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Comment: Re:no local content playback == mess (Score 1) 96

by JeffElkins (#46667643) Attached to: The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

yes, mess for sure.

no usb port. no way to play truly local content. and you have to transcode, it seems, to meet the player's profiles. the player should play EVERY format, but this one does not. in this day and age, to release a player that has limits seems pretty braindead to me.

Luckily, none of that's true.

Plex is working w/o transcoding, XBMC is working with minor glitches, The USB port works with a keyboard and mouse, and with 3rd-party wired controllers (no USB storage yet), and all video formats seem to work. Pretty good start for a couple of days after release!

Comment: Re:Does it do custom folders? (Score 1) 193

by JeffElkins (#44668197) Attached to: Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

I love calibre for it's tools, but prefer how iTunes or XBMC handle my media collections. With iTunes (OS X) I check a box and it totally leaves management of my files alone, storing only metadata and file location in the database. It doesn't get in my way. XBMC doesn't even offer to manage my files; It builds a database of metadata only, including a link to the file in question.

I'm comfortable with a 1999 file directory hierarchy. It's easier to work with from a command line, I make sure my file/directory names aren't full of embedded spaces and parens that I detest and in general it's much more friendly to a *nix environment and scripting.

Comment: Re:Does it do custom folders? (Score 1) 193

by JeffElkins (#44668099) Attached to: Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

Import all your books into calibre and you'll be using Kovid's directory structure and file naming conventions unless you want to take the time to manually change everything back. After all that effort, you're pretty much locked in. Just because you can manually back everything out doesn't change that. It would be one hell of a task for a signifcant amount of books.

Comment: Re:Does it do custom folders? (Score 1) 193

by JeffElkins (#44668035) Attached to: Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

Yes, there is a lock-in.

Calibre can't use an existing file structure. All my books are organized into a genre->author directory hierarchy and Calibre will not use it. You're forced into allowing Calibre to manage your books.

Back in the early days at mobileread.com Kovid was asked to to include an file management opt-out feature like iTunes, and he was 'meh, code it yourself'. So yes, importing a large library into Calibre is a daunting task, and you're forced to work the way it wants you to work regarding file-naming, directory structure,etc. Still, It's a must-have conversion tool for ebook users.

Comment: Steak & Shake (Score 1) 198

by JeffElkins (#43363591) Attached to: Film Critic Roger Ebert Dead at 70 Of Cancer

He had a great love for the Steak and Shake hamburger chain, and wrote a lengthy essay about their food, available here:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/01/car_table_counter_or_takhomasa.html/

This was written after his first surgery, when he could no longer take food orally. He recommended having the burger with mustard, ketchup and onion only, to better savor the meat. Great essay by a wonderful writer. Great burgers too. I always order a modified Ebert, leaving off the ketchup :)

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