Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-30

  • Stopped my Kindle subscription to ArsTechnica before the 14 day trial was over. I just never read it on the Kindle (but do on the web). #
  • I still <3 Ars a ton. But I guess Bezos is right – the Kindle really is more suited for long form reading, not "information snacking". #
  • Besides, it’s not like I don’t always have at least a few devices around me with with read the web, feeds, and Twitter. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Guess what? I think I’m coming down with something. Had a stuffy/runny nose for a few days. Today, my throat hurts, and my head feels funny. #
  • @Jerry_Makare Dude, you are ISN’s video god. We wouldn’t have nearly as many good videos without you. You’re a machine! πŸ™‚ #
  • @Jerry_Makare Cool. I think some of the other IDF videos I did (the MID hands on stuff) have over 5000 views so far. Yay eyeballs! πŸ™‚ #
  • @Jerry_Makare Best way to increase views to your videos? Start a blog, say interesting stuff, build an audience, then send them to ISN! πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Britopian @kellyrfeller Twhirl is an Adobe AIR app. You have to have AIR installed. And I don’t think your browser LAN settings affect it. #
  • @tcv On my person, I typically have: iPhone, 2GB Flash drive, my Kindle, my Nintendo DS, and the Aiptek Go-HD video camera. πŸ™‚ #
  • Just fixed the dangling Wii sensor bar in the JF1 lobby. It had been affixed with Scotch tape, always falling off. Now using velcro, sung. #
  • I meant "snug", of course. πŸ™‚ #
  • I have kind of become the unofficial "Wii Guy" around these parts. I’m totally fine with that. πŸ™‚ #
  • So who’s going to come over and play some Mario Kart with me? I’ve got two wheels now. #
  • Doing my expense report for Shanghai. This is going to be ugly/complicated… #
  • OK, expense report done. Time for some Mario Kart. 12:30 in the JF1 lobby. @samgrover, you in? πŸ™‚ #
  • Back from Mario Kart. No one came to join me! You people work entirely too hard. πŸ˜‰ #
  • I’m actually probably not going to be around for Mario Kart at lunch tomorrow, but Friday, it’s on! πŸ™‚ #
  • @chrisorourke This is the new Kinder, Gentler Intel, a.k.a. Ikea Hillsboro (new new pilot office space in JF1). πŸ™‚ #
  • @jmoriarty Um, yeah. I’m not going to be the guy who gets fired for creating a "hostile work environment" by playing GTA4 in the lobby. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jmoriarty Although they do have Halo 3 for the Xbox 360. I’ve never bothered to check out the controllers and fire it up. Wii = more fun πŸ˜‰ #
  • @KevinCTofel Does voice-only 3G even exist? Isn’t that, um, just GSM? I was a T-Mo guy for 7 years. Dumped em cuz they just DON’T get data! #
  • @Philhellene Yeah, but in the U.S., the best/fastest data plan that T-Mobile offers is still EDGE. What is this, 1999? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @MightySquid I second @mellowynk’s vote for WordPress. Use wordpress.com if you don’t want to host it yourself (which is more flexible). #
  • Oh, cool! Visigami is an open source image search app/screen saver for Mac from Google. Downloading now! http://tinyurl.com/5vquf5 #
  • Played with Visigami a little (Google image vis for Mac thingy). Very, very cool. Might be my new screen saver. http://tinyurl.com/5vquf5 #
  • @kellyrfeller Want to help kids work on their interpersonal skills? Get them using Twitter! πŸ˜‰ #
  • I love that, since I Twittered it, I can Google "jabancroft mario kart wii code" when I need to look it up to give to someone. πŸ™‚ #
  • @kellyrfeller et al – how young is too young to start Twittering? I know that @ravenzachary and @oleoptene’s kids are on Twitter. InstaPoll! #
  • @mnology I haven’t been on WFC for Mario Kart since Monday night, but I’ve heard of the 61010 errors over at Ars: http://tinyurl.com/3tmk24 #
  • @influxx Well, it seems that basic reading/writing are prerequisite for Twitter usage. So maybe start them in Kindergarten? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @memathews Wires are so 20th century, man. I’m all about the 5.8GHz 802.11n, baby! πŸ™‚ #
  • @davest it’s a rights thing, and our version of WP kinda hates youtube embeds. Can I help you in the AM? We’ll make it work. #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-29

