Category Archive: Amazon

Oct 21 2012

Another Milestone – One Thousand Articles and Counting

It’s been a big week and a big year for the blog. Not too long ago the blog racked up 1000,000 visits and well over 100,000 pageviews in the process which was quite pleasing for something that started out as a way to keep me in the rhythm of writing in between university semesters and …

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Jun 15 2012

Optimise Battery Life for Smartphones with AMOLED Screens

Here’s a quick tip. If your phone has an AMOLED screen (as opposed to an LCD screen) it’s worth knowing how these displays work. In a nutshell, LCD screens rely on a backlight and a liquid crystal matrix in front of it which blocks certain colours and allows other colours through. Power usage will be …

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May 25 2012

Call Me – Save Yourself a Call to Amazon

A couple of days ago I found that my replacement Kindle DX which I had in my possession for just two weeks succumbed to the screen failure issue that the original Kindle DX suffered. Needless to say I was a bit annoyed by this turn of events as I had not even had the chance to start …

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May 02 2012

Boydo’s Kindle DX Goes to Heaven

Well, just a few days out of warranty my Kindle DX went to heaven after suffering a fatal screen failure. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a free replacement unit (which is fair enough given that I am outside the warranty period) but my wife was able to get her Kindle replaced a few days …

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Apr 09 2012

Heads Up For DBAs on MS SQL Server 2012

Here’s something for the database administrators out there that want to get cracking on building up their skills and knowledge regarding the latest version of Microsoft’s database server solution, MS SQL Server 2012. I know that paper books tend to lend themselves better for the reference book genre but of course there are costs involved …

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Mar 14 2012

Encyclopaedia Britannica Goes Out of Print

This has been widely publicised already today but I thought it was a noteworthy event to record. The Encyclopaedia Britannica will cease its printing the 32-volume encyclopeadia after nearly a quarter of a millennium (244 years to be exact). You could have called the Britannica the old school version of Wikipedia which was updated once in what would …

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Jan 13 2012

Amazon Saves Heartache Over a Broken Kindle

A few nights ago my wife turned on her Kindle only to find that the top half of the screen would remain stuck on what had been on the screensaver while the lower half would refresh (apart from some minor glitches). We both didn’t have a good feeling about it and numerous attempts to switch …

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Oct 22 2011

eBook Pick – In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives

This is my second eBook pick courtesy of my Kindle DX and sheds some light on the internal operations of Google covering things from its genesis in a university right through to significant products such as Google Mail, Android and, of course, search. “In The Plex” was written by Steven Levy who also wrote Hackers, …

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Oct 12 2011

The Samsung Popup Shop – Feisty or Foolish?

Yesterday, I wrote about the Samsung Music Hub which could be checked out at a popup shop in George Street in Sydney. Today, the general media have covered the fact that this popup shop was also offering ten Samasung Galaxy S II handsets per day until the end of the week for two dollars each. …

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Aug 07 2011

Learn How to Copy Your Documents to Your Kindle

Kindles are very good for packing a stack of documents into a lightweight device but not everything comes in PDF format. Sure, you could send an e-mail to your personalised e-mail address for your Kindle and have your document (of a supported format) converted and transferred to your Kindle over 3G for a fee but …

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