Saturday, February 26, 2011

New Features Included in Free Software Update

This is a copy paste from Email I recieved from Amazon this week. They told me that If I had on my wireless, that the update the latest version would happen automatically, and that it would install itself when in "sleep" mode. I monitored every day to see when it would happen, and today Saturday, I notice some of the new features, especifically, the "Real Page Numbers" which was one of the "dislikes" I had about the Kindle - actually the "Book" or "Publication" needs to support this feature.

Real Page Numbers
Many titles in the Kindle Store now include real page numbers, making it easy to reference and cite passages and read alongside someone reading the print book in a book club or class. Page numbers will also be available on our free "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" Kindle apps in the coming months. As with all of Kindle's features, we want you to lose yourself in the author's words, so page numbers and locations are only displayed when you press the Menu button.

Public Notes
This feature lets Kindle users choose to make their book notes and highlights available for others to see. Any Kindle user -- including authors, their fans, book reviewers, professors and passionate readers everywhere -- can opt-in to share their thoughts on book passages and ideas with friends, family members, colleagues, and the greater Kindle community of people who love to read. To review and turn on Public Notes in your own books, view the Public Notes of people you follow, track your reading activities, see Popular Highlights and your annotations, and view your full library of books, go to

Before You Go ...
When you reach the end of the book, you can now immediately rate the book, share a message about the book with your social network, get personalized recommendations for what to read next, and see more books by the same author.

New Newspaper and Magazine Layout
A new browsing layout makes it easy to scan newspapers and magazines more quickly.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Walking in the mall observations and rants

Blue Screen of Death to all ....

OK, so if you have been doing technology for a while, and especially if you have been working with Microsoft Windows, you know what the BSOD is right? As I did my circumference wandering in one of our nation's famous locations (the mall), I noticed this:

Seems like somebody should reboot the advertising device, I would of, but I could not find anywhere I could enter Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

While I was thinking about blogging, I thought of not...I have also been thinking lately of canceling this blog. I mean, I get a fair amount of visitors. Not outrageous, but I average over 500 or so a week. Yet I hardly ever get much comments or anyone letting me know that they read or even comment positive or negative on what I write, so I am thinking it a waste of digital space ... maybe. Not sure. The other thing is that it get's spammed all the time. You never see it because it is moderated and I delete it all, but I am just getting tired of spammers. Gosh, can you guys get a life? Do you guys know that after over 15 years of doing this, I have never ever click on a spammer's link, or even remotely had a curiosity about what you are spamming me about. Who reads your BS anyway? If you read chain letters or spam emails, my opinion is that you got way too much time on your hands.


Sunday, February 13, 2011


Well I got a Kindle. I got the one with the free 3G and not the DX model which is bigger and of course costs more money. I wanted the smaller one so I can take it with me easily.

What is there to Blog about the Kindle? You can pretty much read all kinds of user comments on the Kindle sites; but I wanted to just highlight some general thoughts and comments about it.

First of all, one of the questions I was asked before was: Why get a Kindle, why not just get an iPAD instead? The iPad has way more capabilities and you can also read books on it. I can't argue with that; but here is my opinion, and it is only my opinion:

The iPad seems to me to me more an ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) Device vs. the Kindle which seems to me more for the person who wants to concentrate more on reading. So far my observation of people using the iPad is that they are jumping from one thing to the other. This is a result of what I called the "multi-tasking" lie. Once upon a time, I used to be able to sit down and read very large volumes from start to finish. I also had a very good ability to concentrate on one task and take it from begining to end. Once I started doing tech support though, I found that I needed to jugle multiple tasks at once - hence the "multi-tasking" scenario. I hate to break this to you, but nobody can do better more than one thing, than if that person was doing one. So, I like the Kindle, because I want to concentrate and not be bothered while I am reading by email alerts, news updates, and a host of other apps begging for my attention.

Here are the things I like about the Kindle:

1. Ink technology is awesome (Way better than Nook).
2. Totally easy to set up, and that includes the Wireless - with the information and even the MAC address right there for you to find.
3. Even though you can transfer your own documents to it, the "convert" feature is totally over the top. I can take a Technical PDFs, and email it to Amazon's convert engine, and they send it to my Kindle in Kindle format keeping all intact. So now I can read it as a native Kindle document.
4. Free 3G --- really, free. It has Internet browser (although I don't recommend that for heavy surfing, just quick lookup or backup).
5. Battery life seems to be real good. I have only charged it once since I got it, and have not had to recharge-4 days now of pretty good use.
6. Annotations, highlights, and clippings all store-able and backed up by Amazon.
7. The ability to share and sync what I am reading across multiple devices. So I can start reading on my Kindle, pick it up later on my laptop at the page I left, then if I have it on my Smart-phone start reading again.

Those are just a quick few thoughts on the Kindle. I think that the other e Readers and tablets will continue to overlap each other, and things are going to mesh. But for right now the Kindle has all comers beat when it comes to the pleasure of "reading'.