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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Wireless headphones with your TV?
« on: July 03, 2012, 05:26:10 pm »
I bought my Mom a pair of TV Ears from Radio Shack last year as she lives in an apartment and can't turn the volume up on her TV enough to hear it in the evenings. She loves them. She also said she loves them for watching her BBC programs because it's hard to understand the accent anyway, and with the TV Ears, she can clearly hear what they are saying so she's enjoying her shows much more now.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Dish Network customers FYI
« on: July 03, 2012, 05:19:43 pm »
Well, we have been with Dish since it first came out and have had no problems with them. Ever. On the infrequent occasions we have had to contact customer support, they have always gone above and beyond the norm to resolve any problem and we have been extremely impressed and happy with all our dealings with Dish Network.
There are plenty of movie channels to watch with excellent movies of all sorts, and goodness knows enough of all the other channels to find something to watch on.
We are very happy with Dish and would not change to any other service.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: How to care for introverts: a discussion
« on: April 25, 2012, 06:34:10 pm »
^^^OK, Gotcha and I agree!  :)

The Book Corner / Re: Have you purchased a book because of the title?
« on: April 25, 2012, 12:22:02 pm »
YES! Only I bought it when it first came out in paperback. The name was so funny, I didn't even read the back to see what it was about, just bought it. This was my introduction to Christopher Moore, and I love his books.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Those cool new customer review outakes on Amazon?
« on: April 25, 2012, 12:13:40 pm »
They show up in the "new" Amazon look.
As a reader trying to see what the book is about, I don't like them. More distraction and more to wade through.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: How to care for introverts: a discussion
« on: April 25, 2012, 12:11:18 pm »
We live in a very extroverted society.  But at the same time I feel like this list makes introversion sound like a handicap that should be worked around.  Should introverts be pushed to be more like extroverts?  Or should society learn to embrace this approach to life?  and  See but this type of introversion is what I was kind of talking about with regard to should we "cure" it or not.  The way I see things, a psychological problem is something that prevents us from living a normal, well-balanced life.  Humans are social animals whether we like it or not.  How much we like to socialize could vary.  But there can be no arguing that total isolation for prolonged periods of time affects us.

Meemo- these two quotes taken together from Alain Gomez are what some of us are objecting to in this discussion. I, at least, don't see being an introvert as a psychological problem that prevents me from leading a "normal, well-balanced" (and who determins that?) life. I'm just different. Not better or worse, just different.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Updates via MYK
« on: April 24, 2012, 04:13:08 pm »
Thanks Ann!

Not Quite Kindle / Re: "Askew"
« on: April 24, 2012, 04:04:23 pm »
Worked on my DroidX. Very funny. :D

That's interesting - my Kindle isn't slow or unstable.  Have you tried to re-boot?  If that doesn't work, perhaps you should give Kindle Customer Service a call or remove some of your books.  I don't think the amount of books is the issue, I have about 2000 on my Kindle with no issue.  Good Luck!

Some people have reported when they had over 1000 books, they noticed a significant slowdown. I have about 2000 also, and have notice a slight slowdown when on the menu screens, but nothing when I'm reading. Other people have reported when they had many categories and the books were in multiple categories, they noticed a slowdown.

How many books and categories have you on your Kindle?
Do you leave wifi on?
Have you done a hard (not factory) reboot?
Have you recently added a bunch of books?
When you say it crashes, what exactly does it do?
We need more details in order to try to help you.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Migraine relief?
« on: April 24, 2012, 03:31:25 pm »
Yikes!!! I'm sorry you are having such a rough time. :(
I don't know anything about CoQ10 so I can't help you there. And I never had to get through migraines while taking care of small children either, so I don't know that this will help any at all, but I'll tell you what I learned to do.

What I found with my migraines is that I could not tolerate the prescription migraine preventative medication so I had to find an alternate way to cope with them when they hit. I did a lot of research and taught myself biofeedback and a meditation technique called visualization that at least allow me to sleep. The trick is to be able to concentrate hard enough that the migraine pain recedes into the background. If you want more detail, let me know. I also take Excedrin Migraine with strong coffee if I can at the first sign and try to relax and that helps me now.

Anyway, since I went through menopause and stopped taking my allergy medications, I find I only have about one migraine every couple of months. At one time in my life, I was having them 3-4 times a week and would have to go to the hospital for a pain shot when they got really bad.

A friend of mine gets bad headaches from her neck being "out" and goes to the chiropractor to get adjusted and that helps her.

Don't get me wrong, I do like my kindle but how come for such a simple device(no graphics) it is so unstable. It is unreliable, it crashes out and it is terribly slow. The logic is awful. I am at the point of going back to paperbacks. The only thing that keeps me using it is the greet selection of books available. It's nearly a case of using the iPad app as a reader. The kindle is physically more comfortable to use. However the apple product us just so far ahead of the kindle. Are the new kindle touch screens more reliable and user friendly.
(.posted from iPhone which never freezes or crashes!)

Which Kindle do you have and what are you trying to do with it?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Americans - what do you call a slippery slide?
« on: April 22, 2012, 11:56:32 am »
aka the "speed rail of shrieking skin" and on hot days? "toddler saute pan"

 :D  Just remembering when slides were still metal and how on hot summer days, sweaty skin would make us stick halfway down the very hot slide. Introducing a little water to the slide made it less painful, but that also involved a lot of water balloons and general drenching and did not make the mothers happy, not that we really cared!

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle App on Smartphones question
« on: April 18, 2012, 08:36:18 pm »
Next month I'll be getting a new smartphone (had an iPhone 3G for a year, other than that have only used BlackBerrys).  I've narrowed it down to the HTC One X (Android), the Nokia Lumia 900 (Windows Phone) and the HTC Titan II (Windows Phone).