  • For my own info, as well as yours, my Mario Kart Wii friend code is 0302 0226 1424 #
  • Let me know if you add me as a friend on Mario Kart, so I can add you back. #
  • Joy! One of my Nice Safe Internet Man Crushes has joined Twitter: @mc_frontalot #
  • It feels like my blog has been more down than up lately. Yay. MediaTemple is fighting some multi-day outage or something. It sucks. #
  • Can’t wait to read Cory Doctorow’s new book, "LIttle Brother": http://tinyurl.com/5wcezv #
  • Man, no body around here has the Wii Wheel accessory in stock. Guy at Target just told me it doesn’t even exist separate from the game. πŸ˜› #
  • Called a few more places, out of stock. There’s a bunch of places at Tanasbourne that might have it. Lunch time scavenger hunt! πŸ™‚ #
  • @sumwan EBX at Washington Square? Hmm. That’s a little far for a lunchtime run from Jones Farm. But it might be my only option… #
  • @sumwan I just called the Sunset Espanade store, and he said they ran out. Might have more this afternoon. πŸ™ #
  • @mrkurt Nunchuk is too complicated for n00bies and my 4yo daughter (which is who I play with most of the time). I’m not a serious racer. πŸ™‚ #
  • I love the Wii Wheel because it’s so intuitive – just like Wii Sports. You don’t have to explain much about how to use it. You just use it. #
  • Well, I’m off to hit a couple of local game stores, and grab some lunch. Wish me luck! πŸ™‚ #
  • Struck out at Best Buy in Tanasbourne, but the GameStop next door got a bunch in this morning. Score! πŸ™‚ #
  • @karitas yes, Mario Kart Wii came out on Sunday. πŸ™‚ #
  • I love it when random intel people I don’t know walk by my cube, and I overhear them talking about Intelpedia. Warms my heart, it does! πŸ™‚ #
  • @Britopian Yes, I am the creator of Intelpedia, and it holds a very special place in my heart. πŸ™‚ #
  • @Britopian LOL no bowing necessary. You can just pay tribute by buying some something from my Amazon Wishlist (on my blog). πŸ˜‰ #
  • There’s actually going to be a big article on Intelpedia’s growth on Intel’s internal news site soon. Will be the third such article there. #
  • (The wishlist comment was a joke, BTW. Unless someone really wants to buy me something! πŸ˜‰ http://www.tinyscreenfuls.com/wishlist/) #
  • @mnmmom The game came with one wheel (which is a shell for the Wiimote). I need 3 more! Got one today, just ordered two more from Amazon. #
  • I only got one Wii Wheel at GameStop because they’re $15 there, and only $10 on Amazon. And I’m willing to wait for wheels #3 and #4. #
  • @sumwan I didn’t see a red and black GameStop branded wheel, but I’m all about first party accessories when it comes to Nintendo. πŸ™‚ #
  • @rodfather That is an AWESOME idea (modding the Wii Wheel into a camera rig) πŸ™‚ #
  • In the same Amazon order, I also bought a dead tree copy of Cory Doctorow’s "Little Brother", even though I’ll only ever read the ebook. #
  • Voting with my wallet to support Cory and Creative Commons. Plus, I’ll probably give the book to someone, and make a new fan. πŸ™‚ #
  • @RevTim I hit best buy at lunch, and they were out. Plus, I hate Best Buy. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @rgleeson You should use TwitterSnooze.com to "snooze" people from whom you temporarily don’t want to hear. #
  • @lmachen You should totally use Intelpedia for your internal wiki needs. I can help you with whatever questions you have. πŸ™‚ #
  • @mnology I haven’t, but I would. πŸ™‚ #
  • @skyler I’ll send you the book after I pass it around my teenaged/preteen nieces and nephews, and turn them into rebels. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @mnology My Mario Kart Wii code is 0302 0226 1424. I don’t know what my Wii’s console code is, because I always forget to look. πŸ™‚ #
  • Oops. It appears that @brightkite’s Google Maps API key no longer works. Bye bye My Friends Map View! #
  • @memathews Thanks for that link to @trackthis – very cool. I’ll try to track the next Amazon package! πŸ™‚ #
  • @brightkite I was on bkite.com, but I didn’t pay attention to the exact URL. Lemme double check. #
  • @brightkite On bkite.com, get this error: "The Google Maps API key used on this web site was registered for a different web site." #
  • @brightkite The map works when I use brightkite.com (instead of bkite.com). Thanks for clearing that up! Excellent Twitter customer support! #
  • mediatemple says that their long series of ongoing "microoutages", which have been a pain in my butt, are solved. http://tinyurl.com/4j3jdm #
  • Retweet from @ravenzachary and others: AT&T to subsidize the 3G iPhone, give $200 off for 2y contract re-up. http://tinyurl.com/5jhlpp #
  • Expected models are 8GB for $399, 16GB for $499. Which would be $199 and $299 with the AT&T subsidy. Not bad at all… #
  • @palmsolo I’ll probably camp out again, just because I’m that kind of guy, and it’s fun. πŸ™‚ #
  • I know it’s so three weeks ago, but does anyone have a Fire Eagle invite to spare? jabancroft at gmail. Thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • @Britopian What’s the deal with that new site you launched? Is it an Intel effort? I see you and @kellyfeller there. What’s the goal? #
  • @Britopian BTW, your feed URLs/FeedBurner are all screwed up. You need to redirect everything to FeedBurner. Otherwise, there’s no point. #
  • @Britopian You have 5 distinct RSS feeds on conversationsmatter.org. Gotta fix that if people are going to take you seriously. #
  • @Britopian What’s the difference between this and your old blog? Are you not going to talk about social media marketing there anymore? #
  • @Britopian And do I not count at a "conversationalist"? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Britopian You have two "feed" links on the page itself, and three more link rel=alternate in the header, for a total of five. #
  • @Britopian This is the first I’ve heard of it, dude. When did you ask for feedback? #
  • @michaelsigler Well, I was having mediatemple outages as late as this morning. I’ll be keeping and eye on it, see how they do. #
  • @Britopian The biggest problem with the feeds is that since they’re not all going to feedburner, you have no real idea how many subscribers. #
  • @Britopian no, I don’t want to contribute, thanks. To be quite honest, I’m thoroughly sick of conversations only about "social media". #
  • @Britopian I just sent you a screenshot of the feed problem. Part of it can be fixed in the sidebar, the rest in header.php. #
  • @lmachen Yay! I’m really glad you had such a good Intelpedia experience. Thanks for contributing, and making it better! πŸ™‚ #
  • @Britopian Nothing personal (I realize that last tweet sounded harsh). But marketers talking to marketers about marketing is just not for me #
  • I’m a storyteller. I love to discover cool new things, use them to make my life better, and teach people to do the same. #
  • Heh. I liked that last "storyteller" tweet so much that I made it the new description/tagline on my blog. πŸ˜‰ #
  • And with that, I’m out of here. Meeting @rachelbancroft and the kids for dinner, after Emma’s swimming lessons. She’s now in Catfish 4! πŸ˜‰ #
  • Well crap. Juan Colorado’s in Hillsboro estΓ‘ cerrado. Have to go somewhere else. China Moon? Hmm… #
  • @billpearson tell China I say hi! πŸ™‚ #
  • @jmartens EstΓ‘ cerrado, dude. Closed. There was some notice on the door that I didn’t read. But they have other Hillsburrito locations, ΒΏno? #
  • @sumwan House of Lamthong is indeed yummy thai. But I had horrible service last time I went there. Waited almost an hour for my food. #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-28

