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  • Seriousness How do you fix Win10 BSODs? Get a new machine.
  • Looking for new E ink device with very white background, dark letters
  • ANALEMMA TOWER
  • Non-<hn> tag in TOC: complement to sigil_not_in_toc
  • Kepub question
  • Free (Kindle) Coffin Canyon by Mason Macrae [Ex-Criminal Identity Theft Western]
  • Green color on half my screen
  • Free (Kindle) The Gold Bonanza by John Russell Fearn [Prospector Kidnap Western]
  • Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) Better Than Perfect [Second Chance Baseball Romance]
  • Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) Breathe [Xtian 1880s Family Migration Drama w/Romance]
  • Glo 1% brightness isn't allowed since upgrade [Glo HD]
  • Aura H2O Right half of the screen black after update
  • Audiobook
  • New ipad mini 4 user


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    iPad mini 2 user

    Lately I'm enjoying reading from my IPad2 mini.
    After the 2, they made a mini 3 and 4 after, but since my mini 2 will be for reading books, and seeing live music (aka, low power programs), I went with the 2.

    The 3 was discontinued, and the 4 seems almost identical to the 2, save for faster CPU, faster and more ram, and more SSD space.

    All of that I don't need to read books.

    The mini 2 actually lasts longer on battery, and cost me $150 (for the 16GB version, which is more than enough for several games, and a hundred books); vs the mini 4, which supposed to have 10% less battery life, and would cost me 5x more expensive.

    I think I did a good purchase.
    Just noticed too late it was the 16GB vs the 32GB I wanted, but apple apps consume a lot less memory than android apps.

    I also have LTE 4G on it. But all of those feats are turned off.
    The LTE should help with google maps, as it can give a slightly more accurate position than the wifi only tablet (mini has no GPS).
    But I don't really need it.

    With it all turned off, and screen brightness to the minimum, and set for night reading (screen turns more warm or reddish), the tablet lasts well over 15 hours (about 5-8% per hour of battery drain)!

    Very satisfied with it!

     
    Seriousness How do you fix Win10 BSODs? Get a new machine.

    My old desktop had quirks. It was a Win7 Pro box I upgraded to Win10 using Microsoft's free upgrade offer. I had already upgraded a friend's Win8.1 laptop and a Win7 travel laptop, and my SO upgraded her Win7 Home laptop. All went swimmingly, and have been mostly trouble free.

    My desktop was odd man out. It was "New and different Win10 Blue Screens of Death - collect the whole set!", and I had been.

    The box was a refurb Dell Optiplex Small Form Factor machine, which came with 4GB RAM, a 2.4 ghz quad core Xeon processor, a 240GB SATA HD, and Win7 Pro. I added RAM to bring it to the 8GB max the machine would take, a 240GB SSD, and a low profile ATI graphics card with a GB of video RAM to replace the on-board Intel graphics. There were some speed bumps in getting it where I wanted, but the end result was a machine dual booting Win7 Pro and Ubuntu Linux from SSD, with data on the HD.

    It worked well on Win7 but had issues with Win10, even though the upgrade went with no obvious problems. One annoyance was that while the Xeon is a quad core CPU, Win10 only saw two of them. There's a list on Intel's website of what processor models are supported by Win10, and the Xeon wasn't on it.

    And BSODs were increasingly problematic. BAD_POOL_HEADER, DCP_PROTECTION_ERROR, and KERNEL_SECURITY_EXCEPTION were too frequent visitors. The last straw was a rear fan failure. The fan is integral to the power supply, and finding a replacement for a no longer made machine would be fun. The simple solution was a new machine.

    Off to poke around on Micro Center. The Cleveland based retailer has been expanding, and there's a store in Brooklyn convenient to me. Their website offered a deal on a refurb off-lease corporate machine. HP Elite 8200 Small form factor, with quad-core i5-2400 CPU (on the supported list) at 3.1ghz with a 3.4ghz Turbo mode, 8GB RAM, Intel HD 2000 graphics, a 500GB SATA HD, and Win7 Pro installed, for $249. Sold!

