Technology

So I down­loaded Acceleran­do, Char­lie Stross’ new nov­el, which is a col­lec­tion of the Macx sto­ries from the past few years. I grabbed it in Pluck­er for­mat, and installed Pluck­er on my Palm M105 to read it. This is the first e-book I’ve ever read, and so far it’s going well. The text size is just right, and in two days I’ve read 3% of the book, accord­ing to the lit­tle info-bar at the top of the “page”.

It seems only appro­pri­ate, too, that I should choose this book as my intro­duc­tion to e-books. The first chap­ter, which was once the short sto­ry “Lob­sters” (which I read a year or so ago, on a plane), is jam-packed with ref­er­ences to the ever-accel­er­at­ing rate of tech­no­log­i­cal change. I’m enough of a geek to get some of the ref­er­ences, but I’m sure I’m miss­ing oth­ers. (In fact, some enter­pris­ing geeks have appar­ent­ly set up a wiki ded­i­cat­ed to Acceleran­do. I may have to go there lat­er, and see what I missed. (For those that won­der, I think this is a great idea. I love books that are about ideas, and bet­ter still if the ideas are a con­tin­u­ous sleet that serves as back­ground for inter­est­ing char­ac­ters doing inter­est­ing things. Quite frankly, as long as I can semi-fol­low it, the weird­er the bet­ter. One of these days I’ll do a review of John Wright’s Gold­en Age tril­o­gy.)

Now: I think I have to mow the lawn. Then give my car insur­ance com­pa­ny their annu­al slice of my post-tax earn­ings. Then… maybe some writ­ing, but more like­ly some more PHP.