The Google version of the MS paper clip
"You appear to have suffered a high speed head-on shunt. Would you like me to call the emergency services?"
12 posts • joined 27 Aug 2008
You're normally so good at technical things. It doesn't matter a toss if the Arctic ice cap melts, as it's already floating in equilibrium with the sea. It's if the Greenland ice sheet melts that Londoners will have to start interbreeding with Fenlanders to get webbed feet.
And I'll have a lovely beach front property here in Cambridge.
Actually the Vatican has had a policy on alien contact since the 1930s, so their astronomer wasn't going out on a limb but was simply repeating old news. The policy was thought up by the Jesuits, who are often nearly as far ahead of the curve as the more benighted orders are behind.
Sorry to wreck the theory, but my other half makes amazingly good meringues, and she uses Mac OS for her personal machines and Windows Server for most of her consulting work. I, on the other hand, cook Sichuanese and Middle Eastern and use FreeBSD.
Icon in recognition of the vast numbers of chillis in Sichuan cooking.
I've had an iLiad for a couple of months and use it for reading PDF copies of academic papers, free online PDF copies of text books, etc, so seem to have the same sort of use as you want. I find the average paper formatted for A4/US letter quite readable on the iLiad, especially if slightly resized to strip off all the margins. The screen is roughly A6 size, so font sizes are effectively halved with an A4 original. Because it's a reflective screen lighting is important (this applies to all E-Ink displays). Reading in broad daylight is no problem even with small fonts. Reading in bed with a dim light so as to not wake up the other half can be problematical if the original font was 11 point or less. Most books are smaller than A4 so are no problem, especially if you lose the margins first. This is something you only have to do once, and the iLiad remembers the setting for subsequent pages. If my current one broke, I'd definitely buy another. My only complaint is that the battery life is still relatively short (12-5 hours solid use in my experience so you have to recharge after a full day's use), but as it's actually a Linux box under the hood (I have the shell extension installed, so can run pretty much any software I want) it's a big step in the right direction.
Anyone familiar with Cordwainer Smith's SF stories from the 60s will remember his starships were controlled by "two c.c's of laminated mouse brain". Why use synthetic substitutes when you can just laminate the real thing?
[I want both Stop and Go icons because his starships had a Go Captain *and* a Stop Captain.]
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