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What Clive Sinclair taught me

I never owned Clive Sinclair's most successful invention, the Sinclair Spectrum. And I never owned the one that tainted his name, the Sinclair C5. I did own many products that fall somewhere in between: The ZX81 (with 16K, later 64K RAM expansion), the QL (double Microdrives -  yay!), and the Pocket TV.   What Sinclair products taught me was a high tolerance for crashes. When your first ever computer spontaneously reboots every 20 minutes then that is exactly how a computer is supposed to behave. What a great preparation for everything that came after. Thank you, Clive Sinclair, for many wonderful memories and hours and hours of excitement in front of a flickering b&w TV typing away on a membrane keyboard.
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ReCAPTCHA gotcha

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Job well done

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Bad eReader!

Buying an eReader that comes with its own eco system is a really bad idea. I'm looking at you, Kindle. I'm also looking a little bit a you, Kobo. Having their own book store, manufacturers are not interested in you buying your ebooks anywhere else, and they are going out of their way to make handling third-party files as awkward as possible. Sure, you can jump through a couple of Calibre hoops in order to sort your side loaded books by series, but generally speaking this turns out to be a major PITA. On the other hand, manufacturers that earn money selling hardware usually have an interest in making the use of their device as easy as possible. Especially, when they don't know the format of your books. A big thumbs up to PocketBook who feature the best metadata support. Hands down!