I'm hoping to open source our IMAP client wrapper soon, as it is a lot simpler than the standard library in Python.
and used MailGun to handle incoming email attachments (mainly a temporary stop-gap until I build an iOS app). Couldn't have been easier.
1) Welcome dialog is... out of place. The design is not consistent with Apple UI guidelines, I can't tell the three options are buttons.
2) The cancel button on the welcome dialog looks like an odd man out. It's just floating there in the center, and I think the caption (cancel) is also something you can improve.
3) I think the now-playing thing in the sidebar needs to be pushed down by ~60 pixels, basically starting under the main bar across the rest of the screen. It's not very symmetric the way it is now. You should also have a divider between the close buttons and the now playing section - see Chrome.app for a good example of doing it smoothly.
4) Playlists: now change when I hover over the entries, I was expecting them to go blue. Clicking on them has no effect, I must double-click. non-intuitive.
5) I love the statistics and charts in History, but I wonder if the name is accurate? I'm seeing a breakdown of my music collection, but the only "true" history tab is "Recently Played" which is also given the least prominence.
6) When starting the app, the whitespace stretching from under the now playing section to the bottom of the screen in the sidebar is jarring. It doesn't look nice empty, I'm assuming something will show up there at some point in my playing around with it.
7) Playlists uses an entirely different UI from Library. I like Library's detail view drilldown. I think something like that should be used for the playlists too. See point #4.
That's all for now. May update later with more feedback.
Good work. It looks very promising. I love that it's fast and not-bloated.
No way to turn off Growl messages? Oops.
Add Playlist -> then press esc. The playlist gets added anyway with the default name.
Playlist list needs right-click functionality, even if it's the same menu that shows up when clicking the cog. Don't disappoint your users expectations as to how an interface will act.
Playlist tab's "Add Playlist" pretends to be a tab but it's actually a button. Very confusing. Don't do that - buttons are buttons, tabs are tabs. Even if they're right-aligned.
I think you have a bug when you turn on repeat and shuffle in the middle of a song. When the song ends, it will be repeated immediately, then everything works out.
This is phenomenal. Were you a Windows Media Plyaer v8-v11 user? The playlist on the side reminds me of my favorite feature from the WMP8 days, where I could queue up music even while another album played. It was wonderful, and when I went Mac full-time nearly a decade ago, I lost the easy queueing in iTunes (where I had to create a playlist every single time).
Bravo, this is a great app and I would love to support it. I'd be willing to pay $39, but that may just be me. I'm going to switch to it full-time and see what happens.
And I don't need the same piece of software to handle my iPhone and my music library. Don't bother supporting iPhone sync, it's just not part of the value of a good music player. I can open iTunes when I sync (and now with iOS 5, I don't think I'll ever need to manually sync again).
If you want a gratis NewsBlur premium account, let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org. It's the only way I know to actually pay you for such great software.
I have a question, though: Does this perpetually read or write from the iTunes library XML, or is the import a one-time affair? I use the hell out of ratings and smart playlists, and I want Enqueue to run side-by-side with iTunes rather than replacing it. (i.e., iTunes to manage music, Enqueue to play it back.)
Regardless, this is fantastic work, and I look forward to the finished version. This app is something I would definitely be happy to pay for.
I hate to say it considering the other feedback, but I'm not a fan of the UI. The giant words instead of icons, off colour and sort of grafted on now playing box, and no ability to hide the "browser" all put me off pretty strongly. Integrated preferences was a bad choice, too IMO. That's a good lazy solution for an app like Chrome to support all platforms, but for a proper OS X app I see no reason to avoid a standard prefs window. Prefs shouldn't be given equal prominence to actual application functions. In fact, because you are using words instead of icons and "Preferences" is such a long word, you are actually giving it greater prominence.
I'm lost as to the purpose of the sidebar. I get that it jumps to the currently playing album, but why can I scroll around to other unrelated albums? It's like there are two completely independent browsing frames in this window. Plus I can delete things in the other frame with the "x" button, but they just go away temporarily until I start playing a song again... I just don't get it.
Honestly, besides startup time, iTunes does everything this does better and it does it with a more refined UI. I know the standard response is "great job! can't wait to see the progress!" but I feel like I need to be honest. There are a million iTunes replacements and companions out there. They all suffer from requiring more effort to manage two music playing apps and offer dubious benefit. They all have small dedicated user bases but they never take the platform by storm like they seem to be hoping to. I'll keep it around as I would like to see if it can handle a 20,000 song library with future updates, but I don't see myself using it over iTunes. Sorry.
