On being disconnected in a connected world…

Last week, our router died. So, POOF, no internet other than mobile phone access for a couple of days until our ISP got a new router out to us.

It was a bit of a culture shock for sure. Since my husband and I work from home, we really rely on the internet for most things that we do. Both of us are used to using a desktop rather than a mobile device to go about our internet business, so trying to function predominantly on a phone was a challenge. And, although we both have smartphones, we have a plan with only a limited amount of data (because we work from home and normally, we are always on Wi-Fi). That meant rationing data (UGH). That meant no Alexa or Google Home (MORE UGH). And that whole cord-cutting thing? It really works a lot better with the internet, even with an over-the-air antenna in the house.

Somehow, mostly by using our phones as mobile hotspots for my Chromebook, we muddled through until the replacement router arrived.

It turns out that my idea of a good router and my ISP’s idea of a good router are definitely not the same thing.The one that the service provider sent is definitely not doing the job – while I can get on the internet and get the ROKUs and the Google Home working, the network extender, our Amazon Echo devices and most of my Kindles don’t want to connect properly. (That makes it over a week with no Alexa, in case you are keeping score, LOL!)

So, I have now purchased yet another router (this one to MY specifications) and the one I purchased from our ISP will be relegated to being a back up. I’m spending the next few days trying to get all our toys back up and running. I’ll be back to blogging as soon as I get everything plugged back in…. ūüôā

Anybody have any disconnected stories to share?

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Daily Links and Deals: Bookish fools

daily_links_1Daily Links for Friday, October 21,  2016:

Microsoft rescues disheveled lady Skypers with its TeleBeauty virtual makeup app (PC World) Okay, webcams are not always so flattering. That makes the idea of this one really hard to resist.

Hands on: Netflix via Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set-top box is a very good experience (PC World) Not sure this would really beat my Roku stick, but for a set-top cable box, it sounds impressive.

Bookish fools (Aeon) Is the preference for print over digital a mark of snobbery? A look at whate what history says….

6 ways to delete yourself from the internet (CNET) There’s a lot of information about you on the web. Here’s how to start to get rid of it – or most of it anyway.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein.

In Today’s Deals, the new Lady Gaga album¬†(for $3.99), select patio heaters, Fila jackets and¬†Sons of Anarchy The Complete Series [Blu-ray and DVD].

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is a collection of over 70 titles in the “Idiot’s Guide” series. The Romance Daily Find is¬†Yesterday’s Roses¬†by Heather Cullman.

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

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is The Escape¬†by David Baldacci. ¬† The Extra Daily Deal is¬†Much Ado About Highlanders (The Scottish Relic Trilogy Book 1)¬†by May McGoldrick.

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.)

Google Books has a selection of Halloween Horror Sale: Chills & 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: Amazon’s Launching Pickup Locations, but Where Are Its Consumer Bookstores?

daily_links_1Not so long ago, we heard that Amazon was going to be opening all these new bookstores. While we are hearing about the pickup locations, where are all the new stores for consumers? Also, a look at the restrictions in Sprint and T-Mobile’s new unlimited plans, how Netflix is forcing users to search for content on its own apps, a changing of the guard (sort of) for the internet’s nameservers and a fun site that lets you search for photos by drawing bad pictures. In deals, a Vizio soundbar and continued deals on Kindles, Fires and Alexa enabled devices.

Daily Links for Friday, August 19, 2016:

Netflix moved cord cutting forward; it’s also holding it back (TechHive) Is Netflix shooting itself in the foot by keeping its content out of cross-platform streaming searches?

In 44 days the US will no longer oversee the internet’s naming system (Quartz) The US will no longer have control over this key piece of internet infrastucture.

T-Mobile and Sprint’s new unlimited plans have some nasty fine print (The Verge) Don’t jump for joy just yet… there are restrictions with those new plans. If you watch video or tether your phone, these may impact you.

This site lets you search for photos by drawing bad pictures ‚Äď and it‚Äôs really fun (The Next Web) Yes, this is kind of fun!

