Monthly Archives: November 2007 - Page 2

The New ePaper – Amazon’s Kindle

I believe that a user-friendly and reliable electronic replacement for paper is necessary. Take newspapers for example, they are daily consumed and wasted. Many people just take a quick glance at them and then just throw them away, big paper waste! In addition to that, since daily newspapers are targeted for the mass public audience, they have to include many different sections in each issue that do not necessarily fit the interests of every single reader. But you get these sections anyway because they do not know your individual interests. More paper waste!

An electronic version will not only save trees and be cheaper in the long run, but it will come with many added benefits. Easy archiving and quick searching is among the more obvious benefits. However, using PCs exclusively for this task is not an appropriate solution. While many of us spends alot of time infront of their laptop/desktop screens, most people are used to reading books and newspapers in a different manner. Reading habits that were formed and inherited through centuries of reliance on handwritten and printed press are not easily replaceable with the ~30 year-old invention that is the personal computer.

Lots of research has been done on producing electronic papers. Some companies have tried that before, but i really did not see anything usable to hit the mass market through big retailers. Until now. Amazon introduced an eBook reading device that is more of an ePaper to me. Hopefully this new product (named Amazon Kindle) will be better than its predecessors. The cool thing about Kindle in my opinion is its integration with the Amazon store. It is integrated with their Amazon store such that if you buy a book, you can have it as an eBook through Kindle. Amazon already scans every single book they sell in order to gather these statistics (regarding topics and most prominent words/places), so i assume they will be able to deliver all books in an electronic version (even those ones that are not currently available as eBooks). At least hopefully.

Although i am not affiliated with Amazon, and i have not tried Amazon Kindle for my self, i am deeply interested in this topic, and wish there would be a good solution soon.

BZU Graduation Celebration

I don’t know these people, and i did not attend that graduation celebration. However this is a video of some people celebrating graduating from Birzeit University (BZU) that i found randomly on YouTube.

I don’t know …. but there is something nice about their singing and celebration. It sounds so sincerely happy.

From the School of Athens

For some reason, The School of Athens just popped into my mind and i just can not let it go. It is truly a masterpiece. It is so full of deep references. ….. you have the great Greek philosophers laying left and right, and the center point is a master piece of itself.

You have Plato on the left and, his student, Aristotle on the right. Walking side-by-side giving a complete sense of fellowship. Each of them is holding a book that he has “published”. With their right hands, one gesture is enough to sum up their personalities and beliefs. Plato is pointing up depicting his belief in high pureness, not material/physical things (a mathematician indeed !!). Aristotle, is gesturing the ground depicting his belief in empirical physical data (an engineer 🙂 ).

Plato & Aristotle - large The School of Athens

Thank you Raphael for this true masterpiece.

P.S. I really was tempted to put the full size of at least one of those two files in this post. I stopped myself in the last minute :-). But i did have the full-sized Plato-Aristotle picture up on my homepage for a while 🙂 .