Like Apple's iPods and the iTunes Music Store (iTMS) from which they can so effortlessly acquire their content, the transparency of the automation and infrastructure that makes Amazon's Kindle work so effortlessly with the Amazon.com Web site is a marvel in terms of the user experience.
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For those of you who have been around long enough to experience some of the earlier PDAs based on flash memory like Palm's initial Pilot and later, devices like the iPaq that were based on Microsoft's PocketPC operating system, then you'll remember what a drag it sometimes was when those devices became so inoperable that you had to issue what is known as a hard reset to return them to a functioning state.
Last week, after interviewing most of the players involved in a controversy regarding the future of the OpenDocument Format (a controversy mostly...
Today, Adobe announced the third versions of its two Flash Media Servers: Flash Media Interactive Server 3 and Flash Media Streaming Server 3. While the two servers represent a range of improvements to both products, the most significant of those improvements are the built-in support for H.
As you can see from this past Friday's "unboxing" video, I received for review a Kindle ebook from Amazon. In that video (and its accompanying blog post), I had some initial thoughts on the Kindle and now that a full weekend has passed I have a lot more to say.
Last Monday, I did one of my video Tech Shakedowns of Kodak's online Photo Gallery for what I thought to be outrageous shipping charges for 4x6 prints (a flat rate of 4 cents per photo) as well as a poor user experience (a free shipping option is available on a one-time per customer basis for orders of certain sizes, but only if you know a coupon exists and manually redeem it).Kodak spokesperson Liz Scanlon has responded to that post.
No. It's not a review of the Kindle, yet. There are plenty of those already circulating the Web and I'll get to mine (better late than never).
Back when the iPhone came first out and I bitched and complained about its significant faults (lack of a replaceable battery was tops on my list, but the slower of AT&T's two networks and the soft-keyboard were others) to the point that I recommended waiting for v2.0, I took a bit of heat.
When in mid-October 2007, the OpenDocument Foundation (ODf, yes, that's a little "f" that's not to be confused with the OASIS- and 400-member strong OpenDocument Alliance-backed big F-ODF: the OpenDocument Format) announced that the World Wide Web Consoritum (W3C)-backed Common Document Format (CDF) was the heir-apparent to what it believed was a dead-on-arrival OpenDocument Format, many confused the ODf to be one in the same with the ODF and the latter to have one foot in the grave.
A few weeks prior to my scheduled departure for Dublin, Ireland where I ran the most recent Mashup Camp, I started handing out the phone numbers of my hotel and traveling companions to people who might want to reach me while I was over there. For cell phone usage, I'm a Verizon Wireless customer and, like Sprint customers, Verizon Wireless' network is based on a radio technology (CDMA) that doesn't work in Europe.
I just got done reading Lisa Vaas' coverage of another fumble in health data. This one hails from Canada where, according to Vaas' coverage in eWeek:....
Proving that the devil is in the details when it comes to shopping online (and how shipping fees can easily wipe out any potential savings), Kodak's online photo gallery is charging an outrageous 4 cents per photo when someone orders 4x6 prints for delivery. The issue was brought to my attention by my wife who, in the course of ordering 2055 4x6 prints for delivery, discovered the shipping fee was going to be a whopping $83.
A ZDNet reader that goes by the name of R.E. Riker posed an interesting question to me via e-mail the other day.
Today, InfoWorld has a story headlined 12 research projects that might make a difference. For starters, it is pretty infuriating to me when I visit a site I like, like InfoWorld, and the minute I arrive on the page, the audio from an advertisement starts blaring through my computer's speakers.
Going back to my post on the Twitterization of mainstream media whereby, instead of engaging in link-blogging, I'm using the short messaging service Twitter to post shorter news items to the right side of my blog (see the right side of my blog, you may have to scroll), one thing I've learned is that there are different strokes for different folks. Some people want to be my friend and pay attention to my news tweets (or should we call them treats?
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