Yesterday my husband bought himself a 9″ Nook tablet, sort of a non-Father’s Day gift, since we don’t have kids. He’d been thinking of getting one for some time, but this week Barnes & Noble made him an offer he couldn’t refuse: a $120 discount. His new table cost $149.00, a fabulous deal. Sale ends today.
Yet the acquisition was not without some frustration. He had been told it came with the new operating system and access to the Google play store, but when we plugged it in, the first thing it said was that a “critical software upgrade” was needed. Then it didn’t like our wi-fi connection. For some reason we had to rename our wi-fi router, before the Nook could check in with the Mothership. (Nothing works without approval from the Cloud these days.) I used my B&N account, and he discovered that the Library is the Home Page which meant he had to look at all my romance novel covers! But it turns out you can have more than one user on the Nook, so the romance novels are consigned to my side of the device.
He seems pretty happy with it now, so all’s well that ends well.
This is something I wonder about sometimes. I tend to not share a lot, not so much because I’m terribly introverted, but because my real life is so dull, I find my fictional characters much more interesting.
If you are concerned about privacy, here are a couple of options to reduce your visibility to online search engines.
Startpage bills itself as “the world’s most private search engine”. Though it uses Google’s search engines, Startpage first removes your identifying information including your IP address. Their website says “Startpage, and its sister search engine Ixquick, are the only third-party certified search engines in the world that do not record your IP address or track your searches.” Ixquick is used in Europe and was awarded the first European Privacy Seal.
The SRWare Iron browser, developed in Germany, is based on Google’s open source Chrome browser, but with more privacy protections. I’ve tried it and it seems to work fairly well.
My alter ego, Lyndi Lamont, is participating in the first MFRW Colors of the Rainbow Blog Hop! There are 22 authors of LGBT romance in the hop, and along with the individual giveaways, you can download a free excerpt book. Leave a comment on my blog to enter to win a free download of my historical erotic romance Deception.
That’s about it for this month. Hope you are all having a good Father’s Day, or non-Father’s Day, as the case may be.
Terrific tablet story, Linda! Sounds like a great deal.
Thank you for the links re: social media. I agree re: Twitter. I tweet nearly every day, but I try to find stories that interest me and add a pertinent comment. Something that will entice the viewer to read the story.
PS Love the Venetian carnevale cover!!
on June 17, 2013
Thanks for the links, Linda! I'll go read them now.
on June 16, 2013
I can really relate to your story about your husband's tablet. Every piece of equipment seems to have its own learning curve, especially for a non-techy like me.