January 2010

31. January, 2010 - Two in one weekend

The amazon vs Macmillan thing below really deserves its own entry.

30. January, 2010 - iPad thoughts

So everyone’s been all abuzz about the iPad. Some have even been squeeing in most unseemly ways about how it, in combination with iBooks are going to change the future of publishing. Me, I’m just not all that thrilled.

As I’ve stated before, I don’t really enjoy reading long-form things on a battery-powered device, so that part doesn’t wind me up (and no matter what SJ says, ten hours is not enough battery life for an eBook reader). The form-factor is too big to fit in my pockets, and I don’t carry a man-purse around most of the time, so that’s another strike. And while it might be handy for showing off photos, I don’t do very much of that, preferring to show folks paper, or show the photos on my iPad nano (aka iPhone) in a pinch. And finally, I don’t see any easy way of getting data like photos from my CF and SD cards when I am out shooting into it. Or for that matter even syncing with it without connecting a cable, which is one of my biggest complaints about the iPhone.

Of course my thoughts on it don’t really matter all that much. I wasn’t that excited about the iPhone when it came out, and that seems to be doing okay. Is it a game-changer? I don’t know. And I also don’t know if it matters to me today or not. For the next few months, I need to be squarely focused on the old world of computing. It’s where I make my living, and like it or not, that’s where my focus has to be.

Anyway, it’s interesting, if for no other reason that in watching people’s reactions to it. And there’s more in the last set of links below. Enjoy.

17. January, 2010 - human behavior

Weighty stuff below. Less here. So it goes some days.

13. January, 2010 - got the year right again

Not a whole lot to report. This is a slow time of the year, with lots of staying inside and waiting for the weather outside to get nicer.

5. January, 2010 - Another New Year

And another new decade. Third decade of running this silly blog, for what that’s worth. I don’t think it proves much except that I don’t know when to quit.

On the home front, just another year, I think. The bathroom got completed yesterday, and I’ll post photos once I get a chance to finish the cleanup and get everything where it belongs. One day of work in the new year, and I’m already back in the regular work pattern.

I alluded to it last time, but the one major change that came out of the holidays is that my DirecTiVo finally died. So I called up DirecTV, asked if they had an HD TiVo yet, and shut off the account when the answer was still No. Since I don’t have an antenna connected to the TV, the only source of video amusement now are DVDs / Blu-Ray and things retrieved from online. I’ve got a PS3 and an AppleTV, and I think between the two I’ll be covered, except for some way to watch NASCAR races when that season starts. Might end up using the radio for that. But it’ll be an interesting experiment.

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