Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Four Year Status!

Still going strong!

A couple rare issues on not powering up, but eventually the Kindle comes back.

Still some issues with yahoo fantasy sports, but has gotten better.

Although the experts advise against this, I keep it plugged in all the time and the battery has held up very, very well.

Still using this to download movies, read eBooks and surf the net.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Two year status

I've owned my Kindle Fire for more than two years ago.

I still think that for $200, it is a great buy and I've gotten my money's worth.

I've downloaded numerous books and movies.  I've also emailed numerous documents (phone lists, resume, etc.) to  my kindle device.

My battery is still functioning well.  I keep the Fire plugged into my charger when not in use and I believe that helps, although some experts would disagree with this tactic.

It's still going strong and I use it almost every day.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Observation: The Silk Browser

Sometimes the Silk browser saves tabs that I've X'ed out of.

That is, when I use the Fire the next day after surfing, it asks if I'd like to restore tabs.

Upon a "Yes, please" reply it will occasionally restore tabs that I've exited out of a week ago.

This is not a significant issue, just a minor inconvenience.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Downside - Grrrrr.

Yahoo just updated their fantasy football interfaces.

It looks nice but does not scroll at all when using the kindle fire.

I reported an issue to yahoo regarding this and was informed that they were investigating.  Haven't heard anything since.

I can no longer use the Fire for this.  I would usually have it by my side to monitor stats during Sunday afternoon games.


UPDATE:  Hold the Fire in portrait mode and most of the pages will display.  This makes things usable for the most part.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Downside - Invoking the keyboard

I've found a couple issues where I should be in input mode with a keyboard, but the keyboard does not appear.

The first instance is when I use Citrix to get at my MS Outlook account.  When trying to create a new email or reply to an email, the text box appears but the keyboard will not.

The second instance is when trying to create or reply to a posted message on a college message forum.  No keyboard appears.

Kind of maddening.

Searching on the Kindle technical forums, this appears to be a known problem.

A Favorable Review

The Kindle Fire has received a favorable review from Consumer Reports.

Looks like the price has come down but they charge you extra for the charger.  You absolutely need this if you don't have a micro-USB cable to charge from your PC.  However, I've seen that charging via a USB cable can be painfully slow.   Just sayin'

Here's the article:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Apps - Terminal Emulator

I was pretty fired up when I found this Better Terminal Emulator Pro.
A terminal emulator allows you to use Linux commands from command line using the bash shell

Seems that it was modified from the android store but does a pretty decent job.

Some comments:


A lot of standard keys are not available on the Fire, like the control key, pipe | , arrows, etc. There are some workarounds:

You tap once on the screen for the [Ctrl] key. The keyboard must be invoked for this to work.

"pipe" | is control-6