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TOP 10 ebook sites
(updated April 4, 04)
1. FictionWise,
multi formats one stop shopping site, include non fiction and exclusive short fictions.
2. BlackMask, the best free ebook site in several formats.
3. PeanutPress, award winning ebook store for PDA, friendly DRM solutions.
4. Execubook, eSummaries that deliver wisdom. Perfect for PDA users.
5. eBookAd, many indies label are here
6. Univ. of Virginia Library, Free ebooks
7. FreeeLiterature dot com, classics for free
8. Memoware, free documents from volunteers.

9. ESSPC, great place to start your collection (Free)
10.The Online Book Page, from U.Penn.
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5 Recommended eBooks from my ebook shelf
(April 04)
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1. Don't Know Much About History
2. Dirty Little Secrets
3. Killing The Buddha
4. The Get With the Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants
5. Flirt Coach
 

Pocket PC eBooks
Bestseller List
(Jan-Mar 04)

1. Star Trek Series
2. Angels and Demons
3. Holly Bible NIV ed.
4. The Da Vinci Code
5. Deception Points
6. Letters to Penthouse XIX
7. Letters to Penthouse XVIII
8. Resolutions
9. 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom
10. Against All Enemies

 

 
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  2/28/2005

$29
Apple exec provides iPod Camera Connector details (photo included)
Greg Joswiak, vice president of hardware marketing at Apple, revealed further details of the Camera Connector in an interview with CNET News.com. He said that it is a small white plastic device that is similar to a small docking station with a cable for connecting to the iPod and a USB port for connecting to a camera. Joswiak noted that pictures loaded onto an iPod photo directly from the Camera Connector will be able to be viewed immediately on the device. However, in order for the photos to be shown on a TV, the iPod Photo will need to be connected to a computer first.

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  2/27/2005

Under the hood
A voyage inside the iPod Shuffle
The Shuffle Sylvester dismantled was based around an MP3 decoder chip from SigmaTel and a flash memory chip from Samsung--which means the device uses many fewer chips than hard-drive-based iPods, she wrote.
The MP3 decoder, mounted to one board, takes charge of a multitude of functions. Its handles music, including the playing of MP3, AAC and Audible format files. It harbors a USB 2.0 converter, SDRAM for buffering data and a headphone driver.
The chip is capable of handling Windows Media music file decoding and voice recording, and could send images to an LCD screen and work with an FM tuner, she wrote. Those features go unused in the Shuffle, though.
Conclusion: Apple probably having a profit margin of 40% on a 512Mb Shuffle! And will get more when the price of the new chips go down. Not bad at all!

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Asked
Ask iPodlounge
Q: ... We have two amplifiers running two different areas of the bar but they are not near where we would want the iPod; is it possible to use a long cable?
Q: I have imported several compilation CDs, but I don't like the way all the artists appear in my artist list; it makes it long to scroll through the Artists list. A solution could be to rename all these artists as "Various Artists" or something similar, but then I would lose the artist information...
Is it possible to make a sub-folder? Or do you have another idea as to how to organize compilations?
Q: If you are looking at a song that’s playing, how can you add it to the On-The-Go playlist? Is there any other way that going back to the album or playlist and selecting the song?
Q: Will the iPod shuffle allow me to play both audiobooks and music? Or will I have to decide before I sync which one I want to listen to?
Q: When I plug my 20 GB iPod into my Sony home theater system, I have to turn the iPod volume to its highest setting as well as turning up the volume on the Sony amp in order to hear only a moderate increase. What's wrong?

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  2/26/2005

DIY
Building a Mobile Book Catalog with Visual Studio .NET 2003
Microsoft have published a set of exercises to demostrate building a book catalogue application for Pocket PC using the .NET Compact Framework. Once you've downloaded and installed the package you'll find a number of exercise projects added to your start menu.
There is a link to the download page and the manual at the above link.

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  2/25/2005

TimeOut!
New Music Instrument: Musicpole
(source: JWalk Blog)

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iCool
Deconstructing the iPod
An analyst takes apart a Shuffle and learns that Apple is making music with two chips. In other gadget news: The shift to lower prices continues with a $199 iPod Mini.
An analyst dissects a Shuffle, details what she finds and takes a guess about the profit Apple's making on the device

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iDenial
Bars hold iPod nights for iDrunk DJs
Most of the Mormons we know aren't terribly fond of the sauce, but someone needs to buy Dell CEO Kevin Rollins a beer before it's too late.
Rollins recently dubbed Apple's iPod a "fad," and he may well miss out on the iParty if he doesn't get down to the iBar quick. Pubs and clubs around the globe have started holding iPod nights where customers can bring in their devices, plug into the house music system and DJ for a period of time. One such iParty will take place this Saturday at the Progress Bar in London.
But calling the iPod a fad is like calling the Walkman a fad. Apple, like Sony, managed to nail a new market with the best device at the right time. iPod clones will erode Apple's market share over time, but that doesn't make the iPod a fad any more than it makes IBM's original PC a fad. (And if the iPod is indeed a fad then the Dell DJ is what? A desperate, failed fad hopeful? Who wants an iDud?)
The point here is that the iPod is breaking permanent ground, and Rollins is either in denial or out of touch.

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Podca$h
For a Start-Up, Visions of Profit in Podcasting
The primarily amateur Internet audio medium known as podcasting will take a small, hopeful step on Friday toward becoming the commercial Web's next big thing.
That step is planned by Odeo, a five-person start-up that is based in a walk-up apartment in this city's Mission District and was co-founded by a Google alumnus. The company plans to introduce a Web-based system that is aimed at making a business of podcasting - the process of creating, finding, organizing and listening to digital audio files that range from living-room ramblings to BBC newscasts.
Audio files on the Internet are nothing new, of course. But the recent proliferation of portable iPods and other devices for storing and playing files in the MP3 audio format has created a mobile audience in this country - more than 11 million and growing - on whom podcasters are counting to listen to much more than downloaded songs and the occasional audio book.

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Understanding the iPod family
New iPod minis and photos
Main points:
Broadly, How Did the iPod Family Change Yesterday?
What Do the Changes Really Mean?
What About Smaller, Fine Print Changes?
Was Anything Else Introduced?

