Daily Links and Deals: Can Google Translate Help Translate a Classic Novel?

daily_links_1Today, a look at using Google Translate on something as complex as a novel. Also, some Kindle users are having an issue with Windows 10, Scribd has made some changes to address discovery issues and we’re still talking about that monkey selfie. In deals, Amazon is offering significant savings on household products.

Daily Links for day, August 26, 2016:

Some Kindle users reporting Windows 10 Anniversary compatibility issues (ZD Net) Windows 10 has managed to break yet something else.

Amazon just launched Vehicles, a place to talk about and lust after cars (The Next Web) But Amazon’s not selling cars – just an awful lot of of parts and accessories.

Google now lets you play ‘Solitaire’ in search results (Mashable) And you can play Tic-Tac-Toe… Forget getting any work done.

If a monkey snaps a selfie, does it own the rights to its own photograph? (Quartz) Yes, we are still talking about that picture.

Can Google Translate Help Translate a Classic Novel? (Publisher’s Weekly) We probably have a lot of misconceptions about how Google Translate works, a fact that highlighted when you try to translate a novel.

Scribd Introduces New Discovery Experience (Scribd.Literally) Since these changes are mostly about curated content, I’m underwhelmed, but YMMV.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Life After Life: A Novel by Jill McCorkle.

In Today’s Deals, Amazon has a large assortment of household products and cleaning supplies. Also, you can also still get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is AT Bay (An Alex Troutt Thriller, Book 1) by John W. Mefford. The Romance Daily Find is Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. The Extra Daily Deal is Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Time for School, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz.

Google Books has a selection of Best Beach Read Bets.

(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: Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web

daily_links_1Today is the 25th anniversary of the Internet being open to everyone! Also, stories on how Windows 10 is causing problems with webcams and Kobo e-readers, a Chrome Extension for  helping you decide which articles to save for later and a service that lets you read novels on your phone, one text at a time. In deals, a stainless steel tumbler and a Hoover carpet cleaner. Also, continued deals on Alexa enabled devices.

Daily Links for day, August 23, 2016:

Should you read this article now or save it for later? There’s a Chrome extension to help you decide (The Next Web) Speaking as someone who has been working on clearing articles from my Pocket that date back to 2014, this actually sounds pretty good…

Microsoft: Sorry Windows 10 Anniversary Update killed your webcam (ZD Net) For an OS that’s been out for a year, Windows 10 has a lot of compatibility issues.

Updated Windows 10 won’t read Kobo ereader files: September fix hoped for (Teleread) As I was just saying….

The Best New Way to Read? Novels Told Through Text Messages (Wired) We’ve had weekly and monthly serials, blogged books and books written as a series of tweets. Why not texts?

Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web (CNET) Twenty-five years ago, CERN let the rest of play online too. Now look at where we are at! 🙂

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Yard (Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad Book 1) by Alex Grecian.

In Today’s Deals, a RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler. Also, a Hoover FH50150 Carpet Basics Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner (I have an earlier model of this – a must for a pet owner…)

You can also still get $15 off the regular price of the Amazon Tap and the Certified Refurbished Amazon Echo for $150.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Natchez Burning (Penn Cage Series #4) by Greg Iles. The Romance Daily Find is Odd Girl Out by Elizabeth Jane Howard.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Spider Woman’s Daughter A Leaphorn & Chee Novel by Anne Hillerman. The Extra Daily Deal is Life After Life A Novel by Jill McCorkle.

Also, until August 29, 2016, there’s a Back to School Sale: books $4.99 or less. There is also a  selection of Great Reads Under $5 and Bargain Reads in Fiction, in Mystery and other genres.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes The Slow Fix by Carl Honoré.

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 – DRM: You have the right to know what you’re buying!

daily_links_1Today, The EFF want the FTC to force labels identifying DRM restrictions. Also, Microsoft has changed the Windows 10 rules (again), Target starts selling Kindles again and the those software bundles you install may be worse than malware. In deals, an automatic pet feeder, select Crayola products and deals on Mountain House Emergency food bundles. Amazon also still has savings on Fire tablets as well.

Daily Links for Monday, August 8, 2016:

Google: Unwanted bundled software is way more aggressive than malware (ZD Net) You may want to think twice about installing that software bundle….

Microsoft’s giving you just 10 days now, not 31, to change your mind about Windows 10 (PC World) This is the friendlier, less pushy and aggressive Microsoft, right?

Target starts selling Kindles again after a four-year break (Engadget) This makes it easier to try before you buy.

DRM: You have the right to know what you’re buying! (EFF) Organizations are putting pressure on the FTC to make sure we know what our rights are before we buy.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

In Today’s DealsArf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser for Dogs & Cats, up to 50% off select Crayola products and savings of up to 40% on Mountain House Emergency Food Supply. Amazon also has the Fire HD 6 (my favorite Fire tablet) for $69.99. The Fire HD 10 Tablet on sale for $50 off.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson. The Romance Daily Find is Crashing Down by Cathryn Fox.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks. The Extra Daily Deal is The Devil in Winter:  Wallflowers (Book 3) by Lisa Kleypas.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson.