I have a DroidX going on two years now and love it. DH just last week bought the Nokia Lumia 900 (Windows Phone), switching from Verizon to AT&T, and absolutely loves it. He's an ubergeek and researched the heck out of this phone. I compared his phone to mine side by side and his is thinner (flatter), & slighter larger in size. The display is very, very nice and he watches Netflix on it. There were no noticable problems with fonts in any of the various programs and internet things I looked at. He loves the windows environment because it integrates with everything he is running at work and home. The call quality is great. There is an update for it that will fix some unable to connect problems so they are no longer a factor. The biggest difference between our phones is I have to plug mine in every night, even with the extended battery and he's getting at least 2, yes TWO, days out of his before he has to charge and that's with moderate usage. He did do a battery test with netflix though, a 2 hr movie drained his battery to half, streaming with wifi. I'm sure there are some things he does not like, but it's not anything big enough to mention. The only thing he did mention is with the app store, there is a known problem getting signed up with them and you have to call to do that. After getting signed up with the app store, he has not had any further problems.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Canker Sore Remedies?
« on: April 18, 2012, 08:05:11 pm »
Just read this:
Always take lysine supplements with food and a full glass of water to avoid an upset stomach.

Read more: Lysine & Cold Sore Prevention |

They are talking about how Lysine can help cold sores too.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Wanted: Your impression of two car brands
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:35:39 pm »
Impression: If you end up in a bad car crash in either of them, you're dead. Also spontaneous combustion.

Yeah, that goes for about 90% of the cars out there. ;)

Not Quite Kindle / Re: How to care for introverts: a discussion
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:34:04 pm »
I know you hate the phone and I try not to call you with chit chat. There are times when voice mail or text just isn't enough. I need the sound of a human voice. When I know you are there looking at the caller ID and not picking up or returning my call, it hurts my feelings and I feel rejected. If this never changes, it will change nothing about our friendship. I will still love you and be your friend and I will get over it. I still wish you would pick up now and then.

Once I told her how I felt she understood and answers the phone........about 50% of the time. Since I only phone her about once a month anyway I don't see it as pushing her.
Have you tried texting her that you really need her to call you because you need to talk to someone? Or try Skype?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Wanted: Your impression of two car brands
« on: April 15, 2012, 06:27:15 pm »
Good value, great gas mileage, fun to drive.
I drove my Mom's Kia from Florida to Washington State and never had a problem. I love that car!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Would you start a book in the middle of a series?
« on: April 08, 2012, 11:42:15 am »
I always read in the order written. Even if it's a "stand alone" series, there is usually backstory and characters from previous books that help tie the present story together and unless you read the previous book(s) you really miss out on the "inside stuff".

Not Quite Kindle / Re: How to care for introverts: a discussion
« on: April 07, 2012, 05:18:13 pm »
As an introvert, I can assure you that I have to deal with things outside of my comfort zone each and every day. There is nothing anyone else has to do to make that happen. We live in an extrovert world and unless I want to be a total hermit, I am forced to cope with my introvert tendencies EVERY DAY. Being an introvert does not make me any more unhealthy than anyone else out there, but being labled as having unhealthy tendencies because I am an introvert does sting.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Canker Sore Remedies?
« on: April 07, 2012, 05:02:34 pm »
You need to figure out what is triggering them. For some people it's citric acid, like oranges, lemons, limes, etc. Other people get them from tomato products. Think about what you are eating on a regular basis and start eliminating things from your diet. They can also be caused by a virus and/or stress. If you are a lip biter, kick the habit. I would consult my doctor to make sure it is not a symptom of something more serious.

L-Lysine does help, but won't make them go away on it's own. Sometimes your Dr can prescribe a salve that you put on them, it's super sticky and relieves the pain, but I found the salve was worse than just dealing with the pain. Aspirin for the pain. Or try Anbesol, you can get that over the counter. Also Clove Oil is readily available in most drug stores and is used for mouth pain.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to lose a reader; How to lead
« on: April 07, 2012, 04:45:03 pm »
*hands sherylb a chocolate*
but why is my name in quotes?

Pseudonym of a pseudonym? I don't know, my fingers just did it!   :D

Writers' Cafe / Re: How to lose a reader; How to lead
« on: April 07, 2012, 02:51:58 pm »
On mine, I have the cover image, title page and copyright, and table of contents. Sometimes there's a quick prologue (less than two printed pages, usually a page and a half on a ebook device). I do these things because I'm interested in a quality experience for my readers, but the sample is more than enough to see if you like the style. With this setup, they usually get at least the first chapter if not a bit of the second also.

The things I look for in the front of an ebook are cover image, title page, copyright (always because this has the year published), blurb (this is few and far between, but I love it when there is one so I don't have to look up the book to see what it is about when I go to read it two months after downloading), acknowledgement page (keep it short, please), but I don't care about a table of contents. The glossary should always be at the back, but if you need a glossary, then you should have a TOC up front to let your readers know they need a glossary to read your book. As to a prologue or forward, if your book needs it, it should also be up front. I have seen ebooks where the title page, copyright, and acknowledgements are all on the same page and that makes sense to me if you can keep your acknowledgements short. It saves time, space and gets everything in a neat package.
As our friend "flying scarlet piranha" very often says...this is just my opinion and you will NEVER please everyone!

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The (Almost) Official Happy Birthday Thread
« on: April 06, 2012, 08:18:23 pm »
Thank You!!!!! :-*

It's sure been a roller coaster ride so far!
I was lmao when Jeff asked them who thought they were going home and no one raised their hand. They all believe what each other says? Or was Tarzan right in that they just didn't want to talk about anything for fear of tipping someone off. That was a cool puzzle they had to do for the immunity necklace.

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