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Not Quite Kindle / Miriam Webster Time Traveler
« on: December 13, 2018, 07:34:36 pm »
This is seriously cool.  You can see which words were entered into the dictionary in the year of your choice (for example, your birth year).

I'm as old as empty calories, LOL!


Let's Talk Kindle! / MOVED: Newbe be in the stew
« on: November 26, 2018, 10:38:18 am »

Not Quite Kindle / Christmas Movie Every Day Quest
« on: November 26, 2018, 05:16:47 am »
Annually I have a goal of watching a Christmas movie every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I posted here, I think last year, and posted on FB this year.  I now have a pretty big list of movies; if I keep it up, I may have to keep going through the New Year, LOL if I'm going to see them all!    Some of these are being shown on TV during the season, a couple I own, others are available either on Netflix or Amazon and a few I may need to rent. But I'm still looking for recommendations!  Obviously there are FAR more Christmas movies than this out there, but I'm looking for movies you LOVED.
I've seen Miracle on 34th St (Natalie Wood version) and Holiday Inn so far this year. Elf is on this evening on AMC, I'll probably watch it tonight! Christmas in Connecticut, which I'm not sure I've ever seen, is on tomorrow, as is Rudolph.

Four Christmases watched 12/3
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Christmas Story
A Christmas Wish
Arthur Christmas
Bell, Book & Candle
The Bells of St Mary's watched 12/2
The Bishop's Wife
Christmas Carol (1938) (Reginald Owen)
Christmas Carol (1984) George C Scott
Christmas Carol (1999) (Patrick Stewart)
Christmas Carol/Scrooge (1941) (Alastair Sim)
Christmas Chronicles
Christmas in Connecticut watched 11/30
Christmas Vacation
Come to the Stable
Desk Set
Die Hard watched 12/1
Elf watched 11/26
Emmet Otter Jug Band
Frosty the Snowman
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (original)
Heaven Sent
Hercule Poirot Christmas
The Hogfather
The Holiday
Holiday Inn
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey)
It Happened On 5th Avenue
It Happened One Christmas
It's a Wonderful Life
The Lemon Drop Kid (the song Silver Bells debuted in this Bob Hope movie)
Little Women (1919) 1950s TV episode: Jo's Story watched 11/26
Little Women (1933) (Kathryn Hepburn)
Little Women (1949) (June Allyson)
Little Women  (1994) (Winona Ryder)
Love Actually
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Miracle of the Bells
Miracle on 34th St
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
Muppet Christmas Carol
Nightmare Before Christmas Watched 11/27
The Nine Lives of Christmas (Hallmark)
Polar Express
The Preacher's Wife
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer watched 11/29
Santa Claus is coming to town
The Santa Clause 1, 2, 3
A Very Merry Mix-Up (Hallmark)
While You Were Sleeping
White Christmas
The Year without a Santa Clause

Anything Else Amazon / Leaked email addresses
« on: November 21, 2018, 06:41:57 am »

"Amazon has emailed users to tell them that a "technical error" made their names and email addresses visible publicly on its website (via BetaNews). Amazon declined to comment on how many users have been affected, and the only way to know if your email address has been exposed is by receiving one of the company's surprisingly brief emails.

In these messages, Amazon says that the error has now been fixed, and it reassures users that it will not be necessary for them to reset their passwords. However, the information exposed still presents dangers for customers: it puts them at risk of phishing attacks, and it could allow hackers to attempt to reset their accounts."

Off now to check my emails from Amazon, which I don't always read...


Anything Else Amazon / 25% on new Echo Device with trade-in of old device.
« on: November 07, 2018, 04:14:03 pm »
I've been wanting an Echo Spot, and knew there was a sale on now--and the $90 you listed interested me, CS.  I went to the Echo Spot page to see what the current price ($99) was before Black Friday and there was a 25% off with trade in of an old Echo device, and a gift card for the value of the trade-in.  I had an Echo dot I rarely use, so I took them up on it.  It's not visible to me now, since I took advantage of it, but it's talked about online.  Hopefully if you click through, you'll see the offer.  I'm pretty sure the offer applies to any Echo device, but you apparently do need a trade-in, similar to the Kindle offer recently.

