Battle for the Net Day of Action

Today is a day of action for a coordinated effort to convince Congress to stop the vote to repeal existing net neutrality provisions. A meeting is scheduled to vote on this matter on Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Call or email them and let them ask them to to stop the vote. Let them know:

  • We want an open and free Internet. A neutral open Internet, free of censorship is essential to free speech.
  • Small businesses rely on an open and free Internet.
  • We do not want ISPs to block content, websites or applications.
  • We do not want ISPs to slow or speed up services or create classes of service.
  • We do not want ISPs to charge online services for access or fast lanes to Internet access providers’ customers.
  • We know that the initial comment period on this rule change was interfered with by fake submissions and comments from Russian email addresses.
  • We know that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has REFUSED to cooperate with New York Attorney General Schneiderman’s investigation into the identity theft surrounding these irregularities.

Ask your member of congress to delay the vote!

I wrote both my senators and my congressman today. What did you do?

#battleforthenet

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Daily Links and Deals: Overdrive Launches New Library Websites and App

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, November 17,  2016:

8 Android gestures that speed up everyday tasks (PC World) Interesting hacks, although many of them don’t work on phones with older versions of Android.

The FCC Just Caved in to Republican Demands That It Halt Work on Major Issues (Motherboard) This is not good news for net neutrality and breaking the cable company set-top box stranglehold.

Should you buy a new TV online or in the store? (CNET) You can find good deals in both places, but there are some important differences.

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms now let you create custom templates (Techcrunch) Great news for those who use the G-Tools for business.

Leonard Cohen archives live on at U of T library (The Star) For years, Cohen had been donating his papers to he Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.  Much of the collection is already on display.

Protecting Your Digital Life in 7 Easy Steps (New York Times) Here are some basic steps everyone can use to protect their privacy.

Overdrive Launches New Library Websites and App (Digital Book World) Improved search and the ability to place a hold on to-be-released books are just a few new features.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews.

In Today’s Deals, a Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Chromebook – features Celeron 3855U, 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, Chrome.

Starting Friday, November 18 at 12:00am ET and concluding at 11:59pm PT, Amazon Prime will be available for just $79.

Amazon also has a great selection of Certified Refurbished devices available. These come with a full one-year warranty. You can find deals on Paperwhites ($80), a Kindle Voyage ($120) and the Amazon Echo ($120) here.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a tasty collection featuring 30 books from well-known chefs. Prices range from $1.99 to $3.99.  The Romance Daily Find is To Whisper Her Name (Belle Meade Plantation Series #1) by Tamera Alexander.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Redeployment by Phil Klay. The Extra Daily Deal is Nobody’s Child (A Georgia Davis PI Thriller) by Libby Fischer Hellmann.

You can buy 2, get 1 free and save on Fern Michaels’ holiday romance titles until November 30.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is still out of stock until early 2017.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Crush Saga Box Set by Chrissy Peebles.

Google Books has a selection of Big Deals.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: We’re Not Ready for Online Voting

daily_links_1Daily Links for Thursday, October 27,  2016:

Streaming TV bundle roundup: Everything we know so far (PC World) Some of these services are not available yet, but it looks like there will be more choices for cord cutting than ever.

London’s New Wi-Fi Kiosks Won’t Have Public Browsing Due to NYC’s Porn Problem (Motherboard) Guess who won;t be making that mistake again – and guess who suffers  for it?

BREAKING: Twitter is killing Vine (The Next Web) R.I.P. You can also read the notice from Vine’s blog on Medium here.

Google’s new art filters are like Prisma on steroids – but you can’t use them yet (The Next Web) I love Prisma, but I really want this!

FCC imposes ISP privacy rules and takes aim at mandatory arbitration (Ars Technica) Among other things, the FCC wants ISPs to to use opt-in mechanisms for sharing users’ information.

We’re Not Ready for Online Voting (Gizmodo) This subject has come up frequently during this election. This article looks at why we are still not there yet (unfortunately).

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Charming (Pax Arcana Book 1) by Elliott James.

