Happy Thanksgiving to all followers in the US!
and wishing those beyond this land of turkey-eaters a lovely weekend, as well.
Happy Thanksgiving to all followers in the US!
and wishing those beyond this land of turkey-eaters a lovely weekend, as well.
Posted by sharechair on November 27, 2013
I’m not really suggesting you use your iPad to cut slabs of cheese.
This cutting board is designed to look like an iPad … and I’m sure it attracts quite a bit of attention when set out with cheese at a party.
You can get one of your own for $29.95, but you’ll have to wait in line. According to the website, they are all sold out at the present time.
Posted by sharechair on July 4, 2013
I will be absent from the blog-o-sphere for a while. It is possible I may be able to slip in a post or two (although unlikely) and during this time I will not be able to keep up with my blog reading.
So please don’t think I’ve abandoned you. I’m just going to be “out of the office” i.e. away from my computer and regular internet access.
Hold my place, please. I’ll be back!
Note to new followers: Please use this time to check out some old posts. You can find the links to the “how to” posts for the iPhone and iPad, and also for Kindle-specific posts, by clicking on the pages at the top of this blog or by clicking here and here.
Posted by sharechair on June 3, 2013
Doesn’t everyone enjoy the Google doodle?
The very first Google doodle appeared long before the company was even incorporated, back in 1998. The founders were just fooling around, and came up with this doodle … just a stick figure behind one of the ‘o’s’ …. to represent to others that the founders were “out of the office.”
At first the Google doodles celebrated only familiar holidays. Over the years they have broadened their scope and they now doodle all kinds of anniversaries, birthdays and other milestones. To date, Google has made over 1000 doodles that have appeared on homepages all over the world.
One of the most popular doodles celebrated the 30th anniversary of Pac Man in 2010. It was an interactive doodle. By clicking on “insert coin” the game would begin and you could play the arcade classic on the Google logo.
You can see ALL the Google doodles (searchable and sortable by year and/or by country), by browsing through the Google Museum.
There is also a Google Doodle Store so that you can sport your favorite Doodle on a t-shirt, a mug or many other products.
To learn more about Google Doodles and the doodlers who create them, click here and here. If you have an idea for a Google doodle, you are welcome to submit a proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org (they get hundreds a DAY, however, so it better be good!)
Posted by sharechair on May 8, 2013
Do you remember the Etch A Sketch? It has been referred to as the “world’s first laptop” and I certainly remember mine.
Bright red, with two dials. Turn them each or turn them together and draw lines across the screen. Turn them in the perfect combination and you get a diagonal. Hours of fun. Technology of the 60′s!
The Etch A Sketch was so popular it has been named among the most popular toys of the 20th century, and I’m not surprised. I’m guessing that at some point, every child of the 60′s crossed paths with an Etch A Sketch.
Sadly, the inventor of this wildly successful toy died last month in a suburb of Paris. Andre Cassagnes was a French electrician who invented the toy after noticing how pencil marks transferred to a decal he pulled from a switch plate.
As often happens with inventions, it seems, the patent was incorrectly attributed to another, but Andre Cassagnes was the actual inventor, and Ohio Art (the Etch A Sketch company) proudly gives him the credit. (They bought the rights from him in 1959 for $25,000.)
Enjoy these samples of Etch A Sketch Masterpieces!
Posted by sharechair on February 4, 2013
A web designer, using a map of the world, displays a bright pixel for EVERY tweet, as it happens. When you open the page, the world is basically dark. But as the tweets fly, it gets brighter and brighter.
There are bunches of statistics at the bottom of the page, too, and if you are interested in learning more, you can stick around on his website to take it all in.
I just enjoyed leaving the image on my screen and watching as the tweets made the planet brighter and brighter. Remember, it’s dark at first, because the tweets are counted from the moment YOU access the page. The longer you stick around, the brighter it gets.
(When you first open the page, tap the center arrow to drop the statistics down to the bottom.)
Then prepare to be mesmerized as you watch the Tweets light up the world at:
Posted by sharechair on February 3, 2013
Reed Hastings, the founder of Netflix, got his inspiration back in 1997.
