Tuesday, October 12, 2010

iMac update...

Two days after taking delivery at home on my iMac, the thing started to sound like a turbo-prop ready for takeoff! Fan noise was amazing - my cat jumped three feet into the air as the sound began without warning! So of course I called Apple. After several calls I was instructed to take my new baby (all 21.5") into our local Apple service center - we are so lucky - our local service center is Small Dog Electronics.I lugged it down there in its original box which, as luck would have it, has a handle! Apparently most people carry them in under blankets but the thing is very unstable off if a desk. Two days later I had it home again - the diagnosis was a blown main board (used to be called the motherboard). Failed all heat tests. Said board replaced and away we go. It is now several months later, all seems well, and she functions soundlessly.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Kirkland, Seattle and observations...

Having returned from a trip to Seattle and Kirkland, I have to say that I thank God for the quick tickets on Delta Airlines.
A medical emergency had us on the plane within 5 hours of an early morning phone call. That was in March. Things are going well now, and that lets me write a bit more about Kirkland and Seattle. First, kudos to the staff of Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland. A wonderful staff, hospitalists, nurses, therapists and every one of the ancillary staff were helpful, professional and proactive in the best sense of those words.I like it out there. The number of used bookshops is incredible, the verdure is awesome, the air is crisp except when it's so full of moisture you feel like you need gills, and all in all it's a great place to be.The family lives in the Saint Edward State Park area, and the drive up is scenic indeed, with drop offs to Lake Washington providing idyllic views. There's also a good Mexican eatery right on Juanita Drive, small but really tasty!. Getting around is getting easier, and this time I actually knew where I was at several points driving around. One very important discovery was that Trader Joe's is a block downhill from Evergreen Hospital, which came in handy. I love Trader Joe's and wouldn't have been able to discover that unless I had been to Seattle! Although they headquarter in MA, there is no store here in Vermont. There should be, and I wrote and told them so. The second nice store I must mention is Hancock Fabrics. Again, no store here in that corporate line. Now, lest you think I am all about retail, let me sing the beauties of Juanita Bay Park, Saint Edwards Park, and just the scenery on a good day in Kirkland. Cloud City Coffee appears in these photos, again, a great place to sit and surf or just sit and enjoy, and with all the rainy days, getting out to coffee is one of the main passtimes both in Seattle and Vermont as well! In between visiting Washington, I plan my next trip out. I've never been there in the Fall, so maybe that is the next step.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Nook tidbits and iMac Joy...

First the lovely iMac 21.5. Quiet, quiet, elegant, shiny and new. OH and QUIET. Joy. The display is 1920x1080, which turns out to be not the standard wide width, but is 16:9 aspect ratio and very impressive indeed. This version of Mac OSX is a real grownup version. The version I had been using was embryonic in comparison. Well, I went from Jaguar to Snow Leopard! Quite a leap. Cannot wait to see Burn Notice episodes I miss next half-season!...now - THE NOOK: O.K...the Nook! WOW...you can read your eBooks you have already from eReader.com or Fictionwise or the palm format books one has acquired over the years - all readable on the Nook. I downloaded the user manual from B&N, and there, on page 81 it all becomes clear. I can't tell you how elated I am because Palm and Mac and probably Windows, though I don't know - no longer support syncing on my Zire. The Zire is still fine, but Mac dropped Palm sync a long time ago, and Palm Desktop along with it. SO - a newer reader is imperative in the short run, but it's a longish short run because my eMac is still fully functional and will do the job. If you are attached to outmoded tech, you need your outmoded support hardware to do the job. It does kinda rankle to have to buy new hardware and software and peripherals each time you upgrade. This time I don't have to do that - printer is an HP and the new Mac loves it, and the old Mac supports anything I still want that the new Mac won't support.

Comments....

Lately I have been seeing and moderating odd comments, and this has sadly led me to stop comments on this blog. I would not like to have to quit blogging, but there is a temptation to do just that. Not quite yet though.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Resist higher eBook prices...

Suddenly publishers want more money for eBooks. I really know that I will not be paying any $15 for ebooks. No sharing with friends, no cover art, no back cover, no actual paper, and yet they want that price?! The New York Times covers the issue here. AMAZON tried a boycott of a major publishing house, but backed off after a couple days. I hope consumers refuse these prices. When I started reading ebooks, several were free. And then I started buying them at eReader.com, and I think the most I have paid is probably around $12. But after discount offers, it turns out to be less. I think the optimum, price is right around $7, but AMAZON and B&N have put a $10 price tag on eBooks as the optimum pricing. I can agree in theory. The great thing about eBooks is the easily stored library you can tote around with you. I use it traveling. 35+ books are nice to have in a handheld as you sit in the airport, and you can read in bed easily! BUT, at $15 apiece, I do hope the sales plummet and the publishers get a rap on the hands. Take about gouging! There are so many classics in my eBook library - over 1000, and I can start in reading all of Mark Twain or Dickens! I know I said goodbye - but the whole eBook thing is heating up and enthusing my opinion generators!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

See you later...but notice eBooks are heating up...

There is suddenly a lot of interest in eBooks - all sorts of Johnny Come Latelys are getting into the act. Palm could have really promoted them more years ago, but now AMAZON rules with Kindle. Lots of us still use eReader format, and B&N has got that now. I am still waiting for the confirmation that my DRM books from eReader over the past several years would work on the Nook. Or my gaggle of free ebooks as well for that matter. We'll see. I don't really feel like blogging here any more. I am taking a hiatus for awhile, and thinking about blogging altogether. It may be that I am in my post-blogging phase here at the EW site. So for awhile it's "see ya later!" Read some good books, drink some good tea, and take your eyes off the computer for awhile! ;)