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Messages - Mike D. aka jmiked

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: 600 DPI screens Coming for Kindles?
« on: October 27, 2018, 09:22:53 am »

LClaw--you know you can turn off smart punctuation on iPhones/iPads?  It'll stop the dread black diamonds from appearing in your text.  Settings > General > Keyboards.  Of course, if you prefer smart punctuation everywhere else, it's a small trade off.


 I didn't know that was the cause. I'm sure it was brought up elsewhere here, but I must have missed it. Good to know. I havenít noticed it happening any place but here.

The Book Corner / Re: Buying eBooks: Kobo or Amazon?
« on: October 25, 2018, 08:21:42 am »

Kobo has no DRM, unlike Kindle.

Kobo's book resolution ( of images) are much better than Kindle's.

 Kobo does have DRM on most of their books, they use Adobeís version.  I am pretty sure that both devices are using the same eInk screen, at about 300 dpi.  I have both a Kindle Voyage and a Kobo Glo and Iíve never noticed any difference in image quality.  The primary difference is that the Kobo software allows more customization of the text display. That may or may not be important to many people.  I prefer Amazon's ecosystem to that of Kobo. I donít think Kobo will allow you to download a sample of an ebook as Amazon does.

Iíll bet the update still wonít have the ability to automatically set the time on WiFi models. >:(

The Book Corner / Re: Another new to me mystery series
« on: October 21, 2018, 05:44:09 am »
 When I posted the link, it was $1.99. I guess it was one of those one day sales.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 20, 2018, 09:07:37 pm »
I have not slept with my watch yet, so thanks for the tip. You may have mentioned this earlier, but is there a sleep app that you recommend?

I use Sleep++.

The Book Corner / Another new to me mystery series
« on: October 20, 2018, 09:00:55 pm »
I have found another new mystery series that I have really liked. They are written by John Gaspard and itís a five-book series about Eli Marks, a magician who does not seem to get employment very often. He works in his uncleís magic shop. His ex-wife is a district attorney and her new husband is a police detective. The first book is $1.99.  The prices of the rest in the series seem to be assigned at random between $2.99 and $9.99.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 20, 2018, 08:36:58 pm »
 Here is a tip that I recently found out about: when the watch is in Theater Mode (i.e., it will only show the time when you tap it and not every time you move your wrist) you can turn the crown to increase the brightness of the display from all the way off to all the way on. This way you can check the time without disturbing anybody near you by making it just bright enough for you to be able to see it.

 I may have mentioned before that I put the watch in Theater Mode when I am asleep so that it wonít light up the room every time I move my arm.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 17, 2018, 06:07:08 pm »
 One of the changes in watchOS 5 is that it attempts to figure out if you have forgotten to start or stop a work out. It seems to be pretty good at figuring out if I have started one, but it is less successful in knowing when I have stopped one.  I have noticed that several times when I have been doing a walking workout, it has assumed that I have ended the workout at some point. I havenít figured out quite what the trigger is.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Favorite Apple Watch apps?
« on: October 17, 2018, 06:02:39 pm »
 The two most-used complications on my watch are Heart Analyzer and Cardiogram.  I donít really look at their displays on my watch, but at the apps on my iPhone to analyze what is going on.  On Cardiogram, itís interesting to see how my stats compare to the other people using it. Itís a bit of an ego-boost to always be at least in the top 50%, and frequently in the top 25% or even 10%.

 I also frequently use the info from Weather Underground. The rest of the things that Iuse a lot are all built-in complications, such as the ability to control the volume and pause when listening to podcasts.

And of course the Activity complication. It never lets me forget to finish off my daily routines.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:51:23 pm »
Also,  I have one of these stands for the watch on my bedside table:

A simple tap on the table is enough to wake the watch for a few seconds to show the time.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:30:40 pm » didn't show up right away in the apps for me, it's there now!  Thanks!


 I have found that occasionally an app that says it is for the phone and the watch wonít show up on the list of apps you can install on your watch. After fiddling around for quite a while, I discovered that rebooting my phone is the cure for that.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:25:15 pm »
For watch bands, I like: .  I have the 42 mm band, the link is for the 38 mm.  This band has a very powerful magnet to hold the adjustment, so strong that the watchband tends to fold up on itself when itís off your wrist and is somewhat of a nuisance to straighten out and put on, but I am willing to put up with that.  It is adjustable in microscopic increments.

 I also like: .  This is a very comfortable watch band made of nylon. It also is infinitely adjustable, the part where it folds back on itself tends to bulge out a little bit, but I put up with that because it is so comfortable (and washable).

 Both are in the $10 range. I have one of the stainless steel ones in black, and two of the nylon bands in different colors. I have another band that I bought that I would like a lot, except that it is very heavy steel, much heavier than the watch itself and is a royal pain to adjust (requires disassembly, they even furnish a tool).

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 15, 2018, 05:29:23 pm »
 Pedometer++ is a nice app, Iíve been using it for a while even before I got the Apple Watch.

 One other feature of the watch that I like is that when using Apple Maps to navigate, the watch will vibrate when you have an upcoming in route change, i.e.,  a turn or a merge or the like.  This is very handy. Even before I got the watch, I had quit using Google maps for navigation because I like Apple Maps better. Not as much is Waze, but close.

