Given the title, how could I not read this book?
I came across this book while browsing feedbooks using Stanza. For the past couple of months I’ve been reading (free) eBooks almost exclusively. At first I was using my NDS, and now my iPod Touch. Primarily I’ve been reading material from the Baen Free Library, but lately I’ve moved over to feedbooks as they have a nice recommendation system which is how I found Roo’d.
I was hooked within the first few pages. It was a fun and easy read, with plenty of actual technical jargon thrown in and for the most part the jargon was used in a way that made technical sense. You do need to suspend disbelief a little with this story, and there are clearly areas where concepts from the Matrix and other popular sci-fi has been re-used and adapted. It has a very similar feel to Little Brother, which is another eBook I’d highly recommend.
You can also purchase a hard copy of this book (paperback) from amazon.com. I’m a little surprised by the somewhat hefty price tag on this, considering it is downloadable for free. Still, it is nice to know you can get a ‘real book’ version of this – while I’ve been reading lots of eBooks, I still like real books.
For more information, check out the author’s website.
One of my coworkers sent me the picture above. It was taken on their vacation in Ireland. I particularly like the cows in the background.
According to wikipedia the word Demesne describes all the land that was retained by a lord for his own use. Apparently “Roo” is an anglicization of some unspellable/unpronouncable Irish name. I was told the photo was taken while driving around Co. Clare, Ireland.
Ireland is somewhere I’d like to visit one day, seems like a place that a Roo would fit in.
Apple provides the 3.0 upgrade “free” for iPhone owners, but those folk have either paid a premium for their devices or are locked into multi-year service agreements. If you have an iTouch, the upgrade is basically $10. While I would prefer that it was a free upgrade, I feel obligated as a software professional to pay for the software I use (I like it when people who use my software pay for it).
The 3.0 upgrade adds a bunch of features. In the brief time I’ve had the update, I haven’t used many of the new features but cut & paste is a welcome addition. Push notifications look like they will possibly fix the ‘no background apps’ issue, I’m looking forward to trying out some apps that make use of the feature. I didn’t notice that the web browser was slow, but I’m all about faster browsing.
I wish they had gone further with the bluetooth enhancement – ideally if they had managed to allow me to use my existing bluetooth enabled phone via an iTouch based interface I would have had a budget iPhone. Imagine being able to dial your current non-Apple phone via the touch and then have it route the headset audio through the touch. I suspect you’d soon get sick of carrying two devices and would drop the money on a real iPhone. Oh well, today all that is offered is stereo headset support.
Read on for details on my upgrade difficulties, and how I resolved them.
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