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.