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  2/24/2005

The End of an Era?
Just a Thought - So Ends The PDA Fad
It's official: Sony has bowed out of the PDA market.
To many industry watchers, Sony's move is not surprising, if not necessarily expected. Many believe that the PDA as a distinct device has pretty much had its day. It is not surprising because many of the functions found in a PDA can now be found in other devices, like cell phones and iPods. It is expected, to my way of thinking at least, because the PDA's inevitable demise in the form we know today is nothing more than the natural evolution of the device.
When the Newton and Palm devices first came out, I wondered why anyone would use these devices over, say, a paper based organizer. Of course, there was a certain convenience factor with being able to connect the handheld device to a computer, and then sync the information, but the Newton, Palm-based devices, and all Windows CE/PocketPC based devices suffer from the same problem: they were not good enough to completely replace pencil and paper.

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Back to the USSR
AllofMP3.com headed for a fall?
It appears that the low-price leader in pseudo-legit semi-legal (we’re being very nice here) music downloads—their buy-by-the-MB pricing model that severely undercuts ITMS, MSN Music, and Rhapsody—has apparently finally gone under investigation by the Moscow City Police Computer Crimes division; what the outcome will be if it actually does make it to court is fairly certain, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that our peeps in Russia pull through. Afterall, though the RIAA would like us to forget, there is such thing as fair use downloading.

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Books shuffling
Public library lends out book-filled iPod Shuffles
at least one library has come up with a novel way to get teens into libraries: put audiobooks onto iPod Shuffles. We have it on good word that the South Huntington Public Library in Suffolk County, New York, is doing just that. They apparently have a handful of Shuffles, pre-loaded with books, and are planning to add more.

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  2/23/2005

The iPodPeople
Society is dead, we have retreated into the iWorld
Manhattan’s downtown is now a Disney-like string of malls, riverside parks and pretty upper-middle-class villages. But there was something else. And as I looked across the throngs on the pavements, I began to see why.
There were little white wires hanging down from their ears, or tucked into pockets, purses or jackets. The eyes were a little vacant. Each was in his or her own musical world, walking to their soundtrack, stars in their own music video, almost oblivious to the world around them. These are the iPod people.
Even without the white wires you can tell who they are. They walk down the street in their own MP3 cocoon, bumping into others, deaf to small social cues, shutting out anyone not in their bubble.
And of course, he owns one as well. Well worth reading!

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New goodies
Aple pipes in new iPods
The company introduced a higher-capacity, 6GB Mini, along with new 30GB and 60GB iPod Photo models, which can use an adapter to connect directly to digital cameras and display photos. The Minis also feature a boost in battery life.
The new models expand the range of Apple's popular hard-drive-based music players and increase the product line's capabilities in digital photography. A $29 camera adapter for the iPod Photo answers the call for connecting the player directly to cameras without the need for a computer as a go-between.
Along with bringing out the 6GB Mini, which costs $249, Apple lowered the price of its 4GB Mini to $199. The 4GB Mini had debuted in January 2004 at $249.
The 30GB iPod Photo costs $349, while the 60GB device costs $449. Previously, Apple offered a 40GB model for $499 and a 60GB version for $599.

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iPod Updater 2005-02-22
includes new iPod mini Software 1.3 for iPod mini, new iPod Software 2.3 for iPod with dock connector, new iPod shuffle Software 1.1 for iPod shuffle, and new iPod Software 1.5 for iPod with touch wheel or scroll wheel. iPod Updater 2005-02-22 contains the same software versions as iPod Updater 2005-01-11 for all other iPod models.
Download and install the iPod Updater then connect your iPod shuffle, iPod, iPod photo or iPod mini to your computer. The iPod Updater will automatically determine if an update is required.
What’s New in iPod Updater 2005-02-22
iPod shuffle Software 1.1 for iPod shuffle
? Support for iPod shuffle Battery Pack
? Increased software stability
iPod mini Software 1.3 for iPod mini
? Support for second-generation iPod mini
? Support for charging and syncing over USB with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or 10.3.4 or later
iPod Software 2.3 for iPod with dock connector
? Shuffle Songs selection in Main Menu
? Music menu item in Main Menu
? Support for iTunes 4.7 and later
iPod Software 1.5 for iPod with touch wheel or scroll wheel
? Shuffle Songs selection in Main Menu
? Music menu item in Main Menu
? Support for iTunes 4.7 and later

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New iPods
iPod Mini 4GB & 6GB increase battery power
iPod Photo 30GB slimmer and 60GB cheaper

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  2/22/2005

Wapedia
Wikipedia for mobile access
Wapedia brings Wikipedia content not only to WAP devices, but also to other mobile devices like PDAs supporting HTML.
Wow, an encyclopedia on your WAP phone!

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Great Idea
ComicEdge: Comic Reader For Pocket PCs
You'll always be entertained with dozens of the most popular comics available at your fingertips. Webcomics, syndicated comics, and editorial comics are all there. You can view the last 2-4 weeks of comic strips and keep track of which ones are read and which ones are new.

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Pocket PC / iPod Wake Up Call!
Archos hits 100GB for portable video player
After adding digital-video recording capabilities to its hard-drive-based line of portable media players, Archos is turning up the volume on the capacity of its devices to 100GB.
The devices can play back MP3, WMA or WAV files. Consumers will be able to schedule shows to be recorded by picking a time and channel or by synchronizing online with Yahoo TV Guide to get a lineup of shows to choose from. The device also displays digital images.
The AV4100 will come with a cradle that connects to a video source, such as a television or set-top box, over a USB 2.0 cable. It will have an external speaker and built-in CompactFlash reader for transferring files directly to the device. The AV4100 comes with a 100GB 2.5-inch hard drive and a 3.8-inch color screen.

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Hip Tech
Fashion and gadgetry say, 'I do'
The marriage of fashion and technology has long been touted as the perfect union, but one of the partners is usually cheating on the other. You have impractical little purses that can't carry more than a lipstick, or shock-absorbing shoes that make you look as if you were about to go on rounds at the hospital. And while the occasional artist constructs, say, an electronic skirt that tracks the stock market, for most of us, technological innovation has come down to one word: Lycra.
But there may be hope for this relationship after all. Modish personal gadgets have become ubiquitous, with everyone carrying at least a cell phone, often a laptop and a BlackBerry, and frequently an iPod as well. If you want proof that the tech companies are marketing to women, just look at the pastel-tinted iPod Minis, which Apple Computer calls fashionably compact. Wieger Deknatel, a marketing director at Philips, which is collaborating with Nike on MP3 players and clothing, says the company found that female consumers had just one additional demand when it came to personal technology: "that it looks nice on you."