Amazon’s Launching Pickup Locations, but Where Are Its Consumer Bookstores? (Publishers Weekly) Why aren’t we seeing all those new bookstores from Amazon yet?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The New Neighbor: A Novel by Leah Stewart.

In Today’s Deals, a¬†VIZIO SB2920-C6 29-Inch 2.0 Channel Sound Bar (Certified Refurbished).

Continuing for a limited time, get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and theCertified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150. You can also get $20 off the basic Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite.  You can also find savings on the Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet (Wi-Fi and 4G LTE) and the Fire Kids Edition Tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan. The Romance Daily Find is The Prophet by Amanda Stevens.

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is One with You¬†A Crossfire Novel¬†by Sylvia Day. The Extra Daily Deal is¬†The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra¬†by Vaseem Khan.

Also at the Kobo store, get 50% off select titles with a coupon code.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Supergods by Grant Morrison.

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.

Daily Links and Deals: Too Poor to Afford the Internet

daily_links_1Today, a look at how the digital divide affects children. Also, a evaluation of the NYPL SimplyE app in the real world, a library computer policy that gives pause and the frustration caused by the lack of a touchscreen Mac model. In deals, back-to-school bargains on Kindles and Fire Tablets.

Daily Links for Monday, August 15, 2016:

Too Poor to Afford the Internet (New York Times) Online homework is part of the norm for schools. What do you do if you don’t have access to the internet?

A Breakthrough for Library E-Books? (Publishers Weekly) A look at the New York Public Library’s¬†SimplyE app after a month of use.

Montana: ‚ÄúThe Parent in Always in Charge‚Äô Under New Billings Library Computer Policy‚ÄĚ (Infodocket) So, a parent has to write a letter before their children¬†can have access to unfiltered computers at the library?

When will we see a touch-enabled Mac? (Recode) If you switch back and forth between a Mac and a PC, the lack of a Mac touchscreen model really stands out.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin.

In Today’s Deals, fBack to school savings on select Kindles, Fire tablets and Alexa devices. For a limited time,¬†get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap¬†and$20 off the basic Kindle and the Kindle¬†Paperwhite. ¬†You can also find savings on the¬†Fire HDX 8.9 Tablet¬†(Wi-Fi and 4G LTE) and the¬†Fire Kids Edition Tablet.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton, S. J. Bolton. The Romance Daily Find is The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles Series #1) by Mary E. Pearson.

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is You Will Know Me¬†A Novel¬†by Megan Abbott. The Extra Daily Deal is¬†The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles Book 1)¬†by Mary E. Pearson.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Look Closer by Rachel Amphlett.

Google Books has a selection of The Winningest Deals ebooks at up to 75% off.

(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: More than half the world is still offline

daily_links_1Today, a¬†look at the world’s internet use¬†and the truth about how many still don’t have access, especially among the poor. Also, Chromecast is having its third birthday, an article on the good you can do with used books and a library opponent takes a second look. In deals, a Hoover bagless vacuum that’s designed for pet owners.

Daily Links for Monday, July 25, 2016:

More than half the world is still offline (Computer World) Pretty staggering statistics.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Google Chromecast! (OMG Chrome) That little dongle is having a birthday! Has it really been that long?

Brown: An eye-opening visit to a library (Roanoke Times) A man wrote an article about why we don’t need libraries any more. The push back inspired a visit to see for himself…

Finding a World of Good in Used Books (Publishers Weekly) This is something we can’t do with ebooks, unfortunately.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Poisoned Love by Caitlin Rother.

In Today’s Deals, a¬†Hoover WindTunnel 3 Pro Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum, UH70931PC – Corded.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey. The Romance Daily Find is Operation One Night Stand by Christine Hughes.

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is ARKANE Thriller Box-Set: Stone of Fire, Crypt of Bone, Ark of Blood by J.F.Penn. The Extra Daily Deal is¬†Taking the Lead:¬†Secrets of a Rock Star (Book 1)¬†by Cecilia Tan.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes SF novel Astral Fall by Jessica Mae Stover.

