Blog migration – how easy was it?


First up an apology: I had intended to post an in depth sequence of learning guiding you through my migration experience and sharing all my lessons learned. I wanted to show you how careful you have to be with WordPress so as not to accidentally lose all your content. I wanted to make sure no-one else had to worry before upgrading their hosting. My new location for my Doctor Who blog is now Red Rocket Rising.

In actual fact it was pretty simple and mostly just worked. For what it’s worth here is what I did.

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Topfield is dead, long live Humax


So, after more than sixyears enjoyment of my Topfield 5800 PVR I finally bit the bullet and replaced it with a sleek black Humax, that despite having extolled (at the time) the many strengths of the Topfield over the then available Humax machines. So why have I moved my loyalties…

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Cowon C2


So I decided my slowly ailing Cowon D2 needed to be replaced (battery failing to hold charge, innumerable file system problems) and scouted around but still concluded that Cowon was the way to go. I duly bought the C2 which is (obviously) the sequel to the D2 (unlike the D3 – don’t ask!) and waited eagerly for it to arrive.

Having unpacked, charged and used for a couple of weeks am I happy? Read on to find out…

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Kobo Touch and the Kobo experience – week 1


So as I mentioned I bought a Kobo Touch, a device I like but I do feel the overall experience needs adapting a bit for the UK and also the device would benefit from some more UI tuning options. Given the enthusiasm I perceive the company has for the product I hope some of this may come about.

If you want to know more, stay tuned after the break…

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PDF conversion for EPUB


Observant readers will have spotted that I have been obsessing about ereaders recently and have just bought a Kobo Touch (see here for the details). I have, therefore. started to work on converting a stack of PDF files into EPUB format for reading on said device (don’t bother with native PDF support on any of these devices, the nature of PDF files means they always render in a particular page format so can not be read without scrolling on any portable device smaller than the paper for which they are intended). I immediately found out why people find it so difficult! I don’t really have a good solution (so far) but I at least understand the problem.

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So I bought a Kobo touch!


Having worried about Kindle / tablet and gotten excited over the Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch I was disappointed that there would be no UK launch in the near future. WH Smiths then announced the UK launch of the Kobo Touch for Monday just gone so I cracked and bought one. The unit is solid enough, the touch screen is ok as long as you don’t type too fast and I am (so far) pleased. For more early thoughts see me after the break

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Kobo here I come!


So I cracked – I couldn’t wait any longer. Having been hyped up by Amazon then let down (see here) I went into WH Smiths first thing Monday and bought a kobo (see here as to why).

So far it is fine – I have update the firmware and put on some free books including an EPUB I made from a PDF file. Expect some more detailed posts in the next few weeks!