Round up #127: Screenshots, don’t wait on the ‘White
The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.
If you order a Kindle Paperwhite right now, the Amazon product page says it is expected to ship the week of December 17th. However, even if you order it with 2-day Prime shipping, your expected delivery date may be 12/24. That’s what I heard yesterday, at any rate. So, if you are thinking about getting one for somebody for Christmas, don’t wait.
The date may be different based on where you are, of course, and I’m only looking at USA delivery.
If the shipping date is that far away, I’m guessing they may sell out. Orders will likely keep building up between now and then, and may outstrip the supply chain.
Screenshot on the Paperwhite
Since the first Kindle, we’ve been able to take a screenshot of what is appearing on the Kindle screen. However, it hasn’t always been done the same way (and I don’t know if it could actually be done on all of the models.
I previously wrote about how to do it on the Kindle Fire HD, and that had been reported by a Kindle Forum Pro, Tink-erbell ♛.
Now, another Kindle Forum Pro and reader, TuxGirl, has posted on how to take a screenshot on a Kindle Paperwhite.
I’ve tested it, and it works…although it is strange.
Tap on your top left and bottom right corners of the screen at the same time. The screen will flash, and you’ll have a .PNG (Portable Network Graphics image format file) in your root directory on your Kindle (not in your Documents folder).
You can then use your USB cable to transfer the file off your Kindle to use other places.
Here’s a screenshot of the Settings screen, for example:
It may be that two other corners will work: TuxGirl just said “opposite corners”. :) Those were the two I tested, though.
Another reference work goes all digital
About six months ago, I reported that the venerable Encyclopaedia Britannica was going to stop producing a physical edition.
Now, according to this
Macmillan is going to go to digital only on its dictionaries.
The article does have a silly title, in my opinion: “Another one bites the dust: Macmillan drops its printed dictionaries to go online only”.
They aren’t “biting the dust”: they are ceasing to become dust, transforming into a new ethereal being of mathematical magic.
Keep publishing a money-losing physical edition, and you might eventually bite the dust. This is a good move, not a death throe.
Archive.org has many issues of OMNI magazine
Many of you are going to remember OMNI Magazine, which was a leading science fiction, science fact, and paranormal publication in the 1980s and 1990s.
Well, now you can get many of them for free from Archive.org:
Archive.org is a non-profit, and I understand that they are careful about legality. I’m not sure how this one could be in the public domain, but I think many people will really enjoy having this resource available. They have it in a number of formats.
I picked one pretty much at random (March 1980), and it included pieces from Ben Bova, Damon Knight, Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, James Oberg, John Brunner, Jeff Rovin, and more.
Package these together (which, if you can download it legally like this should be okay), and you have an amazing geek gift for somebody! That would likely be big, though.
There are great illustrations, including cartoons…I’d consider the PDF, although that’s not the only choice.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.