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Old 03-21-2007, 08:54 PM   #1
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Greetings from Texas

Howdy, nice to find this little niche of the Internet. I'm a long time entry level computer geek and technophile, but a newcomer to the ebook scene. I decided to take the jump with the arrival of eInk. After a lot of research, most of it in stealth mode on these forums, I decided on a Sony PRS-500.

A little about me, I'm a firefighter, hence the really original forum name... what can I say, I've had it for years.

I live in Austin, which is a lovely place to live unless you are looking to move in which case it's really hot and overcrowded. I've been playing computer games since I started off with an Atari 2600. My first PC game was Wing Commander in college on a screaming 386. It's been a lost cause ever since then.

I broke down earlier this year and bought an Ipod. I had a iRiver iHP-100 (what is it with lowercase letters and electronics anyway?) which was a great piece of equipment, but finally was swayed over to the Apple camp by that darned intuitive interface. I'm feeling a little deja vu with the Sony reader, as I absolutely loathe Sony and all forms of DRM, but wanted something with eInk that wouldn't break the bank to play with and Sony looked like the best choice for that and would at least play non DRM files. I'm looking forward to taking all my favorite online stories and loading them on my new toy.

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Old 03-21-2007, 11:31 PM   #2
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Welcome to MobileRead, fellow Texan! I lived in Austin for about 2.5 years, and my brother still lives there. It is a nice place, but I agree, it's hot and overcrowded -- too many Californians coming in and buying $80k houses for $500k.
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too many Californians coming in and buying $80k houses for $500k.
$80k homes? You haven't lived here in quite awhile have you?

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Old 03-22-2007, 08:50 AM   #4
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Heh, well ... no -- but what I meant was the homes in question were $80 k until Californians with skewed perceptions of what they should be worth came along offering half a mil for them.
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I think that's a north American problem. Even here in Canada houses have tripled in value... but not salaries!
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