  • @davest Heh. Yes, I’m internet famous. Happens to me all the time. (It helps that I have friends who write at big publications. πŸ˜‰ #
  • PIcked up Mario Kart Wii at Fred Meyer on the way in to work this AM. They were out of Wii Wheels, though. Will try it out at lunchtime! πŸ™‚ #
  • @harrisja Yes, it comes with one wheel, but I wanted to pick up at least one more, for multiplayer. They’re only like $10. FM was solid out. #
  • @matt_mcc Yeah, I haven’t even played it yet, but given Mario Kart’s history, plus the reviews I’ve read, it’s a must-own for the Wii. πŸ™‚ #
  • I’m honored to place at #37 in @davewiner’s Twitter Spewage list, with a spewage factor of over 10 million! πŸ™‚ http://tinyurl.com/5dnma7 #
  • @billpearson Interested to hear who’s reporting, and what the recommend. #
  • Just ran the CloudFour Mobile Browser Test (http://cloudfour.com/mobile) on my Kindle, in both Default and Advanced modes. Hope it helped! #
  • @billpearson @kenekaplan I’m very interested to hear if Forrester has anything to recommend with an end goal besides marketing. #
  • That is, with the end goal being "Building Communities" rather than "exploit communities for marketing purposes". #
  • @jtkeith Yes, the Kindle runs Linux. The browser appears to be NetFront-based. I hadn’t ever examined the UserAgent string before now. Neat. #
  • @jmoriarty No, I didn’t get invited to that meeting, either. I’m living vicariously through @billpearson. πŸ™‚ #
  • Twitter InstaResearch: What bloggers/sites do you read about PC graphics (3D, gaming, performance, etc.) Need some good sites, pronto! πŸ™‚ #
  • @tcv Thanks. Ars is a given. πŸ˜‰ As are Tom’s, Anand, [H], etc. Looking for influentials in the world of graphics, specifically. But thanks! #
  • You know, there are people/bloggers you immediately think of when you think of certain topics. Who are the people you think of for graphics? #
  • @tcv Got FiringSquad, too. I used to read FS religiously, back when I was into PC gaming. Thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • @reidab Like PC gaming, computer graphics. Fast 3D video cards, people who know what Siggraph is and would go, etc. πŸ™‚ #
  • @sharong Ah, yes. Thanks for Kim – how could I forget him? πŸ˜‰ #
  • Anyone at Intel (JF) want to join me for some Mario Kart Wii in a few minutes? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @matt_mcc I’ll probably have it with me on Friday, too. Come say hi if you’re in the neighborhood! πŸ™‚ #
  • @influxx Graphics as in devs, enthusiasts, gamers, performance people. Not design/beauty/etc. #
  • In a quarterly Business Update Meeting (BUM), sitting next to @billpearson. Supar Sekrit Intel stuff! πŸ˜‰ #
  • I’ve really got to finalize my travel schedule for the next couple of months. I know I have stuff coming up, but it’s not on my calendar… #
  • I have this vague feeling of unease that I’m going to double-book something and make someone mad at me. #
  • Mario Kart Wii at lunch was fun, but I need more people to play with. Will have it with me rest of the week. Come join me! πŸ™‚ #
  • @sumwan Sure, you can come! Just don’t steal any of the SUPAR SEKRIT plans we leave lying about. πŸ˜‰ #