    The machine has headroom for expansion. There are four RAM slots, each with a 2GB stick installed, but can be taken to 32GB by swapping in higher capacity RAM. There are four SATA connectors on the motherboard, a PCI-slot, two PCI-e slots, and a mini PCI-e slot. It's USB2, but there's a four port USB3 card that can plug in to the mini-PCIe slot as a future upgrade. I was able to swap in the Crucial MX-100 SSD from the Dell box, and the ATI card.

    Getting it up and running under Win7 was painless. It saw the SSD, and the ATI card. And because it was a refurb off-lease corporate box, it wasn't laden with trailware to remove. It had Win7 Pro, Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, and a current Java runtime. Those were all things I'd install anyway.

    Next step was a Win10 upgrade. Microsoft's free upgrade offer has long since ended, and you can't download the upgrade media. But I had the Win10 Pro media on a thumb drive from when the offer was in effect. I was betting it would still work.

    And it did, with a quirk. When I inserted the thumb drive and ran setup, it asked if I wanted t check online for updates before proceeding. I said yes, it looked, and told me it didn't see an existing Win10 install and I would need a product key. The Win7 Pro key from the new machine would likely work, but first, I reran setup and said no to the "Check online for updates?" query.

    It matter of factly performed the upgrade from Win7 Pro to Win10 Pro with no prompts for a product key. :p (It did check for updates and included them after copying the base upgrade files across for installation. The result, several reboots later, was a validated Win10 Pro installation. :D

    Thus far, it's a pleasure to use. The machine is significantly faster than the box it replaces, is rock solid stable, and there have been no traces of BSODs. My impression is that the problem with the Dell box was simply inadequate hardware support. It was a usable platform for Win7, but not up to Win10.

    I wound up removing the ATI card, as built-in Intel HD 2000 graphics provided better performance. Intel graphics have historically been fine for 2D graphics but fallen down on 3D, which is why I added the ATI card to the Dell. I'm not a gamer, but did want better 3D available. The Intel graphics in the HP box are improved over what was provided with the Dell.

    A plus is the the HP machine is designed for easy service. A side panel comes off by pulling a lever, and there is easy access to all components. I was able to add the 240 GB Seagate Barracuda drive from the Dell as a secondary drive in an unused bay beneath the built-in DVD-ROM, which eased the shuffling I needed to do before migrating to SSD.

    And some disk performance tests showed the 500GB Toshiba HD provided with the HP machine is significantly faster than the Barracuda from the Dell, which is another factor in the improved performance I see.

    Next step, once booted from SSD, will be repartitioning it from Windows Disk Management, carving out a raw slice, and installing Ubuntu. On the Dell, Ubuntu saw the raw slices, formatted it ext4, and installed to it with no intervention from me to tell it where to install. The result there was a multi-boot setup offering a choice of Ubuntu, Win10 from SSD, or Win7 from HD (since I upgraded the Win7 instance on the SSD.) Since I upgraded to Win10 on the HD, Win7 won't be an option on multi-boot, but I don't care.

    Thus far, things have proceeded smoothly. There will still be things to do after boot from SSD is set up, like installing Ubuntu and setting up the rest of my preferred configuration, but that was expected. I foresee the Snoopy Happy Dance in my future. :thumbsup:
    ______
    Dennis

     
    Looking for new E ink device with very white background, dark letters

    I've been reading on tablets, but need something for reading outside. My problem is that the tablets, with their very white backgrounds and dark letters, are my preferred visual style. I have a Kobo Glo - really old - but the background is so grey that I just can't read on it.

    The PW has the background I prefer - but I do not want another Amazon ereader (long story, probably whined enough on here about them lol).

    I'd prefer 7-8"; while money is an object, not a big one if I can find something a really like.

    Prefer epub, but could convert if needed.

    So, very white background, dark font or heavy font.

    Thanks for any help.

     
    ANALEMMA TOWER

    I didn't know if this should be in the jokes thread.

