Is Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited doomed to fail

Amazon  might say otherwise, but as near as I can tell, they have killed Kindle’s Prime Lending Library for the entirely unattractive $9.99 per month Kindle Unlimited (also coined unofficially as a Netflix For Books).
Kindle-Prime-Lending-Library-is-dead
Even their own lending library page has nothing but “KindleUnlimited” titles as far as I can tell (see screenshot and link)  http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000739811. Now I’m a huge Amazon fan, but on this one I will pass. I read 2 or 3 books a month and unless I’ve borrowed them for nothing, I own them. Most of my books only cost 5 bucks or less and many are free. There is no way I’m paying $10 per month for the privilege of borrowing books. I’ve been able to borrow from the brick and mortar library for free for years and from the prime lending library for free for quite a while.I predict this effort will be an absolute flop +Amazon.com . Particularly, in the light of the fact that you took away something you were already including with prime membership and added it into this new KindleUnlimited initiative.
Will the new Amazon Music be the next service to move out of prime and into its own monthly subscription service?
#Amazon #NotForMe #KindleOwnersLendingLibrary #kindleunlimited #NetflixForBooks #AmazonMusic

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NET NEUTRALITY, the open internet needs your support

What would you say if you Electric Company wanted to charge you more to power your TV than they charge to power your oven? What if the electricity you used for air conditioning was twice the price of the electricity used to power lighting? You would probably say electricity is electricity. You would see the notion as preposterous and you’d demand the electric company stop charging different rates based on the purpose of your electricity usage.

What would you say it the electric company wanted to charge you for your electricity and then also wanted charge Whirlpool (for the service you’ve already paid for) because refrigerators use so much power…. AND if Whirlpool didn’t want to pay they would selectively make Whirlpool appliances work badly for you.

In many ways this is exactly what Internet Service Providers like Comcast want to do. They want to charge websites to get full speed delivery to you. In fact, in many ways this is already going on. Did you know Netflix is paying Comcast for a fast connection? Consequently, my streaming from Amazon and Google is comparatively poor.

This is bad in so many ways, but the most obvious is that it will block innovation. In many ways the internet is a great equalizer. It helps even the smallest of companies compete, but those small companies will have a much tougher time if they can’t pay to get into the fast lane.

Everyone who uses the internet needs to take this time to voice their opinion and take a stand against “Cable Company F#*#kery” at
FCC.gov/comments
and don’t forget the CAPS!!!

This should be required viewing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality

See also,  www.huffingtonpost.com

 

Miss the windows start button?

I brought back the windows 7 start menu on my son’s windows 8 machine with Classic Shell. I even used my own logo for the start button. It was easy and works really well.

Microsoft made a big deal about bringing back the start button with the windows 8.1 update and it was nearly worthless.  All it does is take you to the metro start page if you click it. Well, it does give you some handy stuff if you right click it, but it was sort of like Microsoft said, “You want the start button back? Here you go, now go to the f#@#^ng metro start page and stop whining”.

classic shell desktop

Windows 8.1 desktop with Classic Shell

The Classic Shell start button is nicely done and an easy & free install. If you miss the windows start button, you should give it a try.
http://www.classicshell.net/  #classicshell #windows81

Bad news: Comcast is planning to buy Time-Warner

Opinion

Consumers will not benefit from a bigger Comcast and less competition.

Frankly, I’m not sure I trust Comcast. They have always tried to help when I have issues, so I have to give their customer service a nod, but under load their connection speed always drops. I really don’t care too much about speed bursts. I want a consistent speed.

At peak times on Friday and Saturday evening, when I need it, I have trouble streaming movies. (I know about the shared bandwidth, party-line thing and maybe I should  just switch to FIOS).

I’m pretty sure they are still throttling services (prioritizing packets as they put it). If we give up on Net Neutrality and allow them free reign, we’ll only get good performance via Comcast delivered content. They have little incentive to help improve our Netflix experience , particularly if their “competitors” aren’t offering anything better.
(on topic article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25743200 )

… to make things worse, they have decided they should have their own OS. Just what consumers need, another walled garden to play in. Welcome the X1 Entertainment Operating System http://www.comcast.com/x1

If you want a differing opinion on the merger. Business week is showing how big a tool they are with this article: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-18/comcast-time-warner-merger-good-for-competition-and-consumers (Dude, that piece of advertorial must have come straight from the offices of Comcast).

If you’d prefer to read something a bit more objective: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/02/how-the-us-could-block-the-comcasttime-warner-cable-merger/

 

New Site for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware Launched

Big Brother and Big Sister of Delaware is starting off 2014 with a shiny new WP powered website. MAD House Graphics is honored to work with their organization. BBBS mentors have influenced the lives of over one million children in thousands of communities across the nation.

The site should get their year off to a nice start. It has a super clean layout and is built to expand. I particularly like the shifing colors for the different locations. Right now the office locations are are only 1 page each but they’re purpose built for easy expansion.

