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Old 01-22-2008, 09:57 PM   #1
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Wow...

I mean, I know I've heard people talk about it but I finally got my 505 (it's AMAZING) and was shocked to find just how terrible this piece of software. It looks (and behaves) like someone's 1st year comp-sci java project.

The software is unstable, the ebook store times out/messes up/etc a lot. The ability to search, view and look around the store is slow and has all the design finesse of a 90's e-retailer.

How the hell does this happen with a company as big as Sony? Our friend here who did the lbrprs500 created a much more robust, useful piece of software and he had to reverse engineer things!

Also, the lack of larger platform support, especially in the light of the poor capacities of the app are absolutely pathetic.

The only thing I'm regretting about getting the 505 instead of the kindle is the lack of a search function and the lack of magazines. Has there been any talk of any magazines coming over? I'd love to get the Atlantic, but so far all I've found are some sci-fi mags.

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Old 01-23-2008, 05:19 AM   #2
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The only thing I'm regretting about getting the 505 instead of the kindle is the lack of a search function and the lack of magazines. Has there been any talk of any magazines coming over? I'd love to get the Atlantic, but so far all I've found are some sci-fi mags.
me too, I just read on Teleread about the free access to the Atlantic, and I'd like to access it via 505.
Concerning the magazines, from libprs500 you alread ahave some of them, mostly english/german: I usually download the NYTimes,Newsweek,...

I'd like to add to it the applet to download the Atlantic, hope I'll have the time...

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Old 01-23-2008, 11:53 AM   #3
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Yeah, the ability to download via lbprs500 is amazing. I love putting the Times on it!

Unfortunately, the Atlantic doesn't have much of their content in RSS form. I tried one of the website converters and ended up with a lot of crazy, unfortunately.
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Old 01-27-2008, 08:49 AM   #5
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If I could ask Sony one thing and get a straight answer, it'd definately be along the lines of "What the hell were you thinking?!?!"

I don't know if you're very familiar with macs.... but there are like a billion pieces of software that look/work very similarly to iTunes - which would have been great (at least relative to what we have). And these are done by small, independent companies - and often one individual.

It's just so shocking that they'd design such a great device and let the ball drop on something so important.
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Yep, it is pretty bad. My initial guess was that they had used some intern to write the software as a demo and some manager figured that the software was good enough. I don't know how accurate that is, but I wouldn't be terribly surprised if it's pretty close to what happened.

What's funny is since you can access the 505 as a disk device, if they would just add the ability to buy books to the website (which is actually pretty decent), then a lot of people would just use that and be quite happy with it.
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:38 AM   #7
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Yeah, I couldn't agree more..

And it's be cross-platform compatible.
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