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It’s been quite a while since I posted anything. Sorry about that, but, if I don’t find myself interesting, why should I think anyone else does?

Anyway, it’s time for an update on the “no new book purchases until I’ve read ten that I have” pledge I made to control my biblioholism.  I’ve just finished the fourth, Goldsworthy’s Roman Warfare. It’s a good survey of the development of Rome’s army (the navy was, except for the First Punic War and the war with the pirates, negligible) from the city’s foundation through the 6th century. A short work at just a couple of hundred pages, it’s necessarily shallow, but Dr. Goldsworthy does a good job of presenting his main themes. I recommend for anyone interested in Roman History.

Oh, book number three was Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism, also highly recommended to the astute reader.

Next up … I don’t know really. We’ll see what catches my eye on the shelf.

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So, I’ve had an Apple iPod Touch for about two weeks now, having decided to treat myself to something after Christmas. I bought the 8gb “2nd generation” model. With Apple Care warranty (mandatory, according to Apple-savvy friends) and tax, it came to just over $300.

So far, I’ve been very happy with it. The sound quality is very good, and the flip-through feature for album covers is handy. (I wasn’t too impressed with it on Mac notebooks and desktops, but on a small screen like the iPod’s, it’s a good feature.)

I haven’t investigated the other applications much, yet, though the ones I’ve tried seem to be mostly “fluff:” cute programs that serve little purpose. Access to Google Maps is handy — if one is near an open wireless network at the time. Likewise with email. The notepad app can be useful, though the small pop-up keyboard takes some getting used to. It’s much better than other portable-device keypads I’ve tried, however. The games and social networking apps don’t impress me.

I’ve only encountered one technical glitch, so far: a couple of days ago, I found the volume symbol active on the screen and stuck at zero. The device wouldn’t let me turn it back up, nor could I make the symbol go away. Finally, I turned the iPod off and let it sit for a while; the problem was gone after I restarted it. This happened after a software update, so I wonder if Apple introduced a small bug. (Oh, no! Heaven forfend! Apple is perfect! –obligatory Cult of Apple Snark(tm))

Overall, I’m quite pleased with my purchase and I’d recommend it to others. The only thing I need to get now is a case that clips onto my belt, since carrying it by hand or in a pocket is kind of clumsy.

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