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Fire Talk / Re: Kindle Fire and the Free App of the Day...
« on: June 15, 2012, 05:06:18 AM »
Rules for cricket.  Pfft, that's easy.  Here you go...

You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.

When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game.

Easy, right?

Late reply, but his just happened to my wife's Fire last night.

Three Fires in the house and hers is the most recent one purchased.  The touchscreen stopped working while she was using one of her mahjonng apps.  Short / long / extra long reset attempts didn't work.  It would wake to the spalsh screen, but wouldn't recognize any taps or swipes on the screen.

Called Kindle CS, discussed the problem and we have a replacement on the way.  Just wish it would get here quicker.  The rep said it would arrive by the 29th.  Ugh.  Since hers was a Mother's Day gift I let her borrow mine until the replacement arrives, but now *I'm* the one that doesn't have a Fire.

Glad we still have the trusty K3s in the house.  I can still read, but can't ue any of my recently acquired apps.

  - Mark

Fire Talk / Re: Kindle Fire and the Free App of the Day...
« on: May 17, 2012, 06:35:14 AM »
I was knda interested until I read that the app is 100+ Mb, and allows or requires in-app purchasing.

Not interested in allowing my kids access to that.  It's hard enough to control my own book purchases.  :)

Fire Talk / Re: $139 Kindle Fire (refurbished from Amazon)
« on: May 02, 2012, 02:53:12 PM »
Yep.  The Warehouse Deals page says "Currently Unavailable", and there's no mention of the refurb deal on the Amazon page for purchasing a Fire.  Glad I grabbed one when I did.

Fire Talk / Re: $139 Kindle Fire (refurbished from Amazon)
« on: May 02, 2012, 09:54:48 AM »
Yep, I had to dust off my "hidden" Amazon account in order to nab one of these for my wife.

She loves her KK, but has been eyeing my Fire.  I think I've found a Mother's Day gift that she'll like.  :)

  - Mark

Fire Talk / Re: Changing tag/signature line?
« on: March 30, 2012, 02:32:28 AM »
So simple.  Thanks!

I had gone through several of the settings, but hadn't worked my way through all of them.

I appreciate the rapid response!

Fire Talk / Changing tag/signature line?
« on: March 30, 2012, 02:12:37 AM »
Hi All,

I've noticed that my daughter's Fire adds "Sent from my Kindle Fire" at the end of messages she sends from it.  Does anyone know if there's a way to modify the tag line?  I'm sure she'd get a kick out of making it a bit more personalized.


  - Mark

Fire Talk / Re: Credit Card and Kindle Fire
« on: March 26, 2012, 04:40:17 PM »
We just discovered this frustrating little hitch after purchasing a Fire for our 12 yo daughter.  I've searched the forum and, unless my search-fu has gone kaput, I don't see that Amazon has changed the way this has been set up.  After a bit of thinking I believe I've managed to come up with a solution.

After seeing and playing with my daughter's Fire, I decided to burn through a few gift cards I had acquired over the last few months and get myself a Fire as well.  A bit of digging through the "to be shredded" bin rewarded me with a few now-worthless Visa gift cards.  Still, the account numbers ARE valid and represent a credit card.  I plugged in the information for one of them in her profile and now the system shows it as the card funding one-click purchases.  As long as the gift cards we give her always get used *first*, she shouldn't have a problem with the one-click hurdle.

Tempting.  My TBR list is starting to get more manageable, and the idea intrigues me.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for Freelance Editor
« on: May 23, 2011, 03:53:06 PM »
Message sent.

The KBoards Photo Gallery / Re: Good picture to start with?
« on: May 23, 2011, 03:13:12 PM »
Please note: These comments are from a reader and NOT a graphic artist.  Just my opinions, for what they're worth.

It looks like you're trying to use the same concept used on "The Man With No Past", which makes sense if you're going to serialize it.

The first thing that came to mind is that it needs to be in a portrait format instead of landscaped.  Nothing that some digital creativity can't fix.

Another thought is to have your character rotate toward the shoreline to allow the viewer to see both legs.  Right now he's more of a blob with a hat.  Showing more of an outline may help.

Is it set in the present or the past?  More "stuff" may clutter the image, especially on the small bit of real estate available on the cover of a book, but for some reason I'm picturing a beach umbrella out there.

Again, just my thoughts.

  - Mark (S-4-C)

The Book Bazaar / Re: Book #2 in The Treasure Hunters Club series
« on: May 20, 2011, 09:49:17 AM »
I've read extensively about the Beale code, and even created a Geocache in order to draw more interest to the story.  Always happy to see anything to draw attention to it.

I'll lend a hand in creating the link:

Hope that helps!

  - Mark (S-4-C)

The KBoards Photo Gallery / Re: Steampunk
« on: May 06, 2011, 02:16:10 PM »

Datamancer's keyboard creations encouraged me to make my own steampunk keyboard.  Sorry for the crappy cellphone pic.  It's the best I have on hand right now.

Yes, I could have purchased the pretty brass, copper or aluminum frame from him, but they were too pricey for my wallet.  A visit to the local Home Depot, the purchase of a couple of sets of old typewriter keys on ebay and a way too many hours to count and I ended up with my own version.  It still draws looks at the office when we have visitors.  :)

  - Mark

Kindle Accessories / Re: Invisible Defenders Payment Question
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:54:13 AM »
I emailed back and forth before purchasing.  When ready to purchase they provided an Amazon link for the me to use to process my payment.

Their site would never allow me to complete a transaction, so I'm glad the Amazon option was there.