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Dream a little dream:
What I expect to see in the future:
1. iPod Swatch: The Shuffle/The Mini in Colorful Swatch Themes.
2. Digital Broadcast iPod, where we can tag the song for future purchase in iTunes.
3. iPod with big screen for eBook reading.
4. iTunes Pro for Radio Broadcast/Mix.
5. Pocket PC becomes the hub for home entertainment control.

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  2/21/2005

From the rumour department
Is Wednesday the day for new iPods?
For the past week or so we’ve been inundated with iPod rumors (that the iPod is going to come in a bunch of different new colors, that the iPod mini is getting a color screen and a bump up to 5GB or 6GB, that there’s a Bluetooth iPod on the way, etc), now MacShrine is piling it on with yet a few more, including a tipoff that Wednesday is the day when all of this will go down.

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This is what mobile computing is all about ...
This is not about a PDA, but a tablet PC with extras
I have my trusty tablet PC, my TC1100, with a Sierra Wireless Aircard GPRS card in the PC-card slot; then there is the fabulous ThinkOutside Bluetooth (BT) Keyboard and Mouse combo; and finally (resting on the detachable stand) my i-mate sp3i smartphone, also communicating via BT with the TPC and and GPRS with the rest of the world. The TC1100 then connects to my 802.11b wireless network - of course! With this portable desktop the possibilities are endless ...
Click on the link to read what this setup can do.
[via jkOnTheRun]

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  2/19/2005

Next Mobile Easy Frontier
Buy and Read Ebooks with Your Mobile Phones
Random House, the country's leading trade book publisher, announced Thursday that it had purchased a "significant minority stake" in VOCEL, a San Diego-based company that describes itself as a provider of "premium-branded applications for mobile phones."
"We're talking to all kinds of people about it," he said. "It's obviously one of the next frontiers in the e-book world."

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PodCast is it!
Tired of TiVo? Beyond blogs? Podcasts are here
Since August, when Adam Curry, a former MTV video jockey, and David Winer, an early Web log writer, developed the podcasting technology, 3,075 podcasts have sprung up around the world, according to a Web site, Ipodder.org, that offers downloads of podcasting software.
From "Say Yum," a California couple's musings about food and music, to "Lifespring," a Christian show whose creator said he had a vision to podcast, to "Dutch Cheese and American Pie," by a Dutch citizen planning to move to the United States, these shows cover a broad variety of topics.
Podcasts are a little like reality television, a little like "Wayne's World," and are often likened to TiVo, which allows television watchers to download only the programs they want to watch and to skip advertising, for radio or blogs but spoken.
The article continues with example of good PodCasts.

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  2/18/2005

The future of textbooks?
SanDisk BookLocker
There is no software installation or need to be online to read the digital books. When using BookLocker, you are free from carrying around heavy books and backpacks. Dozens of books can fit into a single device. BookLocker’s unique technology provides the ultimate content security, a seamless user experience where content is available anywhere, anytime.
...
BookLocker includes an intuitive reader where users can browse and read their eBooks, as well as search the text, and add notes and highlights to the text.
When online, BookLocker automatically connects to an MDRM content server and receives additional content and updates. The content is downloaded directly to the BookLocker device, and from then on can be accessed regardless of Internet connectivity.
The link has some brochures and white papers in PDF format.
[via Engadget]

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mSpace
University launches semantic web interface
The University of Southampton has launched a new semantic web interface, called mSpace, that it says will make searching for information online, and learning about a subject, much easier.
mSPace is a framework that gathers information sources and presents them to the user in a single window. It can potentially be applied to any subject, provided the basic information is available. The researchers say this means users will no longer have to wade through lists of undifferentiated data when researching a subject.
Try the demo link at the site.

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Limited Time
The Top 100 Gadgets of All Time
But let's lay some ground rules before we get started. What defines a "gadget" anyway?
• It has to have electronic and/or moving parts of some kind. Scissors count, but the knife does not.
• It has to be a self-contained apparatus that can be used on its own, not a subset of another device. The flashlight counts; the light bulb does not. The notebook counts, but the hard drive doesn't.
• It has to be smaller than the proverbial bread box. This is the most flexible of the categories, since gadgets have gotten inexorably smaller over time. But in general we included only items that were potentially mobile: The Dustbuster counts; the vacuum cleaner doesn't.
In the end, we tried to get to the heart of what really makes a gadget a gadget.
FYI: iPod is #12, Pocket PC is #49, Palm OS is #43, CF Card is #38, Gameboy is #25, and #1 is by Apple.

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Just Shuffle It
iPod shuffle Tips and Tricks
The shuffle is so simple to operate that even your 2-year-old might soon be nagging you for one. But there are plenty of fun intricacies and nuances to learn about in iPod shuffle and in its faithful companion, iTunes 4.7.1. In this article, we'll take a deeper look at the newest iPod and iTunes.
For Example: The iPod shuffle includes a handy shortcut for going back to the beginning of its playlist: just press Play/Pause three times and the shuffle will start playing at the beginning of the first song. (You don't even have to say, "There's no place like home.")

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  2/17/2005

Questiontime
Ask iPodloune
Q: I really like the way the iPod shuffle can upload a random set of music to the device, so I don't lose time selecting what I want to upload. But I don't like iPod shuffle's lack of features. Is there another player (or software) that uploads or creates a random set of music so I don't need to spend time choosing songs?
Q: Is it possible to download music from Windows Media Player to an iPod?
Q: I have imported 3 discs comprising Wagner's Das Rheingold, but discs 2 and 3 appear in reverse order. Is there a way of putting this right?
Q: I have several songs that have a few minutes of silence at the end. Is there any way to edit the songs so they end where I want?
Q: When I import dance CDs into iTunes, and then to my iPod, it replays them with a one-second gap between songs. How can I get these dance tracks to play without gaps?
Click on the link to get the answers.

