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Archive for August, 2008

iKindle: A better kindle.

Posted by silverstag on August 24, 2008

This is something I came up with. This is some gadget I wish Apple or Amazon or some other company would create. What is iKindle? Well, you know of iPhone(if you don’t, stop reading this post 😉 ) and you must have heard of “Kindle“. Kindle is an e-book reader. That is an under statement if I leave it at that. Head to wikipedia for more details as I don’t want to sail off topic here.

iKindle would integrate iPhone’s legendary touch interface into Kindle. Slap in some Wi-Fi and you have the best Kindle that could be. The device should have these crazy features:

  • flipping and skimming through pages,
  • highlighting text by dragging a finger across it and providing instant look up on the same,
  • marking dog-ears by pinching a page you are reading,
  • split screen that will display pages of the e-book side-by-side so you could think you are actually reading off a book.
  • browsing the internet and downloading e-books from Kindle store on the go,
  • a decent storage capacity,
  • audio player that would even play “ogg”,
  • what’s missing..ahhhh… a movie player,
  • support for ODF documents,
  • a small note taking app.

Imagine the iPhone’s keyboard on this baby. Oh! boy, that would be a treat indeed. This would all look even better if the device runs on Linux and is hacker friendly. Hmmm… me and my wild dreams. I think I should file a patent on this. May be I will if my lawyer says I can’t be sued by Apple or Amazon 😉 .


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My tech blog is relocated.

Posted by silverstag on August 23, 2008

Hi! Folks.

For those of you who bother with reading my blogs, note that my tech blog has been relocated to http://silv3rstag.blogspot.com. It was previously hosted at http://silver5tag.blogspot.com. So, please update the links on your webpages.


Why the change now? Well, “silv3rstag” looks way cooler than “silver5tag”.

Why silv3rstag?  I’m a bit of a Harry Potter fan and I like Harry’s patronus. Further, I will be a stag for the near forseeable future 🙂 and “silverstag” is already taken on the blogspot domain.

Why keep two blogs? I started bogging on Blogger first and then I was trying WordPress out. Now, I kinda like both of them.

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A few snips of info on Japanese Mobile Industry

Posted by silverstag on August 12, 2008

I came across this Techcrunch post on Japanese Mobile Web. Something I thought might interest some of you folks. It’s a long read. So, I’ll put up a few scraps from the page here.

90 million 3G handsets are currently in circulation..

100 different Internet-enabled 3G handsets per year.

over-the-counter payments (e-wallet),  commuter pass in public transportation, 2D barcode reader, health control terminal, dictionary, karaoke player, digital TV, music player, e-book are just a few things Japanese have come to take for granted.

video transfer from Blu-ray recorders, alarm buzzers with direct connection to the nearest police station or voice-to-text translation and mobile web access at a maximum of 54 Mbps on Wi-Fi enabled phones.

availability of cutting-edge phones is one reason why many Japanese people don’t own a PC but would rather browse the web exclusively on mobile devices. Booking flights online, ordering clothes, auctioning off used stuff, gaming, paying for movie tickets via direct debit are a few other perks..

A few numbers now…

business carried out through cell phones in Japan was worth $106 billion in 2007 (up 23% from 2006), with m-commerce accounting for $67 billion and the mobile content market for $39 billion. Just one example: Cell phone owners downloaded music worth $10.2 billion, 42% more than in 2006.

What’s in store…?

NTT Docomo successfully transmitted 250Mbps packets in an experimental Super 3G system, planning to end preparations for the eventual launch by 2009.

While the world is still playing catch-up, these guys are setting standards for our future infrastructure and services.

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Funny: Translate Server Error

Posted by silverstag on August 3, 2008

Funny name for a restaurant. Looks like someone needs some English lessons. Never trust a online translation tool to do the job for you. 🙂

Funny name for a restaurant

Funny name for a restaurant

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