EDIT - Before you reply about the draw of features like extended filetype support, last.fm and queuing, consider that almost every iTunes replacement/companion (and there literally are dozens of them) has these features already. That's also a reason to take comments like "Can't stand iTunes bloat, definitely interested!" with a grain of salt. If these people were actually receptive to change, they most likely would have switched to an alternative long ago.
1. I find it odd that Preferences is a tab versus its own dialog. I shouldn't need to access it that often, so I don't think it merits the same visual prominence as my library or playlists.
2. If you stick with the all-in-one window approach, it seems like you should fold the "About" and "Check for Updates" dialogs into the main window, possibly as siblings to the Preferences items.
3. I wish the currently playing song was visually highlighted in the main library view.
4. I can't seem to enqueue an entire playlist from the top level Playlists screen.
5. There's no intuitive way to go "back" after drilling into a Playlist's detailed view.
6. There's no easy way to look at the contents of several playlists one after another.
I feel like 5 and 6 could be solved by redesigning the top level playlists view to include both the lists of playlists and their contents, a la the Library view. I get the impression that ComputerGuru wants something similar in his note #7.
Bravo! This is great!
Then I can just use iTunes to sync my iPhone / iPod.
Also, I think this is really missing from your FAQ:
Q: Why should I use Enqueue instead of iTunes?
Looks great on first impression, will keep playing with it.
Also, sent you an email :)
As a recent Spotify convert, I may not find as much use out of it as I would have a few months ago, but thank you for sharing a free beta. I will certainly be watching this project in the future.
Also, I think the icon looks great, for what it's worth.
I've been doing some iOS music work lately and have a pretty good idea of some of the complexity you've dealt with to get to this stage.
Drop me a line if you're interested in chatting (email is in my profile).
You could consider adding a feature I think iTunes has been missing for years, a "cue up" button that will set a song to play after the current one is over.
When there's nothing playing, I feel like the blank album cover is pointless.
When the albums for an artist show up in the sidebar, clicking on once should expand it, not just highlight it. I'd rather not click on the arrow if it's already taking up all that screen space, because highlighting it doesn't really do anything.
Will this be on the Mac App Store? Price?
That said, iTunes+GimmeSomeTune already gives me those features and a killer one: iPod sync. In my case, Enqueue doesn't have quite different features enough to make me switch completely from iTunes (yet?).
It's already very good work though, and the development seems to be going strong. Keep up the good work!
A question: When you import from a location do you consider playlists and audio files?
It seems if you have a folder /music/album/ and inside are the audio files for the album and a playlist for this album that your app would create an entry in library for all items on playlist and the files thus duplicating. iTunes used to do this but I believe now consolidates.
A few things from my first impression.
1. Importing music did not seem to show a progress dialog of any sort. For a user with a large library this may not be desirable.
2. The equalizer is a nice feature. Adding some more presets to the equalizer may be nice. Most come with a slew . (nit picking)
3. Playlist/History/Preferences areas should be the full width like the library window is. Those 3 areas feel out of place in consideration with the rest of the app.
4. Nice work, you just found a new user! Let me know you would like a guinea pig. Happy to help if I can! (Development or feedback.)
Has all the features that I need, without the extra bloat of iTunes. Perfect.
All it needs is a more beautiful, polished UI. Currently even iTunes looks better, but if you improve the aesthetics, you've beaten iTunes in every way. (Hint: Maybe take a leaf from the book of Sparrow, the Mac Gmail client.) Also, a mini-mode that simply shows the Now Playing list with a search bar to add new tracks.
I cant help but think of Audion when I see a paid music player on OSX. http://www.panic.com/extras/audionstory/
1. Consider putting preferences in their own window. This is the standard Mac behavior, and it's a little confusing to have your app do something different. You could also use the standard preferences toolbar look.
2. The artwork for your playback controls looks off. Specifically, I think the anti-aliasing of the circles looks uneven.
3. For the gear menu at the bottom left corner of the window, consider adding a little arrow like in Mail.app. That helps me know that this is a dropdown menu.
