Business Mobile – Travel, Tech and Talk for Mobile Professionals

November 14, 2007 at 9:09 pm | Posted in Australia, iPhone, travel | Comments Off on Business Mobile – Travel, Tech and Talk for Mobile Professionals

Business Mobile websiteJamie Morris recently dropped by this blog. He runs an interesting site called Business Mobile that provides news, forums, tech and travel guides aimed at mobile professionals. One particularly interesting post in his blog was the announcement that the iPhone has made it to the UK.

This got me to wondering if the iPhone is any closer to being launched in Australia. The most recent iPhone-related article in Australia I could find was speculating as to whether Australia would get the first 3G iPhone. I’m not too fussed what form the iPhone appears in, as long as it’s soon and doesn’t involve signing up to a horrendous plan.

Passing time during a long holiday drive

September 20, 2007 at 10:33 pm | Posted in eBook, iPod, text to speech, Text2Go, travel | 1 Comment

Little Miss SunshineIt’s school holiday time again and that means there will be a lot families heading off on the ‘family holiday’. If you’re one of the lucky ones, that will mean a quick trip by road, rail or air to some exciting holiday resort. For the rest of us however, it will be the annual pilgrimage to visit Granny, 7 hours across state by road, to a small town who’s only attraction is, well, er, Granny.

For trips with these levels of tedium, ‘I Spy’ is not going to cut it. You’ll be at each other’s throats before you get clear of the CBD. In fact, if Dad is going to have to stop the car one more time, then by the time you get to Granny’s, the holidays will be over.

My tip for surviving these road trips from hell is to load up your iPods and mp3 players with a collection of audio books. There is a wonderful collection of free eBooks available at Project Gutenbury and if you’re a science fiction fan, there’s the Baen Free Library. You can use Text2Go to convert these eBooks to speech and transfer them to your iPod. You can take advantage of Text2Go’s free 30 day trial and not pay a cent these holidays.

Here is a small selection of the eBooks that are available.

Children

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

Anne of Green Gables (audio) by L. M. Montgomery

Black Beauty Young Folks Edition by Anna Sewell

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

The Story of the Three Little Pigs by L. Leslie Brooke

English Literature

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Middlemarch by George Eliot

History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding

Ulysses by James Joyce

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Feel free to leave a comment and tell me your favourites.

For more great sources of eBooks, have a look at The Top 13 DRM-free eBook Sites.

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