Posts tagged Hurricane Sandy
E-reading still quite feasible without steady power supply, Paul Biba reports
November 13, 2012 | 10:15 pm
One of the most common complaints about e-books is that you can’t do as much with them when the power goes out. Well, our former editor Paul Biba has been caught without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and has found that, within limits, e-reading can work just fine without a steady source of electricity. (Hat tip to Nate Hoffelder for pointing this post out to me in e-mail.) While he limited himself to paper book reading during the day, Paul found he could read from his Kindle PaperWhite after dark with the light on very easily. He reported reading...
Hurricane Sandy and the national digital library issue: With smartened-up journalists and voters, could we have stopped or slowed down global warming?
November 13, 2012 | 10:30 am
Canned and dried foods, flashlights, radios, cellphones and good UPSes aren’t the only essentials that the wired might buy in an anticipation of the growing number of weather-related exigencies like Hurricane Sandy. I’ve also purchased a $99 battery-powered portable hotspot through which my iPad and other Wi-Fi-equipped devices can stay in touch with the rest of the world when the power goes off. In the best-served locations, optimal speeds supposedly should reach 1.4 Mbps with the company’s current technology, perhaps even making Skype possible. No need for a cellphone with tethering capabilities, and my wife and I will be able to recharge the device with...
Fight Hurricane Sandy with free disaster preparedness e-books
October 29, 2012 | 6:18 pm
If you happen to live in any of the North American East Coast regions that are expected to be clobbered by Hurricane Sandy sometime later tonight, our thoughts are with you, and we hope you and your loved ones are duly prepared with all the necessary emergency supplies. If you're lucky enough to still have electricity, this would be an ideal time to plug in and power up all your electronic gadgets. Your cell phone should be at the very top of that list, of course, but you might be wise to power up your e-readers, tablets and laptops, too. That way, you'll have at...