TKC Video: A Fireside Chat

In this fireside chat on a stormy day at Ocean Park, I compared the WebKit browser in the new Kindle 3 with the browser in the Kindle 2. I looked at the speed with which they both arrived at a web page, and I considered the differing views of the web page by each. I also looked at the new Kindle’s Article Mode in operation, but so far I have not been impressed with it. I may be doing something wrong, or there may be updates coming.  Filmed by Darlene on my iPhone at Ocean Park, Maine, on August 25, 2010.

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  1. Matthew D. wrote:

    Couldn’t you have seen the whole website on the Kindle 2 if you used advance mode?

    Does the Kindle 3 have a basic mode?

    Posted 26 Aug 2010 at 9:50 am
  2. Andrys wrote:

    Len,
    Thanks for doing this.

    Matthew,
    Yes, Kindle 2’s Advanced Mode does a Fit-to-Screen display, and of course it’s too small to read usually, but you can rotate it manually and it’s often doable that way.

    Len was in Basic Mode on the Kindle 2, which tends to be faster on that model but makes you look at the Left column contents first. I try to explain how the two modes work at http://bit.ly/kwebhow

    With the Kindle 3, the Non-article-mode should have both a Basic and Advanced mode also but I won’t know until I get mine sometime today.

    The Article mode seems to function like the Readability, which is at http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability
    and it also doesn’t like to try to do its own article-mode on a Home page. It’s meant for articles that are read in the middle once you click on the link to them, and it ignores material to the sides (links, ads).

    Len, could you try this on an article online rather than a segment of a home page?

    Best thing to try is to click on an article at the NYT and then use article-mode on that.

    Also, when zooming-in, you should be able to use shift-key with the 5-way to “nudge” the box that identifies what you want to zoom. I think that with that zooming, the article-mode doesn’t have a clean ‘base’ to work with.

    Youtube allows you to use links in your description box, so you’re able to link people to this page where you talk more about what you show on the video.

    Really interesting how much faster the Kindle 3 drew the NYT’s real home page vs the simple version that Kindle 2’s Basic Web Browser chose.

    Posted 27 Aug 2010 at 10:39 am

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