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Messages - Ann in Arlington

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Harv's going to CES..!
« on: November 20, 2008, 06:04:28 pm »
Hey, did you see today's Dilbert????

LOL. . .I did see that and thought of all of you, er, us.  :)

Harvey, you might contact Amazon and let them know you plan to go and are a Kindle advocate, what with the very active and successful board and all.

When is it, by the way?  There's a possibility we'll be in Vegas in January and if it works out that would be a neat thing to visit.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle for Teens?
« on: November 20, 2008, 05:58:14 pm »
It's very hard at this age when so many of the longer books are inappropriate

Well, there's "appropriate" and "appropriate".  The important thing is to keep the lines of communication open so that if there's something in her reading that is somewhat mature she knows she can come to YOU with questions.  Maybe you could pick some more grown up books (didn't want to say 'adult' as that is not exactly what I mean :) ) that you could read together.  Have a mother/daughter book club. 


Kindle Accessories / Re: Screen protection?
« on: November 20, 2008, 05:23:50 pm »
I haven't seen the need either.  If I'm reading I don't want the screen covered.. . haven't had a problem with glare or anything.  It's pretty easy to find just the right angle.  When I'm not reading, it's in the closed cover so nothing will land on it.  And you don't touch it like a lot of cell phones so it doesn't need to be protected against finger oils.  A soft eyegass clothe cleans it quite nicely when needed.

Kindle Accessories / Re: You people are a bad influence :)
« on: November 20, 2008, 05:05:18 pm »
I have a smallish laptop, Sony Vaio.

I've got one of those little ones. . . .my Baby Laptop.  I love it.  When I need to take it somewhere, I slip it into a standard portfolio. . .you know, the kind with a pocket on one side and a notepad on the other.  People are always amazed when I pull a whole computer out of the thing.

Sorry. . . off topic. . .back to your regularly scheduled discussion.


We bever managed to catch the Babelfish.




Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle for Teens?
« on: November 20, 2008, 04:56:41 pm »
Find out what authors she's read and liked and go to this site:  and type in the name.  It'll return other authors that she might like based on the name you entered.  It's pretty cool.


Funny you should ask, Bacardi Jim.  We had on an old (very very old) computer...and it may even have been an apple, a text-based H2G2 game.  We didn't buy it, but a friend found it while cleaning out a closet in the church basement, and brought it over b/c she knew I loved the books.  While it did help tremendously to have read the books, I still didn't get very far with it.  I think I got Arthur as far as lying in the mud in front of the bulldozer, but that was pretty much it.



We got to the screening door in the Heart of Gold but could never demonstrate enough intelligence to open it.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Suggestion for Amazon
« on: November 20, 2008, 04:47:43 pm »
If your gift certificates are registered with your account, your 1-click automatically uses your gift card funds. Keep a balance in gift cards... no charges to credit card!!

And you go to your account page on amazon to do this.  There's a fairly prominent link that says something really obvious like 'register your gift certificate'.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Wheel/cursor
« on: November 20, 2008, 04:36:47 pm »
I usually try a soft reset first, if the buttons are working, and only resort to a hard reset if it's totally frozen.  Why?  Just because it's easier.  And if it works I don't have to take my Kindle out of it's cover.


Kindle Accessories / Re: Oberon Design Update
« on: November 20, 2008, 04:33:39 pm »
I know just which list you're talking about. . . .there is a lot of snarkiness -- sour grapes, if you will, I think . . . .this place is much better.


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Amazon Gift Card Question
« on: November 20, 2008, 04:26:48 pm »
My understanding is that the gift card will be used up first for books, but subscriptions will be billed to your one click credit card.  At least, that's how it has seemed to work for me.


Not Quite Kindle / Re: GEEK ALERT!
« on: November 20, 2008, 04:17:03 pm »
That would be it!!


Doesn’t Firefox already have tabs enabled by default?  I was under the impression that IE copied that feature from Firefox.

Yes. . . .(haven't read thru the rest of the posts so hope I'm not jumping the gun). . . but the "IE tab" plug in allows you to use Firefox to open a website that only works well with IE.  If you open it in Firefox and it's squirrelly, you just use the command to open it in IE again and a tab opens up with IE protocols so you can see the website without squirrels.

And as Betsy mentioned, though you do need to still have IE installed on your system, you don't actually have to open it. . .Firefox handles it for you.


The Book Corner / Re: Magazines and Newspapers
« on: November 20, 2008, 03:55:34 pm »
I get Ellery Queen.  Have the Atlantic as a paper subscription good for another couple of years.  Will think about switching to a Kindle subscription at that time.  I tried Isaac Asimov but, while I like some Science Fiction, I think in that particular genre I really prefer something longer that develops the characters and themes better.

A cool magazine I get in paper is "The Week".  They take all the major newspapers and newsmagazines from left to right and distill it all into one short magazine.  They let you know where they pull content from so you can check it out for more information.  If it's ever Kindled I'll probably get it there, though one of the bits I like best is the 'houses for sale' which probably wouldn't translate too well. 


Not Quite Kindle / Re: TV Series (started out as Book Series)
« on: November 20, 2008, 03:48:15 pm »
If you like those series, you might want to try Firefly.


Yes, we watched that too.  Every now and again they have a 'marathon' of it on SciFi.  I'm pretty sure I've seen all the episodes but did it ever get to an end?

