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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Winfield Hill, Dec 19, 2005.

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  2. Ian Stirling

    Ian Stirling Guest

    I personally have a scanned copy of my printed AOE.
    The laptop I usually read books on is a fair bit lighter than AOE, as
    well as being able to do many other things.
    Hell, the complete hardcase for the laptop is only about the size of
    2 AOE stacked.
    The laptop is nice and small, and easier to hold in one hand than a
    book. Plus it can be easily propped up at a right angle in bed.

    No, sunlight readability isn't as good.
    Neither is it when I have no access to ~10W of electricity.

    But. I haven't dug out my printed copy in some time.

    Small, light laptops, with maybe 10" screens are quite convenient to
    read from.
    The latest 43.2 Ghz monster with a 21" screen isn't.
    Unfortunately, 99% of new laptops are mostly unsuitable - they are just
    not hand-holdable.

    As to your other point.
    I 'steal' books regularly by downloading the ebooks groups.
    This is so I have a library to use when I can't get to the net or
    ordinary bookstores.

    If I read a book from this, I buy it on paper/ebook, or if I can't get
    hold of it, something from the same author.

    I'd guess this has perhaps doubled my spending on books, as previously
    I'd have been much less likely to take a chance on a new author that I
    may find unreadable 20 pages in.
  3. Of course it won't be illegal to sell DRM-free hardware, but no
    hardware manufacturer can afford to turn his back on Microsoft
    and Apple. It is doubtful that they will run a separate line of
    DRM-free stuff just for a few Linux users. It's a question of
    market share, not legality.

  4. Google is allowing you to see substantial portions of some books now.
    I actually got all that I needed out of a rather thin book that way.
    And that's without playing any games like logging in under another ID.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  5. Ian Stirling

    Ian Stirling Guest

    True - but that doesn't quite work when I'm out of network range, when
    it's nice to have a large library of unread books.
  6. My ISP just dropped all usenet permanently yesterday. I'm now hooked
    up through another method, but no binaries at all. 8-(

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  7. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    I used (IRC) Easynews for a while when Cox was totally hosed. They
    carry _everything_ ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
  8. Spehro Pefhany wrote...
    Maybe they were trying to send you a message, stop
    wasting your time!
  9. Indeed, the thought crossed my mind. End of year and time to write my
    summary of the year to come's highlights.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  10. Chris Jones

    Chris Jones Guest

    No idea. I guess they might do that after they finish the other chapters.

    By the way this is really weird: I can see your answer to my post but I
    can't see my own post. Oh well, I know what I said anyway.

  11. Phil Hobbs

    Phil Hobbs Guest

    You probably killfiled yourself in a moment of lucidity. ;-)


    Phil Hobbs
  12. Andy Peters

    Andy Peters Guest

    George W. Bush certainly thinks so.

  13. I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

    When Fair Use is outlawed, only outlaws will have Fair Use.

    I, for one, look forward to being an outlaw. ;-)

    Keep the peace(es).

    Dr. Anton T. Squeegee, Director, Dutch Surrealist Plumbing Institute.
    (Known to some as Bruce Lane, ARS KC7GR,
    kyrrin (a/t) bluefeathertech[d=o=t]calm --
    "If Salvador Dali had owned a computer, would it have been equipped
    with surreal ports?"
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