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3 02 2010

I love free stuff. This is particularly nice because it’s designed for people like us! This is a magazine for techno geeks called Computer Power User. You can get it at What could be easier? So hop on over there and get your free subscription.


Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device (9.7" Display, Global Wireless, Latest Generation)

8 11 2009

Beautiful Large Display: 9.7″ diagonal e-ink screen reads like real paper; boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and sharp images

Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines

Books In Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered wirelessly in less than 60 seconds; no PC required

3G Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle DX; no monthly fees, no annual contracts, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots

Global Coverage: Enjoy 3G wireless coverage at home or abroad in over 100 countries.

Carry Your Library: Holds up to 3,500 books, periodicals, and documents

Longer Battery Life: Now read for up to 1 week on a single charge with wireless on, a significant improvement from the previous battery life of 4 days

Built-In PDF Reader: Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your personal and professional documents on the go

Auto-Rotating Screen: Display auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the device so you can view full-width maps, graphs, tables, and Web pages

Read-to-Me: With the text-to-speech feature, Kindle DX can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book’s rights holder made the feature unavailable

Free Book Samples: Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy

Large Selection: Over 400,000 books, including 101 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs. For non-U.S. customers, content availability and pricing will vary.

Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are $9.99, unless marked otherwise. When traveling abroad, you can download books wirelessly from the Kindle Store or your Archived Items. U.S. customers will be charged a fee of $1.99 for international downloads.

Display: 9.7″ diagonal E Ink® electronic paper display, 1200 x 824 pixel resolution at 150 ppi, 16-level gray scale.

Size (in inches): 10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″.

Weight: 18.9 ounces.

System requirements: None, because it doesn’t require a computer.

Storage: 4GB internal (approximately 3.3GB available for user content).

Battery Life: Read on a single charge for up to 1 week with wireless on. Turn wireless off and read for up to 2 weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store and downloading content. In low-coverage areas or in EDGE/GPRS-only coverage, wireless usage will consume battery power more quickly.

Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via the included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via the included USB 2.0 cable.

Connectivity: HSDPA modem (3G) with a fallback to EDGE/GPRS; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide wireless coverage via AT&T’s 3G high-speed data network in the U.S. and partner networks outside of the U.S.

USB Port: USB 2.0 (micro-USB connector) for connection to the Kindle DX power adapter or optionally to connect to a PC or Macintosh computer.

Audio: 3.5mm stereo audio jack, built-in stereo speakers.

Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), PDF, TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.

Included Accessories: U.S. power adapter (supports 100V-240V), USB 2.0 cable, rechargeable battery.

Must See Site of Places Not to Visit!

3 11 2008

I included this picture, because otherwise you would never ever believe what I’m going to write: That was a city council meeting in Harrisburg, IL. Harrisburg IL is my choice for a place you don’t want to visit!
The man on the right in the photo is the police chief. The man on the left is a city commissioner. The man who is facing the camera is a citizen. So what happened? It seems the council didn’t like what the man had to say. So the commissioner got up and tried to forcefully eject the citizen. When that didn’t work he belly-bumped him!
I put this up because this is not an isolated incident, nor is it confined to the city council meetings. Everyone in this town is the worst stereotypical description of a “redneck” known. They make the guys from “Deliverance” seem like ultra urban sophisticates!

Now about the town itself: The landscape is pretty. Except that it floods. I mean it floods a LOT! Last year the spring floods destroyed 75 businesses and closed the major grocery store for 3 months. It also has a foul order that comes from the sewage treatment plant. The schools are on the academic AND financial watch lists. The unemployment rate is at more than 40%.

So don’t go there! For more places not to visit check out This site is outstanding. Real people talking about real experiences in various locations around the world. It’s really a lot of fun to read and if you have been someplace really bad, add your story! You can also check out the new book that will be released soon. Above all else you need to warn others: DON’T GO THERE!


don’t go there



101 Spy Gadgets for the Evil Genius

28 07 2008

First of all, “evil” is in the eye of the beholder. But I loved playing with this book. I’m STILL playing with it and the others in the series. I recommend it to every tech-head, genius (evil or otherwise) as a fun way to have a bunch of interesting gadgets that no one knows about!

The best part is that in building them yourself, you can tweek them to your own specifications. Look into getting your own copy today. Go here for your own copy of 101 Spy Gadgets for the Evil Genius!

Mummy Dearest – Joan Hess

27 07 2008

Joan Hess has been a favourite author of mine for years. Her writing is hysterically funny and the mysteries aren’t obvious.
Claire has at long last married her cop boyfriend, Peter Rosen, and they are ostensibly on their honeymoon in Luxor, Egypt, accompanied by Claire’s daughter, Caron, and Caron’s best friend, Inez. Peter, however, is often called away on mysterious meetings with Egyptian police, and Claire and the girls are left to their own devices. Odd things start happening: the girls claim they’re being followed by a sinister Arab with a scar, a young American woman is kidnapped in the desert, and murders dog an archeological expedition. Hess throws into this heady mix a deliciously eccentric cast of supporting characters, including one Lady Amelia Peabody Emerson, reputed to be the descendant of famous English archeologists.

Get your own copy of Mummy Dearest!

Fearless Fourteen – Janet Evanovich

29 06 2008

Personal vendettas, hidden treasure, and a monkey named Carl will send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most explosive adventure yet.

The Crime: Armed robbery to the tune of nine million dollars

Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn’t be more proud. He always was the smart one.

The Cousin: Joe Morelli

Joe Morelli, Dom Rizzi, and Dom’s sister, Loretta, are cousins. Morelli is a cop, Rizzi robs banks, and Loretta is a single mother waiting tables at the firehouse. The all-American family.

The Complications: Murder, kidnapping, destruction of personal property, and acid reflux

Less than a week after Dom’s release from prison, Joe Morelli has shadowy figures breaking into his house and dying in his basement. He’s getting threatening messages, Loretta is kidnapped, and Dom is missing.

The Catastrophe: Moonman

Morelli hires Walter “Mooner” Dunphy, stoner and “inventor” turned crime fighter, to protect his house. Morelli can’t afford a lot on a cop’s salary, and Mooner will work for potatoes.

The Cupcake: Stephanie Plum

Stephanie and Morelli have a long-standing relationship that involves sex, affection, and driving each other nuts. She’s a bond enforcement agent with more luck than talent, and she’s involved in this bank-robbery-gone-bad disaster from day one.

The Crisis: A favor for Ranger

Security expert Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, has a job for Stephanie that will involve night work. Morelli has his own ideas regarding Stephanie’s evening activities.

The Conclusion: Only the fearless should read Fourteen.

Thrills, chills, and incontinence may result.

Once again, Evanovich delivers a great read. I love love love this series and recommend it to everyone. My friends, ranging from their 20’s to their late 60’s all love this series. Get your own copy of Fearless Fourteen!

Druids Oak Journal

9 03 2008

I like to write, obviously. But I also like to write in beautiful journals. I started collecting them more than 20 years ago and this is one of my absolute favourites. The best part of this journal is that when I’m done, I can refill it with another plain journal and keep writing. It has also aged very well. The more it has been used the softer it has gotten.

This is another item that I purchased through Gaelsong a few years ago and I’m happy to say that they still carry it. They also have other styles but this remains the one I prefer.

It’s not cheap, but it is extremely well made and worth the money. It will last forever. Get yours at Gaelsong.