When I clicked on the offer, I got five dollars for my original Dot, and a notice that the 25% off would be applied at checkout, which it was.  So I got $25 off the $99 price, and the $5 trade in on the original Dot covered the tax.


The Book Corner / Tiny books
« on: October 30, 2018, 04:13:46 pm »

"The tiny editions are the size of a cellphone and no thicker than your thumb, with paper as thin as onion skin. They can be read with one hand--the text flows horizontally, and you can flip the pages upward, like swiping a smartphone."

I think I'd just as soon use my smartphone, or, wait for it--my Kindle!


Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Favorite Apple Watch apps?
« on: October 16, 2018, 06:33:43 am »
Hey, splitting this out from the general Apple Watch thread to make it easier to find talk about apps.

I learned about Pedometer++ from the Apple Watch thread and love it--it's exactly what I've been looking for as now my steps/mileage show directly on the watch face!  Thanks y'all!

I also love the Strong app for working out at the gym.  I set up a routine on my phone, send it to the watch and then can log it from the watch.


Writers' Cafe / MOVED: Kboards or ghosttown?
« on: October 15, 2018, 11:37:19 am »

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / What's on Your Apple Watch Face?
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:54:59 am »
I love that I can change my series 0 Apple Watch face depending on what I'm in the mood for, though mostly I use modular. 

This is my modular face:

I have date, time at top; my calendar in the middle (lazy today!), Dark Sky (my "is it going to rain" app), activity, and HeartWatch app (not the native Apple heart app) along the bottom.

I also have a Photo face that rotates between some of my quilts.  You can choose individual photos for the photo face or have it use your Favorites folder.

What's on your face?  Screenshot not necessary!


To change between faces:
(Swipe left or right to change between installed faces, or do it from the Watch App). | To add faces that are stored on your watch, go to Face Gallery (bottom menu of Watch app), tap on the face you want to add, and select "Add" in orange near the top. | To change the order of installed faces or to remove faces, go to My Faces on main screen (My Watch) of Watch App and tap on orange edit.)

To take a screenshot of your watch face
--Make sure screenshots are enabled:  General > Scroll down to "Enable Screenshots" is toggled on (green).
--wait a bit to ensure that the enabling has transferred to the watch
--press and hold on the Digital Crown (the "wind" button) and the side button (the flat button below the Digital Crown) at the same time.   The screen should flash briefly.
--the screenshot will be saved to your iPhone's photo album/screenshot album.

If it doesn't work, restart your watch and turn enable screenshots on and then off again, and wait a bit.  Mine didn't work at first (though I'm sure it used to) and so I did the above and it worked again.

To add an image to your post (method 1):
--the image must be stored online some where--Flickr or Google photos. 
--Navigate to the photo, copy the url. Note that it should end in .gif, .png or .jpg to work.
--start a new post, click on the above the smileys so you get a set of image tags[img][/img] and place the image link between them.

To add an image to your post using Tapatalk (method b):
--I find this the easiest way as I'm always on my mobile devices--and since the screenshots are on my iPhone, it's really easy.  Directions are for the iPhone version.
--Create new post in Tapatalk
--Tap on load photo icon in middle of bottom menu
--Navigate to the photo you want and tap on it; it will fill the screen
--Tap on "Done" in the lower right hand corner.  The photo will load.
--Large images will ask you to choose a size, the watch screenshot is tiny so it won't.  You're done.  The image link is created.
--Finish your post.

The Book Corner / 100 Best Thrillers of All Time
« on: October 03, 2018, 06:37:44 pm »
This popped up on FB.  Yeah, everyone has their own 100...  I liked that these cover a span of time.  I've read some and found some I want to read.

