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Comment Re:While it may not be a "Kindle Killer"... (Score 1) 260

I wasn't aware of the PDF issue with Kindle. Yeah, having to send documents to Amazon for conversion everytime I want to use a PDF would suck quite a bit. Among other things, I use my reader (Sony) as a reference store, so if I have important notes and such written in OneNote or I find a cool article I want to perhaps read on the way to work or whatever, I just push everything to a single pdf and carry that with me on the reader (Sony supports PDF out of the box). I get a lot of reading done while travelling so its important for me to able to print a pdf from any of the multitude of applications I use and carry that on my reader.

Comment Re:wtb more booklike reader (Score 2, Informative) 260

While I agree that an ebook reader can't compete with the soft touch and feel of a book yet, you really ought to try one. I've got a Sony Reader and its really not all that bad. The absence of backlighting makes it really easy on the eye, I charge the battery once in a couple of weeks -- admittedly I don't spend TOO much time reading -- but yes the battery life is reasonably long and the reader comes with a soft cover so you can hold it like a book although it still has one screen (yes the cover protects the screen as well).

What I like about e-readers is that I can read multiple books in parallel -- depending on my mood, I just pick one and continue where I left off and switch to something else when I get bored (ADD?). The one thing I'm missing with my reader (its an older model) is a built-in dictionary which I believe Kindle and Nook both have. The newer versions of the Sony Reader have them too along with note taking features. But yeah, its quite a nice gadget and I've done hours of fun reading on it. If you can get your hands on one (borrow?) for a short while, give it a shot. Takes a getting used to but you might be pleasantly surprised.

Comment Re:Code Name is Offensive (Score 1) 366

Heh, yeah there was this secretary at my workplace in India who had a doc file called "Bangme.doc" which one of us noticed while shoulder surfing. Out of curiosity we opened the document while she wasn't around only to find out that it was a schedule of the partner's Bangalore Meetings. Big big let down.

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?

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