Google Books has a selection of Topsellers Under $10.

(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: Bookstagramming: It’s a thing

daily_links_1Today, a look at an the notion of posting book pictures on Instagram. Also, a lawsuit over manipulative upgrades to Windows 10, what Comcast thinks about streaming and a glimpse of how seductive (and dangerous) free Wi-Fi really is. In deals, Rock Band 4 bundles and savings on headphones.

Daily Links for Friday, July 29, 2016:

Comcast’s Still Not Sure There’s Any Money In This Whole “Streaming” Thing (The Consumerist) It seems abundantly clear that Comcast doesn’t get the whole streaming and cord-cutting thing….

Florida men sue Microsoft over ‘coerced’ upgrades to Windows 10 (Computer World) Is this going to have the impact of the Internet Explorer case? This will be an interesting one to watch.

Bookstagramming: It’s a thing (Crain’s Chicago Business) Even people who only read ebooks (like me) like pretty pictures of books. What’s not to love? PS: It doesn’t necessarily indicate digital fatigue.

The dangerous cost of ‘free’ Wi-Fi  (PC World) It might surprise you to see just how willing people are to contact to a free Wi-Fi spot….

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes Bringing Delaney Home (A Cates Brothers Book) by Lee Kilraine.

In Today’s DealsRock Band 4 – Band In A Box Bundle and select AKG Over the Ear and JBL In-Ear Headphones.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Reawakened by Colleen Houck. The Romance Daily Find is Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Everything I Left Unsaid A Novel by M. O’Keefe. The Extra Daily Deal is Radio Shangri-La
What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth by Lisa Napoli.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm.

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.

Deadline looms for free Windows 10 upgrade

windows-upgradeIf you have been holding off on upgrading to Windows 10, you are almost out of time to get the free upgrade. The deadline for reserving your copy is July 29, 2016. You are supposed to be able to reserve a copy, even if you don’t install it.(Here’s how to do it.) After the 29th, the upgrade will set you back $120.

A lot of people have been put off by Microsoft’s aggressive (and sneaky) push to get users to install the new version. Some computer experts likened Microsoft’s deceptive actions to malware. I know it took over and installed itself on my husband’s laptop, without permission. We had to roll back immediately because much of his specialized music software would not work on Windows 10.

When my computer hard drive died on me last month, I bought a new Windows 10 machine as replacement. Much of the software I’d been running on the old machine would not work on Windows 10. I am still scrounging for replacements for voice recognition, photo and video editing software. I am still trying to get one of my scanners to work properly. So your choice to upgrade may be strongly influenced by the software and peripherals you use.

Be aware that the new OS is also a privacy nightmare. Thanks to Microsoft’s new freemium model, I found out that you can’t even play a game of solitaire on the new system without being logged in and tracked. 😦

If you do upgrade, or if you already have, you should also note that Microsoft is making some changes to Windows 10 with its upcoming Anniversary update. One of the most disturbing changes is that you lose the ability to turn Cortana off. Since I prefer Google to Bing as a search default, this is probably going to be a big deal for me.

If you have decided not to upgrade your present computer, the good news is that after July 29th, Microsoft has promised that it will turn off the update nag screens (and presumably the sneaky installs). Microsoft has promised that this is the last version of Windows, making it a sure thing that if you buy another Windows machine, sooner or later, you’ll be running Windows 10.

Resuming regular blogging schedule

children-computerMy new computer is almost set up. I have to say that it has been an adventure. I still have a few programs that don’t work on Windows 10 that I haven’t found replacements for, including my voice recognition software. 😦 But I am at least able to function on the new computer and will be resuming my regular blogging schedule over the next few days. There are a couple of stories I missed during my little forced hiatus that I need to write about first.

Many thanks to everyone for your patience!

Free Microsoft Ebooks (2016 Edition)

ms_booksIt is that time of year again. Every year, Microsoft’s Eric Ligman, Director of Sales Excellence, offers free Microsoft ebooks on his blog. The books offered come from various authors and publishers and consist of tech books, how to resources and reference guides for Microsoft productls.

Titles are mostly PDFs with some EPUB, MOBI, Zip, and DOCX formats as well. Formats vary according to title. Topics include:

  • Windows 10
  • Office 365
  • Office 2016
  • Power BI
  • Azure
  • Windows 8.1
  • Office 2013
  • SharePoint 2016
  • SharePoint 2013
  • Dynamics CRM
  • PowerShell
  • Exchange Server
  • System Center
  • Cloud
  • SQL Server
  • and many more….

The giveaway started on July 10 and doesn’t list an end date, so I don’t know how long these will remain free. There is more info on Ligman’s blog here.