Why eBooks are a Better Entertainment Value Than Almost Anything Else

I’ve had my Amazon Kindle ebook reader for a few days now, and my Kindle unboxing video and “first impressions” post has generated a TON of great comments, and I’ve tried to respond to them all. I wrote WAY more in responding to people’s comments than I did in the original post, so make sure you go read through it all if you’re interested.

One of the questions that came up a lot was “Aren’t you concerned that you’re wasting money on DRM’ed ebooks that you might not be able to read again in a decade?” It’s a very valid questions, and I posted my thoughts in the comment thread. But I thought of one more thing, that started as just another comment to my own post, but grew really long, and became this post. πŸ™‚

Here’s the way I’ve always looked at ebooks and DRM and value. For background sake, you should know that I’ve spent hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars on ebooks in my life, mostly from eReader (formerly Palm Digital Media, formerly Peanut Press), and ready on the various Windows Mobile devices that have found themselves in my possession over the years.

Instead of comparing the cost of a DRM’ed ebook that I’ll, in all likelihood, only ever read once, I look at it this way: Is the $9.99 (or less – $9.99 is about as much as I’ll pay for an ebook) worth the number of hours of entertainment you get from it?

  • A movie gives you roughly two hours of entertainment/diversion for about $10. More if you buy snacks (I always buy snacks!). Or you can pay $20 for the DVD. Say $5 to $15 an hour.
  • A magazine gives ME maybe a couple of hours of entertainment for about $5. $2.50 an hour.
  • A video game is $50 (or $29 for DS games) for, realistically a dozen hours of entertainment $4 an hour.
  • A nice dinner out with my wife is maybe $30 to $50 (we don’t go to fancy places) for a couple of hours of enjoyment. $25 an hour.
  • Gadgets (hardware – cameras, mobile devices, computer stuff, etc.) are a little harder to figure, because the range of cost and “hours of entertainment” vary so wildly. But the “dollar per hour of entertainment” factor HAS to be super high here, for much money as I spend on it all. So I can’t put an hourly rate on this one. It’s more like a lifestyle. πŸ™‚

Finally, an ebook, at less than $10, takes me at least several hours to get through (average maybe 10? 15?), spread out over the course of a few days or weeks. I figure it works out to less than $1 an hour. To me, that’s a tremendous value.

