Mon. Feb. 26, 2018 – time to start another week

54F and 99%RH this fine drizzling morning here in tropical Houston…

Felt a bit off all day yesterday, mild headache and a bit of dizziness, so I went to bed early.  Feel much better today.   We’ll see if it lasts.

I doubt anyone out there has as many active kindles as I do, but I found out something interesting.  It seems the publisher can limit the number of devices you have a book D/L’d to at the same time.   I was trying to load up a kindle with all 16 books in one series when I got the notice that it was unavailable for download.  Google suggested that there were secret limits on the number of devices, so I got on a chat with Amazon support.

Turns out there is a limit, it can be anything from 3  up to 99 according to Saed, the CSR from my chat.

Amazon’s tool for online management of content on different devices sucks dead bunnies.  You can easily PUT content on your devices but not REMOVE IT.  Nor is there an easy way to see at a glance where your content is.  Others have noted that there aren’t any real tools for organizing your content either.  It seems they got to “good enough” and stopped.  Meh, it’s still the best pure ereader out there, despite its flaws, and I doubt they considered someone with 15 kindles when they were designing their systems.

 

On a political and media note… I’m not ready to say this kid Hogg from Florida isn’t genuine (don’t really buy into the ‘crisis actor’ thing) but something isn’t right.  There are too many pictures of him laughing and smiling, video of him rehearsing, and he’s suddenly EVERYWHERE.  He may just be a sociopathic opportunist, or he may be something else, but random ordinary person number 7 he most surely isn’t.

 

nick

27 thoughts on “Mon. Feb. 26, 2018 – time to start another week”

  1. You know you CAN back up your Kindle book files to your PC them copy them to another Kindle. I did this when moving my wifes data from her old Kindle to her new one.

  2. Until I needed to manually update my firmware on a kindle this weekend, I’ve NEVER connected a kindle to my pc….

    So you just copy the books folder to pc and then copy it to a different kindle? Don’t you have to strip the DRM with calibre or something?

    n

    (I’ve never had an issue staying within the lines before so I’ve never looked into it)

  3. I didn’t mess with the DRM as both devices were registered to my wife. Just copied the data over and it worked. Possibly CALIBRE or similar programs can remove DRM.

  4. Calibre can remove Kindle DRM, but only the old version (for the moment anyway). However, older Kindle don’t support the latest version of Amazon DRM. Which means: download a book to an old Kindle, so that it gets wrapped in the old DRM. Then Calibre can strip it. Once it’s stripped, Amazon seems to treat the book as 3rd party content, and just ignores it.

  5. Calibre can remove Kindle DRM, but only the old version (for the moment anyway). However, older Kindle don’t support the latest version of Amazon DRM. Which means: download a book to an old Kindle, so that it gets wrapped in the old DRM. Then Calibre can strip it. Once it’s stripped, Amazon seems to treat the book as 3rd party content, and just ignores it.

    This let’s you organize content with Calibre, instead of with the almost nonexistent tools Amazon provides. However, the stripping process is a PITA.

  6. Subbing again today for the science teacher. Generally a good group of young cretins. Tomorrow and Wednesday is for the math teacher. Freshman class are really a bunch of idiots. I have to clamp down on them hard from the beginning of class. As time goes on more students know what I will, and will not, tolerate.

    I used to make in a hour what I make here for an entire day. People ask why? It is something to do, many of the kids I know from sports, and it helps the school. I also don’t really have to think. If I have issues with a student I just sent them to the office and let the administrators deal with them. They don’t pay me enough to make me think. There are also laws and procedures that have to be followed of which I do not have the privilege of knowing.

    Wife has two days subbing on Thursday and Friday for her favorite teacher and the wife is her favorite sub. I have been told in no uncertain terms that I can sub in that class unless the wife is not available. Wife has been scheduled to sub for someone when this teacher calls. I have to take the prior job and she takes the new job.

    That teacher is retiring at the end of the school year. She has several personal days built up for which the school district will not pay the teacher when she retires. Thus the teacher is using them up a couple of days at a time in conjunction with weekends.

    School district does not offer vacation as that is what the summer is for. Instead they get sick days and personal days. School district will not pay personal days unless there is more than 20 days accumulated. Thus towards the end of the school year wife and I get a lot more subbing days.

    We cannot sub on those days when there are mandated states tests to be administered. The district requires a licensed teacher to be in the classroom when such tests are being taken. Regular exams devised by the teacher a sub can have the class for the day.

  7. The latest Kindle books can’t be side loaded into Calibre. You have to download to PC then drop into Calibre for DRM removing.

    That’s what I’ve seen anyways.

  8. And you can only d/l to pc if you specify which device you will be moving it to, and that’s when you get the ‘not enough licenses’ msg. (actually just a failure notice).

    I’ll figure out which device I have a copy of the stuff I want to move and free up a copy, it’s just a pain to actually look at all the devices. For one thing, I haven’t marked which one is “Nick’s 7th Kindle” and they aren’t all charged up. So first I’ve got to find them all, charge them, and look thru them to find the book. then “archive” it from the kindle, then go back online and d/l it to the new kindle. More hassle than it’s worth maybe….

    n

  9. Forgot that my pickup truck reg is due at end of Feb. Realized it when I took it in for service, so I had them do the smog test too. TX does electronic smog, insurance, and you can renew the reg online with only a couple of clicks because those other dox are already submitted. Painless process, if you’ve got the tests and proof out of the way.

    n

  10. One of the first things I do when I add the Kindle app to a device is to rename it in the app. Jim’s 17th Android Devices is now “JimDroidNote8”.

