Archive for the Gadgets Category

Standalone RMVB-player, a short review

Standalone RMVB-player, a short review

RMVB is a very popular fileformat in Asia because it has a good quality/filesize ratio. Most files shared through the darker regions of Asia’s cyberworld are therefor in this format. But unfortunately, for a long time, there were no standalone players for this file forma. Possibly because of the closed source of the fileformat or [...]

Make 4GB memorysticks faster than default

Now that high capacity memory sticks are getting cheaper and people use it for all kind of apparels like digicams, phones or even ebook readers, they often find that these higher capacity (more than 4GB) memorysticks seems slower than the lower capacity ones (up to 2GB). This is because the higher capacities memorysticks are formatted [...]

Sneak preview on the new Sony Ebook Reader (E-reader) PRS505SC

Sneak preview on the new Sony Ebook Reader (E-reader) PRS505SC

While we’re waiting for the new Bookeen reader to emerge, Sony seems to have been busy. Lately, the current Sony Reader PRS500 has been on sale. Could it be that it’s making way for the new model? One online store has leaked out the first view on the new Sony Reader, codenamed PRS505 SC for [...]

Rasterfarian for sony reader copyright problems? Download the patched rasterfarian version here.

The history: RasterFarian got removed from mobileread because it was using a licensed tool, pdcat.exe from pdf-tools.com. There was a whole ruckus about it. Ironicly, that tool was doing nothing more than “copying” (cat) the original PDF to another location, so it was not even needed… Alex_D once gave me the green light to release [...]

PDF-rasterizers for the sony reader, a review on rasterfarian, pdfread and pdflrf

At the moment of writing there are a few rasterizing-tools available to create LRF files from PDF. I’ve made a comparison of these three products. The chose settings: Rasterfarian: settings as described here PDFread: no cropping, dilation 300, edge level: 5, optimize PNGs pdflrf: simply nosplitpage, nosmartcut, no cropping, rotation=0. Converting a file with pdfread [...]

Using Manga2Ebook and Rasterfarian for manga on the sony reader. A howto.

Here’s the promised, but majorly delayed tutorial on how to use Manga2Ebook and rasterfarian to create PDF-files. The first step is to Manga2Ebook to convert a collection of manga-books into PDF-form. The program itself has a usage-explanation, and the default values are optimzed for creating manga-pdfs for the Sony Reader already, so I’m not going [...]

Irobot, vacuum robot. The next generation

Irobot, vacuum robot. The next generation

WOOHOO, as the proud owner of the 2nd generation Irobot vacuum, I’ve won a lot of time and a clean floor for a year or two already. But now, Irobot has come up with the 3rd generation, totally revamped vacuum robot! iRobot┬« Roomba┬« Vacuum Cleaning Robots Maintain cleaner floors every day!

Sony Reader firmware upgrade available

The long awaited firmware-upgrade finally came this morning, I’ve arrived late at work because I wanted to test it, especially because it says to speeds up the transfer to 4GB memory sticks (which weren’t even working at all!) With a quick test it seems that the 2GB-limit on SD-cards is still standing, however it seems [...]

Sony Reader PRS500 limited support for 4GB SD-cards and memorysticks

limited support for 4GB SD-cards and memorysticks According to the specs given by Sony, the Sony Reader PRS500 is supposed to only support SD-cards up to 2GB. Suggesting that 4GB cards won’t work. As for memorysticks, according to their compatibility charts, the reader is supposed to be able to handle 4GB or higher memory sticks. [...]

Quick tip, use connect reader to transfer books to your Sony Reader PRS500

Quick tip, use connect reader to transfer books to your Sony Reader PRS500

A small but very handy trick that I found out when testing out SD-cards and memorysticks. If you have a a cardreader for your computer and you want to transfer books to it, remember to use the Connect Reader software to do so. Just open the Connect Reader Software, it will detect the SD-card in [...]