O'Reilly Media Ebook and Video Deal of the Day in support of the Japanese Disaster Relief

O’Reilly Media, the book publisher famous for their high quality technology books and unique covers with animals on them, is running a *Free to Choose* Ebook and Video Deal of the Day in support of the Japanese Disaster Relief. Here’s what they told me:

O’Reilly, No Starch Press, and Tidbits will donate all revenues, less author royalties, from “Deal of the Day” sales to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Thanks to the Internet, we understand more deeply than ever that everyone on the planet is connected. The disasters that have hit Japan feel close to home, and those of us at O’Reilly, No Starch, and Tidbits want to do something to help the Japanese people recover and rebuild. We know many of you do, too. Working with the O’Reilly Tokyo office, we will ensure that your valued contribution goes to the relief of those most in need. We’ll update the total amount donated throughout the day, as well as the final amount.

We’ll be extending our popular Deal of the Day to include the entire catalog of ebooks and videos from O’Reilly, No Starch, and Tidbits — yours included.

There is a 50% savings on eBooks and videos today (March 22, 2011). You can find the deals at:

oreil.ly/free2choose-japan

So, what does this have to do with mobile? Well, I wrote the Windows for Intel Macs ebook for them back in 2006. I used Parallels on a (get this!) first generation MacBook (single core) with 1GB RAM and 60GB hard drive to run Windows in a virtual machine. I let O’Reilly know they can also donate whatever royalties are generated from my ebook sales today too (in the belief that every little bit helps).

And, a good chunk of the book’s text was actually written on an HP Jornada 720 Handheld PC 2000 (this tives you an idea of when it was released) running Windows CE (still the core engine under today’s Windows Phone 7). HP’s Jornada Handheld PCs preceded the Tablet PCs and netbooks. They were, in my opinion, fantastic and a great productivity tool. The tiny Joranda 720 had (and still has) an excellent keyboard. It served me well in writing sections of the book while on the move.

You can see the Jornada 720 sitting on top of the netbook sized HP Jornada 820 which was also a Windows CE based Handheld PC 2000 device. I keep hoping to see a return of these tiny incredibly useful Handheld PC type devices.

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