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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: Today at 05:42:53 PM
Like optical media perhaps smiley
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 28, 2015, 11:36:42 PM
It's good to be prepared smiley
3  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Hardware mini-Reviews Section? on: June 28, 2015, 09:33:03 PM
Does it make sense to move the thread about the DPT-S1 then?
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Some Thoughts on Sony's DPT-S1 (Digital Paper System) on: June 28, 2015, 03:41:23 PM
I have come to appreciate that aspect more while using this device.

I still have some difficulty reading some content though -- for this, the zooming seems to help (some overlap with cropping I guess) but zooming settings are not retained per page and at least for the version of the firmware I have at the moment, one cannot navigate to other pages without first "unzooming"...

Anyway, this device feels like it's almost there smiley
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Some Thoughts on Sony's DPT-S1 (Digital Paper System) on: June 28, 2015, 07:30:13 AM
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Doesn't appear to be any auto-cropping of whitespace
that's too bad -- i've found it's a useful feature when space is limited on a mobile device.

If it's any consolation, it's much less of an issue for this device because of the 13.3 inch factor...

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Didn't expect to use the stylus to create notes, but much to my surprise I've come to use it
nice.  so will it remember notes you write in the margins while reading pdf files?

I didn't try myself, but I think so -- perhaps the following will help answer the question:

  http://richardminerich.co...pt-s1-at-lambda-jam-2014/

Note that this particular write-up was from before the price cut.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Some Thoughts on Sony's DPT-S1 (Digital Paper System) on: June 28, 2015, 04:11:51 AM
Been using a U.S. English version of Sony's DPT-S1 with 1.3.x firmware for a few weeks and have some thoughts to share.



The short of it is that I'm happy to be using one.



The following are some details covering info that I didn't find elsewhere before purchasing.  May be this will help for other folks who are considering smiley

Viewer
  The "Table of Contents" for a PDF file is usable unlike (AFAIU) for Amazon's DX.  It works like this:
    -with an appropriate PDF displayed, press the menu button followed by the table of contents button
    -along the left side of the screen there should be an area displaying some table of contents entries - the area to the right of the table of contents entries displays a smaller version of some page in the PDF
    -if an entry has any children, this is indicated via a different icon to the left of an entry's text
    -touching an entry with children leads to all children entries being displayed (but they replace what entries were displayed before) - the area to the right of the entries is updated to display the corresponding page of the PDF
    -touching the page causes the table of contents area to disappear and the full-size version of the page is displayed instead
 Apparently no clipboard - no copy / paste -- however, this may be possible from firmware version 1.4.x (at least in jp version) - long-pressing a word in a PDF does bring up a menu with items 'Highlight', 'Search', and 'Google' though
 Doesn't seem possible to flip pages while zoomed in -- however, apparently possible from firmware version 1.4.x (at least in jp version)
 Although there are 4-page and 9-page views, there doesn't appear to be a dual-page view

File Transfer
  Both the internal memory and the micro SD card are accessible as mass storage devices -- I've only tested under *NIX, but don't believe it's any different under other operating systems -- no extra software necessary to access one's content (given which company made this device, this was quite a (pleasant!) surprise for me)

Browser
 Doesn't appear to let one view HTML files that reside in internal memory or the micro SD card Sad
 Doesn't seem possible to view pages rotated (though that works for viewing PDFs)
 Didn't expect to use the browser functionality, but as slow and limited as it is, better to have something than nothing - too bad it doesn't seem possible to save the current page as PDF (like one can do in FF)
 Appears to limit one to using up to 3 windows

Miscellaneous
 The current time doesn't seem to be displayed anywhere useful -- I actually did a search via the browser to find out the current time once...
 The UI smells of Android here and there:
  dialog boxen
  pop-up kbd
  notification area
 Did not find a way to transfer files between internal memory and micro SD directly
 Doesn't appear to be any auto-cropping of whitespace
 Wikipedia's 'download as pdf' and 'create a book' functionality seems particularly useful -- though haven't found it convenient to access that functionality via the device itself...some of the created PDFs turned out pretty decently
 Didn't expect to use the stylus to create notes, but much to my surprise I've come to use it -- I could just barely adjust to the lag -- now it doesn't bother me too much -- I used to dream of having a white board where I could restore the content...this device reminds me of that forgotten dream smiley
 Didn't expect to use the workspace feature (basically one can 'save' a set of tabs and name the set) but though there are various things that are wanting it's a fair bit better than nothing



That's it for now.  May be I'll update this from time to time...
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Be prepared against ransomware viruses.. on: June 27, 2015, 08:40:08 AM
While there are lots of things you can do to protect yourself from being attacked, one thing all of us who regularly make backups should do is keep external backup drives DISCONNECTED except when being used to update our backups.

I like to keep more than one set of backups (so at any time there is at least one set offline) -- though one set is older than the other.

Perhaps it would also be good to verify that the just-made backups are sound -- and possibly on a different machine (but for many set-ups, may be that's not so practical).  Non-restorable backups don't seem so useful...

After backing up, I disconnect the source drive (so it's now a backup) and start using the drive that's just been backed up to.
8  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS on Linux on: June 24, 2015, 09:59:56 PM
I've tried some of mouser's software using Wine and my experience is usually that it almost seems to work, but not quite.  May be if enough of us bug him often enough he'll consider Wine as an official target smiley
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The End of my Macbook Pro Experiment on: June 23, 2015, 05:02:11 PM
One of the features I appreciate about Macs is (was?) the reliable functionality of booting from external media.  I haven't tried recently, but from what I gather this still works pretty well.  I find this type of thing helpful for trying other operating systems and performing maintenance.

