Saturday, March 12, 2011

My Writing Spot

I like My Writing Spot. You just log into the site from any computer anywhere, and continue writing on your Great Danish Novel or whatnot. It also has a very nice app for the iPad, the iPhone, and even for Android. A li'll foldable keyboard in your pocket next to the iPhone 4, and you're set to write wherever the desire strikes you. (I wouldn't try it on a phone with a lesser screen than the iPhone 4's, though, the text is getting pretty cramped under five inches.)
I found this app because when the iPad launched, it was about the only processor for sale on day one, made for the iPad!
Oh, and MWS is also an app which gives you arrow keys and quotations keys in the iPad screen keyboard. Kudos!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pad subscriptions going well

Periodical subscriptions to tablets are going surprisingly well, uh, surprisingly.
This is good. Perhaps the next five year won't be quite as much of a periodical publisher holocaust as was quite reasonably expected.
Good content should be able to get sold, if it is, it will lead to more good content.

Get a used iPad 1?

Some claim that now is the time to get a good deal on a used iPad 1. Certainly logic would claim it. And the thing is just as good as it was last month, meaning Great. Maybe you can find one for just $300. Where though?

Veird Kindle subscriptions

I just took out Kindle subscriptions to Asimov's Science Fiction and Technology Review. Here's the weird part: it turns out I had already signed up for Technology Review last month, but I'd forgotten! Why? Because for some odd reason, you can only read Kindle magazines on one device, so it had not turned up on my iPad. It gets stranger: you may read those magazine on an Android device, but not an iPad... and you may read it on a Kindle 3, but not on a Kindle DX!
Like Goldmember said: "isn't it vierd?"

I wrote to Amazon, and the closest I got to an explanation was:
"Currently, periodicals such as newspapers and magazines are only available on Kindle and the Kindle for Android app."

So, not much further in my understanding then.
It's clear there can be no technical reason, the DX can read what the K3 can read, and the iPad app can read what the Android app can read.

It's no big deal. I just dislike unexplained oddities.

Update: J said...
I wondering if the issue is not just financial... essentially that Apple will charge 30% of the subscription fee and will require that the IOS apps offer in-app purchases using the Apple in-app purchase system? This seems to be the direction Apple is going and will enforce by end of June.

eolake said...
Oh, that's a good point. Yes, I could well believe that's the issue.

This really sucks. We don't need more fragmentation like this, it can only harm the healthy development of a sound subscription market.

Waterfield cases

I love my Waterfield bags and cases. They have several for the iPad alone. I have bought an embarrassing number of their products.
Fortunately I think those I bought for my iPad One will also work with the iPad Two, since only the thickness has changed.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Here is another text editor which seems promising, Textforce. Just for one thing, it has arrow keys when you have touched the text! I have lost count of the number of times I have cursed the genius who left out arrow keys from the iPad screen keyboard. (Seriously, of all the stupid decisions...)