So convenient

Amazon Kindle

Kindle is an e-book reader offered by Amazon that became a huge hit when it first came out in November of 2007. Personally, I believe Amazon’s Kindle brought about another landmark in history when technology started replacing physical books. It reached an all time high when on Christmas day of 2009, for the first time ever customers purchased more Kindle books than actual physical books !

I personally got to see a Kindle and had the opportunity to play around with it for a bit. I must say within the first few minutes of using it, I was completely bought into it ! Whether you are a student, businessman or a retired person this can be a really useful gadget.

Users can download content from Amazon and some other Kindle content providers in the proprietary Kindle format (AZW), or load content in various formats from a computer. Users can select reading material using the Kindle itself or through a computer at the Amazon Kindle store, and can download content through the Kindle Store. As of July 1, 2009, there were more than 300,000 books available for download.

Another cool feature is that it has wireless connectivity and since recently 3G. So at anytime you can login to amazon and download new reading material !The obvious questions that we would have is the cost. The latest version of Kindle (Kindle 2) is around about USD 300, which is 30,000 in Sri Lankan rupees. I personally think its worth the money as it gives access to so much of information in such a convenient way. Convenience always tops my list ! To get more information on Kindle browse Amazon.com

USB 3.0

When you’re in front of your PC, waiting for something to transfer to removable media, that’s when seconds feel like minutes, and minutes feel like hours. And data storage scenarios such as that one is where the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0’s greatest impact will be felt first.

The beauty of USB 3.0 is its backward compatibility with USB 2.0; you need a new cable and new host adapter to achieve USB 3.0, but you can still use the device on a USB 2.0 port and achieve typical USB 2.0 performance. In reducing some overhead requirements of USB (now, the interface only transmits data to the link and device that need it, so devices can go into low power state when not needed), the new incarnation now uses one-third the power of USB 2.0.

The theoretical throughput improvement offered by USB 3.0 is dramatic -- a theoretical 10X jump over existing USB 2.0 hardware. USB 2.0 maxed out at a theoretical 480Mbps, while USB 3.0 can theoretically handle up to 5Gbps. That's quite a significant improvement !

One of the things to look for in the coming months is the certified SuperSpeed USB 3.0 logo. With this logo (which is still under development) you will have some peace of mind that the product you’re buying truly does live up to the USB 3.0 spec.

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