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Messages - Mike D. aka jmiked

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: OMG its snowing
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:14:15 pm »
It 'snowed' in Austin also, enough to stay on the tops of grass blades, but it melted when it hit the concrete patio. My power went off for 30 seconds or so.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: New iPhones coming
« on: December 07, 2017, 04:30:23 pm »
I decided to pass on the 8/X for this year, and got a 128G 7. It's a significant upgrade from my 64G 6.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:58:30 pm »
Yesterday I finished binging on Wycliffe, a British detective series I found on BritBox. It ran five seasons back in the 1990s. I was afraid that it was going to end on a cliff-hanger, as I read that late in the final season the star of the show said he wasn't interested in another season, protesting the producers having fired one of the second leads who was in the hospital with meningitis.

Fortunately it ended with everything wrapped up satisfactorily, although it seemed as though they may have rewritten/added the last minute or so to provide closure (although not quite as tacked-on as was the case in Castle).

All in all, very enjoyable. It might be a bit low-key for some.

Anything Else Amazon / Re: Echo v2 and Echo Dot on sale
« on: December 04, 2017, 10:27:53 am »
I couldn't resist at the sale price, and ordered 2 Dots.

I'm not entirely sure I like the new volume control. I think I prefer twisting the ring at the top; the ring is easier to do on the nightstand when the beside lamp is off.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: New iPhones coming
« on: November 29, 2017, 09:21:31 pm »

ETA:  Can’t say I’m thrilled with the ? in place of the apostrophe that’s happening on Kboards though!

Interesting that the ? marks don't show up in the edit window, only the published message.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Advice on a letdown
« on: November 26, 2017, 08:42:36 pm »
The kindle does not show on the imac. How am I supposed to get books onto the device if it is not recognized.

I have two Macs, and both my Voyage and my Paperwhite show up immediately on the desktop of each when I plug the device into a computer USB port. I can drag books into the Documents folder and they show up just fine. Are you sure that your USB cable is for both data and power? I've seen some that do not seem to transmit data. What format are your books in?

Ann is right, the lights should normally be on all the time, except maybe in the Texas noonday sun. Just adjust it for best appearance. It has minimal impact on time between charges. I typically have to plug it into a charger about once a week (and I read a lot, 100-130 books a year).

BTW, it takes time for the books to be indexed before you can run a search. The more books you put on it at one time, the longer it will take.

There isn't a dedicated button for the TOC, but it's there: tap near the top of the screen and then press GO TO. The Table of Contents should show up.

The Book Corner / Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« on: November 26, 2017, 10:20:09 am »
Did they use the version of the book that censored out the lesbian relationship?

Yes. As far as I know that aspect of Eugénie was left out of the translations until the 1996 version by Buss (although I couldn't swear to it, as I have not read all the various editions). The mini-series was made in 1965, so there were some things from the novel that would not be included. It did appear to be made from one of the longer versions of the book, though.

Although there were two of the daughters of various characters that ran away to Italy together towards the end of the story. I don't recall if one of them was Eugénie.

The Book Corner / Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« on: November 25, 2017, 07:12:01 pm »
Yesterday I finished watching the 12 25-minute episodes of the 1964 BBC production of The Count of Monte Cristo. It was really entertaining. It followed all the plot points of the book (although some were abbreviated or happened off-camera but were talked about). It even showed the ending from the book, which no movie or TV series has ever done before. Of course it was B&W, SD, and letterboxed, but that's OK. It's even Closed Captioned.

It's nice to see the story done right for a change. Even if the acting is a bit low key in parts.

BTW, it always amazes me how nobody ever recognizes Dantes. Most of the films have him wearing a Van Dyke beard in his Monte Cristo persona, but not here. Artistic license, I guess.

Anything Else Amazon / Re: Amazon Prime
« on: November 23, 2017, 07:17:30 am »
I ordered three items on Saturday.  Each web page said -- Order now, will be delivered Monday.  Order confirmation said will be delivered Monday.  Shipping confirmations -- Will be delivered Tuesday.  :o  I am anxious for couple of the items.  I called Amazon this morning.  Of course, no good reason for late delivery.  My Prime being extended for a month.

I've been hit by that several times (I forget if it was Amazon or not), and that's when I found out that Fedex Home delivery does not deliver packages on Mondays. Fedex Ground does. I don't know if Amazon uses Home or Ground or a mixture.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:09:35 pm »
I'm binge-watching the new (and final) season of Longmire. I'll probably start spacing them out soon though, to avoid running out too soon.  :)

The Book Corner / Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:41:56 pm »
I'm thinking it might be close to time for a re-read. It's been almost 8 years since the last time.

I've ordered a DVD set of a British mini-series of the book made in 1964. I've read some good recommendations of it.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: New iPhones coming
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:23:17 pm »
One of the reasons I was thinking about a new phone was to get a better camera. I may decide to get a modestly-priced DSLR instead, and keep the phones I have. That way I won't have to make a decision on a new phone.  :) :)

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: New iPhones coming
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:16:21 am »
I just upgraded from a 5s to a 7 at Verizon.  $649 and entered for a $200 rebate for veterans so it is a good deal.  Quadrupled my memory from 32 to 128

That's quite a nice upgrade. And kudos to Verizon for offering veteran's discounts.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: New iPhones coming
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:17:52 am »
I'm still having trouble getting past the price of the thing. Total with tax and Applecare is pretty much $1500. I buy my phones outright, so I can't pretend it's only $XX a month.

