Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Sony eReader

April 27, 2009

I was recently given one of these and, after almost six months of use, my comments and thoughts are as follows:

  1. It is an utterly cool piece of kit. It still gives me pleasure when I use it. Tactile, pleasing to the eye, clean and easy to read.
  2. You can easily read it regardless of the angle. Lying in bed or sitting in the sun it is still clear to use and, if you wear glasses, you can take them off and just up the font size.

How would I improve it?

  1. I’d add a dictionary function. I use the e-Reader when we go on holidays and the kids could use a dictionary
  2. I’d also add a highlighting function rather than just the bookmarking function which it currently has.
  3. I’d make the way the pages turn  slightly easier. If you read a lot it gets a bit irritating after you have turned your hundredth page.

How do I use it? Mostly for pdfs and downloaded books. I have a lot of work texts on it and it is easy to throw in a handbag or drawer.

Would I buy it again? Yep.


Twitter followers – what’s your number?

February 3, 2009


Twitter users seeem to like boasting about how high their numbers are.

“I have 40,000 followers.”

“Help me get to 5,000 followers by the end of today.”

“Retweeting. @XXX needs another 36 followers to reach 10,000 by the end of today.”

Surely this goes against the grain of what social media is all about. If social media is about interaction and engagement with other people, if it is all about the conversation and the connection, then how on earth can you have 50,000 conversation in one day?

This is a crock.

When I get a message from someone who is posting like this then my response is short and swift. I un-follow them.

I know that all these individuals want is a one-sided conversation. They are number focussed, not communication focussed.

Take a tip, and unfollow these tweeple.

Get an Apple!

January 30, 2009