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Wine for reading

Getting Amazon Kindle for PC running in Ubuntu under Wine

There are several versions of these instructions out on the web. I chose this version because it

  1. was detailed
  2. had specific details for Ubuntu
  3. was current (01/08/10 is a European style date, as you can see from the other entries here).

The instructions worked and I have Kindle for PC up and running on Ubuntu 10.04. It felt somewhat unnatural to specify Windows 98 as the OS version, but I will get over that :-)>

This was my first taste of wine. It went down easily and I think I want more :-)>

25 Years Ago

The Secret Origin of Windows

Tandy Trower …. was the product manager who ultimately shipped Windows 1.0, an endeavor that some advised him was a path toward a ruined career. Four product managers had already tried and failed to ship Windows before him, and he initially thought that he was being assigned an impossible task. In this follow-up to yesterday’s story on the future of Windows, Trower recounts the inside story of his experience in transforming Windows from vaporware into a product that has left an unmistakable imprint on the world, 25 years after it was first released.

Via Slashdot

It is still true

What is the difference between a computer salesman and a used car dealer?

The used car dealer knows when he is lying to you.

I bought something at an office supply store today. As I finished signing the credit card list the manager there said I could bring in a computer, any computer, for a free checkup. I immediately asked: “Linux?” and he said yes.

Afterwards I checked the slip of paper he gave me. I was not the least surprised to read “Must have Windows XP Service Pack 2 or newer.”

Not that it really matters to me: I can take care of our Linux systems (and the Windows ones as well).