Category Archives: Round up

Amazon Sends Letter, Blogosphere Goes Meh

amazon-logo3The contract dispute between Amazon and Hachette took a turn for the bizarre late Friday night. After months of alternating silence with reserved statements (and a leaked letter), Amazon decided to change their tactics. Continue reading

Amazon Fire Phone Review Roundup

firephonetilt-140x259[1]Amazon’s first smartphone starts arriving tomorrow, and late last night the gags were removed from all of the early reviews. All of the major tech and business blogs got a Fire Phone, resulting in an excess of reviews.

I’m still working my way through the reviews but I don’t think very many of the reviewers liked the phone. Here are a few of the choicer excerpts. Continue reading

Four Takes on the “Amazon: Threat or Menace?” Debate

Origin-712014-71734-PM[1]Love them or hate them, Amazon is a polarizing topic in the book industry. It’s been the subject of numerous articles, think pieces, rants, and ravings, and a couple days ago it was the focus of a televised debate. Continue reading

A Hodgepodge of Useful Bits & Pieces – March 2014

The Hodgepodge of Bits & Pieces is a partnership between Kathy Davie of KD Did It Takes on Books and The Digital Reader. it’s a bimonthly link round-up of articles and posts that Kathy has run across online which she thought may be of interest to writers and readers. We’d appreciate feedback on any of the bits or pieces which spoke to you—good or bad! Continue reading

A Hodgepodge of Useful Bits and Pieces – February 2014

The Hodgepodge of Bits & Pieces is a bimonthly link round-up of articles and posts I’ve run across online which I thought may be of interest to writers and readers. I’d appreciate feedback on any of the bits or pieces which spoke to you—good or bad! Continue reading

A Hodgepodge of Useful Bits & Pieces – January 2014


The Hodgepodge of Bits & Pieces is a bimonthly link round-up of articles and posts. The links are ones I’ve run across online which I thought may be of interest to writers and readers. I’d appreciate feedback on any of the bits or pieces which spoke to you—good or bad! Continue reading

Nvidia Tegra Note Review Round Up

Nvidia madenvidia tegra note the tech blogosphere drool when they unveiled their 7″ Android tablet 2 months ago just by talking about the basic specs, and now that the early reviews are out I think it lives up to the hype.

This tablet is equipped with Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU, 16GB of storage, a stylus, and specs that place this tablet a close second to the Nexus 7 (2013) – aside from the 1280 x 800 resolution screen. Continue reading

Review Roundup: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Amazon’s latest 8.9 inch tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX, shipped yesterday and the early reviews are in.

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, the one with the impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution display, has a speedy 2.2GHz cuad-core Snapdragon 80  processor, 2GB Of RAM, a pair of cameras (2MP webcam and 8MP rearcam), at least 16GB of storage, Wifi, Bluetooth, and a svelte design: it weighs just over 13 ounces, beating the iPad Air by a couple ounces.

The reviews were mixed, but generally positive. Continue reading

Roundup of Coverage of the Kindle Fire HDX Launch Event

feature-os._V355642161_[1]Amazon held a private pre-launch press briefing in Seattle some time in the past few days and showed off their new hardware. I didn’t get an invite, but apparently all the major tech blogs were there and got to put their hands on the new tablet hardware that launched today.

Here is a partial roundup of the press reports on the event. I probably missed a few, but I think I found more than enough videos, photos, and verbiage to give you an idea if what the new devices look like. Continue reading

A Roundup of My Favorite April Fool’s Jokes

1 April has come and gone (mostly) and many, many jokes have been made. Most weren’t all that funny, but there were a handful that I liked either because they surprised me or they got a chuckle out of me.

I thought it would be fun to share the handful of jokes that I tweeted today. They are all the type of post that would have gone into the morning coffee posts had they been legit. Continue reading