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PodCasting
Understanding the Podcasting Revolution
Since podcasting first emerged as a form of mass communication, typical people - professionals, housewives, computer nerds, and teenagers – have been making digital recordings of themselves doing little more than talking. The subject matter ranges from anything in general to nothing in particular - life, romance, music, sports, gadgets, arts, computers, losing weight, politics, religion, the list goes on and on. They banter about their pet peeves, recount how their days went, and make fun of people. Podcasts give them a place to make their opinions known, without censure, rules or conventions. And there’s no cost to listeners: it’s all free via the Internet.

There’s good reason to believe that podcasting will be even bigger than it is already. Google the word “podcast” and it’ll turn up almost 1.7 million hits, even though podcasting did not exist one year ago.
Read the rest!

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It's a Fair Cop?
Italian DJ Fined 1.4 Million Euros For MP3s
Over in Italy, a DJ has been fined $1.4 million euros for copyright infringement. Police said that he had 2,000 MP3s and 500 music videos on his computer. However, what's unclear from the story is where these files came from. Were they files that he had made from CDs and DVDs he had purchased, or were they all downloaded? Also, even if they were unauthorized files that he downloaded, it's hard to see how 1.4 million is a reasonable fine in any world that touches reality. As some have pointed out, it's become clear that the industry, itself, only values unlimited access to music at $15/month.
As usual, read the rest.

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Execs Do The Math
Jobs' Jabs
The Los Angeles Times reports that Mr. Jobs sent an email directing label executives to a website promoting the stealing of music downloaded via the Napster-to-Go service, writing, "Thought you should know if you haven't heard about this."
In response, Napster CEO Chris Gorog sent an email highlighting digital rights management (DRM)-stripping software that removes Apple's FairPlay copy-protection.
Mac Observer: We will note, however, that hacking a subscription service is a far bigger deal than hacking a paid-music service. If you break into Apple's FairPlay DRM, you'll still first have to buy the songs at a dollar each. If you break into Napster's (WMA-based) DRM, then you can get as much music as you want for $15 a month.

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  2/16/2005

More free reading
The Infinite Matrix
Note that The Infinite Matrix has published a short story called "I, Robot" by Cory Docotorow to be read free of charge (though they do accept donations). And you can still read the earlier published short stories.

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Digital Ink
NanoChromics Display - digital ink based on nanotech
The company's proprietary NanoChromics display (NCD) contains a reflective layer made of a nanostructured film of titanium dioxide – the chemical used to make paper white. This creates a solid white background with the appearance, reflectivity and contrast of a high quality, printed paper sign. Like a real paper sign, the display is readable at very acute angles. Electrochromic viologen molecules in front of the reflective background give the visual effect of ink on paper when colored and of pure white paper when bleached. Different colors are produced using different viologens. Because viologens are able to attach in high numbers to a nanostructured cathode with a very large surface area, strong coloration is achieved. Past attempts to use electrochromic effects in display applications suffered from both weak coloration and long switching times. With NCD technology, the electrochromic viologen molecules are bound to the surface of the nanostructured cathode, meaning they can be switched very rapidly from colorless to colored and vice versa.
Power consumption of the NCD is reduced by eliminating the need for backlighting; plus, the displays' 1V DC operation is currently the lowest drive voltage of any bistable technology (bistable means that power is only required for image updating, resulting in reduced power consumption).
Built on existing LCD lines, NanoChromics displays will have the optical qualities of the printed page, specifically high brightness and contrast over a wide range of viewing angles and a "paper-white" background. Potential applications for NCD technology include in-store pricing systems, public and advertising signage, mobile communications, and electronic paper and books. George Powlick, manager of one of the venture capital firms invested in NTERA, said: "The compelling advantages of NTERA's display technology, combined with the ability to produce the displays NanoChromics on existing LCD manufacturing lines, has already enabled it to secure significant customer interest. We look forward to working with the company’s management team to maximise in exploiting its potential."
Read more about NTERA here.

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  2/15/2005

The shoulds and won'ts
Why you should read e-books... and why you won't
A very good essay that catches the essential points re ebooks. In case you are an ebook-publisher reading this, note the "why you won't"-arguments: too expensive, too sparse, too personal (DRM yet again!) and only in English.
[via MobileRead]

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Ask aunt iPodLounge
Ask iPodLounge
Q: I have a fourth generation 40GB iPod, and I am interested in deleting all the songs and starting afresh... Is there a clean, systematic way I can do this?
Q: I was told that to turn the iPod off I should hold down the Play/Pause button, and it does seem to go off when I do this. However, when I turn it back on the power has been used up. Am I turning it off incorrectly?
Q: I just got my 20GB iPod a little over a month ago, and today, all of a sudden, the Click Wheel and buttons stopped working. The iPod responds when I plug in the charger, or connect it to the computer, but I am unable to use the Click Wheel or select any options. Please help!
Q: Could the iPod support a subscription service if Apple wanted it to? Could it provide the “secure clock” functionality that Microsoft’s new DRM relies on?
Q: I accidentally unplugged my iPod (fourth generation, 20 GB) while it was updating, and apparently have messed something up. It still updates successfully, but my PC gives me an error message every time I sync it (something like "The hard disk attached has a corrupt file. Run the chkdsk utility."). Should I try to run ChkDsk on my iPod, or do something else?
And Kirk has as usual all the answers!

