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I got my Kindle Fire yesterday, unboxed it, and… I was horribly disappointed. The out-of-the-box experience was awful: slow, inconsistent, stuff timing out, difficulty connecting to the network. I put it aside, because I had a busy work schedule. This morning I picked it up again. Still unusable. I checked the online help resources, FAQs……

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My ex-colleague* from Amazon.com, Jeff Barr, has a new book coming out soon on AWS and EC2 practices. Oddly enough, the “I’d like to read this book on Kindle” link is prominently displayed next to it. C’mon, Jeff: do you really need to be asked? — * Hmm. Perhaps that should be “colleague and former…

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Today is a day for the making of lists. For checking lists. For arranging to get hold of hard copies of all the documents that I used to keep in electronic form on my work-supplied laptop. Here’s a useful hint: save PDF copies of all of the output from your company’s on-line self-service tools –…

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Well, 24 hours after my unexpected departure from Amazon, things are looking pretty good. I’ve been talking (generic term for communications via telephone, email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, blog, and old-fashioned face-to-face speech) with many people, and there are a number of interesting prospects on the horizon. I’m still trying to decide what I want to…

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Amazon has just announced the long-awaited Kindle 2, and the first thing I did this morning was to order one: I’m particularly looking forward to the “text to speech” capability. As I’ve mentioned before, my mother is blind, and she really misses being able to read as much as she used to. (Yes, I know…

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