 I have also found that when you go in for an Outdoor Walk Workout, a map of your route is stored with the data so you could see where you went.  I am sure it will do this for running and cycling workouts also.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 13, 2018, 10:22:10 pm »

I use an analog watch face myself, the one called Utility. I have two or three others that are used regularly also.

I was very pleased with how long the battery charge lasts (on the 42mm one).  I can get from one morning until I go to sleep the night of the next day (about 36 hours) and still have 20-25% charge. I generally wear the watch while sleeping every other night just so it will give me information on my sleep patterns. To prevent it from turning the display on every time I move and waking me up, I put it in Theater Mode. It took an embarrassingly long time to figure out I could do that.

I have also found that setting the watch up so that the crown is on the left-hand side of the watch not only makes it easier for me to use, but then I have the microphone on the right-hand side of the watch which gives me a better results with Siri (I wear my watch on my left hand most of the time).

If you are going to use the Fitness features of the watch, be aware that the exercise ring is very misleading, at least it is to me. Apple makes a distinct differentiation between Exercise and Workouts. I have found that I can do sessions on my exercise bike, my treadmill, and brisk walks around the local parks, and they show up as workouts but never get counted as exercise. Apple isnít very forthcoming about how the exercise ring is calculated. Best guess is that itís heavily oriented towards cardiac activity. If I walk really fast on the treadmill or pedal faster than normal on the exercise bike for a bit, then I do get some credit for that in the exercise ring.  So I pretty much ignore it.

One hint that might help on the HRM accuracy is to pull the strap a bit tighter when you are exercising, for a better contact with your wrist. I have found no difference of the readings between wearing it on the outer or inner sides of my wrist. I alternate between the two ways depending on how I feel when I get up in the morning.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 13, 2018, 12:20:46 pm »
 Remember that the User Guide is available in the iBooks app on your iPhone/iPad.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 10, 2018, 06:14:09 pm »
You can load your audiobooks on the Apple Watch 3?

 You can load music on the Series 3, and podcasts with the OS update, but there is no Audible watch app (complication) yet.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 10, 2018, 01:49:04 pm »
I would not buy the 4 for the EKG feature, which I have read is unreliable.

 Since the feature isnít released yet, I donít think we really know whether it is reliable or not.  My guess is that it will take several iterations before it might become useful. Even the units in hospitals give false positives.

 The heart rate monitor or my Series 3 has several times shown a spike up to around 160 BPM, amidst a normal 110 to 120 for my normal exercise readings.  But it otherwise seems to track pretty well with my chest strap HRM.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 09, 2018, 10:23:22 pm »
 Yeah, I would not upgrade just for the EKG feature. It wonít be known for quite a while how useful it is. If I upgrade, the primary reason will be the enhanced fall detection ability.

 I like and use my watch a lot more of that I had anticipated. If I have to choose between upgrading my iPhone and the watch the watch will win.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: October 09, 2018, 08:45:13 pm »
 I am in Central Texas where the sunlight tends to be very bright, and when I take my after-lunch walks around various parks in the area I never have any problems reading my Apple Watch Series 3. I was concerned about the size of a watch also as I have thin wrists for a guy my size. I tried the Series 3 ones on and bought the 42mm version. If I upgrade I donít know which one I will buy, Iíll have to try them on.  I think that the only real advantage that the larger sizes have is a longer time between battery charges, but I currently get two full days on my Series 3.

And naturally you have to have an iPhone for the watch to work, even if you get the cell phone version.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: 13th Doctor announced
« on: October 08, 2018, 06:57:31 am »
I agree with Ann, she's very Tennant like in her delivery and gives the best first impression since he left - but then I was never overly keen on either of the last two.

It was interesting at the end to see the parade of upcoming guest stars - I'm especially looking forward to Alan Cumming playing King James I.  :D

 I missed the bit about upcoming stars. When was it? I can go back and look at the recording.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: 13th Doctor announced
« on: October 07, 2018, 12:32:25 pm »
 I thought I was going to have a problem with Whittaker's Yorkshire accent based upon chat-show appearances, but it turns out not to be the case. I enjoyed the episode.

I still think the showrunner is missing out by not having any previous characters at least put in an appearance. River Song and Nardole, for instance.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: September 20, 2018, 07:31:25 am »
Yes, I know. But by the time that I am ready to upgrade it will be an Ďoldí feature.  :)

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: September 13, 2018, 07:48:39 pm »
 Yeah, Iím thinking about upgrading in the spring instead of waiting two years. As one who lives alone, the fall detection might be worth the price of admission, and the EKG feature sounds interesting.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: September 13, 2018, 01:00:52 pm »
Loved that series so much I even read the books. I did get all the way through the last season.

 The series ending was a bit of a shocker, wasnít it?

 I got the first three books in an omnibus edition several years ago. I guess I ought to go read them.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: September 06, 2018, 01:49:14 pm »

Iíve thought it very strange that Apple chose the term ďcomplicationsĒ for apps on the Apple Watch. As it turns out, they did not invent this term.

It comes from ancient times when watches and clocks had gears in them and if you wanted to add any features to a watch or clock, it made it more complicated gear-wise, hence the term: complications. Adding complications, get it?

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