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Old 01-20-2009, 12:54 PM   #1
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Firefox on e-ink display!

I saw this juicy bit of hacking reported over at Ars this morning (and not yet posted here?)

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Old 01-20-2009, 01:16 PM   #2
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Almost... I was just writing about it when you beat me to it.

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Old 01-23-2009, 12:43 AM   #3
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Web browsing is one of the features I've wanted to see on an eInk device since forever. Sure the Kindle has it, but that browser appears too limited and, more importantly, it relies on the Sprint data service (which isn't available out where I live). I may be tempted to purchase whichever platform this would eventually be ported to.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:06 AM   #4
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Truth is, I hope this doesn't catch on. All I want for my ebook reader to do is read books. If I wanted a device to surf the web, play mp3's, and store data I'd get a laptop...oh wait...

Look, every new feature they add to a reader simply increases the cost. If you want a one device do all get a tablet PC. But someday I'd like to be able to spend just $50 on some cheap e-ink device without all the frills
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:27 AM   #5
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Adding a web browser will probably stimulate the development of web pages suitable for eInk devices. You might not want to browse as you do today. But I would really like to be able to read an ePub book with a browser on my eInk device and just clik on a word to get the wikipedia entry for it.
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:18 PM   #6
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Truth is, I hope this doesn't catch on. All I want for my ebook reader to do is read books. If I wanted a device to surf the web, play mp3's, and store data I'd get a laptop...oh wait...

Look, every new feature they add to a reader simply increases the cost. If you want a one device do all get a tablet PC. But someday I'd like to be able to spend just $50 on some cheap e-ink device without all the frills
The problem with existing web capable devices is that they aren't very usable in daylight. My PDA phone is sorta visible, but only when I crank the backlight up to its maximum setting (which obviously kills the battery life).

If the device's OS is flexible enough, and it includes WiFi already, then why not upload a free browser like Firefox?
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Old 01-23-2009, 04:33 PM   #7
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Adding a web browser will probably stimulate the development of web pages suitable for eInk devices. You might not want to browse as you do today. But I would really like to be able to read an ePub book with a browser on my eInk device and just clik on a word to get the wikipedia entry for it.
i would LOVE that.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:45 PM   #8
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i would LOVE that.
I'm pretty sure you can do that on the Kindle.

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Old 01-23-2009, 05:46 PM   #9
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maybe YOU can do that on the Kindle, but *i* can't.
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As I said before, the browser only works in areas with that bloody Sprint service. The lack thereof is one of only two things I can think of that France and North East Nevada have in common (the other being a sizable Basque population).
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As I said before, the browser only works in areas with that bloody Sprint service. The lack thereof is one of only two things I can think of that France and North East Nevada have in common (the other being a sizable Basque population).
I guess then I am happy in live in civilization.

If you don't get a Sprint signal, I don't know how it will magically work with some other reader.

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I guess then I am happy in live in civilization.

If you don't get a Sprint signal, I don't know how it will magically work with some other reader.

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If it uses WiFi, or at least a wireless service that is available in the area (Alltel and Verizon in my case). I suppose the former is preferable, since none of the wireless providers give 100% national coverage.
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If it uses WiFi, or at least a wireless service that is available in the area (Alltel and Verizon in my case). I suppose the former is preferable, since none of the wireless providers give 100% national coverage.
if it uses wifi, shouldn't it work all over the world, anywhere wifi is available ? (a lot more places than any single wireless telephone operator, i think. including france, btw. ).
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If it uses WiFi, or at least a wireless service that is available in the area (Alltel and Verizon in my case). I suppose the former is preferable, since none of the wireless providers give 100% national coverage.
You need to get one of the femtocell things from Sprint. Then you can use it in you home. Or er, you could use a USB cable. I know that is soooo 2007.

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