Flight training journal for September 25

The pace of training is increasing to about two flights per week, faster than my ability to blog each flight. Tonight I conducted five touch-and-gos at Austin Bergstrom. Remaining in the pattern at Austin is slightly more perplexing than the usual flights we take to smaller, more rural fields like Lockhart. Winds this afternoon were 15-25 knots, presenting strong cross winds that were compounded by heavy thermals over paved areas and highways around the airport. Traffic wasn’t especially heavy, but we were regularly position between MD-80s and 737s as early evening arrivals picked up around 5pm.

Details of Amazon’s Kindle Tablet

Just before the Labor Day weekend, TechCrunch’s MG Siegler went hands-on with a prototype of the upcoming Amazon Kindle tablet. Siegler writes that the color tablet will feature a deeply branded reboot of the Android OS. Amazon is eyeing a November release, according to the report.

Again, the device is a 7-inch tablet with a capacitive touch screen. It is multi-touch, but from what I saw, I believe the reports that it relies on a two-finger multi-touch (instead of 10-finger, like the iPad uses) are accurate. This will be the first Kindle with a full-color screen. And yes, it is back-lit. There is no e-ink to be found anywhere on this device.

I’m a huge fan of the Kindle for two reasons. The first being that it’s neatly tied to Amazon, allowing me to purchase content and send it directly to the device, or access it through my iPhone or through the new Web-based reader. Second, e-Ink is incredibly readable; It’s far more easy to read for extended lengths than my iPad’s screen. It will be a shame if the Kindle Tablet doesn’t retain that level of readability. Expect leaked images of the prototypes screen at any time.