Friday, 24 April 2009

Online Image Tools

Fro those who have an account on worth1000, you most likely will have received the same email about the launch of a new online image editing site: aviary. If you are not those, and you will like creating images, aviary may worth your visit.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Pi to 1,000,000 places

It is the number originally from You can now get it as an attachment to pito1millionplaces.

Hope I won't kill the server as did.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

More on reading on an ebook reader

Some pdf come formatted in two columns. As the device's screen is small, I read it in landscape mode and need to go up and down to continue reading after the first column.

Recently, I found papercorp [more info here] which converts pdf into image sequence (and then save back as pdf). The software can detect multiple columns and save them in sequential images - I don't need to scroll up and down anymore.

a very nice tool!

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Warner Brothers & The Pirate Bay

If you click on the logo of the Pirate Bay, you will be able to download a pdf announcing the acquisition of TPB by Warner Brothers for 13.37 billion in a stock for stock transaction.

TPB is currently the largest bit torrent sharing website with over 1.6 million torrents on tracker and over 9 million seeders and another 9.4 million leechers.

This news would be the greatest surprise for me! Given today is April 1, I am taking this with a handful of salt. :-)

Sony PRS-505 ebook reader

Recently, I bought a Sony PRS-505 ebook reader. After using it for a few days, I generally like it. Because of my eye sight, I read in medium font in landscape mode. All the reading I have done are pdf files. I can use it under direct sunlight - which is good.

Apart from the default "s" mode (which can stand for standard or small), medium and large fonts are available. However, these later modes are a re-flow of the pdf text. It did not work for a Chinese pdf I was reading. I have not tested on other Chinese pdf yet.

Some of my pdf has a fairly large white margin, if there is a magnifier mode so that I can fill the screen with text and push the margin outside, I would be able to read the pdf without using re-flow.

However there are a few improvements that may make it better.

1. Non-reflective coating of the screen will help in situation where is a high contrast of light and shadow.

2. The processor performance should improve. Yes, the screen refresh is slow compared to other display technology, it does not hence imply a low performing processor. I generally find switching pages in medium or large font mode too slow possibly due to the need of re-flowing.

3. A different magnification mode may also be useful. (see above)

4. A larger display area would certainly help. Given it is an ebook reader, I suppose the target market would be people like me, ie old enough to still read books, have some eye sight issues (need reading glasses all the time). A small screen is certainly no good.

5. My reader come with a leather jacket. I find that I cannot fold the cover back and hence I need one hand to keep the cover open, very ignoring.