I don’t expect any real lasting value or return from the entertainment sources I listed above (with the notable exception of video games – I’m a collector, and I always keep the good ones). I almost never go back and read a book again. There are some exceptions – I try to read The Lord of the Rings once a year or so. I’ve read The Dark Tower series twice (in ebook form). I’ve read most of Cory Doctorow’s stuff at least twice.

I just don’t expect much lasting value out of most books I read. If there’s a book that I REALLY want to keep, or have around in the future, for reference, or nostalgia, or whatever, I just buy the dead tree version. And the same “bang for the buck” applies to dead trees, too, minus the convenience of ebooks: acquiring them wirelessly, frictionlessly, carrying around a few hundred of them in my pocket at all times, and being able to read them whenever and wherever I have a few moments of “hostage time”.

Here’s what i figure an ebook would cost, to get an equal amount of entertainment, at the same rate/factor as the sources above:

  • Movies – $50 to $150
  • Magazines – $25
  • Video games – $40
  • Dinner out with my wife – $250

So, for me, the “bang for tbe buck” or entertainment value quotient or however you want to think about it for ebooks is EXTREMELY high. Much higher than any of the other passtimes and habits I pursue for fun. Sure, the math and values here are fanciful, and are different for everyone, but for me, it’s a cheap habit, no matter how I look at it. Add in the bonus effects that none of those other sources have: books make me smarter, increase my vocabulary, exercise my imagination, inspire creativity, make my conversations more interesting, etc., and it’s a no brainer.

Hi, my name is Josh, and I say that ebooks are TOTALLY worth it. πŸ™‚

Agree with me? Think I’m crazy? Want to share how much per hour you pay for entertainment? Drop a comment, and let’s talk.