4. I had no idea what the X would do in the bottom left corner of the window the first time I pressed it.
5. Tooltips would help. You don't seem to have tooltips anywhere.
6. I was very surprised that spacebar didn't control play/pause and was even more surprised that there is no keyboard shortcut for play/pause. EDIT: It appears that spacebar does control playback. Maybe I had a focus issue before. But it would still be nice to see it in the menu. :)
7. Having "Library", "Playlists", etc. at the top of the window is interesting, but ultimately I think you'd do better with a standard look/feel. Consider using the standard selected toolbar item look. (See the preferences of almost any Mac app to see what I mean.)
8. This is very minor, but you have an extra menu item divider at the bottom of the View menu.
9. The album artwork of the currently playing song (top left corner) looks very slightly off-center. I think there's one more pixel on the right side than the left.
Overall, it's very impressive! Good work. :)
Other than that, I love this app. I'm using it to (re)build my music library, something I had pending to do for a long time. Hope you keep working on it, there still a lot to do (dupes, auto-tagging using external databases, syncing back with iTunes, cover download, folder managing…) but I love it and will use it daily. Thanks a lot for your work!
i just want to make sure you know that you at least have SOME users (me) who really LIKE how you have handled preferences. I much prefer your implementation to other OS X apps.
If you can improve on a formula, no need to stick with that formula. It's a philosophy that worked for Steve Jobs...
Good f'ing work man!
The only missing thing if you ask, a quick way to set the song I am currently listening on auto-repeat, usually you just click the repeat button once more and it shows a "1" on it, it's better to avoid to have the user create a one song playlist for that.
The playlist bar is its killer feature -- iTunes DJ is crap in comparison.
Please also consider adding Internet Radio.
Otherwise, the app is fairly solid. The design could use a bit of tweaking, but that's pretty much it.
Theoretically, couldn't one could not join WiFi any networks and use Sprint most or all the time?
Get these people some personas, stat!
Ultimately the tools will mature to the point where what the data representation is beneath them will mean nothing to these kinds of consumers. (e.g. how you save your photos as .jpg, .tga or whatever and usually care less about the details).
Some major differences:
- Cinder is more "C++y", i.e. more use of templates, boost, etc... openFrameworks opts for more "C with classes" approach, which makes it resemble processing a bit more.
- Cinder uses system libs, openFrameworks tends to use third party libs that it wraps into its own API. This puts Cinder closer to the OS on windows/mac, but means that oF has linux support.
From personal view, it seems like more agencies use Cinder while more independant devs use openframeworks, but that really doesn't say anything of the frameworks themselves, more the communities.
I've never heard this usage before. Is it common?
The only thing my 4S lacks that my point-and-shoot has is an optical zoom. Beyond that, the phone's ecosystem of photo apps plus the ability to drop photos into Facebook in seconds makes warehousing my old digital a no-brainer.
Furthermore I loved the fact that Samsung's Camera software allows you to specify the ISO and focus mode(spot/center/etc) whereas neither Camera+ nor iPhones Camera app provides for ISO manipulation(I dont recall if Camera+ allows specifying focus modes) -- this could be a limitation of iOS SDK.
Other than pure envy, it's hard to see how I could somehow be made worse off if Bill Gates' income suddenly doubled, but everything else remained the same.
Nobody reasonable begrudges anyone who is wealthy for creating commensurate value. The issue is with wealth that accumulates to those who don't, like CEOs who run their companies into the ground or bankers who crash the entire economy.
If you're creating value, the wealth society has given you is probably a bargain for society; if you're not, it's an inefficient allocation of resources, a symptom of a systemic fault that hurts everyone else.
It's actually rather more worrying if what they're giving their children is a strong education and an absolutely ferocious work ethic. An aristocracy that simply bequeaths money and social position to its children will eventually fall. And aristocracy that bequeaths the actual skills required to earn more money than everyone else is self perpetuating.
Strong education + ferocious work ethic + skills to earn money seems like a weird definition of meritocracy to me, especially given that later in the article we acknowledge that this combo doesn't actually seem to be getting good results. A strong education does not necessarily imply you know how to apply it, and there's certainly a long history of people without that advantage succeeding. The dirty secret of working long hours is that much of it is either for show or spent doing shit work. And the 'actual skills' in question are still very frequently having the right connections.
Don't tell me it got hostage to the wrong ideology--tell me why all those professors we paid millions of dollars to study economics couldn't provide a convincing rebuttal to that ideology in advance of the crash. Don't tell me that regulators were stupid or bankers got greedy until you first explain to me why tens of thousands of very well educated people, most of them graduates of colleges and professional schools that had aggressively winnowed them based on intelligence, barely outperformed a bunch of upstart micks, third-generation coupon-clipping WASP dimwits, and central bankers who still worshipped the barbarous relic of the gold standard?
