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Shakespeare Travel Mate – Product review

I have been looking for a inexpensive yet reliable travel fishing rod. I want a rod that is compact and can be kept in my truck so I have a fishing rod with me at all times. My search has led me to the Shakespeare Travel Mate rod.

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Amazon Kindle – review

I am a total tech geek. I love to try out all the fancy electronic gadgets I can get my hands on. My latest love is the Amazon Kindle. This electronic book reader is awesome. The Kindle will hold 3500 books so you can carry your entire library with you at all times. The battery will last for a month on a single charge and is easy to read in any light.

The Kindle has several other features as well. There is an mp3 player, a basic web browser, and the text to speech function.

The web browser is crude, but not to difficult to use. in a pinch you could check email and social media sites or find directions if need be.

the mp3 player is also a bit crude, but it works well. the built in speaker on the kindle is fine for listening to pod casts, but if you are listening to music a good set of headphones would be a good idea.

the text to speech feature is great if you are busy with other tasks but don’t want to put down that book. The electronic voice is clear and easy to understand.

my favorite feature of the Kindle is the ability to copy my own files to it. I have made text copies of many of my recipes and loaded them onto my kindle. I can easily carry all of my recipes with me at all times and the text files are easy to read as well. The Kindle will display most of the more popular document formats including .pdf, .doc and .txt so what ever format your files are you can probably read them on the Kindle.

There are tons of books available from Amazon for the Kindle and there are many that are free or at least less than $1.00. there are books in all possible categories so no matter what your reading interests are more than likely there are hundreds of books that will interest you. there are also a lot of new authors that have self published their books for the Kindle. These authors may not have their books published by one of the print publishers yet, but they are turning out some great work that you can usually get cheap.

when you are reading a book on the kindle the buttons located on both sides of the screen make it easy to turn the page both forward and back with either hand. You can add bookmarks and notes to the book as well as copy clippings to a file for later use.

The Kindle can be purchased as wifi only or with both wifi and 3G. The wifi only version will connect to any wireless router to download books over the Amazon whispernet. The 3G version can also connect to Amazon via the cell phone network.

Books are easy to purchase and most will be downloaded and available to read in under one minute.

You can create collections to organize your books to make it easier to find the book you are looking for. Instead of having to search through the entire list of books you can organize them by category and search just the category you want to read.

Reading the kindle is not like reading a book on your computer. The Kindle uses an e-ink display that really is like reading a printed page. The screen is not back lit so it does not glare at you like a computer monitor, and after reading just a few pages you will not even realize you are reading an electronic book at all. The page turns are fast with very little lag time and when you are done reading for a while the Kindle will remember where you were when you come back to it, even if you change to a different book. This means that two people can read different books on the Kindle without either one losing their place.

Amazon has announced that the Kindle will have sharing available early next year. This means you will be able to loan your Kindle books to others with Kindle devices for 14 days. I expect that public libraries will also be offering Kindle books then as well.

Les Schwab Quick Fit Diamond chains

This las t weekend I made a trip over to Washington to see my family. It is a bout an 8 hour drive from SW Idaho To my destination in SW Washington. I left Idaho at 2pm MDT. The pass over the Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon had some snow and ice on it when I crossed them, however it was not snowing to bad at the time I drove over the pass. I made it to White Pass just at dark. White Pass is on Highway 12 over the Cascades. This is a 2 lane highway with mostly no shoulder and very little room for error. As I started up the pass the snow began to fall harder and the wind picked up. By the time I was half way up the East side of the pass it was nearly white out conditions at times. There was very little traffic on the road and no snow plows had been over the road yet. I was having a very difficult time just seeing the road. I finally made it to the top of the pass and stopped. I decided that the road conditions were getting to bad to continue without chains on my 2 wheel drive Pickup. Just bfore the trip I went to Les Schwab Tires and picked up a set of their “Quick fit diamond chains. These chains are great. They are the easiest chains I have ever put on a vehicle. All of the other tire chains I have used in the past require you to lay them out on the ground behind the tire and drive onto them to fasten the chains around the tire. The QF chains are designed to be placed on the tire as it sits. The instructions sheet that comes with the chains is simple and easy to understand. It is also printed on a plastic sheet so that it will stand up to any weather condition. The QF chains do provide excellent traction and are designed to tighten themselves as your vehicle travels down the road. This will prevent the chains from coming off the vehicle while driving which is never any fun. Les Schwab does have the policy that if you buy a set of chains and don’t use them, you can return them for a full refund in the spring. I will not be able to return this set of chains, and I am glad that I had them when I did. I recommend that everyone keep a set of chains in their vehicle anyway so I would not have returned the chains even if I had not used them.