Monthly Archives: May 2011

A True Love Story Review

A while back a became friends with Michael Latch on Facebook and found out that he had written a book named “A True Love Story”. I decided to buy the Kindle version of that book and read it. I bought it right before I got my Kindle so I read part of it on my iPhone and finished on my Kindle.

It’s a true story about Michael during his dating years in high school and into college. He tells about how he met Mary for the first time. He goes on to tell the story of how they ended up marrying other people. I don’t want to give the story away but some things happen and eventually they end up together again. You’ll have to read the story to see what happens in between.

The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions. The paperback sells for $12.44 and the Kindle version sells for $9.99. If you like to hear true stories about real people then this is a book to get. I don’t think it is geared toward any particular group but I think the ladies will enjoy it.

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Tech Talk Thursday #38

This edition is coming out a few hours late because I was just lazy in getting it together. I had already decided on what I was going to cover this week over the weekend but just didn’t sit down to write it. So here goes…

Today I will be reviewing one of the most used apps on my iPhone. What makes it so great is the fact that it should already be built into iTunes but isn’t. The app I am referring to is Pocket Casts. It’s a simple little app that is used to play podcast.

That is all well and good but what does it do that the iPod app doesn’t do? First, it will allow you to download podcast that are over 20 MB over 3G. That is a big plus for me. I enjoy listening to podcast and sometimes it may be a few days before I can get back to my computer to download new ones.

Second, it will use Push Notifications to let you know that you have new podcast to download. iTunes one the computer can be configured to check periodically for new podcast but that is no good unless you are there to sync with your computer.

Those are two big things that should be in the iPhone version of the iPod. Another big thing that I really like about Pocket Casts is that the files are stored only on the iPhone. If you have to sync with the computer then you almost always have two copies to the podcast. One on the computer and one on the iPhone.

This is a great little app and at $1.99 it’s a steal from the App Store.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again next week.

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Tech Talk Thursday #37

Last week I talked about fitness apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This week I am going to talk about the Amazon Kindle. I have had my Kindle for about two months now and love it. When compared to reading on the iPhone, I can honestly say that the Kindle is a lot easier on the eyes.

I carry it in with me when I am eating alone at a restaurant and it is better than a book. I don’t have to worry about holding the light side of the book down to turn the page. And I can turn the page with just the press of a button on either side of it.

I haven’t bought a book directly from the Kindle but have from the computer and from my iPhone. If wireless is turned on then the Kindle will receive it immediately but if it is off then when you turn it on it will automatically check to see if you have any new downloads. I have don’t this while on the road too. I have bought books with my iPhone and when I return home I will connect my Kindle via wifi and then my book appears.

Setup of wifi is easy and so are the other features of the Kindle. There are some experimental things on it but I rarely use them because I do use my iPhone for web surfing and playing music. As far as the text-to-speech on the device, I have not used that. I prefer to read the book and not listen to it.

I did buy a cover from my Kindle when I ordered it. I got the Amazon lighted cover and I really like it. The light is stored in the back corner of the cover and gets out of the way when not in use. I don’t use it often but when I do it I don’t have to worry about searching for a light source so I can read.

The price of the Kindle is great, in my opinion. Currently, Amazon offers three Kindle 3, the special offers version, the wifi only version, and wifi+3G version. I have the wifi only version because I didn’t feel that I needed to be able to download a book just anywhere. I keep enough material on mine that I won’t run out of something to read. With the wifi+3G version, you can buy books on the fly via the AT&T cellular network. The special offers version, which wasn’t available when I got mine, is simply just the wifi version with ads. I understand that the ads are not intrusive and are out of the way while you read. Currently prices are as follows:

Special offers version $114
WIFI Only version $139
WIFI+3G version $189
Amazon lighted case $59.99

Thanks for stopping by and if you decided to buy a Kindle please visit http://www.jeremyholley.com and click on the banner ad at the top. Thanks and I’ll see you again next week.

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Tech Talk Thursday #36

It’s been months since I put out the last Triple T and really months since I’ve even written here. I am back and ready to talk about technology every Thursday. I have been staying really busy the last several months and have accomplished a lot of things in those months. For those of you that haven’t read my weight loss blog, I have lost over 40 pounds and have started running. I have done this with the help of technology and want to talk about that today.

I have written about the Lose It app before but that was my first step in my journey. I started logging everything that I ate and for the most part the weight did come off. I know it wasn’t just that but it was a big part of it. Lose It is a free app and there is a web site associated with it too. You can input what you eat either on the iPhone, iPod Touch or on the web and it will sync all devices that are associated with that account. It will allow you to lose up to two pounds per week or just maintain your current weight. When I started my program I was budgeted 1903 calories per day to lose two pounds a week. Before I changed my program to lose just one pound a week, I was budgeted 1640 calories per day. As you lose weight your calorie needs go down too.

The second thing that I am using to help me is a GPS watch. My watch is the Garmin 405. Whenever I am running outside I wear it and it works great. It keeps up with distance, time, and pace. I like to know my those three things and that is what I have displayed on my screen. You can have as many as three different screens that show different things and it will rotate the screens. I use just the one screen. When you finish your run you get near your computer that has your dongle pulled into the USB port and it automatically sends your running info to your computer. I personally export my run and import it into Runkeeper.

Runkeeper also has an iPhone app that I started using in the beginning and I loved it too. It keeps up with all the things that the GPS watch does and automatically sends it to the Runkeeper web site. The iPhone app and the web site now sync together too.

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you again next week when I will be reviewing the Amazon Kindle.

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