Startups may be able to help: http://imaginek12.com
Call me crazy, but if your assumption is that opening the doors to the unwashed masses and funding lots of education for poor people raises them up, and it doesn't? Perhaps you should verify your assumptions. Perhaps what really matters for accumulating wealth is the modeling of attitudes and virtues from an existing wealthy set of parents. Much the same way that watching a movie of a famous piano player won't help you play the piano, but working day-to-day with one might, perhaps all this structural, fact-based education actually misses the point of how wealth really accumulates? Perhaps wealth generation is actually more of a learned art, not an applied science. EDIT: I see pg says this could also be the quality of the schools, and I think this dovetails in with what I'm saying. It's better to be around folks who model and demonstrate the best wealth-generating lifestyles in order to generate wealth yourself. When we look at the word "education," we are measuring the wrong thing.
Don't know. Just putting it out there. I found this essay thought-provoking. Much better than the usual fare on this topic.
Short-frame meritocracy means that resources are allocated to people who will do the most with them now. Long-frame means that resources are given to people who will produce the most with them in the future (i.e. we invest in people whose short-term performance may be mediocre). Short-frame meritocracy is pragmatic and efficient in the context of a static time-frame, but doesn't produce growth or social justice in the long run. Resources (VC funding, jobs, educational opportunities) are allocated to those who don't need them. Long-frame meritocracy is fairer and more productive in the long run but much harder to implement because it requires a certain foresight.
Most business decisions are made in the context of short-frame meritocracy. People aren't hired based on what they might become in 5 years, but based on what they're likely to be doing in 3 months. Schools are supposed to take more of a long-term outlook, but they have no real incentive to do so, and plenty of incentives (alumni and parental contributions) to kowtow to society at large and rubber-stamp the preselected winners.
The truth is that iterated short-frame meritocracy is not much better than oligarchy. It's oligarchy with a tiny Brownian motion term thrown in, and the annealing rate is always calibrated so as not to threaten the overall shape of society.
For a historic analogue, one might consider that it was very easy for the peasants of medieval Europe to believe that the nobility were of superior "merit". Merit at the time was physical might (and this wasn't unreasonable, since it also conferred the ability to protect others). First, the nobles were better nourished and much larger. Second, they knew how to use weapons, because they were trained. Third, they could ride horses. Feudal Europe was, fundamentally, a meritocracy (of the short-frame variety) for some definition of "merit".
Let me get this straight. A kid starting in a bracket that includes 40% of the population has a 60% chance of remaining in that bracket as opposed to the 40% if it was totally random. I would actually have expected a higher %.
Commentator Alain de Botton explores the darker side of a western ideal: meritocracy.http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=3200029
I wish there was a transcript of this. I think he covers the basic topic in some of his books.
Great that means that 40% of the top two-fifths will be from people who earned their way up, instead of being born into it. Tyranny of meritocracy indeed, I mean what kind of uppity lower class kids are we raising who think they can earn wealth instead of inheriting it!
But it's really hard to see what the comparison is. Was there more upward-mobility in the old aristocratic system? Were the leaders too stupid to make gargantuan mistakes? The article certainly doesn't have any good comparison to make, and there were certainly problems in the Good Old Days (like, say, the Great Depression), too.
The whole article looks like it's trying to pin blame somewhere, and it has enough facts to get a decent start, but it has too many holes to be convincing.
Expensive education may be one part of the gap that appears to be widening, but as wealth disparity grows, so does power disparity. Money can't buy you happiness, or even 'true' friends perhaps, but it can buy you influence and it can keep people following you. This can let the wealthy 'open' job and experience opportunities where others might not be so fortunate.
At any rate I am still more concerned with inequality than with relative mobility within quintiles. There is always going to be a larger number who stay than those who move, and the numbers here are not as bad as the author makes them seem
The entire article seems to be about income inequality.
This statement is enormously naive. Bill's money has to come from somewhere so the "everything else remained the same" is just not possible...
