“If you give half a damn about which multi-billion-dollar corporation “wins” a totally made-up contest, then you need to drop acid and spend some time in an ashram.”
– Andy Ihnatko, on why your phone choice should be what’s right for you and not what’s right for them
Short version: It’s all about information sharing between apps.
Hey, Calibre is Now (sorta) Pretty!
If you’ve ever tried and put away famous powerhouse e-book conversion and management program calibre, now’s the time to give it a second look. Version 0.9 adds some much needed cosmetic improvements, including rounded window corners and highlighting throughout the interface. That, and plenty of tweaking to cut down on redundant menus and toolbar buttons, leaves a program whose features are impeccable a little bit more enjoyable to use.
The new version also adds support for wireless syncing with Android devices via Calibre Companion, a cheap app that keeps e-books of all file types nicely organized on your device. Using it on my Nexus 7 is an easy way to keep PDFs, Kindle KF8 files, e-pubs and the rest all in one place so they can be opened in their respective software platforms. Plus, if you like fbreader's ability to customize fonts and margins, but aren't a huge fan of its menu structure, Calibre Companion provides a nice work-around.
I don’t like hospitals and nursing homes that much. I mean, okay, nobody likes hospitals and nursing homes. But, for me, it’s not so much the sights or the smells, it’s the sounds. The relentless and constant beeping of old medical machines with monotone speakers is enough to drive me up the wall.
That’s why I finally went out and spent the $10 on Cleartones, a set of notification sounds by Hugo Verweij. I’ve got three devices in the apartment now, and I’ve spent some time considering what notifications are most important, and what aren’t. If I care so much about what is allowed to make sounds, I realized, I should also care what those sounds are.
Aural aesthetics doesn’t get nearly enough attention, in my book. Cleartones are the first set of artistic, dare I say deliberately designed, notification sounds and ringtones, and you get 50 of them for the same price as a crappy Pink Floyd poster in a college dorm room.
Now that I have them, I’ve got different tones for different kinds of notifications, so I can decide whether it’s worth picking my phone up for a new e-mail or location reminder. More importantly, I plan to switch them out often so the beeping never gets too dull.