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Free iTunes Audiobook
Merrano of the Dry Country
by Louis L'Amour
(You need to have itunes installed to click above link)

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  2/14/2005

Digital Trend
Jazz Composer Nabs Grammy After Web-Only Sales
- Jazz composer Maria Schneider took home a Grammy on Sunday for her album "Concert in the Garden," without selling a single copy in a record store.
Schneider said she believed she might be the first artist ever to win a Grammy for an album distributed solely on the Web. But she said that other musicians had already approached her about trying similar experiments of their own.
(source: Jwalk Blog)

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Ha!
Burning through Napster's collection, free
0. Download and install Napster, sign up for 14 day free trial.
1. Download and install Winamp
2. Download and install the Winamp Plug-in Output Stacker
3. Open Winamp Options->Plug-ins->Output->Dietmar's Output Stacker->Configure
a. Add out_ds.dll from Winamp/Plug-ins folder
b. Add out_disk.dll from Winamp/Plug-ins folder
c. Select out_disk.dll in the Output Stacker->Configure
d. Set the output directory and output file mode to Force WAV file
e. Exit preferences
4. Load downloaded Napster protected WMAs into your Winamp playlist
5. Press play and each file will be converted to WAV as it plays
6. Burn WAVs to CD with your favorite burning program
(credit goes to warlock1711 of club.cdfreaks.com for discovering this loophole)

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Wet Dreams
The Zen of Fighting iPod
Creative Technologies' Sim Wong Hoo, king of PC sound, thinks his digital music players can bite Apple.
What is your take on Apple's iPod Shuffle?
We were preparing for a big fight. [We expected] they would come out with something very cool, very sexy. It turned out totally opposite, something like our first-generation product—no display, no radio, very simple. I believe we had this kind of thing more than three years or four years ago. You can say it's cool; I say it's plain-Jane.

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Discounted Inventory Quantity for Napster To Go
90% Only for Napster
The Napster To Go selection doesn't match the inventory of songs Napster actually sells. The service estimates that "about 90 percent" of that catalogue is available under the To Go program -- blame the usual licensing issues for this -- but the utter randomness of that selection makes this feel worse than it is. For example, on a Rolling Stones compilation, "Tumbling Dice" can be rented, but "Wild Horses," just a year older, can only be bought.

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Math for Dummies
Math Is Done: Napster To Go Doesn't Add Up
It wasn't until after my initial binge that I thought a bit more about the virtues of this service. What Napster's ads ignore is that most people already own a significant music collection -- so how many songs will they grab once they sign onto this service? How about after the first month or year? Even the most manic downloader has to slow down eventually.
Consider this example: I have been purchasing CDs for about 20 years now, in which time I've accumulated about 300 of the things. At an average of $15 each, I've spent $4,500. Now suppose that, instead of buying those CDs, I could have opened up a Napster To Go account back in 1985. My total bill would be $3,600 and counting -- and although I might have accumulated a larger, more diverse collection, I wouldn't own any of it.
I have a hard time accepting that. At its best, music has the same lasting value as books or paintings or any other sort of meaningful art: It isn't a disposable good that you use and then forget about. It's something that you keep listening to and discovering new things in. When music is good, you want to know that it can't be taken away from you.
Napster To Go doesn't allow for that. And when you realize this point, it looks less like a service that allows you to pay to get new music and more like one that forces you to pay to keep your existing music.

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The Sim Sicko
Creative CEO: We are the first, Apple will loose to Microsoft, blah blah blah
MSNBC has published a very interesting Newsweek interview with Creative Technologies CEO Sim Wong Hoo. The piece examines Creative's struggle in the iPod-dominated music player market.
When asked about the iPod's success, Mr. Sim says:
"(Steve Jobs) was not the first to come out with this MP3 [sic]. We started way back in 1999."
"I'm betting on the Microsoft camp. They want to win this whole MP3 war. With all the cash they have, with all the clout they have, they are going to win—if not the first time, if not the second time, the third time, and that's why we're working very closely with them."

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It's Coming
Motorola Unveils iTunes-compatible E1060 Phone
The E1060 uses TransFlash memory, expandable to 512MB, to store music in MPEG-4/WMV/WMA/MP3 formats, as well as to handle the other duties of the versatile phone, which packs a 1.3 megapixel digital camera for still photos, as well as a VGA camera for teleconferencing. Other features include Bluetooth 2, a WAP 2.0 browser, and multimedia messaging service capabilities.
...but we'll also continue to support other music players such as RealPlayer," Amer Husaini, vice president for Motorola's mobile devices group in Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Asia, said at the trade show.

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Ooops sorry Real Player
Nokia, Microsoft Make Music
Nokia and Microsoft struck a deal to make it easier for consumers to buy digital music and play it on their handsets.
In a comprehensive agreement, which involves a separate deal with digital media company Loudeye (LOUD), Nokia (NOK) agreed to put Microsoft's music-player software into its handsets.
In return, Microsoft (MSFT) will introduce open standards for digital music compression and piracy protection in its Media Players for personal computers.
The deal brings together two longtime rivals, with Nokia previously using either in-house or RealNetworks music and video software.
The move comes as the mobile technology that supports the faster downloading of music, 3G, takes off. Nokia launched a 3G phone along with two other new models. It forecast 70 million 3G subscribers by the end of 2005, versus 16 million in 2004.

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Pink Tech
Of Gadgets and Gender
With women buying half of all consumer electronics, retailers and manufacturers are tailoring their products and marketing accordingly
"It's a top-of-the line camera that comes in a stylish red and fits into a woman's purse," says Jason Trice, director of product development at Jasco, which makes consumer-electronic products for GE.
Women clearly place a premium on the combination of style and substance, function and fashion. And companies are increasingly finding that it's a winning combination.

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The PodCast Network
jkOnTheRun joins The Podcast Network
The podcast world is all atwitter over the announcement over the weekend that The Podcast Network (TPN) has gone live and I am ecstatic to add two of my own announcements to that pot. jkOnTheRun is proud to announce the soon to be released techADDICTION (TA) podcast as part of TPN and I am quite happy to join the team. TPN is the endeavor of Cameron Reilly and Mick Stanic of G'Day World fame and the network is already shaping up to be an entertaining and informative source of podcasts that cover a wide range of topics.
I will be recording the techADDICTION show with good friend and brainy guy Kevin Tofel of kct's digital world and I can tell you we are both excited to be involved with Mick and Cam. TA will be a weekly show that discusses just about everything to do with mobile technology and how it relates to the real world.
Soon you will have no space for music on your mp3 player! Check The Podcast Network blog for news.

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DRM woes revisited
MS Reader activation woes- a followup
Good posting on jkOnTheRun about the joys of copy protection. Though it has a happy ending, it illustrates the risk one has of losing DRM5 .LIT ebooks.

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  2/13/2005

Valentine's Day sale
Just a reminder that this sale is still on and ends on the 17th!

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Where in the world am I?
MapQuester World Atlas Conversion Tool
Need a map on your PDA? The above MobileRead article leads to a Perl script that can make a World Atlas with images, country data, and lots of other bits in Palm Plucker (Plucker is called Vade Mecum on the Pocket-PC) format. The data come from MapQuest. MobileRead has some nice pictures.