  - Mark (S-4-C)

Kindle Accessories / Re: Invisible Defenders Skins in Matte Finish
« on: March 25, 2011, 01:53:44 PM »
When I purchased mine (before matte was available, grrrr), I emailed them directly and asked if the numbers could be added.   It wasn't an option listed on the site.

They were easy to work with and we traded a few emails to be sure that the numbers were positioned where I wanted them.  If you go this route be patient while waiting for a response.  The stilted language used made me think that they're about 12 hours away.  Still, all things considered they went out of their way to be sure I got what I wanted.

I've tried to access the linked site, but it won't load for me.

I'm interested in Lovecraft, but haven't made time to read any of his stories.

Kindle Accessories / Re: Invisible Defenders Skins in Matte Finish
« on: March 24, 2011, 06:12:10 PM »
Does anybody know if you can get the NUMBER labels above the top row on these new matte versions?

Yes... yes you can.

The pics aren't that great, but take a look at the following link:,52189.msg957913.html#msg957913

Writers' Cafe / Re: Most innovative way to kill a zombie.......
« on: March 19, 2011, 04:43:44 AM »
Grab a copy of "World War Z".  There's all sorts of ideas in there, though if you use any of them your story won't be unique.

I think that book was more interesting in pointing out the ways that were least effective in killing zombies.  They don't breathe so you can't drown them, internal organs are useless so concussion grenades don't work, etc. 

Kindle Accessories / Re: M-Edge "My Edge" has been launched
« on: March 17, 2011, 03:26:13 PM »
Something like this would really make me reconsider my Oberon cover!

I can't say that I'm willing to give up my Oberon until they make the new mounting system available.  Straps are sort of OK, but I prefer the strapless look of the new mounting system.  I won't give up my beautiful, solid leather, great smellin' cover for one of these unless the new mounting system is an option.

The Book Corner / Re: Steampunk for Newbies
« on: March 16, 2011, 03:43:36 PM »
Steampunk has been described as more aesthetic than genre. Many examples from jewelry and fashion to the steampunk keyboard abound in the aethernet. The aesthetic embraces the look and feel of brass and bronze, wood and leather. It embodies the notion of the "custom crafted" over "mass produced." The tropes include cogs and goggles, corsets and top hats, airships and steam engines. Cross Jules Verne with William Gibson and season with a little Rudyard Kipling, and I think you'll begin to get a feel for it.

I admit that I got bitten by the steampunk bug, probably encouraged by a huge assortment of costumes and props that showed up at DragonCon the last few years.

I saw some of Datamancerís keyboard creations and love to tinker, so I had to build my take on a steampunk keyboard made of aluminum, copper and stainless.  I've included a couple of pics.  Forgive the poor lighting.  I need to build a lightbox to prevent glare and allow proper focus.

I have the only unique keyboard in the building, though Iíve been asked to make more.

Back on the subject of books, Iíd like to thank everyone for the suggestions already posted.  My TBR list is already huge, but Iíll be adding quite a few of the suggested books to that list.

  - Mark (S-4-C)

Layton, it took me almost a month to get to the book and start reading it, but only took about three days to read.  I would have finished it sooner if I didn't have a job and studying for a test getting in my way.

I've posted a 5-star review on Amazon, and I have to admit that I don't often rate books that high.  This one is that good.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  If anyone has this book in their TBR list, they ought to move it to the top.  Otherwise, they'll be wishing they had done so.

Thanks for giving me the chance to read it.

  - Mark (S-4-C)

Kindle Accessories / Re: Invisible Defenders No Key Skin Pictures
« on: March 10, 2011, 05:16:54 PM »
I think I can get used to the numbers where they've been positioned.  Now I just have to get used to the color.  I ordered the gray, but it's more of a dark maroon.  Think of the purplish-brown cover of a Hershey bar wrapper and that's the color of the skin.  It matches my Celtic Hounds Oberon cover pretty well, though.

I'll apologize in advance for the size of the pics, but I wanted to be able to show as much detail as possible.

Here's a shot of it in my Oberon, showing off my daughters on the screensaver:

And here's a closer shot of it, showing that I need to get the stickum pressed down a bit better around the buttons.

I'll need to keep working on pressing down the skin around the buttons a bit, but now that it's on the Kindle I think the positioning of the numbers isn't all that bad.

  - Mark

Kindle Accessories / Re: Invisible Defenders No Key Skin Pictures
« on: March 10, 2011, 10:04:49 AM »
May I ask how long it took to receive?

I ordered on Saturday, including some email correspondence to verify locations of the numbers.  The skin was mailed on Monday and arrived at my office today.  Pretty speedy service.

I'm looking forward to installing the skin tonight and seeing how the location of the numbers looks once it's in place.  It may bring to mind the top row of keys on a full-size keyboard.  Just a few hours and I'll find out.

Kindle Accessories / Re: Invisible Defenders No Key Skin Pictures
« on: March 10, 2011, 09:15:17 AM »
Well, I received the skin from Invisible Defenders.

They placed the numbers above the top row of letters as I asked, but I should have specified that they space the numbers the same distance as the rows of letters already pre-printed on the skin.

I donít have my camera with me today, so I can only take pics with my cellphone which doesnít have the greatest resolution.  Still, I hope these will give a general idea of the look of the skin until I can get it applied to my Kindle.

The skin came packaged in a sturdy envelope, so thereís no concern about any damages in transit.

Hopefully you can see in the blurry picture that the numbers are printed above the top row of letters, but they're spaced pretty close to the letters themselves.  If youíre considering getting one of these Iíd suggest that you specify not only which numbers appear above which letters, but that they be spaced apart roughly the same as the spacing already on the skin.

Hopefully this will be helpful for anyone else considering this option.

  - Mark (S-4-C)

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