Unfortunately if people are getting much richer than other people it is necessarily at other people's expense - a reasonable approximation is to think of money like energy, which can never be created or destroyed (its not quite true) - Bill doesn't make his pile of money out of nothing leaving everything unchanged, the money he makes comes from other people's piles of money - these need not be poorer people, in fact I bet most of them are big businesses, but then they don't get their money from nothing either, and their budget decisions on how much to spend on MS software will be balanced alongside salaries etc... at any rate, that money moves around and naively, if you made too much you would quite literally be making everyone else poor. I don't have access to huge amounts of data needed to workout how this scales in reality and if Bill is anywhere near the point where he is almost certainly making everyone poorer, but it is a trivial consequence of the nature of money.
This is the nature of capitalism - if every one does what is in their best interest, some talented/lucky/greedy people will end up much better off with zero incentive to improve the situation for anyone else. Thankfully capitalism is merely an ideal and nobody follows it that blindly - Bill at least tries to give some of his money away to good causes lately...
Do they do a secure delete of the contents of the webpages? Who knows.
Do they have strong physical protection around the server? Who knows.
Do they run up to date software so the machine can't get taken over? Who knows.
Can you even trust them not to log all your passwords? Who knows.
This is an interesting service for some things, but I would never use it for sending passwords (or anything equally sensitive) back and forth.
User gets URL via webmail on Chrome, Chrome pre-fetches the URL. User closes Chrome because Starbucks is closing. When she finally visits the URL for the "first time" it's nuked.
Unexpected behavior is unexpected.
Also, unfortunate for anyone trying to share the secret over the internet: if a repressive regime is sniffing traffic and looking for these URIs and grabs the contents first they can still discover the messages of dissidents before they get passed on.
Also, pretty cool, if you refresh the private page, it'll tell you whether or not someone has picked up the shared secret. Nice.
I'm interested to know what data store you are using (just curious)?
Maybe you could also incorporate the second part. It's obviously not a guarantee the information won't be copied, but if you know you're sending it to someone non-technical, it can be made extremely difficult.
Congrats on the product though.
On the other hand the amount of positive comments simply shows how bad user experience do the current solutions like GPG/PGP have and how easy it is for people to choose convenience over security, even on this forum.
Thanks for making it.
https://off-the-record.appspot.com/ or http://otr.dy.fi/
There is also FAQ: https://off-the-record.appspot.com/faq Any feedback is welcome. There is also secure pickup option on front page. Using it server logs won't show up even retrieved keys. Those could be potentially abused to fetch data from Google's backups.
But isn't this more or less what Craig Ventor  has done by stripping a particular bacteria to the least amount of DNA needed to 'boot up' - in order to build variations atop that base 'code'?
(feel free to translate into other languages)
No, it's not. It lost that moral ground when it released unredacted information.
It also lost that status when wikileaks became about Assange himself.
I supported the original wikileaks: Anyone could leak anything and wikileaks would publish it, and sometimes the broader media would pick it up.
This new wikileaks is all about damaging entities Assange doesn't like. No thank you. Wikileaks should not get to choose what to leak. Either leak everything you are given (after redaction of course), or nothing, do not selectively choose who to leak against.
Once you do that you become a political organization.
Why not? Did the author at least contact 10gen with the test case?
- I don't understand this mindset. Forgive me for being naive, but if we're to "toast to the challenges and all become stronger, more proficient, and more successful as a result," then why don't we share these edge cases and fix them?
There appears to be a bug in Riak 1.0, rendering it totally useless, at least with the NodeJS Driver:
tldr; Executing a save then remove then a getAll yields a 500 error.
...so we moved our app to MongoDB. Critical mass in the community and the myriad of 3rd party drivers and tools that depend on each other means I'd vouch this kind of issue has better chance of being fixed quickly if it occurred in the NodeJS MongoDB native driver.
In our case, we are yet to have any specific needs of a NoSQL DB, just one that works, and this experience gave me no confidence in the Riak ecosystem. Sorry guys.
And yes, these are just different databases. MongoDB is much more RDBMS-like (in terms of consistency, B-Tree indexes and queries), while Riak is what you think of when you think "auto-scalable". So now I love them both :-)
Are you f*cking kidding me? How are they copyright protected? As a NASA project, the images are government owned and therefore public domain.
Moreover, and OBVIOUSLY you're broadcasting them into outerspace. Are you going to sue the aliens for publishing these images in their newspapers once contact is made?
--Lord Arquhus, Report to the XVIIth Convention
This one made me chuckle because all I could think about was the Simpsons Halloween episode where the aliens have cookbooks about cooking humans:
"Friends of space, how are you all? Have you eaten yet? Come visit us if you have time."
