Amazon Kindle – rectification

12 kwietnia 2012

Yesterday I wrote that I don’t think kindle is for me. I didn’t like the navigation, I didn’t like the size. And those were the real issues I had. A week ago. Then I started to use it as a reader for a good book (Hunger Games Trilogy, if anyone is interested) and everything changed.

This device is good at emulating a book. Extremely good. Colors? That’s good for magazines, and this device sucks at emulating magazines, so – meh. Navigation? Occasionally I still stumble upon going forward, when I think I go backward, but that starts to be a song of the past.

Because the technology is sooo good, I start reading and I forget this is not a book, but an electronic device. The amount of the text that can fit on the screen is to small? With a good book, you don’t even notice the clicks to change pages. There is a glare from a lamp nearby? When you want to read on, you position yourself just-right and the glare goes away. And on Easter Monday there was enough sun to test it against direct sunlight. Oh-em-gee again. Where all of the backlit devices fail in such conditions, kindle just strives to supply even reacher contrast, than in-doors. Wow, just wow.

Don’t get me wrong, the problems I described yesterday are still problems. But I would be willing to work around them and I eagerly await any new technology on the field.

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Amazon Kindle – comments

11 kwietnia 2012

Yeah, so I played with a kindle for a while and the device really grew on me. There are some „wow”s and, unfortunately, there are some „but”s as well. Read more »

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Amazon Kindle

3 kwietnia 2012

Pozyczyłem wczoraj od Krzyśka Szumnego jego kundla na tydzień. Jak się nim dłużej pobawię, to coś o nim napiszę.

A Touch of Class

2 kwietnia 2012

Last Thursday Bjarne Stroustrup was visiting Institute of CompSci here at Wrocław University with his „Touch of Class” lecture. Most of the questions in the Q&A section were either hostile or stupid (mostly stemming from Bjarne’s claim qsort is inferior to std::sort), but there was also first info about next spec I’ve ever heard of (he mentioned something about C++17 and the need for taking only a small change, if they are to be on time).

The  notoriety of the lecture resulted in what I believe was a total disregard for public safety. The sheer number of people in the auditorium was twice the hall’s capacity. There were not only students present, but programmers from companies from all around the city.  We came in about an hour prior the lecture, but there was almost no sitting places left at that point.  After that in only got worse. People were standing in the door frames, sitting on the stairs, someone got the benches from the corridor and put them almost at the blackboards.  I’ve seen people I last spoke with five years ago. It seemed it was a rock concert of sorts.

Finally, the meeting ended with the guest signing books and posters after which the host kidnapped him for a dinner, away from those pesky geeks.

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