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 Over the years, I have spent waaaay too much money on eReaders: Cybook Gen1 pro: came with multiple reading apps con: also came with an LCD screen and Windows CE Sony PRS 300 a great little device iRiver Cover Story super reflective screen, but great GUI and page button Sony PRS-T1 OK, I guess BeBook Neo came with a Wacom powered stylus Cybook Odyssey totally adequate Kindle Paperwhite nothing bad to say about the hardware Kobo Aura HD great Calibre support, but screen is prone to ghosting Pocketbook InkPad 3 great metadata handling Tolino Epos high quality hardware with subpar software Kobo Libra H2O verdict still out  


If AOL had used their marketing budget on buying their own country (e.g. Portugal) instead of blowing it on approximately 4 Trillion demo CDs, they might still be around.

ReCAPTCHA gotcha

As a rule of thumb, all images used in Googles ReCAPTCHA have to be taken with a 2002 mobile phone though a packet of butter.

Job well done

Things you don't want to hear during your weekly meeting, part 17: I just promised the customer they could have [insert unrealistic expectation here] by the end of the week.

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! 

Organiser bliss

Over the years, I have owned the following PDAs. Not included are smartphones and full-blown portable computers:  Psion Organiser II Highscreen Handy Organizer (a rebranded Poqet PC) Amstrad PenPad 600 Amstrad NC100 (more of a portable computer really) Palm Pilot Professional Ericsson MC12 Psion 3 Siemens IC35 HP Jornada 720 Apple Newton 120 Agenda VR3 Palm Tungsten Psion 5MX iPAQ something something (can't remember; did not leave an impression) Palm TX Psion netBook (ok, this is not a PDA, but I loved it and it's my list...)


I've always had a thing for digital gadgets, but the one I probably liked the most was my very first "PDA", the Psion Organiser II XP.   With no (out-of-the-box) way of syncing contacts and calendar items everything had to be typed in manually on the chiclet keyboard. BUT: The Organiser Programming Language (OPL) allowed you to write little programs on the go. If you were so inclined.