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Living Room / Re: Initials That Meant More Than They Realized
« on: September 12, 2012, 11:52 AM »
In reference to the picture in the original post, the World Taekwondo Federation should sue.

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Living Room / Re: Kids E-Book Ideas?
« on: September 11, 2012, 01:23 PM »
Don't don't know the answers to these, but FYI, I recently stumbled on to this
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/50-places-free-books-online.htm
Maybe there are some kids' books in there ...

Nice..found a link to 161 Places For Free Children's eBooks Online   there. That will keep me busy for a while. :)

On investigation, ebook is defined very loosely there..any web site with a story on it seems to be considered an ebook. But still worth some digging though.

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Living Room / Re: Kids E-Book Ideas?
« on: September 11, 2012, 12:02 PM »
Don't don't know the answers to these, but FYI, I recently stumbled on to this
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/50-places-free-books-online.htm
Maybe there are some kids' books in there ...

Nice..found a link to 161 Places For Free Children's eBooks Online  there. That will keep me busy for a while. :)

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Living Room / Kids E-Book Ideas?
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:42 AM »
School has just started here, and it seems like this may be the (school) year of the e-book. I was already thinking of getting a couple of Kindles,  and my kids told me (after I expressed that I was considering buying some Kindles) that there will be an announcement very soon about increased used of ebook readers or tablets (I know they bought a bunch of iPads). They say some of their classmates already bring these to school.

Most of the children's ebooks I've seen on Amazon are twice the price I would pay for the typical paperback kid's book, so I am having doubts as to whether I would really gain anything other than saving a trip to the public library. Amazon allows you to rent some books from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library once a month, but all they can tell you is they have Harry Potter, the actual books available in the Lending Library are apparently a big secret unless you buy a Kindle.

Aside from paying for ebooks through Amazon, I am looking at borrowing ebooks through the local library. I will consider paying for a library card from out of town. But every library I've checked (including NYPL)  seems to have the same crappy browsing of all juvenile ebooks not categorized by age group.

So I guess I am looking for any of the following:
- Better way to navigate kids ebooks by age group and get suggestions
- Awareness of any independently published children's books or website specializing in kids ebooks that can be read on a Kindle or other reader
- Any suggestions of ebooks kids in the upper single digits (say 7 to 9 years old) can enjoy, that can be borrowed or otherwise obtained inexpensively.
- Any other children's ebook tips


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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: September 11, 2012, 10:53 AM »
My plan is to buy a T-Mobile version of Galaxy S II very soon, used ones seem to be going for about $250 (or closer to 200 if I am patient) and that is about as much bang for buck I can expect right now. Not in the original 150-200 range and not born with ICS,  but meets the other (revised) requirements  and still should be useful for a while.

T-Mobile is supposed to roll out LTE on their AWS (1700/2100)  bands next year, but supposedly it will coexist with their HSPA+ 42 network. (Source: CNET -- see the blockquote there) So I have some hope it will not become a mini tablet when T-Mobile LTE rolls out. Although HSPA+/UMTS will be on the 1900 Mhz band at that point (Source: Fierce Broadband Wireless).

I looked at the Galaxy S Blaze too, and I was going to go with that one since T-Mobile was running a promotion of $299 including $50 refill card, but when I posted this I wanted to post a comparision with the the Galaxy S II (here's one via PhoneArena) , and I saw that the S II specs were not only better, the used ones end up being cheaper because there are so many of them (it's a better known model so I am guessing they produced a lot of these and maybe a lot of people are trading up to the III).

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