    Quote:

    Analemma inverts the traditional diagram of an earth-based foundation, instead depending on a space-based supporting foundation from which the tower is suspended. This system is referred to as the Universal Orbital Support System (UOSS). By placing a large asteroid into orbit over earth, a high strength cable can be lowered towards the surface of earth from which a super tall tower can be suspended. Since this new tower typology is suspended in the air, it can be constructed anywhere in the world and transported to its final location. The proposal calls for Analemma to be constructed over Dubai, which has proven to be a specialist in tall building construction at one fifth the cost of New York City construction.

     
    Non-<hn> tag in TOC: complement to sigil_not_in_toc

    A series of books I’m typesetting each begin with a sort of one-sentence “Once upon a time…” preface. Since the dead-tree version had this formatted similar to headings, I coded the prefaces thus:
    Code:

    <body>
      <h2 title="Preface">Once there was a world [text elided]…</h2>
    </body>

    Trouble is, Amazon decided to reset the start-reading location to the next page, Chapter 1, probably because that had the first text in <p> tags.

    My thought is to recode the preface as specially-styled text, something like
    Code:

    <body>
      <p>Once there was a world [text elided]…</p>
    </body>

    where p.preface is styled in CSS the same as h2. But of course this breaks Sigil’s header-identifier code for (re)building the Table of Contents.

    What’s the best path forward? Is it better to include an empty
    Code:

    <h1  title="Preface"></h1>
    tag for this, or is there a complement to sigil_not_in_toc that will cause Sigil to recognize a non-hn element as belonging in the TOC?

     
    Kepub question

    When I view my single converted kepub on my aura one, it is missing / cut off a few pixels at the right hand margin. Is there an obvious reason?! The wpub displays fine. I tried a few things like changing margins and reconverting but it doesnt help.

    Also is there a kepub spec anywhere? I was just browsing round and the only info I could find was this
    https://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Kepub
    I had a quick look at my converted kepub and it does have spans round every sentence.

    Ps so what's a cruller doughnut then!

     
    Free (Kindle) Coffin Canyon by Mason Macrae [Ex-Criminal Identity Theft Western]

    Coffin Canyon by Mason Macrae, a pseudonym for the late James L. Rubel, is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, starring a ex-convict who exits his prison sentence determined to start a straight-shooting life, only to find the past catching up with him as someone steals his old criminal moniker to commit new crimes, whom he finds himself hired by the sheriff to hunt down, dead or alive, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint.

    This was originally published in 1959 by Collins.

    Currently free @ Amazon (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else worldwide that Amazon sells, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive or else imprint)

    Description
    The most dangerous man in the west is back…

    Jeff Moore has spent the past five years in prison for his crimes.

    Nicknamed “The Cougar Kid,” Jeff earned his reputation as a sharp-shooter and a ruthless criminal.

    But following his release from prison, all he wants to do is bury his past and start again.

    Only trouble is, someone won’t let it stay buried.

    Somebody is going around calling themselves “The Cougar Kid”.

    So when the Governor of Arizona appoints Jeff to the position of Marshall and tasks him with bringing the culprit in, dead or alive, Jeff doesn’t hesitate.

    But he soon realises that this will be the most dangerous and exciting mission of his life.

    It’s a job that will take all his courage, strength and might even take his life.

    But Jeff doesn’t have time to stop and think about it – there’s a pretty girl involved for starters, two of them in fact.

    On his desperate hunt for the person who stole his name and reputation, Jeff soon finds himself backed into a tight spot.

    In this action-packed and fast-paced novel, Mason Macrae gives us a hero that won’t back down and a tale to remember. The perfect read for Louis L'Amour fans.

     
    Green color on half my screen

    I just got my Kobo aura one, and when in night mode, it has a strange green coloring in the bottom. It looks like a green led light is stronger than the others.
    I reached out to Kobo and waiting for a response.

    Does anyone know how to fix this?
    Or does it need to be replaced?


