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  1. Bob Fegert says:

    I’d love to put a 2 meter repeater on one of those Solar Drones!
    BTW: The article states it has an 18mi radius of coverage. That’s a typo.
    I could believe a 180mi radius of coverage though…and even that seems to fall short. I mean, imagine an antenna on a 60,000ft tower, the coverage would be awesome. I’d have to do the math but the line-of-sight from that altitude is WAY beyond 18mi đŸ™‚

  2. Bob Fegert says:

    About ebooks. They seem pretty much just like paper books but you read them on a device. Isn’t the technology ripe for making them much more? Like a low-cost ebook that includes a live subscription to a video blog related to the books content. And even live interaction with the author for a per minute price. For highly technical books like programming this might be a lucrative sideline for an author.

    People generally read ebooks on internet enabled devices so why not take full advantage of that. Books that auto-update to correct typos and such. Books that are forever new because the author keeps doing updates. Books with new content provided by the readers themselves perhaps. Maybe someone is already doing these things and I have just not noticed?

  3. William Meyer says:

    Nook vs. E-ink. Over 2 years ago, my daughter bought me a Kindle for Christmas. I would not have bought one; I was looking for a tablet, and not finding one I was happy about at that time. I did not want a specialized device.

    That said, I now have about 500 books on my Kindle, use it nearly every day, and always take it with me when I go someplace where I may have to be in a waiting room. I love my Kindle. I can use it standing, sitting, or lying down, with equal ease.

    – Kindle is a terrible platform for PDF; it works great with flow.
    – The web browser is terrible.
    – Many, perhaps most, volumes available for Kindle are badly formatted.
    – It does a fine job on flowable text.
    – Not having to charge it more than once or twice a month turns out to be a huge feature, for me. It’s one reason I always take it along.

    I do not enable WiFi unless I need to d/l a book. I rarely use the built-in audio.

    I hate reading a book at the computer. Too many distractions. It’s tolerable for a tech manual, although even there, I am more likely to print a few pages on which I can scribble or highlight.

    Looking at my wife’s relationship with her phone, I do think that battery life is a major convenience factor. We all (except my wife) became accustomed to charging phones each night. But charging multiple devices each night? No thanks.

    And in passing, one reason I reject the iPad is that it should also do phone. Stupid omission.

  4. Tom R. says:

    I just bought a Nook HD+. I used the B&N OS on it for maybe 48 hours then put in a 16Gig microSD card with the Cyanogenmod version of Jelly Bean. That makes it a 9.5 inch HD tablet for well under $200, and it does what I wanted it for and not a lot of things I didn’t need or want. Whether the B&N ecosystem survives or not the tablet is no longer tied to it.

    In August 2011 I bought my late wife one of the original Nook Color readers for her to use AS A BOOK READER. I did get her to try CM7 on it and, although I got it to dual boot, she mostly used the CM7 OS and only switched to the Nook mode when there was some DRM content from B&N she just had to have. I wish she could see the new HD+ The screen is MUCH sharper and it is a lot faster.

    1. I bought a Nook Color some time back and liked it a lot. Cyanogenmod worked great on it, and I used it as a tablet until I bought a Transformer Prime. Carol now uses it as an ebook reader, and she loves it. She’s not a computer enthusiast and doesn’t require it to be a general-purpose computer, as a laptop would be.

      If B&N folds the Nook business those little slabs will be all over the place, and cheap. They made an awful lot of them, and they’re of pretty good quality. What I’m wondering is if they can make money on ebooks by simply fielding good apps for Android and not making the hardware themselves. The tablet hardware business is still evolving briskly. It may not make sense for a bookseller to be saddled with a particular hardware design, unless, of course, they’re Amazon.

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