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The Reader is moving!Gerry Manacsa

Fri, 07 Oct 2011 01:56:29 +0000

While this blog has been pretty quiet for a while, it’s not quite dead! I’ve now moved it to See you there! Advertisements

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Visualizing Comics on the iPadGerry Manacsavisualizing comics on the Apple iPad

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 23:12:29 +0000

Steve Jobs didn’t specifically talk about comics and other visually-intensive ebooks on the iPad, but it does fix many of the graphics and usability issues that severely limited the comics-reading utility of the monochrome e-readers and bulky tablet PCs that came before. With its large color screen, slim form factor and long battery life, it […]

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Sony Readers, Library Software for Mac — SoonGerry ManacsaMac and Sony Reader — Flying Books

Tue, 07 Jul 2009 20:32:30 +0000

If you’re a Mac user using a Sony Reader, you’ve been compelled to use various workarounds to get content onto your device. While the third-party software allows the addition of ebooks from other sources, Sony’s own ebook store can only be accessed using the official Windows-based eBook Library software. With surging Mac mind (and market) […]

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Closing the Book: AnathemGerry ManacsaBook Cover: Neal Stephenson's Anathem

Mon, 04 May 2009 23:13:20 +0000

With the mixed feelings of sadness and accomplishment that typically comes with finishing an engrossing (and challenging) novel, I closed the back cover this weekend on Neal Stephenson’s Anathem. I’m astonished still by how well Stephenson was able to weave extended discussions of philosophy, theology and even geometry into a narrative that gains an unstoppable […]

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Reading Room at the British MuseumGerry Manacsalondon-readingroom_01london-readingroom_02

Mon, 04 May 2009 17:21:24 +0000

I spent some time at my local library branch the other day, and it reminds me of how these spaces foster curiosity, questions and, at times, even a dazzling sense of wonder. That was how I felt when I walked into the Reading Room at the British Museum a few years ago (below, drawn from […]

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iTablet / iPad / iSlate DreamsGerry Manacsa

Thu, 30 Apr 2009 05:30:45 +0000

MacFormat posted some feature ideas and lovely mockups of the long-awaited, still-hypothetical Apple device known variously as the iTablet, iSlate, and, most recently, iPad in its various rumor mill incarnations. This iPhone OS-based configuration makes total sense to me, though the design for an on-screen keyboard for a device of this size seems like a […]

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XO-2: A Second-Generation OLPC Laptop/ReaderGerry ManacsaA Second-Generation OLPC Laptop

Tue, 20 May 2008 22:05:48 +0000

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) designer Yves Behar highlights some of the interesting concepts behind the second-generation XO machine envisioned for the 2010 timeframe on the TEDBlog. Despite OLPC’s oft-discussed organizational problems and the usability issues of the current incarnation of the XO, the hardware designs of the current and future machines exhibit undeniably fresh […]

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