    I haven’t run into too much trouble with the books being on too many devices. My wife reads one group of books, I read another, and the kinder a third set. What I really like is knowing the books my children are interested in & reading.

  11. Heh, funny how our thoughts run together. I’ve got a clutch of Kindles, going back to the old old days, AND have an old version of Calibre. I was wondering how to co-ordinate them all just last night.

  12. @ lynn, they must have because I have a broken windshield on the pickup, and I passed…

    n

  13. @jim~ the old kindles are great for travel, with the built in wisper net, you don’t need to find a hotspot, and the web browser works ok for mostly text sites too.

    n

  14. I have mentioned this before, most places have doctrine that says EMS stages nearby and does not enter the scene until law enforcement declares the scene “secure”. Law enforcement WILL NOT stop to aid your child, and it can take up to TWO HOURS for the scene to clear. Children who could have survived will bleed to death while EMS waits for the all clear.

    SOME jurisdictions are just thinking about changing this. I’ve linked articles recently about the move to establish ‘tactical EMS’ for active shooter events. THIS IS STILL CONSIDERED CONTROVERSIAL CRAZY TALK in most places. Ask your local responders what their doctrine is, and how many kids need to bleed to death before they are willing to change it?

    ““Everything I was trained on mass casualty events says they did the wrong thing,” he explained. “You don’t wait for the scene to be cleared. You go in immediately armed. Retrieve the victims. You can’t leave the victims laying there.” [this guy either works with SWAT, or comes from a jurisdiction where they have established ‘tactical EMS.’-n]

    “We were asking to go in. Asking the scene commander to go in. Why are we all standing around? Why are we not having patients to treat? Why are we not going into the building and retrieving these kids? The response every time was law enforcement did not clear the scene and would not allow medical personnel to go in,” he added.”

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/02/25/ems-first-responder-shares-harrowing-account-of-how-botched-florida-shooting-response-was

    n

    added- I’ve also said that sooner or later, this doctrine would result in kids dying, and then it would be changed, so why can’t we SKIP the kids dying and go right to the change?

    added- and because of fukced up policies like this, I have to teach my EIGHT YEAR OLD how to stop traumatic bleeding. [pressure, elevation, (tourniquet) btw…]

  15. I’ve been reading about all the nasty comments made by Libturdians to anybody who disagrees with grabbing all guns, arguing with that Hogg kid, etc. Dumbocrats are truly vile scum.

  16. @nick

    that’s why I bought them in the 1st place. $200 bucks and you can send a telegram from anywhere. Lol, I have a funny picture of me, reading a huge volume of _Anna Karenina_ I hauled down to India in the pre-kindle days. Funny story, if you want to know more.

  17. Sure, although I’m off to bed at the moment. Felt better today but I think more rest is in order.

    n

  18. @Nick
    Our mouse population in the garage has gotten uppity so I unleashed the mouse traps tonight.
    Lowe’s only had Tomcat brand snap traps and they sucked.

    The trigger plate has to be hoisted stupid high to set the trap.

    I checked the traps a couple hours after I set them (half baited with lint, half peanut butter).
    One of the peanut butter traps was still set,but bait licked clean and trap pushed 18” from starting point. A lint trap yielded a bloodless fatty mouse. Daughter demanded to see the body. Ok. Declared it “cute” and ran off to play with dolls. Don’t know if this means we are parenting right or that she’s looking at thousands in councilling down the road. Trying.

    Not as clever as your rats fortunately.

  19. Lowe’s only had Tomcat brand snap traps and they sucked.

    I had real good luck with those mousetraps if you are talking about these traps

    Was able to catch 21 mice in my house over the course of two weeks. Yeh, we had a problem. A family that reproduced. Many of the mice were small indicating juvenile. We gave up on peanut butter as it was ineffective. Used a small tube of mouse bait that you place in the trap. Within 30 minutes of deploying the trap we had our first victim.

    I just flushed them down the toilet.

    We have a wooded area behind our house and that it where the mice came from seeking warmth. We finally found where they were coming in. Very small opening that was difficult to find. Found it by accident when I saw a mouse run into the opening that was behind an exterior trim plate around the sliding glass door. Just the gap in the mortar joint was enough. Amazing.

  20. I don’t like those traps either. There is some sort of little plastic tab that breaks and you can’t reset them more than once or twice.

    I think the rats figured out that peanut butter = death. I had one or two licked clean early on, then nothing. They won’t go near the stuff now.

    I had ONE rat lose a leg to the snaptrap, and I had one recently get caught in one while struggling out of a glue pad. BTW, my rats have figured out that if they pee in the glue they can work themselves free. The early glue pads had fur on them but were dry. ALL my later pads have a lot of excrement, and are wet, but no rat.

    Rats must be a lot smarter than mice.

    n

  21. Ask your local responders what their doctrine is, and how many kids need to bleed to death before they are willing to change it?

    Will kids dying actually have any impact on bureaucratic or libtard thinking? Maybe, but I doubt it. What we need is cops dying. “For every child who dies who would have lived if police hadn’t kept EMS out, we’re going to execute one policeman.”

    Don’t know if this means we are parenting right or that she’s looking at thousands in councilling down the road.

    Change her name to Arya and find her some instructors.

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