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New Trend: Pocket Reader (it can Read)
Cellphones Get a New Job Description: Portable Scanner
Imagine discreetly photographing contracts, notes jotted on a whiteboard or other handwritten information while on a research mission or a sales call, and later converting them into a format for processing, either in hard copy or on your computer.
That's what scientists at Xerox Research Center Europe in Grenoble, France, envisioned when they developed mobile document imaging software, which should reach the market later this year.

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Tech Does It Better
The analogy I've been using to lay those fears to rest is this: Sex toys are like almonds. Almonds can be a delicious and satiating snack on their own. Almonds can be a delightful addition to a salad, a bowl of cereal, yogurt or a dessert. You can share almonds with others, or enjoy them on your own.
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New ebook:

The Many Joys of Sex Toys: The Ultimate How-To Handbook for Couples and Singles
by Anne Semans

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iPack Goodbye
Fiorina leaves HP with $42 million payday
Fiorina was forced to resign Tuesday after the board concluded that she failed to reverse HP's sagging stock price and accelerate the company's turnaround after the merger with Compaq Computer.
She will receive $14 million in severance pay, according to terms of the agreement submitted Friday in regulatory filings.
She will also receive a $7.38 million bonus for meeting certain performance goals in 2004 and the first quarter of this year, even though on Wednesday the board singled out Fiorina's failure to accelerate the company's strategy.

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  2/12/2005

Evolution of a Wikipedia page
Jon Udell has followed the hundreds of changes of a single Wikipedia page from the humble beginning and animated the changes. Fashinating!
Wikipedia is available for download free of charge y following this link.
[via jkOnTheRun]

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Biting the apple
Napster To Go campaign will challenge Apple iTunes' lead
According to Napster CEO Chris Gorog, speaking to NMA at MidemNet this week, his company is betting heavily that the monthly 'all you can eat' subscription model will win the battle of the digital services, rather than the download strategy currently pursued by Apple's iTunes, which has around 70% of legal download sales.
...
He believes the best way to market the new service is to emphasise its advantages over iTunes. He's particularly keen to highlight iTunes' iPod-only compatibility. "We're going to be communicating to people that it's stupid to buy an iPod."
Now you know, you iPod owners!

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Right to copy?
Norway Considers New Copyright Laws
bizpile writes "The Norwegian government is considering a change to copyright laws that would make it illegal to rip a CD to MP3s when copy protection is in place on the CD. However, you would still be allowed to copy from one CD to another regardless of copy protection. Gisle Hannemyr, of the University of Oslo's Department of Informatics, responded by saying "We are going to be a nation of lawbreakers if this law is passed in its current form." The new proposal would allow fines and a maximum penalty of three years in prison for violating copyrights and engaging in computer piracy."
It could be worse: you are not allowed to rip CDs at all in Australia.

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  2/11/2005

16 Free Songs
iPod New Album Sampler
Apple has released a second iTunes New Music Sampler album. The free 16-song compilation features music from Death Cab for Cutie, Simple Plan, Skindred, and more.
(You must have iTunes installed and registered to get the album)
(Source: iPodLounge.com)

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  2/09/2005

Free audio books
Download MP3 Books
For those of you preferring audio books to e-books, this site has the following categories:
American History
American Literature
Children
European History
European Literature
Poetry
Science
Shakespeare
World History
The voice is computer generated and takes a bit getting used to.

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Love on sale
Fictionwise Big Valentine's Day Sale.
Love is in the air! From now through February 17th, all Romance and Erotica eBooks are discounted 20%! This is your chance to pick up hot titles by Liz Carlyle, Marie Morin, Janet Evanovich, J. W. McKenna, Valerie Frankel, Michelle M. Pillow, Stephanie Laurens, Dee S. Knight, Reed Manning, and many more.

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  2/08/2005

era of AudioBooks?
Duke iPod Pilot Program Going "Extremely Well
Duke University's iPod pilot program, which involved giving each freshman in the Fall a 20GB iPod, is going "extremely well," Lynne O'Brien, director of the Duke Center for Instructional Technology, told the Associated Press.
Eleven courses were involved in the pilot program in the Fall, and 14 are taking advantage of it this spring. The most common use for the iPods--beyond listening to music--is listening to or recording class lectures. Some professors post their lectures online for download, while others instruct students to use their iPods and Belkin microphones to conduct interviews related to assignments.

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Flashback
The End of an Era - Where did the Handheld PC Go?
Along with the launch of the Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PC, was a major restructuring of Microsoft’s Mobile Devices webpages. Originally it provided major links the Handheld PC, SmartPhone and Pocket PC sections. Each of these sections included an overview of the product, support information and links for downloads.
Chris De Herrera's comments:
"I really think that the removal of the Handheld PC information and downloads was ill timed. I would recommend that Microsoft provide a plan for the lifecycle of the devices they offer. Clearly Corporate users of these products need to know how long they can expect support for them just like the desktop operating systems and applications/"

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Dr. iPod
Doctors turn to iPods and open source to cut cost
UCLA's Dr Osman Ratib, whose background is in medical imaging, wanted to find a way to sidestep the $100,000 workstations needed to view high resolution images that required 3D rendering. With help from programmer and fellow radiologist Dr Antoine Rosset, he created OsiriX, an open source application, to enable radiologists to teleconference with the images on Mac desktop systems.
...When it came time to find a way to store the high-res images, Ratib turned to another Apple staple - the iPod.

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Gates at the Barbarians
Apple Wreckers
Starting today, Microsoft's upstart music site will be offering a free download every day through Saturday. The daily freebie will be limited to the one editorial pick from Microsoft's MSN Music staff members that they think will win a Grammy in the song's nominated genre.
Of course, Mr. Softy isn't known for being the generous type. The five giveaways are being done to promote the fledgling service, and Microsoft is opening up the offer only to adults willing to pony up their credit card information. Why divulge your payment terms for a freebie? Well, Microsoft is naturally hoping that you will get hooked after the digital gifts and buy more in the future. That will turn many cheapskates away -- but that's probably the desired result.

