Thursday, September 15, 2011

NOOK the new...

Well, I finally got another eReader. The Barnes & Noble NOOK the all-new better contrast-lighter-smaller-less-expensive one. I love it. I urge you to try it. I must tell you that you NEED Wi-Fi for the registration process and to download and sync your eBooks when you buy them. I haven't explored the USB to PC yet so cannot say what functions I can do with that yet. BUT, I do like this iteration of the E Ink® technology. I like the price of this unit, and although my ZIRE is still operational and no problems have arisen, the pdb format is sadly left behind, and the NOOK supports epub. Books are quick and easy to purchase on Barnes & Noble once you register your product with your account. In fact, they are too easy to buy! They download extremely fast. I was told they download faster than a friend's Kindle, but I haven't first hand knowledge of that. I have been using the desktop software for both PC and Mac for both NOOK and Kindle now for some time. They are both good products but NOOK really outshines Kindle in my book. Both will sync your reading to either the desktops or the devices as you read wherever you are on whatever you read - say I read a book on my desktop while I eat my lunch, then NOOK will sync my reading to my device later. So far the PC software for desktop doesn't sync, as the Mac desktop version is newer and has nicer features so far. Kindle's desktop software is rudimentary so far for both, but does have the handy option for reading the books with a sepia or black background instead of all that light shining into your eyes on a desktop with a white background to the book pages. White light and eInk aren't the same at all. One interesting note is that you need a book light for both the Kindle and the NOOK because they aren't backlit. Of course the NOOK color is but it is a whole different animal and not in this post. It's an Android Pad and not really a dedicated eBook reader, so since I wanted a dedicated eBook reader, I got the NOOK.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Getting Things Done....O.K...so I am NOT done blogging

Since the late 1990's I have been getting the emails from the David Allen company. Have I written before about Getting Things Done? Well, he has other books and materials as well, and really, none of the self-help or organizing books, seminars and what-not out there are nearly as good. For usable, down to earth everyday application, you cannot beat David Allen and his chart. Now, the truth is that the paperback book is all you need. You can photocopy that flow chart, use it and keep it in your daytimer-planner-whatever and maybe somewhere there is a digi-download - who knows. I carry that chart in my Day Timer. Back in the old days of early webness, B&N had a free classes online section which they do not have now. I took the class from David Allen on organization and it was invaluable! The part about emails in your inbox and the snail mail at home and work was great - I now try to get the mail and stand up while I tear up the junk and add to the recycle bin. Great stuff. As to email, now that's a hard one to get a handle on, but keep at it and it can work. A refresher glance at the chart can help organize whatever you have. The BEST little thing I carried away from hat class and still remember is the idea of doing SOMETHING in a ten minute period. You know, you always think you haven't the time for whatever you contemplate doing, but you know - if a bit of that can be done in a 5-10 minute time frame, then do it. You will be surprised how soon that task is complete! it really works...from housework to sewing to your daily work flow at work, to the discarding of excess STUFF, and on and on...just do something! I just hope that David's next book will be how to retire, organize that, keep a schedule and keep living!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Is this is post-blog era? I think it is...

Having blogged a long time now, especially for the evolving technological days we live in, I am really taking a bow and letting this one lie fallow. What's here is here, but that's all folks! Thanks to those few readers...they know where to reach me. That's unless I change my mind and come on back here.