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    Free (Kindle) The Gold Bonanza by John Russell Fearn [Prospector Kidnap Western]

    The Gold Bonanza by the late prolific multi-genre British author John Russell Fearn (ISFDB, Wikipedia, SFE) is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, this story set in Arizona and centred around an old prospector who finds a secret mine full of Aztec gold, which immediately makes him the target of ambitious types who kidnap him to reveal its location, while a saloon singer friend grown suspicious of his sudden disappearance tries to mount a rescue squad, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press' Pioneering imprint.

    This was originally published in 1950 by Scion under the title Aztec Gold, and was later reprinted by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym Thornton Ayre.

    Currently free @ Amazon (available to Canadians & in the UK and pretty much everywhere else worldwide that Amazon sells, since this is being done via their KDP Select exclusive or else imprint)

    Description
    A secret worth killing for…

    Old prospector Dusty Morgan had never given up hope that one day, he’ll find his long-sought after gold bonanza.

    So far, all the gold he’s got is a handful of dust from weeks of sifting rivers.

    But whilst trekking through Arizona, near to the town of Hell’s Acre, his luck finally changes.

    He quite literally falls into a genuine gold mine.

    Dusty knows he can’t just tell anyone about his find, but he figures that Val Kent is probably the only person he can trust with his secret,

    Miss Val Kent works her days as a singer at Hell’s Acre’s only saloon, The Last Frontier.

    Having grown jaded and looking for a way out of town, when Dusty shows her a chunk of gold, she’s eager to know the mine’s whereabouts.

    Drew Carson, owner of The Last Frontier, immediately suspects something’s up.

    Managing to cause the old wanderer to reveal his secret, he kidnaps the old man in a desperate bid to keep him from talking.

    What’s more – someone else saw Dusty and the gold.

    Maninza, a rancher and Aztec Indian, wants to claim the gold she sees as her rightful ancestral property.

    If she waits for the right moment, Maninza can swoop in and get Dusty to spill the beans on the gold mine before Carson and his gunhawks can.

    Like Carson, all she has to do is be patient.

    Meanwhile, suspecting that Carson has taken her old friend, Val ropes in the help of a homesteader, Rod Gayland and his foreman, the portly Bill Tandrill.

    Fond of Val, Rod tries to keep her safe but even she can’t escape the bloody mess that ensues…

    Can he and Bill find Dusty before its too late?

    Full of action and twists and turns, The Gold Bonanza is a thrilling Western about the notions of loyalty, greed and love.

     
    Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) Better Than Perfect [Second Chance Baseball Romance]

    Better Than Perfect by Kristina Mathews is the 1st novel in her More Than A Game series of f/m contemporary sports romance, this one a second chance reunion romance tale between a baseball star who made it big, and the director of the youth baseball camp which he intends to promote, who turns out to be an old flame to whom he has a complicated attachment, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Kensington's Lyrical Press imprint.

    Currently free @ B&N, Amazon (available to Canadians & in the UK), Kobo & iTunes & Google Play & eBooks.com (all available to Canadians)

    Description
    The woman he left behind and the son he never knew are tougher opponents than any he's met on the field.

    Pitcher Johnny "The Monk" Scottsdale has won awards, been named an All-star and has a perfect game to his credit. Known for his legendary control both on and off the field, his pristine public image makes him the ideal person to work with youth players in a preseason minicamp. Except the camp is run by the one woman he can't forget. . .the woman who made him a "monk."

    Alice Harrison's three strikes include an unexpected pregnancy, a marriage of convenience and young widowhood. She once traded her dreams so Johnny could have a chance at making it to the Majors. Johnny comes back into her life just as she's ready to resign as foundation director and pursue her own dreams of finally earning her teaching credential. Her plans may go on hold, though, depending on the reaction when she confesses she may have kept a major league secret from Johnny and her son.

    With the minutes ticking by until Johnny will leave for spring training, they'll need to let go of the past and work together in order to win the game of love.

