I was inspired by the discussion Marco Arment and Ryan Irelan had on the latest episode of Build and Analyze about the rumored “Kindle Tablet.” It got me thinking about the kind of device I would love for Amazon to make — one that I would actually consider buying over an iPad.
Ditto what he thinks. If I wanted an iPad, I’d have bought an iPad (well I would have found a rich person to buy me an iPad, but you get the idea!). Kindles and e-ink ROCK. Here endeth the sermon…
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Interesting read. Think both approaches are useful. Though I’d probably go from the “slimline, add more” approach too.
WordOff http://wordoff.org/ COST: free HOW-TO: Save a Word document ‘as Web Page…’ to your hard drive, then open it in notepad, copy & paste the HTML to the form on the website NOTES: Does a good job, but doesn’t fix converted lists.
Twitter has just launched it’s very own image hosting service (powered by Photobucket). For a couple of years now we have been used to 3rd party solutions such as Twitpic ( a name synonymous with “tweeted images”), YFrog, Mobypicture and Lockerz. All these image hosts allow a user to upload an image (from their phone or computer) to be hosted by them in order to share that content with other users via Twitter or other social media platforms. As a professional photographer I know that controlling the use of my images by licencing the copyright I hold in them is vital. It’s how I earn my living. But for the general public, they may not be aware that some of these image hosting companies are able to effectively resell the images they upload without paying them a penny. So how can they do this?In this post I am going to aim to show you the good and the bad and explain what may happen to your images that you have uploaded. As usual the devil is in the detail: the terms and conditions you sign up to by making an upload to an image host’s site. Let’s take a look in turn at the terms of some of the most popular image hosting services, but first a quick (and very basic) copyright & licencing primer for those that are not used to how images are commoditised in the photo industry so that this article can be understood a little better
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The product uses a thermal printer, the same kind as that used in fax machines. When the message is no longer needed, the paper can be erased with the flip of a switch — ready to be used up to 260 times.
And after all, your pigs are far more intelligent than the other animals, and therefore the best qualified to run the farm—in fact, there couldn’t have been an Animal Farm at all without them: so that what was needed, (someone might argue), was not more communism but more public-spirited pigs.
Good to know that as a child, I thought along the same lines as Eliot! :D
FastCustomer is a free iPhone and Android app that connects you with the customer-service centers at well over 2,000 corporations, insurance providers, and public utilities. There’s almost no hold time; just click on a company name, wait for FastCustomer to call you back when a rep becomes available, and kiss those minutes of dead phone time good-bye.
Co-founder Aaron Dragushan called the first thousand companies himself, spent countless hours on hold, and taught the app to navigate each company’s phone tree. What this means in practice is that FastCustomer can get you to an actual person very quickly, without a single keystroke. A handful of companies have blocked the service—Comcast subscribers, you’re out of luck!—but as of this writing, the app’s alphabetically arranged list is superextensive, and growing. It’s a sight your sore eyes, ears, and fingers are sure to appreciate.
Google’s newish Ngram Viewer turns the millions of books that Google has digitized into a single, supremely powerful concordance—and lets you follow the evolution (and occasional disappearance) of nearly every word in the language.
Many new or mid-level writers have received nasty or rude rejection letters. But when famous author rejection letters come to light, people laugh and say “What were those editors (or literary agents) thinking?” Many big names faced the same kind of adversity (and even hostility) in rejection letters that you may be facing now. Famous author rejection letters teach us a lot!