Visit them online at BBBSDE.org

Website Design for BBBSDE

BBBSDE Website

Moving a cPanel Hosted WordPress Website from one WHM Managed Server to Another

Simplicity itself.

On the destination server, log in to WHM at www.yourdomain.com/whm. Once logged in, on the left you will see a Find searchbox; enter ‘copy’ in the searchbox, and below that you will see both “Copy an account from another server” and “Copy an account from another server with account password”. Choose the second option.

You will then be presented with the following fields to fill out, relating to the source (original) server that you are moving away from:

  • Domain Name
  • Server to copy from (IP or FQDN): (If possible this should be the same as the domain name)
  • Username to copy:
  • User’s password:

and a checkbox for whether to give the new account an IP address from the IP address pool on the receiving server (if you don’t want it on the shared primary IP).

To use this feature, the remote server must be runing cPanel version 3.0 or later.

As of cPanel 11.24.1, this feature will use the cPanel XML-API to generate a backup of the account and transfer it to this server for restore. This is much more reliable then the old method, and will deliver the same data as a transfer as root would.

Once you’re through filling in the fields, click the Copy Account button, and wait a short bit — you can view the progress of the transfer while it occurs (the page view will periodically update itself as it goes), and very shortly the site will have completed its transfer.

This process will move everything from the old server — database, email (including forwarders), subdomains, and the entire public_html/ directory contents. All passwords related to email and database accounts will remain the same.

Note that once this stage has successfully completed, you then will need to update your DNS information to point to the new server location.

Migrating Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 6 Site Definitions to Adobe Dreamweaver CS5

This quick method of moving Dreamweaver site definitions worked well for me. We were moving Macromedia Dreamweaver MX site definitions on a PC to Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 on another PC.

1) First export your site definitions for Dreamweaver MX from your registry. This will likely work for other versions. Our needed key was:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 6\Sites

2) then we edited the resulting registry backup file with a text editor as follows:
Search and Replace
Software\Macromedia\Dreamweaver 6\Sites
with
Software\Adobe\Common\11\Sites

3) then we added the edited registry file to the new machine (just open with the MS Registry editor which is usually just a double click on the file) and CS5 worked fine.

This also needed a copy of the site files to be on both machines at the same locations. If that isn’t possible, I’m sure your FTP upload info will still move across and save some time. Since we had 165 websites defined this was a big time saver, but probably not worth the hack if you just manage a couple sites. Dreamweaver has a built-in site export feature but in Dreamweaver 6 it is just one site at a time.

Leo Laporte discusses his website design cost and development time

On a recent episode of The Tech Guy (Show 865: http://twit.tv/show/the-tech-guy/865 at the 34:50 mark)  Leo Laporte discusses the wide range of website costs, development time and the price he’s paying for phase one of The Tech Guy Labs website’s redesign.

reference:
http://techguylabs.com
http://techguylabs.com/radio/ShowNotes/Show865#toc13

Understanding the files we send when your logo job is wrapped

A Guide to your Logo Files

About your logo’s color models

  • RGB is for web and email and should work adequately for things you plan to print on your printer. RGB is what your computer monitor understands best.
  • CMYK is generally for full color ads and press.
  • Spot Color logo files have PMS match codes that allow an exact color to be mixed to formula before printing. Some spot colors can’t be produced accurately with CMYK printing and will be visibly different. Consequently, we are not big fans of selecting spot colors for logos that will not reproduce reasonably well with full color (four color or CMYK) printing. Spot color printing can save money over full color printing.
  • Grayscale and B&W, of course, will be handy when color printing is not an option or in the budget.

About the types of  logo files we provide

  • .AI and .EPS are the native design files and are typically opened with Adobe (or other professional) Design Software. These are the best files to use in your designs intended for press.
  • The JPGs and PNGs are files you would most likely use for Web and Email. Also, these are the easiest files for the layman to use.
  • The TIFs are higher resolution files you could use in, for example, MS Word or MS Publisher if you were unable to work with the EPS files.
  • The PDFs are good for viewing the logo at its best or sending to press.

Types of art in the files

  • Vector Art – this is scalable without loss of quality. For enlargements, signs, banners… It also provides the crispest, truest text rendering. Your AI, EPS and PDF files contain vector art.
  • Raster Art is comprised of a bunch of little dots of various colors. Your JPG, PNG and TIF files contain raster art. Raster art does not enlarge well. It is good for the web, email and other lower resolution purposes. The TIFs we’ve provide could go to press in a pinch, but would generally not deliver the text as crisply as vector art.

We send our clients quite a lot of files when we close a logo job. Native design files, EPSs, JPGs, TIFs, PDFs and more… containing both raster art or vector art. While some of the files aren’t of immediate use to the client, usually they don’t have the software to open many of them, their service providers always love the huge selection of files we provide to cover a variety of needs.

MAD House Graphics has designed many logos over the years. You can view a few of them online at https://www.madhousegraphics.com/services/logos/