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-25

  • Yay! I’m got approved for a press pass to Ubuntu Live and OSCON. Saves my group some money, so more of our folks can attend. πŸ™‚ #
  • Hey @amybarton – can you approve my request to follow you on Twitter, so I can see your tweets? πŸ™‚ #
  • Quotably is AWESOME at showing you threaded Twitter conversations (like the big one on OpenID last night): http://quotably.com/jabancroft #
  • @sharong Late response, but yes, I love Doctorow’s novels and stories. Very hardcore/dense/geeky, but that’s why I love them. And who is it? #
  • A few clicks and a few minutes later, TinyScreenfuls.com is upgraded to WordPress 2.5.1. I love the WP Automatic Upgrade plugin! πŸ™‚ #
  • @rickmahn WPAU has some bumps. I always have to manually activate my plugins after the DB upgrade, then run cleanup, but otherwise, yes. #
  • OK, OpenID people. I’m setting up myVidoop. I want to use my blog URL as a delegate. How do I make my blog URL a valid OpenID? #
  • @skyler I don’t know. What annoying problem did you have last week? WP 2.5.1 relnotes here: http://tinyurl.com/66oz8z #
  • @psteinb Try Twhirl or Alert Thingy. Or Twitteriffic. #
  • @vidoop How do I make the myVidoop plugin remember my passwords? FF3beta5 on Mac. I’m signed in, but it’s complaining that Java’s not there. #
  • @vidoop Thanks. I just sent a bug report through the "Contact Us" form. Is there an email addy or something else I should try? #
  • @vidoop Cool – thanks. In the mean time, it’s working OK in Firefox 2 on Windows in my VM. But I never use my VM, so looking for a Mac fix! #
  • @AndruEdwards The PSP cannot charge over USB (not without a special cable that also connects to the charging port). #
  • @AndruEdwards But the PSP charger is pretty common. Same as the old iPAQ chargers. A common tip. RadioShack or similar should have something #
  • @marusin Wait, what? Mario Kart Wii is out? I thought it wasn’t until next week? I guess my weekend plans just changed. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @kenkaplan Actually, I have two copies of Groundswell now. @billpearson got me one, and then @jbernoff sent me another. But thanks! πŸ™‚ #
  • @mnology Well, @marusin says he’ll have it this weekend, and @hangry says Amazon just shipped it to him. I might hit the stores headed home. #
  • @kenekaplan And @rohitbhargava sent me a copy of PNI, which says nice things about me. πŸ™‚ And I’m tempted to buy them both for my Kindle! #
  • @jrnoded Sunday? Crap. Looks like I won’t be playing until next week then. Will have to get a extra Wii Wheel or three, too. #
  • @kenekaplan Thank you for thinking of me, though! πŸ™‚ #
  • Just installed the WP-OpenID plugin on TinyScreenfuls.com, and it appears to be working. Quick, @ahockley or someone, go leave a comment! πŸ˜‰ #
  • @memathews Thanks! #
  • And it looks like my site just went down, right when I was asking everyone to hammer on it. Sorry! Stupid mediatemple *grumble*… πŸ™ #
  • http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/www.tinyscreenfuls.com = "It’s not just you! http://www.tinyscreenfuls.com looks down from here. " πŸ™ #
  • @memathews Well, I can’t get to it. Maybe the Intel proxies suddenly decided to block it. Besides, that video is streaming from blip.tv. #
  • @ahockley No, but I host a ton of sites there, and only just finished migrating from 1and1. Switching hosts is a huge pain.. πŸ™ #
  • Engadget claims to have a photo of the 3G iPhone. Looks quite convincing – shiny black: http://tinyurl.com/5vk7qn #
  • OK, this is weird. I’m now getting an HTTP 500 server error at http://www.tinyscreenfuls.com, but my other sites on (mt) are OK… #
  • @memathews doesn’t look like your comment went through. Could you try again? BTW, mediatemple sez they’re having an intermittent outage… #
  • OK, I’m mad now. OpenID is NOT working on my blog. Disabled it for now. Will screw with it later when I have more patience. So much for easy #
  • @ahockley @verso @beersndblog Guess I’ll keep killing kittens. Can someone tell me why WP-OpenID is made of FAIL on my blog? #
  • @oregoniansteve you need to talk to @geekygirldawn, @tiesque, @ravenzachary and the rest of the Legion of Tech crew. #
  • @verso my theme is K2. Does that mean that OpenID only works if you’re using certain themes? Lame! *pout* #
  • @ahockley I get no errors. Just nothing when I click Submit, using OpenID or not. Breaks comments completely, which is why its disabled now. #
  • @oregoniansteve The guy behind Lunch 2.0 is @jkuramot #
  • @oregoniansteve LOL @ "fubarcamp" πŸ™‚ #
  • @Oregoniansteve ask @geekygirldawn re: foo, bar, and fubar. She can explain. πŸ™‚ #
  • Oh, wow! I just discovered that you can download free books from manybooks.net, in native Kindle format, FROM the Kindle browser itself! πŸ™‚ #
  • That makes manybooks.net a free version of the wireless Kindle store. #
  • Hey hey! I make OpenID work on my blog. The problem seemed to be with my theme (K2). "Live Commenting", specifically. Killed that, et viola! #

TinyScreenfuls.com is now OpenID Enabled – for real this time!

Update 2: It’s working now. The problem seemed to be with how my theme, K2, was processing comments. Specifically, I had a feature called “Live Commenting”, one of the cool things that K2 can do, turned on. It allowed you to post a comment without reloading the page, via Ajax. I disabled that feature, then re-enabled the WP-OpenID plugin, et violΓ‘! πŸ™‚

Update: Nevermind. It’s not working. I don’t know why it’s broken, but I’m mad now. I’ve disabled the OpenID plugin until I get the time and patience to screw around with it and fix whatever’s wrong. So much for making this easier! πŸ™

I’ve been meaning to do it for a while, but I was spurred into action by a blog post by Aaron Hockley yesterday, and a fun Twitter “argument” with him and Rick Turoczy of SiliconFlorist fame, and I’ve finally gotten around to making it possible to post a comment here on TinyScreenfuls.com using your OpenID.

What’s OpenID? If you don’t already know, and you don’t really care to learn, then you don’t have to worry about it. Comment posting will still work the same way it did before – you can leave your name and email address. But OpenID is now an option, if you want to use it. There are lots of reasons. And if you’re an OpenID person already, that should make you happy.

