Daily Archives: June 12, 2015

Kurtis Scaletta, Chromebook Novelist


Kurtis Scaletta's Site

This is one of those blog posts written in service to my profession.

I recently got a $200 Chromebook because my MacBook Air, though much beloved, has become commandeered by my child. Other writers might be looking at this relatively low-cost option and wonder if it’ll work. My answer: sure. Sort of. Depends.

First, for the uninitiated: the Chromebook itself is a very cheap device that’s not quite a laptop; it’s more like a portable web browser. It comes with some hard drive storage, but pretty much all the apps run within the Chrome web browser. A Chromebook is practical if you just want something for surfing the Web, doing the occasional video chat (in google, not Skype), and a little light writing, etc. You can’t do page layout, graphic design, movie editing, or anything like that. Anything you might do, ask yourself if you can do it now in a web…

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LG G Stylo

Find the Android phone for you

It was a bit eerie, one of the suggestions to me.

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A Rising Tide Of Insanity That Will Drown Us All

11-Year-Old Boy Played in His Yard. CPS Took Him, Felony Charge for Parents.

One afternoon this past April, a Florida mom and dad I’ll call Cindy and Fred could not get home in time to let their 11-year-old son into the house. The boy didn’t have a key, so he played basketball in the yard. He was alone for 90 minutes. A neighbor called the cops, and when the parents arrived—having been delayed by traffic and rain—they were arrested for negligence.

They were put in handcuffs, strip searched, fingerprinted, and held overnight in jail.

It would be a month before their sons—the 11-year-old and his 4-year-old brother—were allowed home again. Only after the eldest spoke up and begged a judge to give him back to his parents did the situation improve.

Same-day update: Story above has an update. Trouble Not Over for Florida Parents of 11-Year-Old Taken in CPS Dispute

Contrast: Back to School: The 70s vs. Today, A Lot has Changed

Additional (thanks to Moriah Jovan):

Meet Danielle Meitiv: Fighting for Her Kids’ Rights
When letting your kids out of your sight becomes a crime


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New Photo Of Onda 13.1-Inch Tablet

Via IMP3Net [Google Translate].


So now we know it at least has Android.

Will it ever be released?

Previously here:

Onda 13.1-Inch Tablet Revealed

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InVisage Quantum Film

InVisage Opens World’s First Sub-5nm Fabrication Site for QuantumFilm Cameras

The manufacturing facility, called QFAB3, features unprecedented sub-5 nanometer process geometry within an ISO Class 10 cleanroom. It is designed to support a wide range of products, from mobile phones to high-end cameras as well as drones and other IoT devices that require high performance cameras.

“Because we use quantum dots, we don’t need finely patterned lithography to achieve our high performance and sub 5-nm scale. This QuantumFilm fab has a multiplier effect in terms of product performance, value, and output. So our factory is compact and accomplishes much more than the typical fab,” said James Chou, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations. “All the steps could fit within one shipping container. This enables many expansion opportunities we’re already scouting for.”

Purported demo video after the break.

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HTC: No.



Um, no.

HTC chair apologizes to shareholders

Wang said HTC’s performance was mainly due to its poor operational efficiency and overly conservative marketing strategy amid fierce competition in the global market.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

In an era where Big Phones sell, what does HTC have? Nothing.


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Video: Ticwatch


Interestingly, two English-language app titles are seen above.

See the video after the break.

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