Saturday, January 01, 2011

Good time to be an Alien

When I moved out, 10 years ago, it was before SVTPlay, e-book readers or Skype. At least it was in the time of the DVD so you could bring Swedish DVDs with you - if you hacked your DVDplayer. TV3's short newsprogram (what was it called? 3 minutes) actually put up an online version of it's news program online - and you might be able to stream it - but that was it.

Now we live in a time where you can be in France and watch the Swedish princess wedding in Stockholm live on your iPhone or follow the "Julkalendern" (Swedish children's program in December) as if you were in Swedish (and with nice grandparents who send the paper calendar - it's just like in Sweden).

And two months ago I gave myself an e-reader* and now I don't have to wait for the next visit to Sweden to use valuable weight in my suitcases with books to read (even though I ready perfectly fluently in English - it's nice (and important) to read in Swedish as often as I get the chance). With my e-reader I can buy (or borrow when I have my Swedish library card set up) Swedish books in minutes and start reading.

My kids thinks it's perfectly natural to turn on their computer and check if grandmom is online, put on the headset and the video and talk on Skype.

New technology makes life good for aliens.

(I got the new Nook Color by Barnes&Noble - I'm an Amazon fan and a huge user - but with the Kindle you can't read epub files - the standard used by libraries or Swedish booksellers - only the Amazon books can be read on a Kindle. If you want to use an e-reader to read Swedish books - make sure it can read epub files and install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer and hook the e-reader and ADE together - and hepp - you're good to go!)


Saltistjejen said...

Visst är det fantastiskt! Jag ahr en Nook sdan förra januari och ÄLSKAR den! har redan lånat mängder på bibiliotek i Sverige! :-)
SÅ BRA!!!!
God Fortsättning!

Anonymous said...

Finns det som svensk någon anledning att inte välja Nook Color?

Jag tänker då på en sådan sak som virtuellt tangentbord utan svenska tecken (om den nu har virtuellt tangentbord överhuvudtaget).

Anton, Stockholm

Tales of a young mamma said...

Have you found a place where you can watch kids shows in Swedish? I watch my favorite shows on TV3 play- but haven't found anything for my son. I want him to be able to watch boolibompa!

Anonymous said...

@-Tales of a young mamma

Have a look around at this link. Bolibompa is the 7th thumbnail.

Not sure if it's full shows or short out-takes only.

Sometimes having a non-Swedish IP-address can't stop you from watching it but the random ones I looked at worked fine even though I have a British IP-address.

Anton, Stockholm

J | Swedish Alien said...

Saltistjejen - god fortsättning! Ja - jag är väldigt nöjd med min nook. Hade inte alls tänkt att jag skulle läsa skönlitteratur - var i första hand ute efter något som kunde hanter mängder med e-böcker och pdf:er och behövde ha färg. Jag trodde jag var supertraditionell och behövde ha pappersböcker. Plötsligt lättar vikten betydligt när jag åker från Sverige och hit när jag istället kan läsa e-versionerna. Bra att kunna låna - för det är helt knäppt vad dyrt e-böcker är jämfört med vanliga i Sverige.

Anton - den har "virutellt" tangentbord - men än så länge inte det internationella (som på t ex en iPhone där du kan växla mellan svenskt och engelskt) - men du kan ju utan större problem skriva svenska tecken. Den stora anledningen att inte köpa en Nook som svensk är ju kanske att den är hårt knuten till Barnes&Noble som ju inte finns i Sverige.

Tales of a young mama - use SVTPlay - Anton gave you the link below. It usually works really great - not all shows can be seen abroad. And we seem to have issues with good access when using Comcast at home - whereas I have no problem watching SVTPlay at work (where we have AT&T Business). We do use a Swedish ip-address service ($30/6 months) and that fixes most of the issues at home.

Anton - thanks fo sharing the link - I love SVTPlay - used it yesterday on New Year's Eve to watch the Swedish midnight live. Most shows can be watched - if it's SVTs own material - imported material is usually blocked with non-Swedish IP addresses. We've had some issues at home (as I said above) but using our Swedish IP-address works great.

Anonymous said...

Hejsan! Roligt att hitta en svensk i norra kalifornien! Jag själv bor i Sacramento sedan 2006. Jag fick en kindle i julklapp och upptäckte nu när jag var hemma i sverige i maj att jag kan köpa svenska e-böcker via adlibris till min kindle. Det var lycka! Nu ser jag att du skriver att du kan låna svenska e-böcker med ett svenskt bibliotekskort -- coolt! Måste jag genast undersöka! Kram, Jessica i Sacramento.

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