Fun Computer Days

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I have noted in other posts, that bringing the Internet in to my home has really changed my daily routine. I am comfortable being home more, and have a wider variety of activities to fill my day.

I spend a great deal of time on the computer, but I do many different things. I am online and offline. I write, listen to music, watch movies, play games, and surf the Internet.

Most of my Internet time is spent doing research for software and my blog articles. I also spend much of my time online managing several email accounts and communicating with friends.

The IBM R51 has changed my days as well. I am back in a Windows environment again. I have had to go out and explore all the free software available for Windows. These are programs that are not available with Ubuntu.

I generally have about three programs for each area of computing I am active in. I have music players and DVD burners. I have graphics programs and word editing software.

Each activity involves its own programs and it adds up to a fascinating amount of software. I have also been gathering some software to explore the new activities I am interested in.

It has been enjoyable to read ebooks and to listen to audio books. I would like to make many of my ebooks in to audio experiences. I began my software search with several ebook readers, and have now found software that creates Text to Speech wave files.

It is possible to easily listen to my ebooks on my computer, or to change them in to files I can listen to on my iPod. I plan to be well read real soon.

Listening to an ebook is nice during the customary long waits for food at our local Guatemalan restaurants.

We wait for out food, but it is also nice that there is no rush to have you leave your table after your meal is finished. Our meals become quite leisurely. Then too, it is nice to have the iPod when no one stops by my table to visit.

That’s what’s happening here. Future posts will explore these ideas further as I more have more experience in each area. It is all good.

Smiles. ET

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Published in: on June 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm  Comments (1)  
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What’s an ebook these days?

When a book is put in to a digital media format, it becomes an ebook. There are numerous file formats for ebooks, and many are connected to certain hardware devices. Publishers are watching to see which digital device will win the market share wars.

Having a particular digital device, may limit the ebooks that a person can read, because of that devices’ format limitations. There is a reason for all these new formats. They are designed for use on hand-held devices.

There are several devices that were designed specifically as hand-held digital media readers. You may know, and we will explore these further later. These devices keep getting smaller. Your newest cell phone may now have ebook capacity.

Reading ebooks, downloaded on their cell phones, has become a popular past time for Japanese workers during their commutes to and from work. They download their ebooks a chapter at a time, and pay by the installment.

In the early days of the Internet, many books that we call classics, were copied in to text files. Project Gutenberg has 20,000 titles that members have transcribed since the project began. You can volunteer to help them by transcribing one page a week.

An ebook is basically a text file. Using PDF creation software, graphic design was added to ebooks. Compilers, are also used to assemble multiple HTML pages in to a book format. Many ebooks are also currently produced as “exe” files.

These software advances have allowed writers to have more control over the presentation of their material. They can now add charts, graphics, images, and videos to their ebook creations.

There are currently more free ebooks available online than you could read in a lifetime. Most can be read in your browser, or PDF reader. You will be surprised to see how small the file are for many classic books. They download quickly.

Fact is, beyond a fancy cover, and a few special pages at the beginning and end, most of the printed books are just pages of text. I love to read books. I am learning I can enjoy them, without destroying a lot of trees in the process.

Smile. ET

Published in: on May 12, 2008 at 4:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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