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My web host is suffering a DDoS attack right now

March 28th, 2011 · blog maintenance

If you can read this, then you managed to avoid the congestion. Congratulations.

A number of people have reports that they have trouble visiting TDR. My hosting company have told me that they are currently the victim of a distributed denial of service attack. They’re dealing with it as fast as they can.

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Apple will cripple the Kindle web app

March 15th, 2011 · opinion

If you’ve been following the Apple in-app purchase fracas of late, then you might know that a log of people are hoping that web apps will be able to get around the need to pay Apple’s vig.

If not, then let me explain. The way a web app works is that it uses HTLM5 to run entirely from inside your web browser. It’s kinda a trick that builds an app into what you might think of as a web page.

Unfortunately, Apple have been caught throttling web apps. In particular, if an app installs its icon on the home screen, it won’t be able to use all the features of the Safari browser. iOS is setup so that app will run at less than half the speed of the same app if you opened it in the browser. [Read more →]

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Quicklyst adds web based note taking to your Kindle

February 13th, 2011 · Amazon, apps & games, tips and tricks

I came across another note taking app the other day. The developer behind Quicklyst left a comment, and as you should know I love trying out new apps. This is web based, and it’s compatible with Kindle, Android, and iOS. I’ve tried it on my Kindle, and it works rather well.

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Kindle for Web OS now available

February 9th, 2011 · Amazon, press release

Huh. I was wondering if this would be launched today.

Amazon just announced that they will soon release a Kindle app for WebOS. This new app will be tailored to the new HP TouchPad, and will read any Kindle ebook purchased on another platform.

For more detail, go to www.amazon.com/kindleapps.

From the press release: [Read more →]

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Android Market now on the web

February 3rd, 2011 · software news

Google made a bumch of announcements today about v3.0, the Android Market, and their plans for the future. I’m going to hold off on discussing Honeycomb until I can get my hands on it, so this post will be all about the Marketplace.

After 2 longs years of waiting, Google finally created a browser based version of the Android Market. Now it’s going to be a lot easier for you to find the apps you are interested in and then send them to your device. [Read more →]

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iOS accounts for 2% of web traffic & other reasons not to trust statistics

February 2nd, 2011 · opinion

I cam across an interesting chart today which shows that iOS is now generating just over 2% of the world’s traffic on the internet. (I can’t recall where I found it, so if someone could find me the source I’d be grateful.)

I was looking at this chart because web traffic has always been an interest to me, for obvious reasons. It was interesting to see that  iOS had hit 2%; I don’t see nearly that much on this blog (not that that matters). But then I really looked at the source of the numbers and I realized there might be a problem. [Read more →]

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How to send web content directly to your Kindle

January 19th, 2011 · ebook tools, tips and tricks

by Chris Walters

Yesterday Lifehacker told everyone about Send to Kindle, a new extension for the Chrome web browser that lets you email articles and blog posts directly to your Kindle. It’s a great tool, but not very useful if you don’t use Chrome.

Here are some other easy ways to quickly send content to your Kindle from other web browsers, or from your desktop. [Read more →]

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Web browser based Ibis Reader updated

January 18th, 2011 · software news

Liza Daly just posted over on the Threepress Consulting blog about the improvements in the latest version of Ibis Reader. Some of the new features include:

Improved pagination and position-tracking

We’ve changed the method of moving from page to page and remembering where you left off. Books should load faster, and it should be easier to understand whether you’re moving forward or backward in the page.

Relative book length and reading position in My Books

In your list of books on the device, we now display some hints about the length of the book and how far you’ve read in it.

Also on this screen we tried to make it more clear that your “Online Bookshelf” is a link. Many people were confused by the old layout, which made that link seem more like a title. Clicking on the Online Bookshelf link will take you to the cloud library and allow you to pull down individual books to read on the current device.

Online Bookshelf cover images and metadata

For new books that you add starting with this release, you’ll be able to see cover images in your online bookshelf.

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New Chrome plug-in lets you email web content to your Kindle

January 18th, 2011 · ebook tools

I’ve just come across a new plug-in for the Chrome web browser. Like DotEpub it helps you convert a webpage into an ebook, but Send to Kindle goes step further. It not only converts the content, but it also automatically emails it to your Kindle.

  • It’s fast and easy to delete ads, blank and other junk you don’t want.
  • Automatically detect the main content and send to Kindle, just 1-click
  • The content of grab is easier to read by Kindle
  • Remove pictures, easier read on Kindle

It requires some setup but if looks straightforward. There seems to be an automated option (text only) and a manual option. The manual option is so you can select only the content you want converted.

Is this plug-in any good? I don’t have Chrome so I can’t test it.

Chrome Web Store via LifeHacker

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How to browse the web on the Kobo Wifi

December 30th, 2010 · tips and tricks

This is an update to my post from earlier this week.  Now that I’ve worked out how to do it I thought this was worth a repost.

I found a post on MobileRead the other day where  someone demonstrated that he had managed to visit Wikipedia on his Kobo Wifi. I’ve tried it and I don’t think this is very useful. But I wanted to share the news anyway. Hopefully some more experienced hackers can work out the bugs. [Read more →]

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