Here’s another rambling blog post, where I have no set agenda before I start banging away on the keyboard. If you would like to write to me, my email address is michael at fkbt dot com (I type it out that way in a mainly futile attempt to thwart the professional spammers). I’m typing this up while being out of town for the third day of a seminar (I am an accountant by day and not a full-time blogger) – I will be glad to be back home and sleep in my own bed. The conference has been in Las Vegas and while Vegas can be fun believe me when I tell you it’s kind of dry being around 1,000 or so CPA’s!
Speaking of email, while technology does help us out each and every day when it fails it can drive you bonkers. Take last week for example – after performing normal updates to the blog’s website and the various pieces of software that make everything happen, one of the updates caused my personal email address to crash. For about a week, I couldn’t receive most emails and they have been lost forever. Things are back to normal now, but if you sit back and think about all of the things you take for granted that rely on technology these days you might be surprised.
I’ve often said I could go without email for a while, but after last week I stand corrected…
Fire Tablet or an e-Ink Kindle?
I’m often asked which one is better: one of the many versions of the Fire tablet or an e-Ink Kindle? The answer is I don’t prefer one over the other as it depends on what my entertainment goal is at the time.
Most days I have both my large screen Fire and Kindle Paperwhite with me. I read or check emails during my lunch break at work, have been known to play a game or two, and watch movies / TV shows on my Fire. I also use the Fire to control my home’s Nest thermostat or Amazon Echo when I am in another room. I also read quite a bit on my Paperwhite, and it is my default device to download to when purchasing books – when I want to spend a while reading, I use the Paperwhite as I don’t want to be distracted by all of the other options with a tablet, plus I’m convinced my aging eyes (believe it or not, I can’t, but I recently turned 50) prefer reading on the Paperwhite. When I want to be fully entertained I pull out the Fire.
Sitting here in my hotel room, I have both devices on the little desk table – I read for a while using the Paperwhite and will watch some video using the Direct TV app or Amazon Prime streaming on the Fire. I will probably use both devices on the long plane ride home, also.
I know that didn’t answer the question, but that’s my response!
I’ve received a few emails from people asking about the free book offerings over the upcoming holidays. Yes, as in prior years there will be more free book offerings than usual!
If you receive the daily email at work, and you don’t want to miss anything because you’re not checking your work email address how about signing yourself up at your home email address? Yes, it is still free to receive the daily email no matter how many email addresses you use. Just go to www.fkbt.com/subscribe and enter your other email addresses(s) – just be sure to click the link within the confirmation email to start the free subscription.
Sure, you can tell your friends and family about it, too. As a matter of fact, tell a stranger: I told a complete stranger about it in the airport the other day when I saw him reading on a Kindle Keyboard and he signed up.
We’ve had a few giveaways this year and it generated quite a bit of excitement for many of you. In reply to several emails I’ve received yes, I have a good feeling there will be another one before this year ends and will be delivered before Christmas. Just be sure to log into the blog each day to make sure you don’t miss it!
What does baseball have to do with a Kindle? Not much, unless you count watching it on a Fire tablet. Many of you know baseball is my favorite sport, and I enjoyed seeing all of the different maneuvers the teams made (or didn’t make) in order to get better for next year. The futures betting here in Vegas has the Cubs as the favorite to win it all in 2017 and the Red Sox just behind them.
Seriously? What’s your prediction?
That’s all I had for today – I’m typing this up on a Friday and setting it up to post Monday. Here’s to hoping I make it home safe and sound, and I hope each of you has a great week this week!