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September 25, 2012

Recently I have been getting the following text messages from Verizon:

FREE VZW Message. 2nd notice: Your Pix Place account has been inactive for 170 days.
Log onto within 10 days or your content will be deleted.

Thank you Verizon. I am pretty sure that if I haven't use the service in the past 170 days that its not something that I'll be missing. There was probably something about it that I decided it wasn't worth going back.

Stop sending me text message about it.

April 28, 2012

Kindle Owners' Lending Library

From Amazon's Website:

The Kindle Owners' Lending Library allows eligible U. S. Amazon Prime members who own Kindle devices to choose from thousands of books to borrow for free -- including more than 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers -- as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates.

Basically what Amazon is saying, is that Prime Members get up to 12 free book rentals a year. Make sure you make a good selection on what books you rent. I read some places online where someone rented a children's book, and now they have to wait till next month to rent another book.

Make no mistake, there are good choices in Amazon's Prime library, just remember that what ever you select, that you have to wait until next month to select another book.

April 12, 2012

Send to Kindle

Have you ever browse the web and found an article that you would like to read at a later time on your Kindle? For example, let's say you found a great article about Who really found the Titanic? and you wanted to read it offline on your Kindle. There is an easy way to get web content onto your Kindle.

There is app called, 'Send to Kindle' that makes it really easy to send Web content to your Kindle. You can setup this App in Chrome or Firefox very quickly. What's great is that anytime you find an article that you want to read later on your Kindle, you simply click a button. You just have to remember to sync your Kindle before heading out.

I find it great for researching CSS3 topics or when I find a long article and want to read it on the train. Here are some resources where you can find some good content to read:

You can be creative in your Google/Bing search too:

  • Project Blue Book - You heard of it? But have you actually read it?
  • Lincoln Conspiracy
  • JFK Umbrella man
  • Missing Gold of Atlanta
  • Unsolved Mysteries of Boston

As you can see there's a lot of cool content out there, you won't have to worry about buying books on Try 'Send to Kindle' out and you'll find it to be a great productivity saver.

From the product description page:
Send to Kindle is a Browser extension for Kindle owners who prefer reading web content on their devices. It?s designed to offer a quick way for pushing web content to Kindle, so you can read articles or news later on your device.

You can download the app here:

April 11, 2012

Kindle eBook pricing

Amazon still hasn't gotten the right formula to selling eBooks. Here's the price guide for 'April 1865: The Month That Saved America on on April 11, 2012.'

Clearly the publisher is setting the price as I also checked Apple's bookstore and saw that the eBook is also $10.99. I don't know why they think that consumers would pay more to have the book in electronic format?

Since I have Amazon Prime, I ordered the paperback version. I can wait a couple of days to save $5 dollars. I have seen this price difference on many books - where its cheaper to get the paperback version than to get the Kindle version.

The better price model would be to have the price of the eBook be at least 20% less than the new hardcover or paperback version. The electronic version is pure profit for the publisher since they don't have to worry about distribution and overstock inventory.

April 4, 2012

Free Kindle Books

If you have an Amazon Kindle and looking for some good ebooks to read, there are some good options for you. You don't need to purchase an ebook to find an ebook, here are 3 really good ways to get good quality ebooks:

Sign-up for Amazon Prime and get an opportunity to borrow a limited number of books. If you want to find out what books qualify for borrowing simple go to and search for 'Lending Library in Kindle'. Anything that says 'Prime' qualifies as a borrowable book.

Go to your local library! Many libraries are now offering the abilty to borrow ebooks for free. For example, the Minuteman Library Network has a relationship with Overdrive where users can download books to their Kindle.

Also Project Gutenberg has 36000 free ebooks for Kindle, Android, iPad, iPhone. Many of these books are classic and are free because their copyright has expired. You shouldn't have to pay to read classics such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. All there are free on the Project Gutenberg.

Check Twitter! Authors and publishers have promotions running all the time and announce them on Twitter. Search for #kindle, #freeEbook and #Freebook

February 29, 2012

Kindle Touch Cover

At the Levenger store at the Prudential, they sell a MoleskinexFFFD Digital Folio for E-Readers. This is a great Folio since it also has a notepad so you can take notes when youxFFFDre reading.

