Using and quite enjoying the Kindle App on my HTC Evo, I thought it might not be a bad idea to grab it for OS X when I saw it on the new Mac App Store. I was quickly disappointed to find, however, that I could not copy text from within my books!
After a minute or two of finagling I came up with a fairly simple solution:
- Select the text you want and click search from the menu that automatically pops up
- On the top right of the application you can see that the selected text has been inserted into the search bar. From here you can double click the text to select it, right-click (or Control-Click), and simply select ‘copy’. (The Command-C shortcut will not work here!)
What you do with the text from there is up to you, but I strongly encourage you not to use it to engage in plagiarism or any sort of “book piracy”! Its a shame that Amazon has doubtlessly included this functionality as a protection against piracy.. especially when I use their mp3 service mainly because it is DRM free.
Welcome to the new year. I’d say I’m extremely fortunate to have rolled into it in good health surrounded by good people. Thankfully I’ve got plenty to keep me busy this year with Betaville as well as my duties over at jMonkeyEngine (and that thing about working on my master’s degree at NYU-Poly… I always forget to mention that), but I’ve still got things I want to fit in.
Herein I insert these ambitions to MySQL and do promise for the next 365 days not to sneakily update or delete any columns which may obfuscate my original intentions:
- Write something here once a week (this post doesn’t count)
- Learn to make sushi
- Buy some new gloves and a new stick -> find a hockey league before the fall -> revert to childhood passions
I wish I had more planned, but perhaps its a good sign that I feel like I’m sort of doing the right things already. As I’m writing this the German sonne has decided to finally come up at 9:40 and is telling me to get out (shopping for groceries before the sun comes up makes me feel like I haven’t been out ‘today’) and do something.
So cheers to you 2010 and hello 2011!
I’ve been fairly nervous given Apple’s recent decision to not allow Java apps in their Mac App Store. Java has effectively been a second-class citizen on OS X for a few years now but this announcement really put the final nail in the coffin in my eyes. I’ve also long held personal grudges against the former Sun for not taking stewardship of a lagging implementation (part of a larger problem that I feel Sun had with protecting the Java brand).
On that rather sour note, news has surfaced this morning that Apple is joining OpenJDK and thus opening up their Java process. Its truly a win-win for all sides where Apple is no longer developing their own Java implementation and the community is freed from Apple’s own lackluster efforts on the subject. I’ll gladly take this news over being able to sell applications through the Mac App Store.
And a sigh of relief is breathed throughout Mac land.
I just installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my Acer netbook and went through the now-familiar routine of setting up Ubuntu the way I like it. When I tried to setup the LAMP stack I was surprised to find that it didn’t understand the tasksel command. Luckily this is an easy fix:
sudo apt-get install tasksel
sudo tasksel install lamp-server
Easy as pie
I always forget that Debian doesn’t include the Sun JDKs in its default repositories.. Its easy to get though:
Just edit /etc/apt/sources.list and add these lines at the end of the file:
This gives you the packages not meeting Debian’s open source criteria. Now just run sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk to get your Java on. You might want to stick around your console too since you have to accept the license agreement during the install.