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ebook reader

My venerable Asus Slider tablet died. After eight years of sterling service. For the past few years I mainly used it as an ebook reader, using the Google Play Books app. But sometimes as a multi-language dictionary and for displaying Google Photos. Asus is a great brand. The problem with it now is that the battery refuses to charge.

And anyway, is it “ebook”, “eBook”, “Ebook” or “e-book”? Or even something else? This topic is covered here. Mostly people now write “email”. “ebook” is easier to type, and will probably eventually be the standard spelling, too. This is my logic. Thus this is what I’ll use here.

So, I need an new ebook reader.

The search for a new ebook reader – the Kindle?

I like to read outside – but it is too bright generally to read a tablet screen constantly.

I thought of a dedicated ebook reader. The display is e-ink – which is suitable for reading outside. And the batteries of an ebook reader last much longer than for a tablet. The two main choices are Amazon Kindle and the Kobo.

5G is coming to Malaysia

If you look at the news at all it’s hardly a surprise that 5G is coming. The question most likely is, “When?” Much less likely is the question, “If?” or “Will scientists research it for safety before it’s introduced?”

Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chief digital officer Gerard Lim said in April 2019 that will be possible for Malaysians to start using 5G by 2021 or 2022. Some areas may have it earlier.

It is time to look into this issue before it becomes too late. . This is a shorter form of what I will be writing in a report for my upcoming membership newsletter.

5G – what is it good for?

So, who would be opposed to much faster Internet? Probably no one.

5G is 20 times faster than 4G. And latency – that is, the response time – is 50 times better than 4G.

 

Printing woes

Printing woes again. When I retired from my IT job I thought printing woes were a thing of the past.

Recommendations

The full story follows, but what I would suggest is, if you rarely print, get a shop to do it. 50 sen for one page in black, or RM1 in colour in the Tesco building, Tanjung Tokong. Or in Gurney Plaza, four times that price.

If you want a printer, buy one whose service centre is nearby. Canon is near the corner of Anson Road and Macallister Road, and they are very friendly. It’s the closest to where I live. When the printer gives problems, you don’t have to go far.

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WordPress 5 update

My WordPress 5 update went quickly and smoothly. I was cautious, and waited over two months since WordPress 5 was released in the first week of December. After this time it should be stable. Making a staging area or a test site is just too much trouble. However, I did several backups.

WordPress, of course, is the site / program / editor that I use for blogging.

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Lower hard disk prices in Malaysia

Lower hard drive prices:

Lower hard drive prices are appearing again. It’s great to have plenty of space.  But for a while there I was looking at hard drive prices and seeing them going higher and higher.  But at least for the small portable drives they seem to be getting cheaper now.

lower hard drive prices

hard disk last year and this year

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