDF test on the Galaxy Note 8.0. I had time to play around with the Note 8.0 while I waited for a ginormous download to complete.

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Staples: Tablets And Kindles

Part of yesterday’s Tech Fondle Tour was a trip to Staples.

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Ah, the Surface Pro! I thought it was too thick and too heavy. And also felt warm — as in battery heat from being on AC constantly. I didn’t do anything more than swipe at the home screen and peer at it to see if I could notice pixels. I couldn’t.

I looked for pixels because earlier at J&R I encountered some touchscreen PCs running Windows 8. And my god! The screen pixels were so prominent it made everything look fuzzy! Maybe that’s another reason PC sales are down. After being spoiled by tablet — and Retina — displays. new PC screens look terrible.

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Best Buy: Kobo And Samsung Chromebook

Part of yesterday’s Tech Fondle Tour was a trip to Best Buy.

Samsung will set up a colony soon:

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Photos: Palm LifeDrive Versus iPod Touch

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My LifeDrive has duct tape on the power slider because it broke. If I turn it off, I can’t turn it back on with the switch. Now I use one of the front buttons to turn it on and software to turn it off. Anyway, look at how thin that iPod Touch is!

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