The Sony PRS-505 Book Reader

This is one of the products I hope to play with at CES2008.  I think the price is still too high though, especially when I can get a laptop at Walmart for about the same cost.

Sony’s reader, the PRS-505, can hold 160 books in its fixed memory … The $299 device is about the size of a paperback book, but a half-inch thick and weighs less than a pound.

The Electronic Book Reader Comes of Age

Sony’s New Digital Reader Raises the Bar, With Readability and High Capacity


Generational Differences in Electronic Communication

Here’s a very interesting commentary from Slate about the generational difference in electronic communication.  It does a great job of describing a possible communication workflow a teenager might use instead of e-mail.  It also talks about the transient quality of the IM, text, and Twitter and likens e-mail writing to old fashioned letter writing.  Surprisingly, some of this is true in my life too.  My husband and I send most of our throw-away conversations (“Lunch?”, “come get me”, “I’m leaving work” and the like) via cell phone text messaging. I send a lot of messages at work via e-mail, but most of messages I send have details that are too much for text message.  I haven’t gotten into Jabber (IM) and I don’t intend to.   When I want to broadcast to wide audience, I do it through blogging within work and outside of work.  There are many modes to perform different layers of communication.  A lot of it has to do with the content and intended audience for me.  Anyhow, read that article and then think about how you now communicate with the world.


The Death of E-Mail

Teenagers are abandoning their Yahoo! and Hotmail accounts. Do the rest of us have to?

By Chad Lorenz

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PCs losing their relevance in Japan

Could this be the future in the US too?  Quite frankly this sounds a little scary, but at the same time it makes since that PC’s would become less relevant as mobile devices become capable of delivering richer media and communication experiences.  I’m thinking now about how the Xbox 360 has become my gaming platform of choice over my PC (well, that’s mainly because my PC won’t run any game made after 2005 — sadness).  I still, though, loath trying to access the internet via my cellphone.  The network is too slow and the screen is too small to be legible with my pitiful eyesight.

I think this article illustrates the importance, though, of creating a wonderful home computing experience.  To be honest, my computer is no longer an office tool.  It is now our home entertainment hub and I’m craving an internet PVR and some file management tools that would make my home entertainment experience less cumbersom.  I wonder in Japan, though, will the prevelance of gaming consoles that are multi-purposed as entertainment hubs supplant PCs.  I wonder could PC’s in the US head this off by offering a richer entertainment experience than any gaming console could.  How does microsoft view this since they offer a gaming console and the OS used by most PCs?  Are they playing both sides?  What about Apple?  Hmm …

TOKYO – Masaya Igarashi wants $200 headphones for his new iPod Touch, and he’s torn between Nintendo Co.’s Wii and Sony’s PlayStation 3 game consoles. When he has saved up again, he plans to splurge on a digital camera or flat-screen TV.

There’s one conspicuous omission from the college student’s shopping list: a new computer.

Follow the link above to read the read of the article.

PC Gamers = Elite Gamers

This is the first time that I’ve seen PC gamers called “elite.”  There is some truth here about the gaming experience with a high end PC vs. a gaming console and it’s true that a beefed up PC coupled with a nice monitor and speakers is heaven on Earth.   My husband is complaining now about how he doesn’t like playing the latest Halo game on the XBox 360.  He says the controls are not as responsive as using a keyboard and mouse.  Consequently, he hasn’t played the game for more than 3-hours total since we purchased it.  I wanted to get us new gaming rigs for Christmas, but since CBP changed to VBP, I’m not counting on having the money to do so :(.   Sigh …   Anyhow, below is an interesting article from the BBC about what sounds like a renaissance in PC gaming.  This article has done nothing more than pour fuel on my flaming PC desire/envy/dispair … *tears**wailing*
But on to happier thoughts.  We’re getting “Mass effect for the XBox 360 next week — Hello 4-day Thanksgiving weekend!  YESSS!  And to those folks in Singapore, I’m sorry your govt banned it :(.

Pushing the PC gaming boundaries
The PC remains a big player in the games market but in recent years its cutting edge has been blunted.

Finding the Right Video Game

Here is an excellent article from the Chicago Tribune about some the most popular video games desired this holiday season.  So before you buy, take a look at this article.  My “Mass Effect” desire has been fulfilled and my husband has already blown through “Bioshock”.   I also have “FFX Revenant Wings” (not mentioned) to play on the PSP to serve as my pacifier in movie lines and during awkward family gatherings.  (Oh and the new FFX tactics game for the DS.),1,808655.column?coll=chi_technology_util


Weekly guide to entertainment technology


Eric Gwinn: Gadget Adviser

November 27, 2007