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Old 06-06-2007, 02:25 AM   #1
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Sony acknowleges problem with the Reader's battery indicator

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Important Message about your Reader's battery indicator! Click here for details.
It's only something we have known about for ages.

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Old 06-06-2007, 02:33 AM   #2
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Got this announcement with my weekly connect newsletter :

[FONT=&quot]Important Message about your Reader’s battery indicator! Click here for details.[/FONT]

It's only something we have known about for ages
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• Can I use eBooks that I bought from other retailers with my Sony Reader?

Can I use eBooks that I bought from other retailers with my Sony Reader?

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CONNECT eBooks is currently the only store where you can purchase books for your Sony Reader.

The real answer is YES you can. Purchase LIT format books, get CLIT 1.8, break the DRM, use Book Designer or conver to HTML and use html2lrf and there you go. Sony is so full of shit sometimes.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:49 AM   #3
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The real answer is YES you can. Purchase LIT format books, get CLIT 1.8, break the DRM, use Book Designer or conver to HTML and use html2lrf and there you go.
Yes, but then you bought something else and CONVERTED it to a Sony format so technically they are still correct. The Connect store is the only place you can buy LRF formated books. (Everyplace else you can get LRF format is currently free.)

If you raise that silly little ability to convert books into a LRF format then....er, what was the Connect store for again? Oh yes, I remember: to sell public domain books for profit and make the current publishing "push list" available for full hardback price.
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:19 AM   #4
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Speaking of the battery, I am reading a book and started with a fresh charge, I have gotten to 800 or so pages and the battery over time has gone down down down........... (I haven't had my nose in it much so it's draining even though not being used)........ Anyways, I left it on and stuck the wall unit charger in it to charge, later I walked by and saw it was still charging and so i turned the reader OFF...... later when it was all done charging I figuered I would have to remove the charger, turn it on, see the bars as still dead and plug it in again to get the bars to read correctly, well guess what, it didn't......... it was all ready and good to go this time....... That was a first.
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:36 PM   #5
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How amusing that their work-around is a close variation of our own.
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:46 PM   #6
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It's interesting, though, that they give a solution which they say works for USB charging; "our" method only works if you use the wall charger. I'll have to try what they suggest using USB and see if it works!
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:52 PM   #7
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Now about the draining issue would be nice to solve...
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Old 06-06-2007, 12:54 PM   #8
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It took them this long to admit this was a problem, the draining issue will probably take a year or two.
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The draining issue is mostly due to the reader running the internal clock when "off", correct?

For me, the easy solution would be to just disable the clock entirely, or at least provide the option. I'm not sure what purpose it really even serves. I'd trade it for the longer battery life in a heartbeat.
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The draining issue is mostly due to the reader running the internal clock when "off", correct?

For me, the easy solution would be to just disable the clock entirely, or at least provide the option. I'm not sure what purpose it really even serves. I'd trade it for the longer battery life in a heartbeat.
What is the clock used for any way? Can you even access it? Wonder if some one forgot to use the power save mode if any in the CPU of the reader.
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:40 PM   #11
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What is the clock used for any way? Can you even access it? Wonder if some one forgot to use the power save mode if any in the CPU of the reader.
Oh yes you can access the clock as seen in my photo above. I have a clock on my display that gets updated every time I change a screen page.

You too can have such if you go to this thread... http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10900

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Oh yes you can access the clock as seen in my photo above. I have a clock on my display that gets updated every time I change a screen page.

You too can have such if you go to this thread... http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10900

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Remember seeing that thread... Tnks for the link! ^_^

Like above. If they dropped the clock and gave me more live would be happy.
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Old 06-06-2007, 05:51 PM   #13
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Like above. If they dropped the clock and gave me more live would be happy.
What would give us more life is to put the cpu into hibernation when it's turned off and only have it polling for the power button. Besides, I think the clock may be built into something that's not shutoffable.
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What would give us more life is to put the cpu into hibernation when it's turned off and only have it polling for the power button. Besides, I think the clock may be built into something that's not shutoffable.
Usualy in these chips. The clock is just a set of counters driven by a low freq osc. Some times with its own crystal or keep enough of the main clock chain to run it.

I agree on the hibernation. Which is what it should be... Not clear display and sit like a lcd...
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Is it actively expending power to poll the power button? That seems just blatantly wasteful, when a simple switch or transistor could save that easily.

I guess if it's keeping the OS running to minimize start-up time, that's a tiny bit more reasonable, but even so I can't imagine it would be more than a few extra seconds, since resetting the thing doesn't take very long.

It seems that this device might need a different power consumption paradigm since the actual operation power costs seem to be overshadowed by the standby power costs. As compared to things like iPods and the like.
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