November 18th, 2002

Sheila

Airplane reading

I'm one of those folks who *must* read on an airplane. There's not a lot else to do in flight, and if I can't read, I get badly bored. I usually take at least two books in my briefcase, and often three or four if they'll fit, just to make sure I don't run out.

For this trip, though, I'm trying something different. The CD-ROM that came with the book War of Honor includes the text of 20-odd books in a form that can be read on my Palm m505, and I've downloaded three of them: War of Honor, The Prince by Jerry Pournelle and S. M. Stirling, and Fallen Angels by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn. That's enough reading to keep me busy for quite a while. The m505's screen is a bit small, so I'll probably buy one or two books at the airport in Minneapolis (there's quite a good bookstore on the concourse there) just in case it turns out to be too hard to read for long periods, but this should be a good experiment.
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Sheila

Airplane reading, part two

The m505 works well enough for reading on an airplane, or in the terminal...but there's one problem: you gotta shut it off for 20 minutes or so before landing. Oh well. Nothing's perfect.
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