The idea for a mail order business popped into his head when he got slapped with a late fee of about $40 for an overdue VHS copy of Apollo 13.
Posted by sharechair on January 4, 2013
If you are thinking of getting a Kindle eReader, or perhaps making a change from the one you already have, you can get a ton of information from the Amazon website. Each Kindle has its own product page, with all the details spelled out, and by scrolling down the page, you’ll find a chart to help you compare the models.
My attempt here, will be to sum all this up by highlighting some pros and cons.
First of all… all three Kindle models have a great many things in common. They ALL have: brilliant, sharp e-ink technology; adjustable font sizes; adjustable fonts; choices for line spacing and words per line; sync with Kindle apps; cloud storage for your library; free samples; wireless downloading (you never need to attach a Kindle to a computer); built in dictionary; highlighting and bookmarks; note sharing; and real page numbers (helpful for book groups).
You can shop for books directly from all three, although personally … I don’t shop that way. I enjoy browsing through books and reviews directly on the Amazon website from my computer. When I find a book that I’d like to sample or purchase, I use the buy/sample button on the right side of the screen. By the time I reach for my Kindle, the book has appeared on the device.
All of the Kindles are easily managed on the Amazon website. (I’ll dedicate another few posts in the near future on “how to” manage your Kindle library.)
So now…. let’s look at some things that set these Kindles apart from each other.
Kindle Keyboard 3G
This is now the only model available with a physical keyboard. Some people prefer it over a virtual keyboard (which exists on the other two models).
The page-turning buttons are on the sides, conveniently placed so that you can easily read one-handed. The buttons are quiet. Menu buttons take you to the home page, turn the wireless on/off, etc.
I am a bed-reader. It’s my before-sleep ritual. Research has shown that reading from a back-lit screen (a tablet/computer screen) can interfere with sleep, so an e-ink screen is a preferred choice for nighttime reading. I stop using my iPad an hour or so before bed, and never use it to read at night. I use my Kindle Keyboard, with a clip on book light.
This Kindle has 3G and it is free. No fees, ever. This means that no matter where you are in the world, you can download a book in seconds.
3G on the Kindle Keyboard also means that you do not have to look for a wireless point to download a book… it just does the job wherever you are. ** If you don’t have wireless in your home, this is a very important point to consider. **
There are speakers on this Keyboard Kindle. (No speakers on the Basic or the Paperwhite).
Battery life is awesome. 8 weeks with the wireless off.
It is the lightest of all Kindle models.
This basic Kindle uses a wireless connection to download books. So you would need to be in a wireless environment to receive books. There is no 3G version available of this Kindle.
4 weeks of battery power with the wireless off.
It’s simply a great simple e-reader.
The Kindle Paperwhite
There are two versions of the Kindle Paperwhite (well, to be VERY specific, there are actually four versions):
- wireless only with special offers $119
- wireless only without special offers $139
- 3G with special offers $179
- 3G without special offers $199
The Paperwhite uses touch screen technology.
(A word about the touch screen … I have ordered this new Kindle and I am hopefully optimistic, BUT, I will admit, I do have concerns and I wish they had kept some physical buttons. I owned a Kindle Touch for about a month and never could get used to it. If I touched the screen by accident I would lose my place, and I never seemed to touch it ‘right’. The Kindle Touch and I never became friends. I sent it back. (Amazon has a very generous return policy). Since they have discontinued the Touch model completely, I am hoping they have improved the touch screen for the Paperwhite.)
The Paperwhite has some new features: Resolution and pixel density have been improved, which means even sharper print. They have also added “time to read” which helps you know how long it will take you to finish a chapter or a book. Apparently this feature will constantly change and adapt to your personal reading habits. There is also the new ability to sync Audio and Print reading (listen to an audio version for a while, and then when you revert to reading, the Kindle will put you on the correct page). This is new and they are just beginning to offer packaged audio/text books.
The Paperwhite has 6 fonts to choose from (more than the other models).
