links for 2008-12-30

  • 30 Benefits of Ebooks Copyright © 2008 by Michael Pastore 1. Ebooks promote reading. People are spending more time in front of screens and less time in front of printed books. 2. Ebooks are good for the environment. Ebooks save trees. Ebooks eliminate the need for filling up landfills with old books. Ebooks save transportation costs and the pollution associated with shipping books across the country and the world. 3. Ebooks preserve books. (The library of Alexandria was burned and the collection ruined. Richard Burton’s wife, after his death and against his wishes, destroyed a book he had been working on for ten years. The original manuscript of Carlyle’s The French Revolution was lost when a friend’s servant tossed it into the fire.) Ebooks are ageless: they do not burn, mildew, crumble, rot, or fall apart. Ebooks ensure that literature will endure.
  • The DTT services is transmitted via UHF, covering 75% of the New Zealand population. Initially 3 multiplexes will be in use capable of providing between 18 and 20 services. Multipex A Television New Zealand Multiplex B MediaWorks Multiplex C Kordia The current design allows for upto 2 additional multiplexes to be added at some point in the future. Unlike the DTH service they have decided to utilise H.264 AVC (MPEG-4) for the video encoding, and a combination of HE-AAC and AC-3 for the audio. There will be a mix of SD and HD services. Transmission Encoding DVB-T Transmission Stream MPEG-2 TS Video Encoding H.264 Audio Encoding HE-AAC, AC3 Video Resolutions 4:3 576i, 16:9 576i, 720p50, 1080i50
    (tags: HDTV HTPC)
  • When you read my page 'Power for the Palm', you've probably noticed that I'm a fan of rechargeables. I don't want to say that 3COM/USR missed something, when they left out the possibility of an external power supply. After all the Palm's a real low power device and I guess most people can live quite good with batteries. But for rechargeables it would just be nice, if they could be charged remaining in the Palm. BTW, the dot 7 command proves, that Palm did at least think about rechargeables. The craddle on the other hand is the perfect charging station (I'd wish my mobil phone charger would provide such a nice physical support …). So my first thought, after I started using NiMHs, was how to modify the system.
  • Open source games are computer games assembled out of, and are themselves open-source software; public domain games are also listed. For some of these games, only the game engine is open-source software, and the game content is not open content, and is under a different license.
  • High definition DVD will be coming to the PC in the near future. With 1080p resolution and high definition audio, many PCs will not be able to play back high definition DVDs smoothly. This guide will help you find out if your system is fast enough.
    (tags: howto HTPC HDTV)
  • (tags: HDTV pvr)
  • Huge library of NASA images
  • The only major difficulty in putting the lessons of Apollo to work – other than a chronic shortage of funds – is the simple fact that, during the twenty-plus years since Apollo ended, most of space community's energies have been devoted to the Shuttle and Space Station programs and, consequently, collective memories of the Apollo experience have begun to fade. Information that will be of importance in the lunar base program – and of interest to historians and future lunar workers and settlers – is becoming less and less accessible.
  • VMware ESXi FAQs Why is VMware making ESXi free? VMware is making its standalone ESXi hypervisor available at no cost in order to help companies of all sizes experience the benefits of virtualization. Customers have shown tremendous interest in ESXi due to its innovative architecture, simple setup, and high performance. Allowing IT administrators to obtain VMware ESXi for free enables everyone to gain access to VMware's datacenter technology and prove its value in their own companies.
  • As soon as I heard the announcement from bright and bushy-tailed VMWare CEO Paul Maritz that the company was shortly going to be releasing their ESX 3i enterprise-class embedded hypervisor for free, I was absolutely thrilled. Given the pace of technology reporting, I knew that I had to get it running on my test equipment right away.
  • VMware, Inc., (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced its stand-alone ESXi hypervisor will be available at no cost to help companies of all sizes experience the benefits of virtualization. Since 2001, VMware has provided the industry’s most popular and reliable hypervisor, which is now used by more than 120,000 customers. In December 2007, VMware announced significant improvements with ESXi – its third-generation stand-alone hypervisor. With the industry’s smallest footprint and OS-independence, ESXi sets a new bar for security and reliability. ESXi 3.5 update 2, available today, meets the criteria for mass distribution: (1) ease of use and (2) maturity and stability now having been ‘battle tested’ for six months with customers. The leading server manufacturers have all embedded VMware ESXi, including Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hitachi, HP, IBM, and NEC. ESXi can be downloaded now from
  • With The International Digital Publishing Forum newly released EPUB specification format based on XML, this is the new standard for eBook production and leading eBook device manufacturers. Ectaco announced that the jetBook eBook reader will support both – most popular in US MobiPocket format and open EPUB format in Q1,2009. Many professionals think that this event will make jetBook the greatest eBook reading platform in the US and Europe
    (tags: eBook hardware)
  • Earlier this month my husband and I went on our first cruise. In my effort to pack lightly I only took one tech gadget with me and of course that was an e-book reader. I wanted something small, light, but with enough screen space. I decided to take me latest acquisition the Jetbook. Here’s my take on the reader along with some photos:
    (tags: eBook hardware)
  • It's Oprah Winfrey to the rescue for's (Nasdaq: AMZN) nascent Kindle. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his company's revolutionary e-book reader were the stars of Winfrey's show on Friday. "It's absolutely my new favorite favorite thing in the world," she said, but the gushing didn't end there. "I know it's expensive in these times, but it's not frivolous because it will pay for itself," she pointed out. "The books are much cheaper, and you're saving paper."
  • Oprah Winfrey has enormous consumer influence, particularly with the reading public. There is not an Oprah Book Club book that hasn’t enjoyed bestseller status for an extended period of time. A mere mention of a product on Oprah can “make” a retailer. So it was with no small sense of wonder that I received the news that Oprah would not only endorse the Kindle but devote a whole segment of her show to it.

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