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Comment: PocketBook e-ink readers (Score 3, Informative) 134

by stasike (#46254189) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

Have a look at the PocketBook e-ink readers. Sadly, they have left USA market, unable to compete with Amazon.
Here in my European country, in an online store specialized on e-book readers PocketBook is by far the most popular brand. Keep in mind that most people buying kindles are buying them directly from Amazon.
I have PocketBook Touch Lux 623. The screen and front-light are the same as on Kindle Paperwhite. It supports 18 e-book formats and lots of configuration options, all without hacking. It has headphones output with support of TTS in many languages. You can use micro SD card. There are third-party programs available, such as scientific calculator, Linux terminal (for hacking - the reader itself has busybox installed), ftp server (so you can look at *and* modify files from internal memory), Coolreader, chess, several games, Vim text editor (full-fledged recent version).
You can make your own notes and highlights and PocketBook will prepare html file for each document with your notes that you can download to your PC. No special software necessary.
You can import PocketBook from Europe.

Comment: Contact Bram Moolenaar the author of Vim (Score 1) 301

by stasike (#44689805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?
I remember reading somewhere that Bram Moolenaar is willing to sell you a special licence for his program if you insist that you want to buy it.
Vim is absolutely magnificent Free Software project - a very powerfull reincarnation of the vi editor. And the left-over money will be used for kids in Uganda.

See this page: http://www.vim.org/sponsor/index.php
Registered Vim user You can become a registered Vim user by sending at least 10 euro. This works similar to sponsoring Vim (see above). Registration was made possible for the situation where your boss or bookkeeper may be willing to register software, but does not like the terms "sponsoring" and "donation".

Comment: Re:My experience with it. (Score 1) 193

by stasike (#44668257) Attached to: Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

I was using Calibre the same way as you - for conversions (and to communicate with my Sony PRS-500 reader), exactly because of that unusual interface.
Nowadays I simply reconfigure the interface, using Preferences -> interface - > Toolbar.
I remove all icons from the toolbar and put the functions I want on the menubar.
Do not saw off the branch you are sitting on and first define the menubar, with a prefferences menu and only then remove the toolbar.

Calibre is extremely configurable and *very* powerfull. It has great support for regular expressions and other advanced things.

Comment: Re:Disappearance of E-Ink (Score 1) 323

by stasike (#44540597) Attached to: Have eBooks Peaked?
Well, the ideal line length for printed text is 56 characters, or some similar number, depending on what study you read. In practice this of course varies for practical reasons, but a text in a well typeset book is seldom longer than 75 characters. Just grab a random book and count 'em. If the page is wider, the [well laid-out text] is usually broken into columns. When the line is shorter, the gaps between words are too uneven in case the text is full justified (needed for columns) and the eyes have to skip too much. When the line is much longer, then the eye has problems tracing back from right to left the the beginning of the next line. Six inch e-ink displays have size close to ideal, from the length-of-line point of view. But you have to set margins smaller than they are set on the out-of-the-box Kindle. Typical Kindle and other books have other problems, like lack of hyphenation, which makes the gaps between words too uneven with the [default] full justification.

Comment: I run browser on other operating system (Score 2) 243

by stasike (#43971065) Attached to: Microsoft Boasts of Tiny Energy Saving With IE

OK. I could save one watt by running IE instead of [insert your favorite browser here]. But then I would have to run it on Windows, and install anti-mallware, anti-virus and other anti-CPU measures.
I think I am much better off running a less efficient browser on Linux, even with a memory hog called KDE 4 running the whole show.

Comment: Have a look at PCs for Industrial Automation. (Score 5, Informative) 212

by stasike (#43883967) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Supporting "Antique" Software?

At work we use Industrial PCs for work with PLCs. You can still buy PC with an ISA slot, and most of industrial PCs have good old serial port. Just contact any competent supplied of industrial automation equipment.
One of manufacturers is Advantech. Have a look at their UNO line of "brick" computers. Plenty of industrial RS232 and RS485 ports even in the most basic models. Computers are fanless and built to last. Unfortunatelly, those machines are bloody expensive.

If you look really hard, you can even find new 486 machines. Those are even more expensive than Advantech bricks I wrote about, but there are still people that need those computers, so there are companies able to provide them at a cost.

Comment: Why people block ads (Score 1) 978

by stasike (#43130263) Attached to: Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

I block ads because some sites are *so* horribly infested with annoying, blinking, screaming, memory-hogging, loud crap that there is no choice but to install something.
I am willing to whitelist a site that asks nicely AND takes care that the advertisments do not make their site un-viewable. No popups, no animated crap that makes reading text impossible, no flash that bogs down entire computer, no loud sound, no articles divided to 20 parts so they can cram 20 times more ads down our collective throats, no double-underlined words that display a caption add when I move mouse over them. It can be done. Have a look at google site.

Please understand: the vast majority of users out there are too lazy and ignorant to mess with switching on the add blocking. They are even willing to use browsers horribly infested with unbelievable amount of crap. In order to make such user to go and ask someone knowledgeable to install an adblock for them they had to be extremely annoyed.

So, if you want to blame somebody, blame stupid webmasters and super-greedy advertisers that created sites that drove us to block ads.

"Card readers? We don't need no stinking card readers." -- Peter da Silva (at the National Academy of Sciencies, 1965, in a particularly vivid fantasy)

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