how to put it to work, but since my
stem-cell transplant, I find it a little more
difficult to learn and retain knowledge. I
have found this article very helpful, as are
those of many of the other Linux Journal
contributors. Thanks to Dave and all of the
others for your efforts. By the way, I used
e-mail because I am not really a Web 2.0
kind of guy. My wife and I don’t use social
media. Thanks for providing this avenue
of communications too.
Dave Taylor replies: Thanks for your
kind note. It’s nice to know people are
a) reading and b) appreciating what I write.
Texterity Android App
When LJ came out in .epub format,
I immediately put it on my Kobo and
my Android phone. The Kobo is a tad
underpowered, so it’s hard to flip
through a magazine quickly, so I’ve
been using my Android phone more
lately, on a 4. 3" screen.
The built-in .epub reader is good, and the
.epub reflows nicely, but I decided to try
the LJ app to see if I like it.
Pros: 1) annotations allow one to jump to
a specific article, and 2) pure text mode
helps the content fit the screen, which is
good for small displays.
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Con: it doesn’t remember where I left off!
This “con” is huge, an obviously needed
feature, and a terrible oversight unless
I’m missing some hidden setting in the
app. The built-in .epub reader opens
right to where I left off. In the LJ app, if
I jump to another app temporarily and
then go back in, the book is closed, and
it doesn’t know where I was. Even if I
go into an annotation, and then click
the back button, it doesn’t remember
where in the page I was. Web browsers
work better than this, so this is simply
not acceptable. Find a Texterity developer
and smack them with a cluebat.
Also, if the Wi-Fi is enabled, when I go
back into the app after briefly looking
elsewhere, it tries to reload all the
I was in a coffee shop with spotty Wi-Fi
and I had to disable my Wi-Fi because
every time I looked elsewhere, like my
calendar, and went back into the LJ
app, it insisted on trying to download
the issue again!
I’m running it on Gingerbread, so I don’t
know if these issues are fixed already
elsewhere, but I’m amazed that anyone
let the software out the door in this
condition, as the user experience is not
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