It helps to tell myself it's not really a phone (typically less than 30 minutes a month of usage), but a powerful handheld computer on which I do all my email work and a significant part of my internet usage.

It appears that the Face ID has already been cracked by a team of Vietnamese "security researchers", using a 3D printed face. Sigh.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:02:37 am »
Goodness, I didn't realize Doc Martin was still going. I've been procrastinating about signing up for Acorn but now it's time.

Yes, I look forward to each new series of Doc Martin. I enjoy the wonderful ensemble cast. Acorn also have the two prequel movies that introduced the character, albeit in a much different form. Did you know that the co-creator of Doc Martin character was Craig Ferguson? The Doc was first seen in the movie Saving Grace as Dr Martin Bamford.

If you subscribe to Acorn, check out the Agatha Raisin and the Brokenwood Mystery series, as well as a number of others.

Anything Else Amazon / Re: Amazon to Adapt Lord of the Rings
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:06:15 pm »
I don't understand why?

Seems pretty pointless, all right.

The Book Corner / Re: The Count of Monte Cristo
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:27:13 am »
Yes, that's the Penguin version translated by Robin Buss, published in 1996.

The Book Corner / The Count of Monte Cristo
« on: November 11, 2017, 08:10:52 pm »
I just finished watching the 2002 movie version of "The Count of Monte Cristo", which starred Jim Caviezel (Person of Interest). I've seen this version before, but had forgotten what a train wreck it is insofar as the plot lines of the book are concerned. It's a handsomely-mounted production, but a 130-minute movie can't do justice to the novel, which ran to 1300+ pages. Caviezel isn't an actor with much animation, but he was OK in the role. The unlikely casting of Gerard Depardieu in a French TV version that ran 6+ hours or so was more successful at presenting the actual story, I thought.

Now, onto the book topic: I thought I knew the story until I stumbled across an article concerning a new translation of the work. It alleged (IIRC) that all the current English translations were based on a highly-abridged translation done in the 1800s by someone who didn't really speak French all that well. He chopped out almost two-thirds of the novel, and censored some parts of it (that got your attention, didn't it?). The new translation also somewhat modernizes the language instead of the instead of shoehorning the English words into what someone thought was period-French language usage.

All in all, it's a very entertaining work (albeit long), but I can say that if you have only read earlier translations, then you don't really know the story. Certainly the movies won't give you most of the story. And I think all the movies have changed the ending, missing the point of the work.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: New iPhones coming
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:29:02 pm »
One of the big things I'd like hearing about is whether Apple has the accidental touch problem licked, i.e. wigh the small bezels, how easy is it to inadvertently launch an app.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:22:54 pm »
Always well-worth re-watching.

Yes, indeed. I've watched a dozen or so assorted Midsomer Murders eps in the last several week, as there is little else interesting to watch, especially on network TV.

This week, I watched all 10 available eps of The Coroner on Britbox, and am making my way through the second season of the police procedural series Scott & Bailey (also BritBox) although my interest is waning as it becomes more like a soap opera than a crime show.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Kindle version of book purchased on Amazon
« on: October 28, 2017, 09:04:21 am »
Also, books get added and dropped from the list. At one point, I had about two dozen books on the list, now there are three. I think I had only four when the program first started. So if you see one you want, buy it right then.


Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: New iPhones coming
« on: October 28, 2017, 08:30:32 am »
but I also see reports of drop tests with the similar iPhone 8bidy that show the glass bodies are much more fragile, despite being made of supposedly super strong glass.

Yes. Both the iPhone 8/8+ and the Samsung S8 failed the Squarespace drop test in a big way. Whichever new iPhone I get will have an Otterbox case waiting for it when it arrives. I drop things a lot, although I've never broken a phone.


Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: Why Doesn't Amazon Label Its Kindles Properly?
« on: October 28, 2017, 08:16:47 am »
Both my 1st gen iPad and my iPad Air simply say "iPad" on the back.  My iPhone 5S just says iPhone on the back.  Do other devices have more info on the back?


You can find out the model name of iPhones by going to the General settings menu. My iPhone 6 says the model number is MG312LL/A. My iPad 3 is model MC756LL/A.

There. Isn't that helpful?


Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: New iPhones coming
« on: October 27, 2017, 08:20:41 am »
Congratulations! Be sure and keep us informed as to your experience with the X. I'm still thinking about getting one, but I want some usage info before ordering.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: October 24, 2017, 07:58:19 am »
It's Stephen Fry. Is he still the host?

No, he stepped down two years ago after hosting the show for 13 years. The new quiz-master is Sandi Toksvig, who was one of the 'contestants' many times. She does really well at it, with a similar approach and delivery as Fry. I would have thought they would have a problem finding someone with the erudition and dry wit of Fry, but they did it. Prep work may explain the seemingly wide-range of knowledge. Alan Davies is still there as one of the driving forces of the show.

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