Sony tells me they are closing their Reader book store

Got an email the other day from Sony telling me that I will have to transfer my books to KOBO next month.  Sony is closing its Reader Book Store.   

 

I was surprised.  I admired their open welcoming, and easily transportable approach to e-readers and formats and platforms.  In contrast to Apple and iBooks.

Sad to see this digital ending.

technical repair

trouble with two laptops now smoothed out.  two different problems.  one had time outs and would not load internet pages – turned out to be a virus.  the other laptop was a problem I guess I created.  I bought that pc with Windows 7 installed and so had chosen to install WIN 8….and the troubles slowly built up.  so my local tech gurus fix stuff at Free Line Electronics, in Midland, Ontario, highly recommended.  they backed up my data, did a clean install of WIN 7.  Result was tow newly smoothly running laptops, the return to WIN 7 had that unit, a Sony Vaio, running much better than when it first emerged from the box immediately after purchase.  happy computer guy, me.  my wallet took a 160 dollar hit. back to smooth computing.

manipulating nature photographs

working in a different way to manipulate landscape photos lately

I am working with two cameras these days: digital single lens reflex, Nikon D3100 with a 18-55mm lens, and a point and shoot digital camera, Sony H50 (15x zoom lens).  The software I use to manipulate images is Corel Paint Shop Pro x4.  The technique I use varies.  Mostly it is two steps, local tone mapping which tends to brighten the image a little too much for my liking and then I darken the image by using the brightness/contrast function.   Then after that I may try a few others things with the software.  My goals is to get a darker, richer, more contrasty image.  A somewhat surreal image.  Sometimes that is the goal.  I am never completely satisfied.  My personal handicap is red green colour blindness which is a problem for more subtle colour editing.

new laptop first impressions

Sony Vaio E series

liking it, battery length with no DVD use is about 5 hours, like the case and the white keyboard., texture pattern on the case is also very very nice

with DVD use, charge time drops to near three hours.

my previous laptop was a lower priced Gateway that had a couple of ergonomic features that I never got totally comofortable with….an odd touchpad design, and a shortish battery charge length……but it was inexpensive and worked ok for my kind of software efforts.

probably my favourite laptop is my still running but needing some replacement parts (battery number 3 and the power adapter cable) iBook G3 that I bought back in 2001.

I am considering spending for those parts and using it for word processing, hmmmm

this time around the budget just could not handle the Apple laptop price points and the 13.3 inch screen turned me off.