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Comment: Re:Summer Light (Score 1) 223

by orangebox (#40661109) Attached to: Solar X-Flare Blasts Directly Toward Earth
They are more common near the magnetic poles (both north and south). The closer you are to them, the greater your chance of seeing the Aurora. If the storm is strong enough, I know they've been seen as far south as 47 deg. Whenever I see news of solar activity, such as the CME, I usually look to spaceweather.com for updates.

Comment: Re:This would be so easy... (Score 1) 160

I like the 'allows for about X amount of page turns' statement. Works for printers. But there are factors that doesn't seem to be considered.

I don't have a Kindle or Nook, I have a BeBook, but my problem appears to be universal to these readers as well. If I leave my reader in standby mode, the battery is dead within a few days to a week. But if I use it every night for an hour or so, I can make a couple of weeks on the same charge.

Comment: Re:How about using books instead? (Score 1) 181

by orangebox (#35387676) Attached to: HarperCollins Wants Library EBooks to Self-Destruct After 26 Loans
I never looked into the eInk technology and how they really function. I assumed it was similar to how toner cartridges functioned.

I have a Hanlin B/W book reader, and I enjoy it quite a bit. It changes pages rather slowly, but I learned to time it right so when I reach the end of the page it changes :) The battery life isn't great and not truly what is advertised, but I think it is a problem with the battery instead of the unit.

I was playing around with a Nook at Barnes and Noble, I take it you like them a lot ? I was impressed at how slick and fast they operate. I was very tempted to pick one up last time I was in there. I am lucky it wasn't payday week ;)

Comment: Re:How about using books instead? (Score 1) 181

by orangebox (#35321226) Attached to: HarperCollins Wants Library EBooks to Self-Destruct After 26 Loans
I have to disagree here. I have been using an eInk book reader for the past two years and have had no regrets. I take it on trips as well as to the office to read while at lunch. I can lock the keys instead of looking for a bookmark, and if I exit the book I can start right up where I left off. I used to do reading off of an Ipaq, and that was not enjoyable for long periods of time.

I would not recommend eInk for manuals with illustrations yet because I don't see a device that can do them justice. In my experience the PDFs were reduced so much so everything fits on a page, and the diagrams and text were almost unreadable.

But ebook readers for novels and such, totally as pleasant as holding a book in my experience.

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