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Right On
It’s Read an eBook Week!
...But now, the future of ebooks is looking bright again. Digital natives, who grew up reading on screens, are reading ebooks. They’re loading dozens of them into their PDAs and cell phones. Libraries are beginning to stock ebooks on CDs and even loaning out the dedicated e-readers. Project Gutenberg, a vast online repository of free e-reading, is growing by leaps and bounds. Major publishers are beaming out electronic versions of their bestsellers…while they’re still bestsellers. Some independent publishers are testing a book’s marketability by publishing electronically first and then, if sales are good, in print format. Even bookstores are selling ebooks.

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What's what?
MPEG Standards Explained
You frequently talk about video formats, can you explain the difference between MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 and what their possible uses are?
If you can't either, here is your chance to learn.

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What iPod Should Be
But don't worry for iPod lover, I put this in hardware terms.
But iPod is much better than any MP3 system, due to its iTunes software and its fairplay Music Store.

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  2/07/2005

From the still-waiting department
OpenBerg e-book reader supports OEBPS 1.2
Don't hold your breath as this project seems to take its good time. Not that it matters to us as the reader is not for PDAs.
Currently, the OpenReader format has not yet been finalized -- at this stage it is still conceptual with a preliminary list of requirements. A technical working group needs to be assembled to finalize 1) the "requirements" list (e.g., "the OpenReader format must do this, that, and the other thing") and then 2) come up with the format spec details that sufficiently meets the list of requirements.
Yet another committee is going to make yet another standard. I can't wait for the result. Not!

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Raiding on the run
iPod Shuffle RAID
pick up a suitable USB 2.0 hub
...
Next we have the process of preparing them to be used as a RAID array. So we fire up Disk Utility, and put them into a RAID set, Striping them for a grand total of 3.9Gb of storage.
As usual, read the whole thing.

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But can it make coffee?
Addonics multi-function reader for all your mobile needs
The Addonics MFR DVD+/-R/RW is a 25 in 1 function device which just might be the last thing you have to carry around. Combining a DVD burner with the ability to handle ten different media formats makes this a genuine workhorse at a reasonable price. You can burn information on your media cards directly to CD or DVD without a computer so you could easily burn those photos of Grandma's birthday party to a DVD before you even leave the party. DVD video burning software is included allowing you to burn your camcorder videos directly to DVD via the USB 2.0 connection integrated into the drive. All of this is powered by a rechargable battery for true portability making the Addonics a very versatile gadget filling so many different functions.
$269 - sounds reasonable.

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Avantnew
ZDNet Review: AvantGo 2005
While all this behind-the-scenes action is great, the Home screen is where the real excitement takes place. You can access your channels and preview others. With version 2005, you can now launch the Internet from within the program rather than having to open Internet Explorer. If you enable wireless features in Account Settings, you'll notice check boxes next to each channel and a refresh button at the bottom. Rather than updating the content on every channel each time, which can take precious time and money, you can tick off only the channels you wish to sync at that time, then press the refresh button. If you want to add or remove any channels or edit your channel layout, just hop over to the Manage Your Channels tab and do your thing. Since AvantGo is limited to only the available channels, the company has made it easier to access the rest of the World Wide Web by including a new section at the bottom of the screen for launching a browser within the program.

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  2/05/2005

Trend: not trendy!
PDA sales continue slide
For the third straight year, shipments of PDAs have fallen. Not counting integrated phone-PDA devices, shipments fell to 9.2 million units in 2004. That is a decline of 13 percent from the 2003 figure of 10.6 million PDAs. One of the hardest-hit companies by the drop-off is palmOne, which pioneered the market with the Palm Pilot.
Windows Mobile devices saw some growth in 2004, particulary those from Pocket PC leaders HP and Dell. However, Toshiba abandoned the market entirely to focus on PCs and consumer electronics.
No wonder. I haven't seen anything that tempted me to replace my PPC-2002 machines or my Tungsten-T (the first one) in a long time.

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Wishful Thinking
Why Does Windows Still Suck?
Why do PC users put up with so many viruses and worms?
Why isn't everyone on a Mac?
It's very simple. The Mac really has few, if any, known viruses or major debilitating anything, no spyware and no Trojans and no worms, and sure I've been affected by a couple email bugs over the years, but those were mostly related to my mail server and ISP. For the most part and for all intents and purposes, Macs are immune. Period.
... I know Macs are not perfect, that there have been a handful of serious Apple security fixes over the years, and even a few rumored viruses and spyware apps (though rarely any reports of major server attacks or system shutdowns). I know Apple releases regular security updates of its own. The Mac is not flawless. But it's damn close.

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The Oracle speaks again
Ask iPodlounge
Q: I just bought Sony SRSP11Q speakers to use with my iPod. The volume is very low and the speaker instructions say to use the device's volume to control the speakers. I cannot figure out how to get to volume settings on my iPod.
Q: I have a 40 GB iPod that is supposed to hold about 10,000 songs. I have loaded 852 songs from my CD collection into my iTunes library and it already says I have used 40.59 GB. How can that be?
Q: I'm having trouble moving purchased songs from my library onto my iPod... I can drag it from Purchased Music into my library, but then when I try to drag it onto my iPod, it won't "take." Can you tell me how to fix this?
Q: I just purchased an iPod shuffle and would like to know if it's safe to use it on a computer that I am already using to sync my iPod 40 GB.
Q: Can you use the AC adapter from another IPod (3rd Gen w/ Dock) to charge an iPod shuffle?

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  2/04/2005

hmmmmmmm
Does Your iPod Play Favorites?
My first iPod seemed to have a fondness for Steely Dan, while other artists were sent into exile.

