October 19th, 2011

Paul Neyron rose 2

Wednesday so far

There hasn't been much of it for me, as I slept very late.  It's been raining all day, and I have no plans except to do some editing, and maybe read and watch DVDs.  I got a lot of errands done yesterday before I went to Longwood Gardens.  A. might call, and we'll catch up.  My phone completely lost charge overnight.  I'm not sure what's up with that.  It was fully charged.  I took it off the charger, and had it powered down all night.  It was dead when I looked at it this afternoon.  I don't have it on wi-fi now.  I stopped at the AT&T store yesterday, and the young woman who helped me said that wi-fi drained the charge, and took it off wi-fi.  The charge is still draining like anything.  Perhaps it needs a different battery.

I'm still thinking over that latest piracy controversy, and why I've been made to feel so dumb for buying books.  The attitude is so much that you should get anything on the Internet for free.  I had certainly bought my share of print books in my time, so I was trained that way in paying for books.  I thought of e-books as the same kind of thing, except that you couldn't loan them out as you do print books, which still bothers me.  That's one of the fun parts of reading.

The people I talk to directly online are against piracy.  It still seems to me that the prevailing attitude of people generally on the web seems to be for piracy, although they wouldn't think of themselves that way.  Maybe if there was more ability to loan out books, it would be different.  The library has some mainstream books in PDF and epub, through Overdrive.  Those books have a lot of DRM on them.  Generally they're by authors that the libraries would have print books by, also.

I think you can loan Kindle and Nook e-books.  I wonder how it would be possible to loan e-books otherwise, besides that and the library.

Later: A. called, and we talked for about an hour and a half.  We talk about politics and government, and all kinds of things.  Among other things he fixes, he fixes smartphones, so we talked phones for a while.  He had some good ideas of apps to turn off to cut down on battery drain.  We'll see how that works.  We talk about real-life adventures, if we have them.  Both of us generally have quieter lives than our friends do.