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I have something I want to be upfront about.

You may notice that I’m editing my earlier posts and that future posts will all include referrer links to Amazon.com.

I’m not making this huge and outrageous, but you’ll see that the links are underlined.  No funny ad pop-up’s or anything like that.  These are just plain old links.  The reason I’m doing this is pretty simple.  I can make money if people buy items through these links.  They aren’t going to some phishing site, they are direct links to Amazon, but they include my ID so I can get paid.

If you still don’t want to trust it, but want to buy the items then go ahead, I’ll never know ;).  I just figure this is a way to possibly make some spare cash on the side to help with living/hosting expenses.

Also I’ll never make a posting just to make money.  This blog is truly about my random thoughts, and you’ll notice that I didn’t kick through any links on this post since it’s just a notifier.  If in the course of a posting though I happen to mention a movie, or a book, then chances are I will link it to Amazon.  I’m doing this so people can enjoy things I enjoy and in doing so I also get money for pointing traffic their way.  Sounds fair don’t ya think?

This isn’t going to turn into one of those sites that has ads everywhere.  The only additional ‘ad’ you’ll see is the Amazon search bar up top right.  It pulls keywords off the page so the ads should always be in context and also includes my Amazon ID.  I’m doing this as low-key as possible so it doesn’t interfere with browsing speeds, or cause your kids to see Really Bad Things.™

Now according to Amazon I do have to tell you that I’m not a part of Amazon.com in any way, shape, or form.  This is just a cool program they have out there for people who run their own websites 🙂

So today I’m sitting in my non air-conditioned bedroom on the second floor of my house.  The place hits around the mid-90’s on a day when it’s only in the low-80’s outside.  I decide that I’m going to head to a local park where it’s heavily wooded, so it should be nice and cool.

Before I leave I decide I should grab a couple small items for my Kindle that I’ve been meaning to pick up anyways.  So I head over to grab a copy of Wil Wheaton’s ‘Just a Geek’ which I recommended in my Kindle post.  I’m hoping to have some laughs, and also some reflection which is what Wil does best.  I then figure I should take the time to actually go to all of his other books listings on Amazon and press the little ‘I’d like to read this book on Kindle’ link.  So from the ‘Just a Geek’ listing I click on Wil’s name so it’ll take me to his listing.

BLUESCREEN!

Bluescreen

Windows 7 has now shat itself.

I look and see it’s an error caused by a file named atihdmi.sys. Being fluent in geek parlance tells me this means that for some reason the click sound (Windows ‘clicks’ when you click a link…sort of redundant) being sent from Windows via the HDMI port on my video card to my TV (which is being used as a secondary monitor) just caused the whole system to just go splat.

See Wil, these are the sorts of things that happen when you don’t respect the Kindle.  I hope you’ve learned your lesson.

As for ATi, you’re next on my list, so I suggest you learn how to sleep with your eyes open.

Thoughts on Kindle 2…

Before I get started here I wanted to note that not all of my posts here are going to be reviews, or even necessarily about technology.  I just happened to decide to do these first couple posts on devices I find interesting.  That said, on with the post.

I  recently sold my Playstation 3 to a friend.  Now I know a few of you may be shaking your heads at me in disbelief, but I did it for the device you see in the picture above.

The Amazon Kindle 2.

This thing is my own personal version of the Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle that Ralphie practically wets himself over in A Christmas Story.

I just keep waiting for Mrs. Parker to show up out of nowhere telling me insistently “You’ll shoot your eye out.”  In this case luckily (or maybe not) the only worry isn’t going blind, but going broke.

I know that sounds like I’m trying to make a joke here, but it is way too easy to buy content on the Kindle.  I literally search for a book, open it’s entry and press a single button.  Yes, the default action once you’re looking at a books listing is Buy, and there’s not a confirmation screen in sight.  So for those of you who have itchy fingers as it is on eBay or Amazon’s actual website, this device may be your undoing.

That said, the device itself is far better than I could have imagined from the images on the site.  The text is crisp and clear. It’s readable outside even on the brightest of days. The best part is that I can now keep hundreds of books with me all the time.  It doesn’t matter what genre I’m in the mood for since my entire library is with me.

What if there’s a new book in a series I’m reading and I’m not at home with my computer?  There’s a simple solution to that.  The Kindle includes a 3G connection from Sprint that Amazon calls Whispernet.  As long as I’m in a location with even basic Sprint service I can grab a book within a matter of a few minutes at most.

The only thing that has had me really shaking my head in disbelief is that only one of Wil Wheatons amazing books (Just a Geek) is available for the Kindle.  Wil, ‘Don’t be a dick.’  Get the rest of your books published on the Kindle!

Does anyone else out there reading this have a Kindle or any questions about a Kindle?  If so feel free to post a comment.

Thoughts on Zune HD…

Zune HD

Think of this post as an editorial and not as a ‘professional’ review. You can also consider it a small view into how my brain works. Trust me, it will be useful if you choose to read more of my rantings later. I should also note this post is the first here, so don’t go looking for a ‘Hello this is me’ post. You won’t find it 😉

I’ve been a huge fan of Zune for the last few years. A fan of the software, device, and web presence they’ve created. Now they are looking to integrate things more deeply with the Xbox 360, and also step up the functionality of the device.

I’ve looked at the current information available at this point and I have a few observations I’d like to share.

1. They haven’t released official details on what the storage capacities and price points will be. If there isn’t at least a 64GB version at launch then I’m going to hold off until there is. I already have a Zune 30, and to be honest I need more space.

2. At this point Microsoft needs to be jumping ahead of the competition not meeting them halfway. This device needs 3G built-in (ala the Kindle from Amazon) to allow the Zune Marketplace to really shine. Imagine you’re on a bus and you hear a song you like while using the HD Radio. Instead of just tagging it for later download you can buy it right there. This is why the Kindle makes a killing for Amazon.

3. Why isn’t Microsoft giving users who like tactile controls an option here? To me a simple 5-way controller (once again ala the Kindle) would be an easy option, and would take up the same amount of space as their ‘Home’ button.

In my opinion, if they add those features, they will finally have a device worthy of the ‘iPod Killer’ moniker that fans have been throwing around the last 3 years.

Now at this point I’m opening this up to the few who will read this asking how do you feel?

Do you agree with me that Microsoft just needs to take a serious leap here with a monster device, or do you think they are on the right course?