Script to Send the .mobi Version
of LJ to an kindle.com Address
I’ve written a Python script that fetches
the monthly LJ e-mail from an IMAP
server, uses the URL inside to download
the .mobi version of LJ and send that to an
@ kindle.com address, so that when you
sync your Kindle, LJ is added automatically.
Just add the script to your cron job to run
monthly. Feel free to share the script. You
can find it at http://goo.gl/C2IE3.
Ward, you rock my face off (which my
teenage daughter assures me is a good
thing, and not the nightmare-inducing
horror scene it sounds like). Seriously,
thanks a ton.—Ed.
Transition to All-Digital
I greatly miss Linux Journal in hard
copy. There is no substitute for having a
magazine around that you can just pick
up and read anytime, anywhere. The
electronic version, despite having some
advantages, simply fails to match the
Now, I have passed through the grieving
process—denial, anger, bargaining,
depression—and have come to
acceptance. As such, I will continue to
subscribe, because Linux Journal is part
of the Linux ecosystem, and I want the
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ecosystem to grow and evolve, even if
occasionally some changes displease me.
Since you have gone all electronic, please
adapt your style to the new media. It’s no
longer print, so lose the print format and
capitalize on the possibilities of digital.
Two columns don’t work on displays
that don’t show a complete page; some
of the images need higher resolution
(the photos of Reuven and the Silicon
Mechanics and iXsystems advertisements
in the July issue, for example); cut the
publishing cycle to be more timely;
don’t go overboard with multimedia,
but include it when it enhances the
exposition and works creatively.
It is going to be hard going for you and
your loyal readers, but I am prepared
to continue to support Linux Journal
through this difficult time.
Gordon, I understand your process, and
even though I had to put on a happy face,
I may have had some similar emotions!
We have modified the PDF version
significantly to look better on devices, yet
still retain the magazine look and feel. If
you’ve seen the PDF on a 10" tablet, it’s
pretty stunning. Hopefully, the .epub and
.mobi versions with their flowing text help
with other devices.—Ed.