Thursday, November 29, 2007

Remember Reading a Book on a PDA?

Well, I do. Clunky but doable.

And just Last Week, the latest incantation of that Idea was released by, and called, for want of a better word, Kindle.

The LA Times had a review about it This Week, which must make it important, this week.

Leo talked about it on TWiT, and DIGG dug it X number of times.

The bottom line is $399 is too much for an ebook reader. (I'm reading online ebooks on my Sony PSP).

You DO remember the iPhone incident a few months back, don't you?

Sony has a similar product, that it released over a year ago, called Sony Reader, which is selling for $299. Still, way too much for an ebook reader. It also doesn't have the features of Kindle of not needing a computer to use or have the ability to read certain newspapers or magaines.

And they both Don't Do Color,
which is not a deal-breaker for a eBook Reader, but for magazines it might be nice.

The world is still waiting for a reasonably priced eBook reader.

If you happen to be "one of those" *Early Adopters type, I'd say (smirk), at least, wait a couple of months.

*must be quite a few early adopters, Amazon's Kindle is currently "Sold Out".

Even Leo (you know who I mean...) is on the waiting list.

november 2007.

What's It All About Alfie?

What is ELO's Digital Story going to be All About?

It's going to be about what is happening in Computers at the Moment that strikes my fancy as being interesting or important to know about.

Borrowing an "old tagline" from an old L.A.Radio talk show, I will be "opinionated, but lovable" .

In other words, this IS a Spin-Zone, where the Items of interest have an AFFECT and EFFECT on the world, as to spinning it, in a positive or negative way.

Having been an observer of the "Boffos" and "Blunders" of the digital-age since the 1980's, where I started selling and using the First TRS-80, I will tell you what I Think is Really going on.

And in most cases, I will try to tell you BOTH sides of the story.

Think of it as a Game we are playing in this Digital Age. A Game that has very serious consequences.

Let the Game begin....