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Archive for the 'Media' Category

05 Jan

Amazon Kindle for WP7

I’ve been waiting for this.  Need I say more?

05 Dec

Video Capture, Stage 2

A couple of years ago, I converted all of my old VHS-C tapes to DVD — 24 DVDs in all.  Now I’m starting stage 2 of the process of converting all of my video tapes — the miniDV collection.  Estimated storage required for raw video capture is 300 GB.  Today the approximate cost per GB […]

18 Nov

BBC Book List Meme

The BBC published a list of 100 books. It’s been suggested that this list points out that most folks have only read 6 of the 100, but actually the BBC was looking for the UK’s best loved novel.  Nonetheless, here’s the list and my score. Looks like I’ve read 21 of them. At least as […]

11 Oct

High Tech Fiction

I find it interesting that most of the books that I enjoy the most in the “Science Fiction” category are really not “Science Fiction” at all.  I’ve really enjoyed reading Zero History by William Gibson (not quite done yet!) and the other two books in the series.  While the publisher marks them as SF, they […]

29 May

Kindle eBook Pricing Problems

This seems like a pricing problem.  Look at the price of this book compared to the paperback.  Why are bits more expensive than atoms?  This is not a game — this is just unfortunate, especially for those of us who prefer our media in electronic form.

13 Mar

Guess What I’m Cancelling in 6 Months?

Hello from, As a Kindle subscriber to Seattle Times, you might like to know of a price change to Seattle Times. Effective March 12th, 2010 the price of Seattle Times has changed to $9.99/month for new subscribers. As an existing subscriber to Seattle Times you will continue to be billed at the previous rate […]

21 Jan

Apple Tablet vs. Kindle

Am I missing something?  Given what little we know about the upcoming Apple Tablet, the rumors all seem to indicate that it’ll have something close to an iPhone compatible app store.  That should mean that the Kindle app, which now runs on PCs and iPhones should also run on the Apple Tablet.  Amazon may lose […]

21 Jan

Obama Inauguration Coverage

First of all, when the coverage starts to focus on the outfits that the Obamas are wearing, I think the news stations consider moving on to covering real news.  But I do want to point out CNN’s PhotoSynth of the Inauguration — this is a very cool example of some technology from Microsoft (yes, I […]

13 Oct

A DRM Free World

From XKCD … my thoughts exactly.  I have been goofing around with a Zune pass and, while I like the general idea of pulling in any sort of music that I want, it’s a little frustrating to know that it’ll disappear once the Zune pass expires.  (There are other frustrations with the Zune pass, but […]

13 Jun

Tim Russert Dead at 58

Bummer.  I always enjoyed listening to him and thought that he was a class act.  More at

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