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PDF DRM Annoyance
Description of My eBooks folder and it's removal instructions
This is not a Windows XP tip, but a frequently asked question. After installing Adobe Acrobat Reader v6.x, you may notice the My eBooks folder appearing within the My Documents folder. This is not a standard Shell folder of Windows. Even if you delete it, this folder is recreated upon loading Adobe Acrobat Reader.
(source: JWalk Blog)

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iSputnik
Pay Radio Becomes Personal
THE First Rule of Techno-Pop: Any popular, free medium will eventually be ruined by ads, repetition and lowest-common-denominator junk. It happened to network TV, it happened to the Web and it certainly happened to radio.
The Second Rule: Any free medium that has been ruined by ads will eventually encounter competition from a not-free alternative. It happened with cable TV and, more recently, satellite radio.
It may blow your mind to think that over four million people are now paying $10 or $13 a month just to listen to the radio. (Those are the fees for XM and Sirius Satellite Radio. Discounts are available if you pay in advance, own more than one radio and so on.)
Truth is, though, that what they're getting isn't very much like radio at all. They're getting 65 music channels, free of commercials and endless teenybopper-top-10 repetition, and 40 to 50 talk channels. (The talk channels have some ads, but nowhere near the average of 20 minutes per hour that you'll hear on AM radio.)
Satellite radio subscribers can also glance at the radio itself to see the name of the current song, performer and channel name. The sound is better than FM radio, though not as good as a CD or an iPod. And because the signal emanates from space, you don't lose the station as you drive from city to city. (The exception: the signal fades whenever the radio can't see the sky for more than five seconds, like in a long tunnel. The exception to the exception: in big cities, ground-based repeater antennas keep the signal going even in the concrete canyons.)
Until recently, you could buy satellite receivers in several sizes and shapes, like car dashboard installations, stereo components and boomboxes. But now there's a self-contained, hand-held format that offers a whole new set of possibilities.

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  2/03/2005

An Offer You Can Refuse
On Piracy and Malicious Responses...
An interesting piece of news is floating around the Pocket PC Blogosphere: apparently the latest version of Anton Tomov's Pocket Mechanic will hard-reset your device if you're using an illegally-generated code for the software (i.e., a pirated copy).

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DRM5 Strikes Back?
Napster to Go
Introducing the world's first portable music service. Now you can fill and refill your compatible MP3 Player without paying 99¢ per track.* Get all the music you want in a whole new way.
For only $14.95 a month, you can fill and refill your compatible MP3 player with your favorite music, artists you've just discovered and the latest releases without paying 99¢ per track. Get everything Napster has to offer PLUS unlimited music for your Napster To Go-compatible MP3 player.
But why no Pocket PC supported for this?

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On the run
HP Targets Mobile Workers with New Notebooks, iPaqs
The company also plans to evolve its iPaq handheld computer line with a series of new devices due throughout 2005.
The first of these, the HP iPaq Mobile Messenger, integrates voice, GPS and support for high-speed EDGE (Enhanced Data for Global Evolution) networks. The company plans to demonstrate the devices at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, later this month.
The company also will introduce various e-mail options for its devices. For example, GoodLink software from Good Technology Inc. will be included on future iPaq devices, officials said.
Better start saving up!

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  2/02/2005

MicroPod
Hide Your IPod, Here Comes Bill
"About 80 percent of Microsoft employees who have a portable music player have an iPod," said one source, a high-level manager who asked to remain anonymous. "It's pretty staggering."
The source estimated 80 percent of Microsoft employees have a music player -- that translates to 16,000 iPod users among the 25,000 who work at or near Microsoft's corporate campus. "This irks the management team no end," said the source.
So popular is the iPod, executives are increasingly sending out memos frowning on its use.

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Free short story
The truth about time travel
Though this is fiction, the author is serious about what the consequences of time travel would be! Strongly recommended!

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  2/01/2005

Sony Librie Review
The Rothman Librie arrives at the E-Book Ranch: The pros and cons so far
For leisurely recreational reading and for demonstrating the promise of E Ink--yes, future versions will have much faster response times--this machine is worth the trouble. But at this point, I'm wondering, "Even at a lower price, just how fit would an out-of-the-box Librie be for the typical user who doesn't want to bother with the intricacies of the device?" My gripe at this point isn't against the technology so much as it is against Sony's interface, which, even in English, would be too Rube Goldbergish for my tastes.

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iCelebs
Name that tune: iTunes lets you eavesdrop on what the stars are groovin' to
Add a new stop along the gantlet: the iTunes celebrity playlist.
More celebs are making their ``mix tapes'' available to the public on Apple's successful online music service, on which customers download 1.25 million songs (at 99 cents each) daily.
``Celebrities usually approach iTunes, wanting to participate,'' said Alex Luke, Apple's director of music programming and label relations. ``We work with them to schedule the playlists when it makes sense for everyone as their movie premieres or as their new album is released.''
Apple releases new playlists every Tuesday. The 154 celebrity playlists now available come mostly from musicians, but also arrive courtesy of actors, actresses, authors, a Broadway puppet and the guy who downloaded the 100 millionth song from iTunes.

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USA Today's Cover Story
In iPod America, legions in tune
"With the iPod, the Buddha is in the details. The finish and feel are such that you want to caress it. And when you do, wonderful things happen," says one user.
the iPod has created its own:
•Economy. Dozens of new companies cater to the faithful, including accessory manufacturers that turn your iPod into a digital audio recorder; fashion firms making clothes with iPod-ready pockets; and companies that will load your entire CD collection onto your iPod.
•Cultural trends. Some nightclubs are offering patrons the chance to DJ via their iPods, while even bolder owners practice iPod "jacking," momentarily swapping units with a stranger to tap into another devotee's musical soul.
•Naysayers. Some consumers still balk at the top-of-the-line iPod's cost, and others have yet to be convinced that Apple's version of the MP3 player will ultimately dominate the category. Recently, Dell CEO Kevin Rollins dissed the iPod as a "one-product wonder" that his and other companies would top soon.

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Free e-book
Would they publish the worst book ever written?
a collection of SFWA authors (and, ahem, non-authors) concocted to write a very poorly written book. Under "direction" of James D. Macdonald, each author was given minimal information from which to write a chapter (with no idea of the chapter's location in the book, time of year, background of the characters, what the plot was, etc.), and encouraged to write poorly. It's a truly awful book, a serious contender for Absolute Worst Book Ever Written. The result was submitted "for review" by PublishAmerica to see if "has what this book publisher is looking for." It did. :-) PublishAmerica offered a contract.
Read the reviews written by each of the authors at www.lulu.com and you will know you are in for something completely different. And that's what you are. Lulu is a print-on-demand publisher where you can buy a hardcopy if you are looking for a new doorstopper.

"[ATLANTA NIGHTS will] draw readers like a magnet draws hungry flies!"
--Andrew Burt

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