Tag Archives: Gadgets

DIY Multi-touch surface PC

I saw this on slashdot and was floored by the coolness factor. This is definitely a DIY I would attempt if I had the time, energy, materials, and funds to pull i off.

This Maximum PC Article has all the information you need to create your own basic multi-touch surface computer. Obviously You could take that and modify it as you saw fit, perhaps a different setup for video, change the cabinets design, add ports or drive bays to the outside to make things interesting. Maybe even go as far as o add everything else you want.

Definitely worth reading, if you have the time and money certainly worth trying.

Sony Reader Distribution, The Amazon Kindle, and the rebirth of Digital Publishing

Was tweaking around some of the old links and found a fellow I linked to a while back in a post about the Sony Reader and iRex Iliad. Seems he’s started a few new blogs and posted recently about Sony Reader distribution. He’s posted a lot of articles relating to eBook distribution both in relation to devices and the actual content as well. Frankly as I look at the front page for Amazon.com and look at the ever present Kindle ad on the front page I have to wonder if eBooks will finally have a chance of reaching a larger market. I first started being interested in them when I had access to Microsoft Reader and purchased several books from Amazon.com in that format. They were decent enough, and I had an iPaq at the time so reading off it wasn’t a big deal for me. I enjoyed it. I even had fanfictions on it and read them using pocket word. I so enjoyed my first Jornada PDA.

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Nokia n800, review and opinion

I have been a big proponent of FOSS software and projects based on them. The Nokia n800 is marketed as an internet tablet by Nokia. It actualy functions well as a PDA. I’ve had no issues with the standard pim functionality. If anything I would say pim is something only the truely awful screw up.

Now, the n800 has some sweet features, to include a builtin webcam, fm tuner, wifi, bluetooth and an onscreen keyboard. The big thing however is the already substantial catalogue of available apps. One need only check the Maemo project page to see.

There are several good addons being developed to include a screen graber, skype, and a program called WordPy. I’m using WordPy to write this entry. Now this is the one thing that could be better. Idon’t like the onscreen kb for stuff like this. It does okay, but it’s difficult to get stuff out right.

All in all I like it.

iRex Iliad vs Sony Reader

Let the battle of the E-Ink reader toys begin. iRex Technologies and Sony are both offering reader devices designed around the e-ink display technology. What is E-Ink? It’s a display tech designed to be more link paper on the eyes as opposed to LCD and other digital displays. Battery life becomes almost meaningless because the display needs power only so long to put the image up, not to keep it there. Both products benifit from this little tidbit of design in that they can have rather massive battery life times between charges.

So the place where this battle will be fought is on the field of cost, design, and formats supported. Fact is both have a pretty decent price tage, but the iRex Iliad is about five hundred US dollars more then the Sony which comes in at $350USD. Also, while the iliad does get the boost of not being from Sony, it loses out because right now it supports half the formats Sony is offering.

The Sony reader doesn’t allow for anotation of documents on it’s reader, which is a staple of the Iliad. However the Sony is using memory sticks and standard SD cards while the Iliad is sticking with type-II Compact Flash cards. I thought those had completely gone out of style. Pre-release images of the Sony reader style wise do show how far that company goes when going for asthetics. The Iliad does have some better control features the Sony lacks, but not much at this time.

Ghola is looking to possibly buy one of the Sony Readers, so I’m hoping he can answer the question Linux folk like me who might concider the Sony offering are wanting to know. Do we have to use the connect software with this thing or can we just load up an SD card full of data files and pop it in? Only Ghola will know if he is able to get his hands on one. Until then we wait to find out.

I’ll let you know how that goes. If Ghola is able to then I may shell out for one of these myself. Sony had me with Mini-Discs but that tech was just so under utilized it died slowly. And lets not forget the PSP and UMD format. Sony has had a few hits and misses, and I’m hoping the Sony Reader is a hit.

Update:

Found this four part review of the Sony Reader and thought I would share.