Thursday, July 30, 2009

homeless extortion

There is an apparently homeless guy who always hangs round one corner that I walk past on the way to work. Twice now I've seen other homeless men go up to him and give him something. He always talks to them pleasantly and they answer pleasantly, but I still can't help the feeling that this guy is extorting the other homeless people in the neighborhood. And if he is, I'm not sure if I should do anything about it. I doubt the police are going to care if none of the victims complain. And I could be completely wrong. Still, it bothers me.

Monday, July 27, 2009

book hints

So, as long as people are giving me advice on reading material... There was a TV show based on a series of books from sometime in the 1700s (I think) about a young naval officer in the British navy. I can't remember the name, but it was a pretty famous series of books. Can anyone help out?

UPDATE: Thanks nk. It's Horatio Hornblower by C. S. Forester. However, these books were written in the mid 20th century --a lot later than I had thought so they won't be available in Project Gutenbert soon. Oh well, there is plenty of other stuff to read.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

file formats for ebook readers

I should have tried to download some pay content before reviewing the Sony PRS505 ebook reader. After spending about half an hour trying to buy John C. Wrights "Golden Age" trilogy, I am a lot less happy with the Sony. First of all, the Sony ebook site sells the second and third books in the trilogy, but not the first. I found several sites that sell either the whole trilogy or a collection that contains the whole trilogy, but none of them were in a format that is supported by the Sony PRS-505.

Back when I first talked about ebook readers, I mentioned that the PRS-505 had the most limited selection of formats. I was concerned about that, but lacking any experience in ebooks I was not sure how big a deal it would be. I'm now starting to think that it's a pretty big deal and I'm thinking about returning the Sony.