Almost 15 months have passed since Google announced that they were shuttering Google Reader, and yesterday marked the one year anniversary of its demise. Mashable was the first to notice the anniversary, and they inspired me to look back and see just how much has changed. Continue reading
This was a little nuts, but the result is fascinating.
For example, a couple programs installed in Dos 5.0 still worked in Windows 7. The settings created in Windows 2 survived every upgrade until Win2k. The level of backwards compatibility MS supports is impressive.
Editor’s Note: The term wake is now used as a synonym for funeral, but it original referred to the period between a death and burial where one waited for the deceased to wake up (seriously). Go look up the effects of lead poisoning if you don’t believe me. A modern equivalent would be sitting at the bedside of someone in a coma, trying to decide if the life support should be turned off. Deathwatch would be another good word, but I’m saving that for next time.
Borders laid off another 40+ workers today. Almost all used to work at Borders HQ in Ann Arbor, Mich. According to Borders spokesman Mary Davis: Continue reading
I managed to run the battery down on my camera so I’m back in my room for a few minutes. I decided to use the time to double check my photos and post an update. I haven’t written any of the posts yet; that’s going to happen tonight. There’s only so much time that the show floor is open so I have to make the most of it.
I’ve got 3 booth visits with enough photos and notes that I can post: Aluratek, Vivitek, and Rockchip. Continue reading
In most of the world 1 January is the day that copyrights expire and previously monopolized content enters the public domain. The one exception is the USA, becuase every time it looks a copyright might expire Congress is bribed into adding more years. Continue reading
The banner says it all. Are you going to participate?
I just got an email from Kobo. IIn partnership with the NYTimes, they’ve extended the trial subscription for the daily edition of the New York Times newspaper. You now have the option of a 30 day risk free trial.
Of course, there’s a minor problem with this offer. Right now, subscriptions only work with the Kobo iOS app (and the Kobo Wifi), and there’s a very good _free_ app for the NYTimes. There’s little point in subscribing if you can get the web content free.
There were 2 sessions that I wanted to cover today, and a third that I missed because I didn’t realize it was related to ebooks. Fortunately Sue Polanka attended the 3rd session, and you can read about in 3 parts: here, here, and here. Of the 2 sessions I attended one isn’t worth writing about; there was nothing new. The other session was titled “Multiple Formats and Multiple Copies in a Digital Age”, and even though it’s about libraries I think it’s worth the time to write it up. I will post it tomorrow.
I stopped by the Blio booth, and noted the location of a number of booths I wanted to visit on Monday. I found 3 different book scanners, and I’m going to try to get a video of each in action.
I have a dozen pens, a bunch of pads of paper, and quite a few pins. I know that’s not much, but I wasn’t in the hall much today. Later in the day I caught the beginning of a session sponsored by Tor-Forge, and they were giving away bags of books. All were paper books, unfortunately (I was hoping for ebooks). But I wasn’t there for the books anyway. No, I was there to get Cory Doctorow to sign my Kindle cover. He did.
Devry’s Kindle Pilot Program
The word of the day is: serendipity. At one session I happened to sit in front of someone who works for Devry. She mentioned to her companion how few ebook sessions there were (she’s right), so I turned around and told about the ones I knew of. We got to talking, and it turns out that Devry started a 2 year long Kindle pilot program some time back. They gave 3,000 students Kindles, and then tracked what happened.
She said it was a colossal failure. She didn’t give specifics, but she did say that by the one year mark only about 2/3 were still using the Kindle, and no one was using it as a textbook. She also mentioned that Devry had been quietly talking with their competition about the Kindle pilot program. She hinted that the University of Phoenix had also run a Kindle pilot, and had gotten similar results.
by Charlie Dulin of Dulin’s Books
This post is from Wednesday. It was posted late due to problems with email.
First Day at SID Display week was different than I might have expected. I only had CES to compare it to, and I was expecting something a little different. However, this is not a consumer show. It is an industry show where the various component makers show of their wares to the OEMs in hope they will buy.
But I am a tech fan and so I found some very interesting things in the world of display tech, 3d tech, etc. There are a couple companies that are selling various forms of connectors and another two that have developed ways to move large pieces of glass in display factories without having to touch them (think air hockey tables) with very minimum effort and lift. Corning had a neat display of Gorilla glass. Different sizes, shapes, and strengths. The most impressive to me was flexible glass! Yes, an actual sheet of nearly indestructible Gorilla Glass that is flexible.
But so far, I did not see much in the way of devices that you might be buying in the near future. I did get a chance to talk with Fujitsu about the Flepia. Sadly, it is not destined for the US or Canada (at least from Fujitsu). They are willing to license it out to other companies for rebranding but they do not want to get into marketing and distribution themselves.
I ran into Mary Lou Jepson of Pixel Qi while in the QUALCOMM Mirasol booth. Pixel Qi won the Display of the year award here at SID. I have not found their booth or tracked down May Lou since. I plan on hunting her down tomorrow if I can. Mirasol is getting ready to launch a product for consumers (more on that later).
I will be sitting down with Liquavista tomorrow and I plan to make another run at E-Ink’s booth – my camera quit on me this afternoon while I was at their booth but I did get a few pictures.
I also spent some time at Bridgestone’s booth and there is a device coming soon using their Liquid Powder Display technology. Stay tuned for that post.
I got to spend a little time with Kent displays and their “Boogie Board” http://www.myboogieboard.com. I actually own a Boogie Board that I picked up at Brookstone just about a week ago. The Boogie Board is a writing/drawing pad made from a single pixel, pressure sensitive, bi-stable cholorestic LCD. It is basically like a note pad without the paper. I would have brought it with me but my 5 year old would not let me. He has been using it since I brought it home for drawing and writing his 5-year old schemes. Early next year, not in time for this year’s holidays unfortunately, they will have a new model out that will allow you to save the pages. It will have built in memory to hold about 200 pages and will cost probably 2x the current $35 dollar retail price.