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Old 05-10-2010, 08:07 AM   #46
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I might be able to justify to myself (and, more importantly, my wife), getting one.
Very good, absolved

For the wife, you could say that you have won a small prize at the lottery and at the same time buy for her an object worth 1keuro.
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:14 AM   #47
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or buy her one and ask beg to borrow ....
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:15 AM   #48
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Very good, absolved

For the wife, you could say that you have won a small prize at the lottery and at the same time buy for her an object worth 1keuro.
Hmm, that trick doesn't work on my husband, I'm afraid. And every time I mention I want to buy a netbook, he starts rolling his eyes!
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Hmm, that trick doesn't work on my husband, I'm afraid. And every time I mention I want to buy a netbook, he starts rolling his eyes!

put yer foot down ....
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put yer foot down ....
Oh, I will, I will... After the bedroom is done and the curtains paid for (by the end of the month...)
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:17 AM   #51
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Oh, I will, I will... After the bedroom is done and the curtains paid for (by the end of the month...)

What !

He's making you do all that work ....
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:23 AM   #52
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Hmm, now you mention it, we long ago decided that his pay would go to the house and general living, and my pay would be for the fun stuff...

But I also want that kitchen (with that lovely Falcon stove!). On the other hand, holiday pay is coming up. And the tax return...


(that Asus or Packard Bell might come soon after all!)
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:26 AM   #53
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Please, stay as far away from anything to do with Packard Bell as you can.
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:37 AM   #54
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Hmm, that trick doesn't work on my husband, I'm afraid. And every time I mention I want to buy a netbook, he starts rolling his eyes!
Of course, for husbands it's a completely different story that involves ... what it involves. This would deserve a whole Forum by itself.
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:42 AM   #55
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Please, stay as far away from anything to do with Packard Bell as you can.
Don't see why, it had good reviews and does what I want.

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Of course, for husbands it's a completely different story that involves ... what it involves. This would deserve a whole Forum by itself.
I agree, you can simply ignore them at all times
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Old 05-10-2010, 08:46 AM   #56
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So Steve, do you object, or otherwise prevent, your readers from reading your books on a iPad/iPod ?
Neither. Of course, my ebooks are in multiple non-DRM'd formats, so you can buy them once, and shift them to whatever you have. You can't always do that with DRM'd books. And an app that is a book may not be shiftable to a non-Apple device.

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Lock-in isn't just a problem for the iPad. Typically, it's far less of a problem on the iPad because almost all of the other DRMs can be read on the it...

There are ePub readers for most platforms available. Less true for DRM-specific apps, but they exist too. In general, you'll find that the more likely a device is to having an operating system that is used on multiple devices (Android for instance), the more likely it is that developers will be porting their eBooks apps to it...
Unfortunately, developers aren't being that comprehensive. As I mentioned, Win-based devices (outside of full-OS machines like PCs and laptops) are being excluded from almost everyone's development list. I wonder how many of these developers are developing in Linux? Did either of those OSs ever get Stanza, for instance? They may not be the top dogs of the OS world, but they are still out there, being used by a lot of people, and being left out.

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The apple devices don't require re-purchase to use on a different device. Purchasing once on your account is sufficient.
I was more concerned about purchasing an iPad ebook app--not the reading app, so much as the ebook itself--then wanting to shift it to a non-Apple device later on. Reading apps are cheap, but who wants to replace their library?

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I bought a Brew phone a few years ago from Verizon that was very expensive and very impressive. Unfortunately, the platform was closed and expensive to start development on, so there were essentially NO apps for it worth purchasing. Once I realized this, I decided my next purchase would be a phone that I knew had good development support.
I did exactly that, too: The LG Dare. Nice phone... completely locked down by Verizon. And that's why the phone I just replaced it with is an open platform... in my case, Windows-based, to allow me to shift most of the apps and files from my PDA.
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:45 AM   #59
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I'm having this mental image of Steve Jobs knocking on your door, screaming, and vanishing in a puff of smoke!
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