For more info on OpenID, go to the OpenID site. If you don’t have an OpenID already (besides the fact that you’re probably wrong, and you DO already have one, and just don’t know it), I highly recommend Portland-based Vidoop as your OpenID provider. Besides the cool stuff they do with OpenID, they have an awesome cross-browser secure password manager plugin that I’m going to love even more as soon as it starts working with the Firefox 3 betas that I’ve been running. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, if you have an OpenID, do me a favor and help me test out the shiny new feature by leaving me a comment with it. Thanks! πŸ™‚


Video: Amazon Kindle Unboxing and First Impressions

I finally broke down and ordered an Amazon Kindle, now that they’re back in stock. It’s an ebook reader device, and since I read so much (borderline obsession), and there are growning piles of dead tree versions of books all over my house, I figured a Kindle was a good idea.

In this video, we go over the packaging, basic functions of the device, discuss its wireless features, have a look at the fabulous (dare I say revolutionary?) electronic ink screen, and generally check out the new gadget.

Camera help and cameo appearances by my wife Rachel and our son Gabe. You can download the higher quality original Quicktime movie file (about 6 minutes, 72MB), or get a code snippet to embed/share this video on your own site by clicking the little “connect the dots” icon in the player above.

I’ll be posting more thoughts as I use the Kindle more (I’ve had it less than 24 hours), but the verdict so far is: I LOVE this thing! I only wish I hadn’t had to wait so long for Amazon to get them back in stock.

You can find out more about the Kindle, browse the books, newspapers, and magazines available for it, and generally get more information at Amazon’s Kindle page (affiliate link – if you decide to buy one, and use that link, I get a small percentage, which helps to pay for my gadget buying habit).

Post a comment or message me on Twitter if you have any questions, and stay tuned for a lot more Kindle information in the days and weeks to come! πŸ™‚

Update: There’s a LOT of great discussion going on down in the comments for this post. I’ve been typing like mad, answering questions, so make sure you have a look if you’re interested in what book formats the Kindle can support, what you can use the SD card for, what I think of the DRM on the Kindle, how the design feels in my hands how to use the Kindle to read RSS feeds for free, and more! πŸ™‚


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-04-23

  • @isle Kindle is out for delivery, according to UPS. I may do an unboxing stream, or not, but I’ll definitely record video! πŸ™‚ #
  • Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade on Twitter (warning: language, but you knew that if you read PA): http://tinyurl.com/5c4zds #
  • Downloading free ebooks and practicing Amazon’s free service to convert to Kindle format. Lessig, Doctorow, Cluetrain, etc. #
  • Hey, Jivers. How hard is it to integrate Feedburner with ClearSpace feeds? Email or DM me if you know the answer. #
  • Obligatory Bacon Tweet: Bacon Briefcase (via @clint’s shared items): http://tinyurl.com/4lkaeb #
  • Kindle update! Rachel just called from home. The Kindle has arrived! I have some PM meetings, but I might head home early to play. πŸ™‚ #
  • ALERT! ATTENTION! Lee LeFever at Common Craft has released another video. "Podcasting in Plain English". Watch it! http://tinyurl.com/56wfdp #
  • @geekygirldawn The smart money is on 1:30 PM, which is when my next meeting is over. πŸ˜‰ #
  • OK, I’m off to "work" from home this afternoon, and try out my new Kindle! There will be video later! πŸ™‚ #
  • @psteinb I’ve been wanting to read your stuff. Email me a link? #
  • The Kindle is awesome. Screen is unspeakably good. My books appeared magically. I read feeds in GReader mobile. Love it so far! πŸ™‚ #
  • Just plugged the Kindle into my Mac via USB. It goes into I #
  • … goes into USB disk mode. #
  • @isle It can read text, HTML, Mobipocket format, and can convert PDF, Word, images, and lots of other stuff to AZW format for free. #
  • First tweet from my Kindle! m.twitter works great. #
  • To everyone who asked, yes, the Kindle can Twitter. It has a web browser. A pretty decent one. And high speed 3G EVDO cellular wireless. πŸ™‚ #
  • @mnmmom Amazon has almost 100,000 books for Kindle. Good ones. Plus free stuff from Project Gutenberg, Memoware, and Creative Commons. #
  • I checked out the quality and volume of books before I committed, and I’m satisfied that I’ll have PLENTY to read. And I’m a VORACIOUS readr #
  • @purr I should have Kindle video up tomorrow. And I’ll try to get some pics. #