27 May 2009

15 books in 15 minutes

There’s a meme going around: in 15 minutes, come up with a list of 15 books that “will always stick with you”. Since lists on their own aren’t all that interesting, I’ve added some notes about why I’ve chosen these books. “The Man Who Folded Himself”, David Gerrold. One of the great SF time travel novels. Take one ordinary guy, a time machine, and the many-worlds hypothesis, and watch everything go completely nuts. ... Read more

21 May 2009

Guilty luxury

I am cheap. I don’t think I go quite as far as being a tightwad, but I’m frugal. I buy generics at the supermarket and drugstore, and when I order from Amazon, I always choose the free shipping option, even though it sometimes drives me crazy waiting for the item to arrive. I don’t mind spending money on functionality, but I find it tough to spend extra for luxury. Today, however, I did something I found difficult: I paid the extra money for seat upgrades for our trip to the UK later this year. ... Read more

6 May 2009

Kindle DX thoughts

My initial thoughts about the Kindle DX: The price seems surprisingly reasonable. The iRex with an A4 size screen was over $800. I’m not convinced that textbooks are workable on an e-book reader. You don’t read textbooks linearly. (Or at least, I never did.) The ability to flip around between marked locations is limited on the Kindle 2, and I’m guessing it will be on the DX as well. On the other hand, the size and weight benefits are hard to deny. ... Read more

6 May 2009

Kindle 2 review: followup

As the promised followup to my review of the Kindle 2, I’m going to go through some of the common objections to the Kindle that I see reposted every time it gets mentioned. I have no financial stake in Amazon’s success; it just annoys me to see the same misconceptions crop up time and time again. ... Read more

5 May 2009

How to be a CEO

In case you haven’t been paying attention to the Chrysler saga, here’s a brief summary of some recent events. March 17: Chrysler Chief Executive Bob Nardelli today called for a second round of funding for the company’s financial arm that would enable sales to customers who otherwise can’t qualify for loans. In an interview with CNBC, Nardelli also said he wants “some kind of decision” from the president’s task force on the auto industry by March 31 on Chrysler’s request for an additional $5 billion to fund operations. ... Read more

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