I took yesterday off but still spent some time with technology. . . I downloaded the book Matrimony from Amazon’s Kindle Store to my iPod Touch. Had some time to read while waiting at the doctor’s office for my allergy shot. The book on the Kindle App was entirely readable. Then, when I woke up early Saturday morning unable to sleep, I tried reading it in bed. Good experience and after half an hour I fell back asleep! A perfect weekend morning! Susan Boyar will be discussing Matrimony at Wilton Library Readers on Wednesday, April 8, at noon and the author of Matrimony, Joshua Henkin will be speaking at Wilton Library on Wednesday, April 29, at 7 pm. Join us at both events! Click here to register.
Entries from March 2009
I’m still in love with my Palm Treo–but only for the calendar, contacts, and task list. They are searchable and I sync these applications with three computers. Seamlessly. I love my iPod Touch for the web searching, email, music, games, and most importantly the App Store (I just love my Kindle app!). I’ve been not so patiently waiting for the device that can do it all. The Palm Pre is due out soon (will I live so long?) and I’ve borrowed a friend’s BlackBerry to see what all that hype is about. I received an iPhone for Christmas 2007 but gave it back shortly thereafter because the calendar, contacts, and task lists were so awful for me (and there was no App Store at the time). Check out David Pogue’s Quick Take on iPhone OS 3.0 in today’s New York Times. It looks like the iPhone OS 3.0 may have all of the features I’ve been waiting for. Many manufacturers are in the process of jumping on the smartphone bandwagon so make sure you look at all the possibilities before you leap!
March 18th, 2009 · Comments Off · Websites
Kosmix is a guide to the Web that lets users explore the Web by topic. It presents a dashboard of relevant videos, photos, news, commentary, opinion, and more. It has been reported to be a search engine that one day may rival Google (The New York Times). I searched for diabetes with both search engines and the results on the first page of each search engine were the same. The Kosmix home page is clean, customizable, and contains current news, entertainment, humor, and top links on Twitter. Check it out!
March 17th, 2009 · Comments Off · News
Beginning in December 2009, we will have to include the area code when dialing local numbers in Connecticut. This ten-digit dialing will allow two new area codes in Connecticut: 475 and 959. The 203 area code is expected to run out of numbers in the middle of 2010 and the 860 area code will run out of numbers in 2011. You may begin ten-digit dialing in Connecticut in April to make sure you’re ready for the change in December. Here’s a link to the Hartford Courant article where I found the information.
March 16th, 2009 · Comments Off · Websites
Do you love Google? Do you want one place to see your email, weather, news, YouTube videos, stock information, rss feeds and more? Try iGoogle which you can set up as your personalized homepage. It’s my one-stop place for information I want to see daily without having to visit many different sites. And, best of all, it has the Google search box at the top of the page!
March 15th, 2009 · Comments Off · Books, Wilton Library Resource
Do you want to listen to audiobooks but multiple CDs limit your listening to only driving time?
Come check out a Playaway at Wilton Library! A Playaway is the newest format of audiobook, combining a book with an easy-to-use player all in one small unit. You only have to press “play” to start listening immediately. No computer and no downloading are involved. Click here for a list of all our Playaway titles.
March 14th, 2009 · Comments Off · Websites
I love HopStop! It provides door-to-door subway and bus directions and maps for New York City. You can search for places to eat, drink, sleep and see in the City Guide. You can also send directions by email or text message to a call phone directly from the website, plan a trip with multiple destinations using the Itinerary, and get directions or the locations of nearby subway and bus stops remotely on your cell phone or PDA with the HopStop Mobile service. The site covers New York, Long Island, New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and London. Check it out!
March 13th, 2009 · Comments Off · Websites
It can be hard to figure out what a home is worth in good times and even harder to do so in an unsure economy. Zillow.com provides “zestimates” of a home’s value, based on public information. The site provides mortgage rates, prior sale information, tax information, and more. If you happen to drive past a house that’s for sale and want to know more about it, search for the address and you will see the number of rooms/baths, square footage, lot size, year built, nearby schools, and more.
March 12th, 2009 · Comments Off · Websites
Standing on that Metro North (or New Jersey Transit or LIRR) platform waiting for a train that has not arrived by its scheduled time? Waiting for announcements that are never made? If you travel with a mobil device (Blackberry, smartphone; something with text messaging capability), you can join CleverCommute.com and receive alerts about problems on your line. Register your email name, email address, start and end train stations and you will receive two emails (one to verify your email address and one to welcome you to the group). If you see an issue that would help other commuters, you can text it to the address they give you. Other commuters will receive your message and have the opportunity to make alternate travel plans.
March 11th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized
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