Writers: How your desk has evolved in the past 34 years

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

Writers everywhere, here’s a handy GIF perspective on the evolution of your favorite workspace: your desk. This animation purports to show the development of the desk from 1981 until 2014, although a Thinkpad stays remarkably unevolved throughout much of that period. But the rest all changes [ on]

Hardware hackers build their own laptop, tablet

By Chris Meadows
January 12, 2014 // 2 Comments

Well, there’s something you don’t see every day. On Makezine, hardware hacker Bunnie Huang writes about designing and building his own open-hardware, open-source laptop computer. He wasn’t satisfied with the current choices available to him, and he didn’t want to “downgrade” to a phone [ on]

The ‘$100 laptop’ is now a tablet

By Chris Meadows
December 21, 2013 // 5 Comments

Whatever happened to the “$100 laptop”? On Engadget, Ross Rubin poses the question, looking at the original lofty goals of the OLPC to put computing in the hands of everyone for less than $100 and seeing what can be found in that range today. (Was that really all of seven years ago?) Now, of [ on]

Lego Mindstorms + Kindle + Laptop = E-book Scanner

By Chris Meadows
September 7, 2013 // 3 Comments

Paging Rube Goldberg… Found via BoingBoing, Arik Hesseldahl has a report at AllThingsD about an Austrian university professor who has used a Lego Mindstorm kit to hack together an e-book de-DRM scanner out of his Kindle and his laptop. Professor Peter Pergathofer built a Lego device that keys the [ on]

'Temporary' Surface Pro Price Cut of $100 Now Permanent

By Juli Monroe
September 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

I called it earlier this month when I wrote about the temporary price cut on the Surface Pro tablets. I said I wouldn’t be surprised if the cut became permanent, and now it has. Check out the All Things D article on the price cut. Their choice of image is priceless. They are also reporting that [ on]

Vision of the future, Microsoft style

By Joanna Cabot
August 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’m in the market for a new laptop, come Christmas, and a recent reconnaissance to Canada’s only Microsoft retail store, which happens to be 10 minutes from my home, was illuminating. I wanted something small, light and portable. And option abounded for it—but the battery life for the [ on]

Technology: No Big Deal Anymore?

By Joanna Cabot
July 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

I posted earlier about the computer shopping that’s been going on in my family lately. Well, gadget lusts strikes again—the Beloved’s mother showed me a 900-page doorstopper of a historical fiction novel she plans to take on an airplane with her, and I commented that it would be so [ on]

Seattle blogger defeats Apple in small claims court

By Chris Meadows
April 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

Although this story isn’t about e-books directly, it speaks to the mindset of Apple, one of the major players in the e-book and portable device category these days. Blogger Seattle Rex posts the story of how, after exhausting every possible avenue of mediation and redress, he took Apple to small [ on]

Hurdles Remain Before College Classrooms Go Completely Digital

By Paul Biba
February 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

That’s the title of a most interesting article in ReadWriteWeb.  Written by someone in the trenches.  Here’s an excerpt: If you were to visit the library on the campus where I teach, you would see students waiting to use outdated desktops in the computer labs and library, particularly [ on]

What writers write with, by Meredith Greene

By By a TeleRead Contributor
January 26, 2012 // 9 Comments

My aging laptop, a trusty and wonderful device–on which I’ve composed five novels, countless articles, poems and pieces—is nearing the end of its existence. I extended its life expectancy substantially by replacing various components as they wore out, namely the hard drive and battery pack, [ on]

Review: TruConnect prepaid 3G MiFi 3300

By Chris Meadows
January 15, 2012 // 32 Comments

A while ago, I wrote about the idea of using a MiFi to retrofit 3G mobile web access to wifi-capable devices (such as e-readers), and I also mentioned the TruConnect MiFi pay-as-you-go service that allows bite-sized prepaid-3G-wifi usage with no contract required. It has been a couple of weeks [ on]

Libraries launching Chromebook check-out programs

By Chris Meadows
December 14, 2011 // 1 Comment

It’s nothing new for libraries to check out e-books to their patrons, and some of them even check out e-book reading devices. But the Palo Alto City Library is going to go one better: it’s going to check out Chromebooks. The library started carrying 21 Chromebooks last month, and they’re [ on]

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