Previously, I have complained about no zoom-in function in the Kindle PDF reader. Well, actually, there is a firmware upgarde missing. My kindle is shipped with firmware 2.3. But the latest firmware is version 2.5. The latest version has the Zoom feature in the pdf reader. Moreover, after the zoom-in, you can pan across pdf as well. You can choose the zoom level from fit-to-screen,150%, 200% and 300%. I tried to read a 8.5"x11" pdf in 200% zoom level. That is very very readable!
Kindle Help: Kindle Software Upgarde
Last Friday, my Kindle arrived. Until now, I have played it for 3 days. So far, I love it a lot! Firstly, eInk screen is great!I have used it for an hour. That was very comfortable. I did not feel tired at all. Moreover, that is very energy saving! I have used for 3 days, but the battery indicator is still in a full bar! In additional, I found Kindle Store has a lot of free English classic book to download! Saving a lot of money, and it helps me to improve my English!
Well, it has some weakness. Firstly, I thought I could get a free 3G connection via Kindle. Yes, that is free to browse and download books from Kindle Store. But other than that, there will be a fee applied. Secondly, it has not a zoom in function in their pdf reader. I tried to open an A4 size pdf file, that is nearly impossible to read. Although I can set the screen to be landscape ,the page is in a readable size, that is still to hard to read. Lastly, that is only an eBook reader. Mainly, it can read the books. If you want it to have similar features as iPad, sorry, it cannot be compared with iPad. Anyway, Kindle designed to read books, it did a good job.
Until this moment, I am very happy about it. I have not any major complaints at all!
I bought a 6" Kindle this evening. That is just $189. I think Amazon just dropped the price, I remember I saw that was $2XX few days ago.
Why do I buy that and even not consider to buy a iPad? Firstly, I am not an apple person. Secondly, $189 is a very attractive price, much cheaper than iPad. Besides, all I need is a eBook reader. Kindle can do the job. Moreover, it has an eInk, which is good for my eyes. The normal computer screens, including iPad screen, are so easy to make my eyes tired. Lastly, it got a free 3G connection! I can get books their wireless networks. Moreover, it has a beta web browser, therefore, I will have free wireless internet connection! That is very cool!
Wordpress 3.0 is released. That is more like a real CMS now. You can set admin user name during the installation. Moreover, it has more options to customize your menu. Even you can create own your content type. Well, now Wordpress is not a blogging software, it also can be a CMS.
Please watch the following video for further information:
Visual Studio 2010 is in the market for a little while. That sounds like no opensource alternative for .Net 4.0 until now. SharpDevelop 4.0 Beta 1 is released. I have tried that. So far, my first impression is slower. I guess that is because the UI is heavy rewritten in WPF. I think most of people will agree WPF got a better appearance and runs slower. But it got a feature I want for long time. Windows forms designer for WPF. Now, you can use the form desginer to edit xaml. That's great! By the way, in release notes, they do not recommend to use the form designer for editing .net 2.0 winfrom files. I tried that, so far, I have not faced any major issues. Well, they don't recommend that, I think you should not do that.
Lastly, so far, I am very happy to the new version. It looks better and got more features!