Google Books has a Topsellers Under $10 promotion.

(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: He Used the Internet‚ÄĒI Used the Encyclopedia

daily_links_1Today, stories include, a then and now look at the differences in the technology we use in college, a new way of paying bills online, a how to on removing malware and much more. In deals, A/V receivers, new Fire tablets in colors and accessories at 50% off.

Daily Links for Thursday, April 21, 2016:

Senate Library (University of London) Provides Interactive Shakespeare Timeline Online (Infodocket) This is great for fans of the Bard!

He Used the Internet‚ÄĒI Used the Encyclopedia (Huffington Post) An interesting look at the tools used in college, then and now….

Plastiq lets you pay any bill with your credit or debit card just by snapping a photo (Techcrunch) This sounds really easy and could change the way we pay bills.

ICYMI: These 7 words and phrases from the Web are heading into the dictionary (The Next Web) Acronyms from the online world continues to become more and more mainstream.

Mexico City is crowdsourcing its new constitution using Change.org in a democracy experiment (Quartz) This is a fascinating first. It will be interesting to see the results of this.

Your PC has malware! Here’s how to remove it (PCWorld) Do you know what to do if you get a virus or malware? There’s some helpful links here for diagnosing infections as well.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Named of the Dragon by Susanna Kearsley for $1.99 ans well as books by John Hart.

In Today’s Deals, there’s an Origami R5-01W General Purpose 4-Shelf Steel Collapsible Storage Rack with Wheels and a deal for savings of up to 50% off select Onkyo 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receivers.¬†

Amazon id now offering the 8 GB¬†$50 Fire in colors! Besides black, you can get blue, magenta and tangerine. The 16 GB version is only $20.00 more. And don’t ¬†forget to protect your investment with a case! There are lots of cases, covers and accessories to choose from for 50% off.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6, and deals on pre-owned Fire tablets. I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart for 2.99. The Romance Daily Find is Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker for $1.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is¬†The Last Child¬†by John Hart for $2.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Cubicles by Camika Spencer for 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 – The Internet Really Has Changed Everything: Here’s the Proof

daily_links_1Today, a case study in how the internet has changed our lives, an opinion piece on whether the e-reader is about to make a comeback and news about how a deal with DC Comics means more digital availability. In deals, you can find watches, anime DVDs and a deal on an Anker portable charger.

Daily Links for Wednesday, April 20, 2016:

5 Gmail hacks that help you master your messages (PC World) Tips to help you get a lot more out of your inbox.

9 settings every new iPhone owner should change (CNET) These tweaks will improve the performance and battery life of your phone.

The Internet Really Has Changed Everything: Here’s the Proof (Backchannel)¬†This is a long, fascinating introspective read. A journalist reflects on how technology has¬†changed things¬†his tiny, rural hometown.

Is the e-book reader about to stage a comeback? (The Bookseller) Interesting opinion piece on whether e-readers are really in their death throes.

DC COMICS Reaches New Deal For eBook Distribution Worldwide (Newsarama) There are a lot of comics coming! Overdrive also announces the comics are now available for libraries to purchase.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, ¬†¬†we have men’s and women’s Stuhrling Original watches. ¬†Anime lovers, you can also get up to 61% off “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” and “Steins Gate: The Complete Series” DVD sets and an¬†Anker PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger.

Amazon is still offering savings on the Fire HD 6, and deals on pre-owned Fire tablets. I am also still seeing the option for 5 payments of $58 for the Kindle Oasis pre-order.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Fiesta of Smoke by Suzan Still for $2.99. The Romance Daily Find is The Bradens (Books 1-3 Boxed Sets) by Melissa Foster for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal¬†is¬†Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy, Book #1) by Nora Roberts for $1.99.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Exiles in the Garden by Ward Just for $2.99.

(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.