My experience with PCs (at least for notebooks) has been that this functionality doesn't tend to work that reliably if it works at all.  Of course it may just be the hardware I've been using smiley
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The end of the hard disk on: June 23, 2015, 04:47:51 PM
I appreciate the speed, noise, and power characteristics of SSDs, however...

My impression has been that the failure characteristics of SSDs leaves something to be desired -- catastrophic loss of everything with no chance of recovering even a small amount seems unfortunately much more likely than common HDD failure scenarios (admittedly I have no numbers to point to).  In the consumer area I haven't found it easy to find things with functionality such as power loss protection (the one SSD I own does have this apparently).

Another aspect I'm wary of has to do with wiping data.  With HDDs it seems clearer that one can blank things appropriately before resale, reuse, disposal, etc.  With SSDs, my impression is that the jury is still out so-to-speak.

What do you think?
11  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release - Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) on: June 20, 2015, 06:22:06 PM
FWIW, the posted article says the original mention is in issue 449.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Open Computing Platform on: June 19, 2015, 03:16:31 PM
He he -- not transparency of us, but them of course! Wink
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Open Computing Platform on: June 18, 2015, 09:46:37 PM
That seems to answer that question... or am I misunderstanding?

Was being cautious in interpreting the article smiley

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In fact if you follow from the link you posted, down at the bottom under projects that fall under OSH, i.e. https://en.wikipedia.org/...-source_hardware_projects, OCP is listed there.

Hadn't seen the link to the list -- thanks!

In any case, more and enough transparency would be appreciated in both hardware and software.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Open Computing Platform on: June 18, 2015, 05:37:02 PM
I didn't gather from the article what kind of relationship there is with:

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_hardware
15  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FreeFileSync - automated backup - Mini-Review on: June 18, 2015, 05:31:21 PM
From the 7.1 Changelog (bottom of https://www.freefilesync.org/):

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Accept Explorer drag and drop from MTP devices
Support showing MTP files with Explorer
Support opening MTP files with default application
Preselect active MTP folder in folder picker dialog

From the "Which features make FreeFileSync unique?" section of the FAQ:

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Synchronize MTP devices (Android, iPhone, tablet, digital camera)

Have yet to try though smiley
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows’ account to peddle adware on: June 16, 2015, 06:37:20 PM
FWIW:

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In an effort to address a number of concerns we have been hearing from
the media and community at large, we at SourceForge would like to note
that we have stopped presenting third party offers for unmaintained
SourceForge projects
.

While we had recently tested presenting easy-to-decline third party
offers with a very small number of unmaintained SourceForge projects,
we discontinued this practice promptly based on negative community
feedback.  At this time, we present third party offers only with a few
projects where it is explicitly approved by the project developer, or
if the project is already bundling third party offers.

via https://sourceforge.net/b...ith-opt-in-projects-only/
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: June 15, 2015, 08:48:37 AM
Got to try the Sony Digital Paper (DPT-S1) today.  Hope to post more after more experience.

Current impression is "quite impressed" -- with usual caveats regarding speed of redisplay.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A short history of Google's algorithm updates on: June 09, 2015, 05:13:01 PM
FWIW:

  https://www.google.com/we...rs/tools/mobile-friendly/
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: June 09, 2015, 05:11:27 PM
Have used a 10.1 inch tablet for some years now and am still not quite happy with A4 / Letter -sized (both? one or the other?) viewing.  Suspect that some of it has to do with the seemingly extraneous whitespace (e.g. from margins).  The cropping feature in some readers seems to help sometimes but also leads to awkward experiences at others.

Hopefully the upcoming 13.3 inch experience will further enlighten smiley
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: June 09, 2015, 04:58:06 PM

Looks pretty nifty!

FWIW, there are links to an English translation and an audio book via:

  https://en.wikipedia.org/...ue_History#External_links
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: June 02, 2015, 09:28:05 PM
In researching alternatives recently, I noticed that there are now some 10.1 inch tablets that are noticeably lighter than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 - 565 g (1.25 pounds) - he he, just me being out of touch smiley

Some noteworthy ones:

  Sony Xperia Tablet Z - 494 g (1.09 pounds)
  Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 - 477 g (1.05 pounds)
  Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 - 439 g (0.97 pounds)
  Sony Xperia Tablet Z4 - 389 g (0.85 pounds) - supposedly to be released this month (2015-06)?

For comparison, the Sony Digital Paper is apparently around 358 g (0.79 pounds).
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: June 02, 2015, 05:56:35 PM
Sure -- may be a few weeks before I get to interact with it though smiley
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: June 01, 2015, 09:31:41 PM
Forgot to mention that it was only close to checkout that I realized there is an additional (close to) USD 70 tax involved...



FWIW, someone on the mobileread forums claims to have gotten a refurbished one for around USD 600 via:

  https://www.cdw.com/shop/...-SYSTEM-BSTK/3704285.aspx

( see http://www.mobileread.com...3108842&postcount=216 )
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: June 01, 2015, 08:03:22 PM
Nice find smiley
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 31, 2015, 06:28:55 AM
Not a fix, but allegedly restoring access to the Messages.app (until crashed again?):

  https://thehackernews.com...05/iPhone-Crash-text.html
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