Not Quite Kindle / FB breach affecting 50 million users
« on: September 28, 2018, 10:53:30 am »
I recommend that folks at least do the bit in bold...and check their settings


Press release by FB:

By Guy Rosen, VP of Product Management

On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, our engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. We're taking this incredibly seriously and wanted to let everyone know what's happened and the immediate action we've taken to protect people's security.

Our investigation is still in its early stages. But it's clear that attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook's code that impacted "View As", a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people's accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don't need to re-enter their password every time they use the app.

Here is the action we have already taken. First, we've fixed the vulnerability and informed law enforcement.

Second, we have reset the access tokens of the almost 50 million accounts we know were affected to protect their security. We're also taking the precautionary step of resetting access tokens for another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a "View As" look-up in the last year. As a result, around 90 million people will now have to log back in to Facebook, or any of their apps that use Facebook Login. After they have logged back in, people will get a notification at the top of their News Feed explaining what happened.

Third, we're temporarily turning off the "View As" feature while we conduct a thorough security review.

This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code. It stemmed from a change we made to our video uploading feature in July 2017, which impacted "View As." The attackers not only needed to find this vulnerability and use it to get an access token, they then had to pivot from that account to others to steal more tokens.

Since we've only just started our investigation, we have yet to determine whether these accounts were misused or any information accessed. We also don't know who's behind these attacks or where they're based. We're working hard to better understand these details -- and we will update this post when we have more information, or if the facts change. In addition, if we find more affected accounts, we will immediately reset their access tokens.

People's privacy and security is incredibly important, and we're sorry this happened. It's why we've taken immediate action to secure these accounts and let users know what happened. There's no need for anyone to change their passwords. But people who are having trouble logging back into Facebook -- for example because they've forgotten their password -- should visit our Help Center. And if anyone wants to take the precautionary action of logging out of Facebook, they should visit the "Security and Login" section in settings. It lists the places people are logged into Facebook with a one-click option to log out of them all.
Category:  Company News

Writers' Cafe / MOVED: Amazon Opening a 4 Star Store in NYC
« on: September 26, 2018, 08:39:44 pm »

Let's Talk Kindle! / 600 DPI screens Coming for Kindles?
« on: September 26, 2018, 06:18:58 am »
Interesting blog post on Good Ereader:

I found these three bits especially interesting:

"I believe increased resolution will lead not only to better e-readers that offer more clarity, but also other products. Color E Ink would benefit greatly from this technology..."

"Smartphones like the YotaPhone and whatever comes after would also benefit, in addition to the next generation Sony FES Watch or upcoming products like jewellery."

"The President of E Ink Johnson Lee told Good e-Reader that ďAs our partners have demonstrated, E Ink is compatible with very high resolution backplanes. These backplanes cannot only make the display even more paper-like..."

My thoughts:

I'm pretty happy with the resolution on my first gen Oasis, but glad that eInk is continuing to be improved on.  Don't much care about color, though I have some quilting and birding books on Kindle that I use on my Kindle for iPad app.

Pretty sure I don't want to read on my watch 😂 or on jewelry!  LOL


Writers' Cafe / Mobile View added to KB
« on: August 22, 2018, 05:19:50 am »
Some members have noticed that, when using a mobile device, they are seeing a new look even though they might have been viewing the full forum previously on their iPad or tablet.  Our tech team has added an updated mobile view, long needed.

If you want to use the standard desktop, you can scroll down to the bottom and select "View full site."  It should default the the new site from then on.

The mobile view is being discussed more fully here:,266585.0.html


Not Quite Kindle / Aretha Franklin has died at age 76.
« on: August 16, 2018, 07:18:47 am »

RIP, Aretha!  Gonna get Alexa to play some Aretha....


Not Quite Kindle / Kindle in Space
« on: August 10, 2018, 06:11:44 am »

Let's Talk Kindle! / MOVED: Audio Books
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:58:21 pm »

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