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Diners and Digital Reading Don’t Mix

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I love having breakfast at a good diner and on this crazy schedule I’m on I get to do that this week.

But reading the morning news or my feeds digitally at a diner just doesn’t work unless you want to fill up your device with the same grease you are pumping into your system.

Maybe diners will be the last bastion of hope for newspapers.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

6 Comments

  1. Uncle Mikey

    05/22/2009 at 8:05 am

    I somewhat disagree. I bring my Kindle to restaurants of all kinds, all the time, when I’m going to be eating alone. Yes, I have to be careful about getting it too close to the food, but I find it small enough and convenient enough to hold one-handed that it’s just fine, most of the time.

  2. Sumocat

    05/22/2009 at 8:11 am

    Dude, I hope you’re cutting that grease with fruits and veggies sometime during the day. High stress + typical diner food + lack of rest is a very unhealthy combo.

  3. Uncle Mikey

    05/22/2009 at 8:30 am

    @Sumocat And here, I was going to say I was JEALOUS that he was getting to eat such a hearty, bacon-filled breakfast, when all I had time for this morning was a smoothie from Jamba Juice!

  4. Sumocat

    05/22/2009 at 9:10 am

    Uncle Mikey: Well, I’m jealous of you. I would walk to Robek’s (I’m not in range of a Jamba Juice) and get a big smoothie every morning if I could.

  5. Jesslyn

    05/22/2009 at 9:37 am

    Here’s a tip if you don’t want to get grease on the Next Page button.
    Turn on the Text to Speech (which may turn into a crapshoot soon) and turn the volume all the way down. The pages will auto turn and if to fast or slow, you can speed up or slow down via the TTS controls.

  6. Uncle Mikey

    05/22/2009 at 10:37 am

    @Jesslyn: I have a Kindle 1 :-) I avoid grease simply by eating right-handed and holding the Kindle in the left. If something compels me to use my left hand, I thoroughly wipe it off before picking up the Kindle again.

    Really, I don’t find this any different than I did when I was reading paper. Of course, for newspapers, a lot of people will just read them by leaving them lying on the table, but I never like to look down when reading, so I almost always hold my reading matter in one hand at eye level.

    @Sumocat: I’m blessed with a Jamba Juice that’s directly on my morning commute. They’re tasty enough, and almost certainly better for me than a daily dose of eggs, bacon and hash browns…but that doesn’t mean I don’t crave a good old-fashioned Heart Stopper every now and again!

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