This will not work with the Kindle touch, as the Folio is too tall for the Kindle Touch. The store manager told me that some of the folios that Barnes and Noble sells would fit the Kindle Touch.

The Amazon store has a good selection of Kindle touch designs, but I think they are pretty expense. I donxFFFDt know why someone would spend $60 to cover a $99 device.

I think a great place to look for cover would be Etsy. You can find all sorts of unique covers and you can make special requests from the designers. They have a few Disney designs, but I havenxFFFDt seen a good Haunted mansion design.

Another good place is Ebay! There are all sorts of economic covers and if you search by the dimensions (6.8" x 4.7" or 172 mm x 120 mm) you can get a much larger selection. Some sellers donxFFFDt target their covers for a particular device so they may not list their product description.

April 7, 2011

Williams Sound's NKL-001

Williams Sound's NKL-001 works really well with an iPhone and the iPod touch. Obviously it can't be used to talk on the iPhone.

I mention it on this Blog because there's no other mention about how well this device work on the popular iPhone. Hopefully Williams Sound comes out with one soon! There's other devices out there, but Williams Sound quality can't be beat!

October 26, 2010

Dunkin Morning

This morning I stopped at Dunkin Donuts on 692 Cochituate Rd in Framingham, MA. I decided to get some munchkins for my co-workers.

I asked for 25 munchkins mix and no plain munchkins. So the first thing the guy did was reach for plain munchkins.

I told him again no plain munchkins.

He said it wasn't plain since there was a Jelly label underneath the basket. However, it was clearly plain and the basket in the bottom row were clearly Jelly munchkins.

I didn't argue with him anymore, as it was only munchkins and it didn't matter. But seriously do people really judge everything by the labels and not use common sense by looking at the product.

Thanks Jorge R, for the jelly munchkins that will taste very plain...

October 1, 2010

CVS Battery Sale

CVS is having a great Buy-One-Get-One-Free (BOGO) sales on CVS brand Batteries. You need a CVS card and must purchase in their stores.

This is a great sale if your looking to restock on your battery supplies, are you running low on AA, AAA or D batteries. This sale also includes hearing aid batteries. You won't find cheaper hearing aid batteries online. CVS is the place to go!

You should look at CVS' Halloween collection. They have some great decorations which are sure to disappear as Halloween gets closer. The early ghost gets the scare!

Sale ends this Sunday.

December 30, 2009
Flip Video Camcorder

Flip Video Camcorder

I got a MinoHD Flip Video camcorder for Christmas this year. Very very cool. This is a portable video camera that takes excellent HD video. 

This HD camcorder now features 120 minutes of record time and a large, 2" anti-glare display, making it even easier to capture stunning HD video. Video is recorded at 16:9 widescreen, HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per seconds (fps) progressive scan; recorded as MP4 file.

The really cool thing is that you can customize the camera on their website. The picture you see is my MinoHD camera, yes its the Haunted Mansion in Disney World.

I already uploaded a video to YouTube, check out what Chatham Light Beach looked like the day after Christmas. It was pretty windy that day, so all you hear is the wind blowing into the camera.

Within hours of taking the Chatham Light footage, we watched the video on a large Sony TV using the HDMI connector on the bottom of the MinoHD. The video quality was very good and everyone that saw it was impress that it came from a small camera.

I had no problems connecting the camera to my PowerBook G4. It plugged into the USB port and iPhoto opened automatically. I was able to export the video from the camera very easily. I didn't have to install anything or configure any software.

I am looking forward to taking lots of videos with the new camera. I already tried the XShot and it works great and definitely a must have accessory to get with the Flip Video Camera.  I also got the USB and HDMI cables with the camera and they work great.

I am looking forward to going on vacation and not having to bring my Sony DCR-TRV720 to take only a few minutes of video. Having a small camera will make it easy to take video whenever I want to, and not be bothered by a large camcorder bag.