more books, iphone tricks

A few weeks ago I read a review of Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely.  Forgetful in a book store, I bought Irrational Exuberance.  By about the 3rd page I was wondering if this was the right book.  But it was interesting enough given housing prices that I read the 1st 3 and last 2 chapters.

Also, following on the heels of the Undercover Economist, I got and read More Sex is Safer Sex by Steven Landsburg.   Steven would be proud, I bought hard cover, something i rarely do.  It is great and funny and everyone should read it.

I succumbed to peer pressure and started messing with my iPhone. Today I got secure shell working.  The PDFViewer sucks (i’m trying 0.03 from Conceited Software).  Here are the major ways:

  • no landscape mode. without it normal print books are just too small for these old eyes.  I read a hack where you encode the pdf using you can open it in safari, but the URI did not work for me.
  • the reader forgets your page when you close it
  • the above is made intolerable for anything bigger than a short article by the lack of navigation beyond flipping pages one at a time
  • the reader forgets your zoom level (this is pretty minor, but Apple charges a premium for taking care of such details)

But there are two buttons on the lower left that didn’t do anything as far as I can tell :-)

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