    CONTENT WARNING: Some strong language, consummated love scenes

    83,204 Words

     
    Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo/iTunes) Breathe [Xtian 1880s Family Migration Drama w/Romance]

    Breathe: A Novel of Colorado by Lisa T. Bergren is the 1st novel in her The Homeward Trilogy set of historical family saga drama novels with f/m romantic elements starring three siblings from Philadelphia sent out west by their wealthy businessman father to escape a tuberculosis epidemic and start new lives and finding danger and adventure along the way, as you do, this one focusing on the sister who happens to have consumption settling into a sanatorium which seems to be doing her good, even as her brother and sister run into other troubles with assorted townsfolk, free for a limited time courtesy of Christian publisher David C. Cook.

    This has previously been offered free in 2011, back when affiliate links were still allowed on the forum.

    Currently free, probably just for the next couple of days @ B&N, Amazon (new ASIN, available to Canadians & in the UK) & Kobo & iTunes & Google Play (all available to Canadians) & ChristianBook (DRM-free ePub theoretically available to selected countries including Canada if they ever get around to allowing downloads of the freebies again; until then, online and in-app reading only), and possibly other venues listed on the publisher's catalogue page, where you can watch the book's video trailer.

    Description
    Embark on this western epic in Book One of the Homeward Trilogy.

    It's Colorado, 1883. A publishing heiress is on the brink of life and death. Her beautiful younger sister is called to the forbidden stage. Her brother and troubled guardian is raging inside. A veiled treasure map leads to a hidden silver mine while a threatening villain hovers in the shadows. And a hero is bent on saving his bride.

    Just BREATHE.

     
    Glo 1% brightness isn't allowed since upgrade [Glo HD]

    Hi there !

    I've very recently purchased a Kobo Glo HD (from ebay, since Kobo has stopped selling this model) which was running firmware 3.9...-something from 2015.
    I then flashed version 4.3.8966 downloaded from the geek1011.github.io website which provides firmware download links for kobo devices. After that I immediately installed KSM 08 with the recommended patch for it (I'm telling you this because I don't know exactly what caused the issue).

    Since then, brightness control has been acting a bit weird, in the sense that if I try and turn off the brightness using the left side screen swipe it will first go down to 1%, and about 5 seconds later it will go to 0%.
    Moreover, if I set the brightness to 1% from the relevant panel, it will switch to 0% after that same amount of time (i.e about 5 seconds). So the 1% brightness setting is now forbidden on my reader (or - more precisely - is only allowed for about five seconds).

    Have any of you experienced this ? Do you have any thoughts about what could've caused this and/or how to fix it ?

    I'll appreciate any input, thanks ! :)

     
    Aura H2O Right half of the screen black after update

    Today I updated my Aura H2O via sync (from 3.19.5761). Since then the right half of the screen is black but still responsive, if I manage to tap the right places.

    I have kobo start menu and koreader installed, with them I don't have this problem. If I leave nickel the whole screen works, if I go back to nickel, the right half turns black again.

    Simply restarting the reader or pressing the "hairpin button" doesn't help. I tried sideloading 4.3.8966, 4.3.8945, then sync (didn't seem to do anything) and then sideloading 4.3.8966 again. No changes.

    What else can I try?

    Edit: Some menu graphics seem to be broken too.

     
    Audiobook

    What do you think of this funny audiobook trailer? http://youtu.be/eiPDRTCGikQ

    The story is a comedy called Artifice. It's a satire on the art world.

    It's on Audible.com: http://www.audible.com/pd/B06XNYK4VB/

    But you can listen to it for free here:

    https://soundcloud.com/bickernicks/s...ice-audio-book

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...gGydcGibst3-PX

    The voices in the trailer are from the audiobook itself. Over 40 actors were used to voice the parts. It's not an audio drama, I didn't use any sound effects or ambient noises.

     
    New ipad mini 4 user

    I picked up the ipad mini 4 a few days ago. I got the 128 GB version. I am currently updating to ios 10.3. I have been using Android tablets for the past 5 years. I had the ipad 2 when it was first released 6 years ago. The scrolling on the ipads is so much better than my previous Samsung galaxy pro tab. I actually prefer the 7.9 inch size to the 9.7.
    Its nice to be back in the Apple line-up.

     

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