The Kindle browser works much better with RESTful sites as opposed to AJAXian Web 2.0-y pages. To be more specific, the Kindle browser doesn’t work well at all with AJAXian Web 2.0-y pages. So this leads me to look for RESTful intermediaries / proxies for the two most useful network functions: email and RSS feeds. […]
A quick check with a hex editor revealed that the Kindle .AZW format contains the magic number “BOOKMOBI,” which led me to this set if free eBooks in Mobi format. Sure enough, when copied to an SD card, MOBI files come right up in the Kindle Homepage. Here is a free-as-in-beer toolchain for creating MOBI […]
I challenged Tim O’Reilly, who said “I’m rooting for Jeff and the Kindle,” on the subject of O’Reilly’s lack of support for the Kindle: Why no O’Reilly books on the kindle? Well, Amazon has chosen to use a proprietary format, with a conversion cost of a couple of hundred dollars per title to that format….[C]onversion […]
I just emailed my Kindle the PDF of Programming Ruby and lo! it works great, with even the ToC converted into hyperlinks.
The first thing that must be said about the Kindle is that the screen technology — eInk — is vastly more readable than any screen you’ve read from before. Pause. No, seriously, vastly more readable. My wife, no technologist, actually used the word “wow,” and after reading a page opined that it was more readable […]
U. of Arizona researchers have built a robot that’s guided by the brain of a moth. I assume the resulting rampage can only be stopped by cantilevering a lightbulb over the rim of the Grand Canyon.
Darryl Taft’s article “Toward a Discussion of Morality and Code” is quickly side-tracked into an exhortation that software developers should be moral people (recycle your punch cards, yo!). Not discussed is the more interesting question of whether there is a morality within coding decisions and, if so, what the higher moral principles are. The agile […]
While reading the latest ThinkGeek ad copy, I find: [W]e’re jealous of today’s students. They can now go online to find out if any washers are open, pay for the laundry with their student ID, and then receive an e-mail alert when the washer and/or dryer is done. Is this true? If so, that is […]
<a href=”http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/default.aspx”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Visual Studio 2008 has shipped. This is a very compelling upgrade, primarily because of Language-Integrated Query (LINQ), a new feature that is supported in the mainstream .NET languages VB and C# and will almost certainly spread to every .NET language and, I suspect, into the Java world in a few years. […]
Amazon has shipped the Kindle, which I think may very well be the game-changing device the eBook market has been waiting for. Compatibility with PDF, plaintext, HTML, “Kindle format” (structured HTML), plus free EVDO connectivity, plus email-your-document-to-the-Kindle (killer). Books are $9.99. If O’Reilly puts Safari on this thing, they’ll sell one to every programmer in […]