burning kindle

February 25, 2009 under Internet

Amazon is now shipping version 2 of their Kindle ebook reader. Many of the blogs and Twitter-ers that I follow are espousing the latest Kindle and mention how quick they are to order one of the $350 USD little gadgets to “try it out”.

I know I’m not part of the blogging and Twitter elite – I’m a scrubby Z-lister blogger and Twitter-er – so I’m clearly doing it wrong. Yet I could not fathom a need to drop that kind of cash on a device to “try it out” or even out of a want for the thing, and here’s why – if Apple starts selling books on iTunes or the App Store, it’s game over for the Kindle.

The Kindle is a little device that allows you to purchase ebooks from Amazon via a built-in 3G-style wireless and read them. That’s all well and good, but what about books with full-colour images and illustrations? To me, that would be like ditching your Nintendo DS and picking up the original GameBoy. The other knock I have against the Kindle is its inability to display monospaced fonts. Almost anything I read is related to software development and reading code in a proportional font is unacceptable – you be the judge:

Monospaced Code:

// You should see this in a monospaced font. Yay : - )
using System;

public class HelloWorld
{
   public static void Main(string[] args)
   {
      Console.WriteLine("Hello, World!");
   }
}

Proportional Code:
// You should see this in a proportional font. Boo-urns : – (
using System;

public class HelloWorld
{
public static void Main(string[] args)
{
Console.WriteLine(“Hello, World!”);
}
}

It’s a no-brainer.

Which is why I say Apple can destroy the Kindle if they decide to sell ebooks on iTunes or the App Store. The iPhone and iPod Touch have beautiful full-colour displays, can render monospaced fonts and feature full 3G and 802.11 wireless connectivity complete with Web browsing abilities.

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Happy 1234567890 Day

February 13, 2009 under Computers, Internet

Today, a once-in-eternity event happens. On this very day – February 13, 2008 – at exactly 6:31:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time), 1,234,567,890 seconds will have elapsed since 12:00:00 AM (UTC) on January 1, 1970.

What’s so special about January 1, 1970, you ask? Officially, it’s the moment that Unix time began. The Unix operating system uses the total number of elapsed seconds from that date to internally represent dates/time. Therefore, at 6:31:30 PM (EST) today you may proudly salute your Mac Book Pro, Linksys wireless router, or your Facebook account, because those Unix-based products and services will have reached a worthy (but admittedly useless) milestone.

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recession-shmecession

February 9, 2009 under employment

Economies all over the world are tanking. Doom and gloom hangs in the air like a thick fog of woe. Yet in all of this darkness there is a light – a bright light of hope. You can join our team and, with your software development skills, help us fight the good fight against malware. Our Waterloo office currently has two new positions available:

Software QA Lead

Software Developer

Interested?

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