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Jul. 31st, 2007 | 02:09 pm

This weekend we tried to buy a new room air conditioner so hopefully I'd be less miserable during the summer. Unfortunately when we discovered that it wouldn't quite reach the window through some of the shelves, I snapped.

I really need to purge some stuff. For I bit I wished reality was more like second life, you need something, you rez it. Once done with it, you de-rez it.

Right now I'm feeling frustrated with my excess computer equipment and my old books.

I used to feel like collecting books was a worthwhile endeavor, but now I'm tired of storing them and moving them. I really wish ebooks would work out. You can cram a vast library of text on a single memory card.

The adventures of Sherlock Homes is available from Project Gutenberg at about 560 Kbytes, assuming a 2 Gigabyte memory card, you can story about 3740 copies of that work. My entire library is probably on the order of a 1,000 books. Theoretically reduced to plain text and compressed all of those books should comfortably fit on a single SD card--which is about the size of my thumbnail. In paper form those books occupy about 5.8 by 8.7 feet.

I've read books off of a laptop and a palm pilot and I think its a bit more comfortable to read off of some kind of tablet form factor. I bet the OLPC would actually make a pretty decent eBook reader. Its fairly small and energy efficient (modern laptops can get pretty toasty after a long period of usage). The iRex Iliad might also work as a long battery life, high-efficiency reader.
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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: Jul. 31st, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
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May I recommend:

www.bookcrossing.com
www.bookmooch.com

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Jul. 31st, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
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You can get a tax deduction for donating the excess books to the Pasadena library. Just a thought.

Got any old Macs lying around? I know someone who could give one a good home. :)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 1st, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
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Interested in an old 667 MHz PowerBook Laptop with some mild display problem? (You can read stuff but it there's some kind of noise that makes it sometimes harder to read) (And the external port does still work correctly.)

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Aug. 1st, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
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Can't be any worse than my Toshiba 660CDT circa 1998 that apparently has a busted speaker. :)

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riffraff814

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from: riffraff814
date: Jul. 31st, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I've been taking a bag or box of books to the library every week. In preparation for moving.

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Susan

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from: aylara
date: Aug. 1st, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
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I too wish that ebooks would become popular. Don't get me wrong, I love books, but I hate how much space they take up and how heavy they are. I would love to use a reasonably priced tablet apparatus for reading, because then I could collect books with abandon and yet still read them at odd moments.

And don't get me started on the 12 huge books of comics. Oi.

What we could really use is a decent laptop for typing stuff in places. Like, at work. And if I could set up a Virtual PC kind of thing on it, I could even organize lines and stuff on my home machine.

But now I'm dreamin'! :)

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Kevin/Moose

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from: bald_ruminant
date: Aug. 1st, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
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I'll stick with books until we figure out a safe and convenient way for me to read their electronic equivalents while lounging in a hot bathtub.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 1st, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
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does putting a palm pilot in a water proof bag count? that might be more robust in a tub than a book.

And if it does fail, old palm 3s are $10-20 off of ebay.

Though the screen is pretty low rez, the monochrome means that it has a pretty good run time.

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markcronan

I thought you might like to see this

from: markcronan
date: Aug. 2nd, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
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http://crunchgear.com/2007/07/26/presenting-the-bsod-tattoo/

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