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College textbooks coming — slowly — to Kindle

Princeton University Press will be selling textbooks in Kindle editions, reports the Christian Science Monitor. That's potentially good news for students: it'll make carrying around a whole bunch of textbooks something besides a spine-compressing metaphor for their college loans. …

PGP code book, distributed to route around export restrictions, on eBay

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Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) is an email encryption system originally released at a time the U.S. government wanted to treat all such encryption as military technology. To route around an absurd prohibition on exporting such software, its creator, Phil Zimmerman, …

Michael Ruhlman suggests a book about kitchen knives

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Michael Ruhlman recommends the book An Edge in the Kitchen. It's a whole book about kitchen knives!

Chad Ward, a writer based in North Carolina, has written a handsome volume on knives and everything you might want to know

Hardbox drive enclosure is hard, not really much like a book

It starts with a good, if precious, idea: wouldn't it be cool if we made an external hard drive that looked like a classic hardcover book?

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The idea is greenlit by the powers that be, and begins its journey through …

German Wikipedia will be printed

German publisher Bertelsmann has announced that they will be selling a stripped-down printed version of Wikipedia later this year. Wha'?

The idea is to use Wikipedia to capture the zeitgeist by selecting the most popular entries, Beate Varnhorn, the editor

$250k book scanner swipes through 3,000 pages per hour

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Just watching the DL 3000 book scanner in operation scares me. The bars that swoop over the book, raising and flapping pages, seem far too large and heavy-duty; it's as if a brush of wind or the slightest nudge would …

Leander Kahney's Inside Steve's Brain is out

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It's hard to believe that one man revolutionized the operating system business in the 2000s, converting Windows' extraordinary market dominance into the reviled seven-year ditch that is Vista, and squandering billions on confused advances into ill-understood peripheral markets like …

Computing for literary sneaks: a laptop concealed in a book

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Is Kyle Bean's laptop design our age's equivalent of a pistol hidden in a bible? The answer is "No," but I still prefer the idea of it being a violence facilitator for literary ninjas, rather than yet another comment …

The Rocketbelt Caper by Paul Brown

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"The Rocketbelt Caper" by Paul Brown sounds like quite the real-life crime yarn.

[The Rocketbelt Caper] tells the incredible true story of the Rocketbelt 2000, a jetpack-type device built by friends Brad Barker, Larry Stanley and Joe Wright in Texas

Forbidden Lego Book Reviewed

forbidlego.jpgEvil Mad Scientist has given the nod to the just-released Forbidden Lego by Ulrik Pilegaard and Mike Dooley (published by No Starch Press, who also print the fantastic Unofficial LEGO Builders Guide), and it sounds like a winner if …