In Today’s Deals, a Tripp Lite 1500VA UPS Back Up, AVR, LCD Display, 10 Outlets, 120V 900W, Tel & Coax Protection, USB (SMART1500LCDT). Also,  up to 50% Off American Tourister luggage sets.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life by Amy E. Herman. The Romance Daily Find is Primal Force (K-9 Rescue Series #3) by D. D. Ayres.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Miniaturist A Novel by Jessie Burton. The Extra Daily Deal is To Love a Cowboy: A Historical Western Duet, 2 complete novels by Patricia McLinn.

Also, a selection of titles called Romance On The Ice for $4.99 or Less until October Until October 31st.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until November 1, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes This Side of Heaven by .Karen Kingsbury.

Google Books has a selection of Halloween Horror Sale: chills and thrills under $5.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: This Is Why We Still Can’t Vote Online

daily_links_1Daily Links for day, October 20,  2016:

The New Hillary Library? (New York Review of Books) A thought piece on what Hillary Clinton and Carla Hayden might accomplish for the digital future.

FCC fines T-Mobile $48M for misleading customers over unlimited data (ZD Net) Turns out, when unlimited isn’t really unlimited, you have to tell your customers.

This Is Why We Still Can’t Vote Online (Motherboard) Are you waiting for the techie’s dream of online voting? Here’s the problem….

Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices (Computer World) New cumulative updates for Windows 7 will swell to 500MB a month, Microsoft acknowledges – And this is going to be a big problem.

The 32GB iPhone 7 has 8 times slower storage performance than the 128GB model (The Next Web) New speed tests reveal some disturbing news about the 32GB iPhone.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Robert Ludlum’s (TM) The Patriot Attack (A Covert-One novel) by Kyle Mills.

In Today’s Deals, a iRobot Looj 330 Gutter Cleaning Robot, a Emile Henry Granite Pizza Stone , Granite, 14″ and  $59.99 Tommy Hilfiger Coats & Jackets.

The Echo inow available in white. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Sting by Sandra Brown. The Romance Daily Find is Promises Kept by Scarlett Dunn.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Sting by Sandra Brown. The Extra Daily Deal is the Complete Walker Island Romance Series Boxed Set Books 1-5 by Bella Andre writing as Lucy Kevin.

Also, a selection of titles called Romance On The Ice for $4.99 or Less until October Until October 31st.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until October 19, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Defending Jacob by William Landay.

Google Books still has a selection of Hot Romance Under $2 (part of the Harlequin Romance titles sale). Also, there’s a Walking Dead graphic novel sale going on!

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Samsung is setting up Galaxy Note 7 exchange stations in airports

daily_links_1Daily Links for day, October 18,  2016:

Time’s Running Out for the FCC on Set-Top Reform, Privacy and Zero-Rating (Motherboard) The last FCC meeting before the presidential election is coming up. After that, it is anybody’s game.

15 tips every Mac user should know (Computer World) Great tips for the Mac.

Verizon user’s mysterious $20,300 data bill canceled after media coverage (Ars Technica) The lesson here is probably just go to the media directly when the company gives you the runaround.

Company offers “Fraudulent ” and Deceptive Copyright Registrations (Torrent Freak) PRO TIP: ALWAYS go to the official government site.

Samsung is setting up Galaxy Note 7 exchange stations in airports (Engadget) After the news about people overseas not being able to get their phones back to the US  because of new airplane restrictions, this is welcome news.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The One That I Want by Donna Hill, Zuri Day, Cheris Hodges.

TONS of goodies in Today’s Deals: First, iPhone casesMonster High Deal(s) of the Day, a Rowenta DW8080 Pro Master 1700-Watt Micro Steam Iron Stainless Steel Soleplate with Auto-Off, 400-Hole, Blue and Savings on Outdoor Apparel and Gear.

The Echo inow available in white. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Lexicon: A Novel by Max Barry. The Romance Daily Find is Cowboy After Dark
by Vicki Lewis Thompson.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey (This is a really good zombie tale, IMHO! I loved this one). The Extra Daily Deal is The Son by Philipp Meyer.