FWIW, I read the WaPo article -- on Kindle, which is maybe ironic.  I disagree with the author's conclusions regarding the device, but I also read his column regularly.  He's a tech guy; generally very, very knowledgeable, but I don't think he's a 'reader'.  The problem is that the device shouldn't be reviewed by a gadget guru but by a book guru.  Even so, it's not for everyone.

As to reviews, when it first came out I read a lot of the initial reviews, ultimately decided I wanted one -- even though I recognized it as perhaps not quite perfect -- and have now pretty much stopped reading reviews.  I don't need to know what 'they' think:  I've made up my own mind.  I kind of saw this one by accident only because I usually read the guy's column.

Oh, and it would be inappropriate for Amazon to cancel WaPo subscriptions because of the opinion of one of the writers in a column about 10 gadgets of which Kindle was only one reviewed. (Sorry, pretty horrendous grammar there, I think.)  That would be censorship.  I'm sure whomever threw that out there was joking. . .

In conclusion, no point in wasting any energy on the issue. . . .too many books and samples on my Kindle I haven't gotten to (not to mention new posts here. . . . . .)


What they said.  I keep IE around so that I can open sites that don't behave well in Mozilla, and there are still some.

You should look for the "IE tab" plug in for Firefox.  Works like a charm and you don't have to open another program/window is something is funky.


Not Quite Kindle / Re: Kindle Curiosity Question...Not quite a poll...but--
« on: November 20, 2008, 07:15:42 am »
Jim, did you put the decimal between 3 and 5 just to trick us?  And shouldn't it begin with 0?

It should not begin with 0.

I think the . between 3 and 5 is a missprint.

It represents how many pairs of rabbits you have at one month intervals assuming they reach breeding age in two months and each generation has the same number of males and females.

I think. . . .


Not Quite Kindle / Re: GEEK ALERT!
« on: November 20, 2008, 07:05:22 am »
My son did D&D in high school.  More or less grew out of it. He went to the MD Renaissance Festival one year and found a guy selling t-shirts.  Picture several dragons sitting around a table with a board and some arcane pieces on it.  One is looking up something in a book.  The caption reads "Houses and Humans". 


Not Quite Kindle / Re: A new perspective on Washington, D.C...
« on: November 20, 2008, 07:00:44 am »
One time I was driving from Andrews Air Force base (in MD, SE of DC) to Springfield (in VA, SW of DC - and across the Potomac) to visit friends.  The Beltway was basically stopped -- big accident -- learned about it well ahead thanks to "traffic and weather on the 8's" and got off and headed north into town.  Didn't really know exactly how to get to another bridge to cross into Virginia, but I knew if I headed for the Washington monument and turned left, I'd find something that would direct me the right way.

But be real careful of Rock Creek Parkway -- you may mean to go downtown, but you can end up in Bethesda MD because it's only going OUT and you can't exit until you get well past the Zoo.

I agree about the 'new era' though.  (Anyone want to buy the Nov 5 issue of the Washington Post?  I'll sell it cheap  ;) )  I'm rather surprised I haven't heard from any of my dyed-in-the-wool Democrat relatives about 'visiting' during mid January. . . .  And I've always thought the monuments are fairly moving.  When we bought this house 12 years ago, you could see the top of the Washington Monument from our front window.  Darn neighbors trees growing!


If you use the Windows operating system DON'T uninstall IE.  It needs it for some things.  Just ignore it and use Firefox instead for your routine browsing.

If you come upon a site that won't work in Firefox and NEEDS IE, check around the Mozilla site:  there's at least one add on that allows you to open a tab in IE and the site should work. I think it's called "IE Tab" (duh!)


Not Quite Kindle / TV Series (started out as Book Series)
« on: November 20, 2008, 06:29:53 am »
I didn't realize the Dresden Files were books!  There was a short-lived TV series on the SciFi channel (I think) and I loved it!  Bought the DVD's when they were released and waited in vain for the next season.  Stupid TV stations.  I'm SICK of my favorite shows just ENDING with no wrap-up of the plot lines. 

Dresden Files might not be dead.  SciFi Channel tends to start it's series at off times.  I wouldn't be surprised to see it come back in January or February.  I also love Eureka.  We also enjoy both Stargate series and have been checking out Sanctuary too.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Back cover falls off
« on: November 20, 2008, 05:36:37 am »
No, but, seriously. . . .as someone mentioned, make sure the cover is properly seated.  And if you bend the tab (on the cover) up a little bit, it's easier to get the Kindle to latch on to it.  Slide it into the two 'corners', bend the cover back a little and you'll feel it click in.

But if you have need or desire to be taking it in and out of the cover a lot the plastic tab will wear, maybe even break.  So you might want to research more secure options.  I had no problems with the stock cover but the elastic got stretchy and I hate that (even more than velcro) so I got an M-edge which holds it securely at 4 corners.

good luck.


Not Quite Kindle / Re: The inevitable winter
« on: November 19, 2008, 11:19:41 am »
toilet paper


The Book Corner / Re: Favorite Read Alouds to Kids?
« on: November 19, 2008, 06:38:09 am »
Here's another good one (not available on Kindle):

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (Author), Ralph Manheim (Translator)

Also a good movie, I think. . .