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Hey, I’m back!

Hey, I’m back!

Changed the template and changed the publishing tool. Not sure if I will be posting a lot, but I was fed up with having an old site that was not updated anymore, with an old system and template I didn’t want to work on, and meanwhile I realised after working on 3Yen and making things like bo-ko on the side, that there were some posts that didn’t belong in either and were personal enough to find their place on my own personal blog. Tokyo-genki might become a blog not so related to Tokyo, since there is 3Yen now, and it won’t be full of links/bookmarks either, since it is what I use bo-ko for. Don’t get me wrong, 3Yen and bo-ko are here to stay, but there are all those insignificant things that *this* blog should be for. Perhaps. Well, we’ll see how it goes…

(If you read this post, please add a comment below with your name or something, just so I know if it is even worth it…)

Ebooks– the Way of the Future?

Ebooks– the Way of the Future?

In yet another attempt to launch the idea of Star Trek style reading on the world, Sony has released the Portable Reading System, an electronic book reader sporting a new screen technology and capable of holding 80 books. It is a small device about the size of an average paperback, about half an inch thick, weighing nine ounces, and having a six inch screen. The release of this ebook reader is the first in several years, after makers the new technology found that it wasn’t catching on as planned. Although the Sony PRS-500 sports a new screen technology designed to mimic paper, its prospects sound doubtful at best.

The Portable Reading System’s claim to fame is its E Ink® technology, a mechanical system working in a similar manner to the flipping schedule display boards at train stations. Rather than using a liquid crystal display screen, as cell phones, laptops, and previous ebooks do, the E Ink® system uses tiny beads, black on one side and white on the other, to display text. The beads are rotated by an electric charge, displaying text with a feel that is allegedly similar to paper. With this system, a page can be displayed indefinitely without using battery power. The only operation that drains the battery is turning pages, which the PRS-500 can do 7,500 times on a charge.

Sony’s website claims that the reader can hold about 80 titles in its 64 megabytes of internal memory, convenient to be sure, but prompting the question of where these titles will come from. Sony suggests that users buy books from the CONNECT eBookstore™, at a price not much lower than the price of physical books. Short of doing that, one could load free public domain books onto the reader, using, for example, the project Gutenberg online library, taking advantage of the reader’s compatibility with a number of formats. However, as has been the case in the past, readers would quickly come up against a lack of reading material.

It is not that the technology to digitalize text does not exist. Google has recently built a gigantic searchable library of books from numerous academic libraries, using machines that can turn books’ pages, take pictures of them, and convert the resulting images into text. However, copyright issues have not been resolved, and the bulk of this text is unavailable to the would-be ebook owner.

As has been the case with other ebook readers before it, the PRS-500 may be doomed not to catch on. Several years ago, another company, NuvoMedia’s Ebook Gemstar launched a line of somewhat more primitive ebooks, hoping to start a new trend of space-age reading. It did not. Perhaps because of the lack of reading material, and perhaps because people just prefer the feel of an old fashioned book in their hands, Sony’s Personal Reading System is likely not to catch on.

5 of the Top Tech Cars of 2010

5 of the Top Tech Cars of 2010

According to CNET, the 5 best tech cars are the 2010 Audi S4, 2009 Cadillac CTS-V, 2010 Nissan GT-R, 2010 Porshe Panamera 4S, and 2011 Volvo S60.

The Audi S4 is a gas sedan with all the standard safety options. It also comes with satellite radio, MP3 sound system, and memory card slot. It has a security system and a trip computer with it. Optional equipment are back-up cameras, video entertainment system, media hard disk MP3 player, and DVD navigation system.It has good performance and gas mileage all together. Its engine is a 3 liter direct injection supercharged V-6. The price of it is about $45,900 with different options.

The 2009 Cadillac CTS-V is a gas engine with all standard safety options. It has satellite radio and MP3 CD and hard-disk system and USB connection. It has heated/cooled seats, security system, multizone climate control, and a trip computer. Optional equipment available are DVD navigation system and video entertainment system. It has a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 very powerful engine and handles very well with magnetically controlled suspension. The price starts at $58,000 depending on options.

The 2010 Nissan GT-R is a gas engine with all standard safety options. It has heated/cooled seats, multizone climate control, keyless start, and security system. Also, it has a trip computer and voice activated navigation. The suspension on it gives it racecar handling which isn’t good for daily life use. It has poor gas mileage but the 2011 model promises to work on these problems. It has a 3.8 liter V6 with twin turbocharged engine with 485 hp. This car starts at about $84,000 and has all options with it.

The Porshe Panamera 4S has a very well tuned engine, dynamic suspension, and a smart clutch. Among most standard options it also has parking distance sensors and rear view camera. It handles very well and has excellent cornering and is surprisingly a practical car. It has a 4.8 liter V8 direct injection engine and 400 hp with 369lb feet of torque. This price starts at about $93,000 depending on options.

The 2011 Volvo S60 is a gas engine with all standard safety options. It has satellite radio, MP3 sound system, multizone climate control, trip computer and a security system. It has assistance features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure and collision warning, and pedestrian warning. It is comfortable for sporty driving and for everyday driving as well. It has a V6 turbocharged engine with lots of horsepower. The price starts at about $37,000 depending on options.