Does NASA actually have a terminal that reads this thing somewhere?
Hm, sorry for this little anti-rant. Some things are ... not meant to be captured by words.
Can you decode them?
Who on earth (literally) drinks like that? :)
4 months ago when I was job hunting, I came across 6 separate postings from 6 different companies, all advertising for the exact same position. It was incredibly aggravating, because this practice of reposting as many jobs as possible has clogged legitimate job boards to the point that a clear majority of job postings are from "recruiters". There's so much crap you have to wade through to get to any real postings, and that's how they operate. These companies basically impede your job search to the point that you are almost forced to go with them - unless you have patience, a strong dislike for recruiting agencies/agents, and maybe a network of professional acquaintances you can announce your availability to.
Thankfully I have the first two (not the network :( ), and have so far steered clear of recruiters when I find my jobs.
I don't want this to become a pages-long rant, so I'll make the rest short.
I do not know of job boards like Monster have methods to report spam from recruiters. Not only email spam (that I can easily deal with), but phone spam, especially when it's an Indian (it's ALWAYS Indian) recruiter calling me for an AWESOME 3-month opportunity in New Jersey (I'm in Texas).
Most American recruiters I've dealt with have the unfortunate tendency to overstate the salary range their hiring-mark is open to. One of the very few interviews I've had thanks to a recruiter went downhill quickly after I was told the salary range they were going for. This after 3 interviews that I thought had gone splendidly. I was more than a little pissed, and so was the hiring manager after I called him and explained to him exactly what had happened.
Long story short: I no longer entertain any recruiters whatsoever (unless it's an internal company recruiter, of course).
The firm was Captain Recruiter. I don't know if that was a quirk of the particular recruiter who contacted me, or a company policy, but it was very cool.
It's cheaper than most job boards, and much more effective (and I'll refund you if you can't find someone). Plus I personally vetted all the designers on the site.
The incentive is to cut in on a share of the new employee's income. OK, book agents and talent agents do that too. The difference is that those agents have a contract with the employee. It is in their interests to take on exactly as much work as they can handle, and to do a good job on each transaction. They're looking for repeat business in both directions -- getting jobs for their clients, and addressing the needs of employers.
Recruiters, on the other hand, don't have a contractual relationship with the talent. They have no incentive to do a good job for any given prospective employee, and little or no hope of repeat business.
Meanwhile, the same network technologies that let you tell everyone what you had for lunch today and let you look up the difference between "deciduas" and "deciduous" in half a second will let you put your resume up and tell all your friends that you're looking for a new job.
Facebook and Google+ don't have employment features yet, but it's more or less certain that they'll be after LinkedIn's lunch in the next year or so.
6 months ago, 4 months ago... It may be a good book, but it isn't new, or as far as I know, changed significantly enough to warrant being listed on the front page.
"The aim of this document is to get you started with developing applications for Node.js, ..."
I never develop applications for node.js but instead with node.js. Yes, some people in the community seem to do the first, but serious projects are my goal.
(my emphasis). Depressing!
it's hard to imagine that TDP will ever move beyond the conceptual stage. The group behind the effort is big on ideas but short on technical solutions for rolling out a practical implementation
I like the idea of using WiFi as hardware, since it's a technology that's almost everywhere now.
I'd also like to suggest that the network be powered purely by standard Internet client machines and off-the-shelf hardware. Custom software would be necessary, but it's better to rely on a random guy with a quick installer on a USB key than custom hardware mesh routers deployed by professional installers.
Two things make me think they will.
2. They are offering support in all B&N stores.
So they're being developer friendly to get more apps created (as opposed to Amazon where you have to give them permission to give your app away just to get in their store). And they're working to draw in casual users.
To my eyes that makes the Nook Tablet a very attractive offering both for consumers to buy and developers to build on.
In other words, Amazon is actively predating on retail markets left and right, to the extent of relegating them to display models for their own merchandise. Media consumption is a big recent play, but they're moving forward on killing traditional retail, too.
Meanwhile, B&N is making competent moves in the struggle to survive. It seems almost noble in its futility.
I'm old enough to remember when checking out of a book store often involved a short conversation about books rather than a "No Thanks" to a Godaddy like gauntlet of magazine subscription offers and membership cards coupled with watching another human being humiliate theirself.
Sorry but I don't care if B&N puts tits in the box with their tablet, I have no love for the brand.
Looks very slick!