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I've only been awake for a few minutes and already I'm fluimmoxed. "The whole idea of using an athropomorphic user interface to the computer is considered to be one of the biggest obstacles in computing." which I took from greyyguy's journal.

I thought like... high computational speeds with more stable hardware and less heat bleed off was pretty high on the list, myself.
hehe .
To think that the thing that bothers a lot of people is the fact that computers don't have faces....

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mjfgates
Apr. 24th, 2002 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Also...
Most of the readers on the market aren't really... ahhh.. .READABLE, as it were. Cheapass low-res non-color LCD screens make them a literal pain to use for extended reading. Microsoft's reader does not have this problem, partly because it only runs on the desktop or Windows CE devices which tend to have good screens, and partly because of some truly nifty anti-aliasing technology they developed.

The MS reader has a different. They went in with the notion, "We're going to make this just like a book," and accordingly they dumped the Windows UI conventions and hid the entire UI except for the "previous page" and "next page" buttons. Thus, you can't really do anything once you're in a book. You've also got to jump through some wierd digital-rights hoops-- can't copy and paste, can't read a book on more than one device, have to have a .NET passport, have to connect to the 'net and go to this one page on microsoft.com before you can read any copyrighted content at all, stuff like that.
greyyguy
Apr. 24th, 2002 01:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Also...
I thought the LCD screen would be part of the problem, and figured that a WinCE device or Palm would be better then developing a whole new platform but didn't know if anyone was going in that direction. Now it turns out they are but not well :)

I can't wait till groups figure out that the whole content protection thing is just annoying customers. I would love to have a dozen books I've bought with me in my pocket, but can't because they haven't figured out how to keep me from stealing it yet.
mjfgates
Apr. 25th, 2002 12:15 am (UTC)
Re: Also...
Some of the WinCE devices out there have really nice screens; one of the machines I had on my desk had something like 400x600 resolution at 96 dpi. Add in ClearType and text was... it was GOOD. I found myself reading about half of The Divine Comedy on it one evening, when I'd just missed a ferry, and it was no trouble at all, not in the car in the darkened parking lot, not on the boat with the wierd flourescent light poking in through the windshield, not up in the passenger cabin. Now, if only I could remember how to set a bookmark...

Yep. Digital rights management is an utter crock at the moment, from the user's point of view. It also doesn't help that the publishers charge the trade-paperback price for most e-books, and full paperback price for the rest.

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