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Folks, I do not have any e-Reader devices, such as Amazon’s Kindle, but I am a big fan and proponent of reading. Reading is not only fun, and a great method for learning, but life sort of has a way of rewarding those who take the time to actually read the information provided. Ahem. I received notice in my e-mail today that Amazon is offering 4 classic e-Books for free – here’s the links:

Pride and Prejudice Treasure Island Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Pride and Prejudice


Treasure Island


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


Tip of the day: RTFM (read the *freaking* manual). Sure, it is easier to buy a new gizmo, gadget, or doodad, bring it home and take it over to your geeky friend/relative/co-worker/neighbor and ask them to show you how to use it.
And, yes, the manual that comes with your gadget has too many pages.. and the grammar isn’t always the best.. but here is how you learn THE CORRECT METHODS for using your device.. and not your geeky friend’s best guess at how to use it.
Also.. those blinking lights and confusing menus and strange-looking icons are explained.

FAQ stands for “frequently asked questions”, and almost every device manufacturer has FAQ’s posted on their Website. These are the “How do I..?” and “What does xyz mean?” questions and answers that new users typically have. You will probably find the answer you’re looking for here, without having to go bother your geeky neighbor.
Some manufacturer’s call this page “Support”.

Owner’s manuals and FAQ pages can prevent you from making it into the PEBCAK Hall of Shame.

Today’s reco’d reading:
* Top 10 USB Thumb Drive Tricks
* Anti-Malware Software To Have Confidence In

Some news… Loyal friends know my regard for SUPERAntiSpyware. I received this info from my friend there: SUPERAntiSpyware is now included in VirusTotal’s premier file analyzing service

EUGENE, OR (July 21, 2010) –, a Pacific Northwest developer of state-of-the-art security software, has announced acceptance into Virus Total’s ( independent file analyzing service.

VirusTotal provides an absolutely necessary service to spyware/malware researchers worldwide,” said Nick Skrepetos, founder of “This free service allows researchers and users alike to submit suspicious files and have them analyzed by over 40 of the top anti-virus and anti-spyware products. We are very proud to have SUPERAntiSpyware’s detection engine included. VirusTotal’s staff was extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with while integrating SUPERAntiSpyware into their service.”

Don’t know about SUPERAntiSpyware? Click here and find out. It is a Tech Paul reco fersher!

** Software License Giveaway Drawing Ends Tonight **

The folks at Codyssey have generously donated 10 licenses for CodySafe Σ (Sigma) to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that. So I am having a random drawing¹ contest from folks who “enter”. The drawing will close midnight tonight, Thursday, July 22nd, and the winners announced Friday. So act now.CodySafe is essentially a portable applications launcher and portable drive management tool for use with USB drives, and making them into a “computer on a stick”.  With it, you launch your “portable” programs and files from a Vista-like menu. For details (and to enter), click here.

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July 22, 2010 Posted by | computers | , , , , | 2 Comments

Download and read Kindle books – no Kindle required.

For those of you who still actually read (a dying art), I thought you might like to know that Amazon has come out with Kindle e-Book reading software that you can download free.

The software (still in beta) can be installed on PC’s, Macs, iPads and iPhones, and BlackBerrys, with more “coming soon”.

With this program, you can…

“The Best Reading Experience for Your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, or BlackBerry

  • Shop the Kindle Store for over 480,000 Kindle books, including 105 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers, starting from $9.99. If you are a non-U.S. customer, book pricing and availability may vary.
  • Read thousands of free books, including popular classics such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, and Treasure Island.
  • Get free book samples – read the first chapter for free before you decide to buy.
  • Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across your devices.
  • Adjust text size to make reading more comfortable.
  • Download and read Kindle books – no Kindle required.”

The “reader” software is free, the eBooks are not. This can be a good way to take reading material with you when you are on the go.

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