I am most excited about the new light system! I’ve learned that the engineering for this screen light is amazing. Although the pictures you see for the advertisements of this Kindle make the screen appear white, (so that it almost looks like a tablet back-lit screen) ….. it is important to know that it is NOT back lit. It is still an e-ink screen. BUT it is covered by light in an awesome layered way. There are no little lights pointing at the screen, but rather this is layered technology (years in the making) and it actually spreads the light out uniformly across the screen in a way that is undetectable to the reader. Think of it as flattening out a fiber optic cable (or spreading mayonnaise across a slice of bread ). Light is evenly spread all over the text. You have the ability to raise or lower the intensity of this light, making it brighter or dimmer depending on your circumstances. And, my understanding is, that the lower you reduce the light, the more it looks like a standard, familiar e-ink screen. It is because of this light that the screen appears white when looking at the photographs of the device.
And as for battery life, even with this lit screen, battery life is still an awesome 8 weeks with the wireless off.
For me, this screen light was at the top of my wish list, and I have taken the plunge and ordered the Paperwhite, wireless, with special offers with a mix of caution and excitement. While I’m excited to see the lit screen, I’m remembering my bad experience with the original Touch. They claim it is improved, so I’m hoping they are right.
The Bottom Line
You can’t go wrong with the Basic Kindle or the Kindle Keyboard 3G. I truly have no complaints about the Keyboard model and I’m only upgrading because of the screen light. At this point the Paperwhite looks like an awesome product, I’ve read some very favorable reviews, but personally I would have preferred hardware buttons rather than the touch screen.
Points to remember:
All Kindles do a super job as an e-reader.
Price differences alter “extras”, not the basic reading experience.
Choose carefully between “wireless” and 3G. If you do not have a wireless environment in your home, you’ll find the 3G more enjoyable.
Posted by sharechair on September 8, 2012
To my surprise, two award nominations recently came my way. Awards are a lovely recognition, but to me the most important aspect of Awards is the nudge that they provide to build connections, to reach out and visit other blogs, to form new bonds with other bloggers, to expand interests and to share in new adventures.
I am grateful to my blogging friend, Daniela at Lantern Post, for this first award nomination. Stop by for a visit to her blog. You’ll not only find a great blog, but also someone to admire. For starters… she blogs in English, even though English is not her native language. Wow, huh?
This second award was graciously given by Francine in Retirement. Francine blogs beautiful photos, most recently of her adventures in Amish Country. She posts her photos with messages of gratitude and encouragement. Francine is a delight, and you can visit her, here.
I understand that the rules of both of these awards are the same, so I will be combining them. The rules are:
Post seven interesting things about yourself.
Nominate 15 other bloggers who you feel deserve the award.
Let them know about nomination.
So here are my seven (not so) interesting things:
1. My 11 year old dog weighs only 3 pounds.
2. I love Washington State Cherries.
3. I’ll drive over an hour to get to a Trader Joe’s.
4. I once rode in a blimp.
5. I collect old photographs.
6. I love to hang out laundry on the clothesline.
7. My favorite books are long long really-long historical novels.
Here are my nominations. Please pay them a visit!
Posted by sharechair on July 31, 2012
This blog has been nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by bigsmileu1 at Grandmother Musings. Her blog is full of great hints, how-to’s, recipes and wisdom. I am grateful for her kindness and consideration, and I send out a big THANK YOU to my fellow blogger for sharing this award with me.
The rules for this Award are as follows:
1. Give credit to the awesome person who nominated you.
2. Describe 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers.
My list of 7 things about me:
1) There is a rabbit that waits outside my door every morning for a carrot.
2) My dog is smaller than that rabbit.
3) My guilty pleasure: Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Cherries.
4) I once walked up the Washington Monument.
5) I’m a morning person.
6) I love coffee, but caffeine is not my friend.
7) I save cardboard boxes “just in case” I have to mail something. This is getting out of hand, and borders on hoarder-status. Truly, I need a box-intervention.
Now … my turn to pass this Award on to 15 others.
I included an eclectic mix of blogs. Some I love and visit regularly, and some that I’ve only recently visited or may have only visited once or twice.
And a special note: I am very aware that some people do not wish to participate in Awards, and I completely respect that …. no strings!!
Posted by sharechair on July 14, 2012