Also, a selection of titles called Romance On The Ice for $4.99 or Less until October Until October 31st.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until October 19, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: The FCC Wants To Know Why Journalists Had To Pay $200 For WiFi At Presidential Debate

daily_links_1In today’s stories, the FCC is asking questions about journalists paying for WiFi and the presidential debate. Also, cities in California are trying to pass “Netflix taxes” of their own, there’s a huge setback in getting rid of cable boxes, a interesting piece on a vending machine versus a library branch and more. In deals, a refurbed Dyson fan and savings on camera lenses by Rokinon.

Daily Links for Friday, September 29,  2016:

The FCC Wants To Know Why Journalists Had To Pay $200 For WiFi At Presidential Debate (Tech Dirt) Seriously?  And they are saying it kept crashing too….

46 California Cities Join Rush To Impose ‘Netflix Tax’ (Tech Dirt) Chicago started it and now other cities want to add an “amusement tax” on streaming services.

FCC Postpones Vote on Set-Top Box Reform in a Blow to Chairman Wheeler (Motherboard) Thanks to massive lobbying, that cable box isn’t gone just yet.

Orange County Library Station offers vending machine for books and movies (Daily Tar Heel) Your next library branch may be a vending machine.

You have one month left to buy a Windows 7 PC (ZD Net) It is sunset for new Windows 7 and 8.1 purchases. After November 1st, no new OEM installs from the big PC manufacturers.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Deadly Fate (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham.

In Today’s Deals, a Certified Refurbished Dyson AM08 Air Multiplier Pedestal Fan – White and savings on select Rokinon camera lenses.

The Echo inow available in white. There is also an  All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) which will be available in both black and white and retails for $49.99. The Dot is also being offering in a “Buy 5, get 1 free” six-pack and a ““Buy 10, get 2 free” twelve-pack”. The new Echo Dot will be released on October 20, 2016.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Deep Freeze by Lisa Jackson.  The Romance Daily Find is Love On My Mind by Tracey Livesay.

Barnes and Noble also has a selection of NOOK Books Under $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Quiet Game by Greg Iles. The Extra Daily Deal is The Jewel (Lone City Trilogy Book 1) by Amy Ewing.

Also, select romance titles at the Kobo store for 99 cents until October 2nd.

There is also a selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres. The Kobo Aura One (and the Aura Edition 2 e-readers are now available for order at the Kobo store. (The Aura One is out of stock until September 23, 2016 – now delayed to September 30, 2016 October 7, 2016.)

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories by Paul Theroux.

Google Books has a selection of Red-Hot Romance Sale with books starting at 99 cents.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Daily Links and Deals: Kobo is definitely coming out with a new e-reader this summer

daily_links_1Today,  a confirmation that we’ll be seeing a new Kobo e-reader soon. Also, Tumblr will begin adding ads (money for creators to follow), photographer sues Getty Images for falsely claiming copyright, the iphone jack is disappearing and more. In deals, Rachio IRO Irrigation Controllers.

Tumblr will allow users to make money from ads (Eventually) (The Verge) The ads are coming to Tumblr. Payments to creators? That’s a bit down the road.

Photographer Sues Getty Images For $1 Billion For Claiming Copyright On Photos She Donated To The Public (Techdirt) Oh, boy. This should be an interesting story to follow, if just for the sheer scale and amount of dollars involved.

Kobo is definitely coming out with a new e-reader this summer (The Verge) Yes, it is really coming and we have part of a picture to prove it.

AT&T violated rule requiring low prices for schools, FCC says (Ars Technica) Schools and libraries are supposed to pay the lowest rates possible. AT&T and the FCC disagree as to whether that was the case for two Florida school districts.

Two Months Until the iPhone 3.5mm Headphone Jack Disappears… (Digital Music News) The sources are looking more and more reliable that the next iPhone will be sans headphone jack.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America by Jay Mathews.

In Today’s Deals, select Rachio IRO Irrigation Controllers and Diamond Jewelry Under $100.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Mrs. Robinsons Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale. The Romance Daily Find is One Lucky Hero: The Men in Uniform Series by Codi Gary.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer. The Extra Daily Deal is The Severance Trilogy by Mark McKay.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes the graphic novel, Cardboard, by Doug TenNapel. I love this cover!

Google Books has a selection of Hot Book Deals.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter, Facebook, and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.