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The real secret of Apple’s success (video)

March 7th, 2011 · humor, video

This video, more than any, should help you understand why it’s so much fun to make fun of Apple.

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Evernote have a secret

June 27th, 2010 · software news

This image has been floating around the web. I’m not going to speculate on what this could be, but I am intrigued.

We have a secret.

On the morning of July 14, 2010 at 10am,

Evernote’s going to flip its lid.

Save the date. Details to come.

Evernote makes one heck of note taking app that syncs across 7 different platforms.The only downside is that anything beyond basic service requires a subscription.

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ALA Conference Day 1: A secret Kindle pilot program

June 26th, 2010 · conferences & trade shows

This was actually the third day of the conference, but it was the first that I attended. (Thursday and Friday didn’t have any ebook sessions that I could find.)

Conference Sessions

There were 2 sessions that I wanted to cover today, and a third that I missed because I didn’t realize it was related to ebooks. Fortunately Sue Polanka attended the 3rd session, and you can read about in 3 parts: here, here, and here. Of the 2 sessions I attended one isn’t worth writing about; there was nothing new. The other session was titled “Multiple Formats and Multiple Copies in a Digital Age”, and even though it’s about libraries I think it’s worth the time to write it up. I will post it tomorrow.

Exhibit Hall

I stopped by the Blio booth, and noted the location of a number of booths I wanted to visit on Monday. I found 3 different book scanners, and I’m going to try to get a video of each in action.


I have a dozen pens, a bunch of pads of paper, and quite a few pins. I know that’s not much, but I wasn’t in the hall much today. Later in the day I caught the beginning of a session sponsored by Tor-Forge, and they were giving away bags of books. All were paper books, unfortunately (I was hoping for ebooks). But I wasn’t there for the books anyway. No, I was there to get Cory Doctorow to sign my Kindle cover. He did.

Devry’s Kindle Pilot Program

The word of the day is: serendipity. At one session I happened to sit in front of someone who works for Devry. She mentioned to her companion how few ebook sessions there were (she’s right), so I turned around and told about the ones I knew of. We got to talking, and it turns out that Devry started a 2 year long Kindle pilot program some time back. They gave 3,000 students Kindles, and then tracked what happened.

She said it was a colossal failure. She didn’t give specifics, but she did say that by the one year mark only about 2/3 were still using the Kindle, and no one was using it as a textbook. She also mentioned that Devry had been quietly talking with their competition about the Kindle pilot program. She hinted that the University of Phoenix had also run a Kindle pilot, and had gotten similar results.

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