Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Two Work-Around Issues for the Kindle: Content and PDF

Not insurmountable, but I had to work around two issues on the Kindle so far:

1. Content - The value proposition of the Kindle is to jettison books, magazines and papers when going on trip. I am thinking I can dump over 6 lbs of materials, easy, and like dumping ballast from a balloon will make the plane fly that much more efficiently (see, it's for the EAAARTH!!!)

I've downloaded magazines, some non-fiction books, and a couple of freebies from Amazon, but my next pick - Terry Goodkind - isn't available in ebook format (his books are a guilty pleasure - but with a message). And since his books weigh in at 500-800 pages I was a bit bummed his latest novel wasn't available in ebook form.

Problem: eBook Not Available

Solution: uTorrent

I would have gladly paid for the book, but since it wasn't available, I had to do what I could. Maybe I'll send Terry a few bucks royalty payment.

2. Format - Once I downloaded the book, I found it was in PDF, which isn't viewable on the Kindle (who had that great idea?).

Problem: Kindle Doesn't Read PDF
Solution: MobiPocket Reader

This little tool will convert PDF to MOBI format, which the Kindle does read. I converted the book, put it on the Kindle and voilĂ , it worked fine, so I saved both the purchase cost and the weight.

Rorschach also pointed out a link for free Kindle goodies, and a search from that link and around the web shows that you get get quite a bit of content for little or no cost.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

G2 on G2

For the past few years I have heard the term "G2" thrown around when someone is talking about information. Like "Get some G2 on that company," or "Here is some G2 I found out about the new iPhone".

I always wondered where the phrase came from. I couldn't figure out two words with G in them that worked and I couldn't find anything on the internet. I figured it came out of some marketing book or consulting company and the phrase just got passed around.

It was in a WWII book I am reading that I found the answer:

G-1 is a U.S. Army staff designation. It signifies the staff officer responsible for operations at a divisional or corps headquarters. Likewise a G-2 was responsible for intelligence, a G-3 for supply.

So like ASAP and snafu, it's an army expression, in this case just shorthand for "intelligence".

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Same Thought - East and West?

Though in Kyoto, I long for Kyoto - Basho

The best things in life aren't quite true - Goethe