Showing posts with label Amazon Ads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Amazon Ads. Show all posts

Friday, July 9, 2021

Prime Video Deal in time for The Tomorrow War

I love me some cheesy time travel movies. And I hear The Tomorrow War delivers. 

Amazon is offering a free trial for Amazon Prime which includes Amazon Videos. The trial should grant enough time to watch not only The Tomorrow War, but many other offerings. Go ahead and give it a try. 

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Audible Deal

Amazon is offering a couple of deals on Audible right now. Audible Plus, because why wouldn't some add "Plus" to the name of a product, is $7.95. Click this link to Try Audible Plus 

Plus Premium is $14.95 a month.Try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks during your first month. Don't worry, unused credits roll over each month.

Both pair nicely with a Fire. I have a seven inch, but the 8" is a steal, too. 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Kindle Sale!

Amazon is running a sale on Kindles. It's too good to pass up. They have the basic 7" Fire for $40, the 8" for $65 and the 10" at $95.00.

Personally, I loaded one of the 7" Fires out as a mini laptop. I picked up a great keyboard, stylus and Fire for less than $100. If only I had waited.  

But you don't have to wait. The deal is on now. Check it out. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Christmas Request - The Falcon

My daughter has asked for the Falcon for Christmas.
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I found one over at It comes 1353 including 7 mini-figures from the Solo Movie. 

I'm not sure if this is the right one. Knowing my daughter, she likely means the larger set - 7965. lists it as hard to find, but I found it at Amazon.

This set has 6 mini-figures and 1254 pieces. I don't know...

Saturday, November 7, 2020

A Chrome for 2021

Back in July, I posted about getting a new Chromebook. 

My current Chromebook is an Acer C710-2487 from Feb 2013. I've gotten far more years out this thing than I expected. And back in July, I really thought I needed an newer machine. 

Now, remember my main website is I use really old and odd equipment. "New" isn't a thing with me. I asked myself, how many times do I go mobile with a laptop or tablet and have to have the latest, greatest. 

It turns out that for 2020, that's zero times. I hauled the ol' C710 into the backyard for Zoom meetings, no problem. I keep a copy of every assignment for school on my Google Drive. In 2019, there was one assignment where I needed to edit or draw a picture. And I did that with a 10 year old desktop. 

I don't NEED a new laptop, I merely want one. Having said that, it really narrows the range down. 

I need to do some comparison shopping. I have a heavy bias towards Acer and ASUS. Those are my last to laptops and they are still running. Since it is something I want, I should jetision my old price limit of 400 bucks. 

I like compact designs so I want to get between a 11 and 13 inch screen. This machine has 4Gb of memory and I can't see going less than that. I also don't want a wacked out system with 6Gb, so I guess I want 8 or more. I already have a couple of TB drives and a good system for backups, so I don't have any concerns about storage space. I want another laptop that lasts 5 years or more. 

A couple of machines keep rising to the top of the list. 

These are all nicely appointed machines, which may lack a little storage that I desire, but each also has two modes of use: laptop or flip/tent mode. I think this would pair nicely with my method of use, drawing, reference images and a wacom tablet. 

Recently, I suffered a user induced setback where I wiped my system and all of my backups. It's a pain, I lost some software that I had been using and for whatever reason, I can't get JAVA installed correctly. The only backup of this exists on my Acer C710. So, until I get over this hurdle, I need to keep this machine in operation at least until I can purchase a new machine. Since this is a user error and not a machine error, it's kind of debatable if a new machine can and will help me. 

I decided to upgrade the memory in this Acer and goofed twice. I know... I know. 

First I ordered the completely wrong memory chip: 

Then I ordered the right chip in the wrong size.
What I need is:

I am not suggesting you order the wrong memory like me, I just want to report what great vendors these guys are. It's hard to judge by Amazon stars and reviews, but I had a great experience with both Arch Memory and Kingston. Kingston refunded me on return and Arch ripped out an order in just a few days. It was really nice to work with such responsive companies. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Chromebook Search 2020 Edition

My Chromebook is getting long in the tooth. It's an Acer C710-2487 from Feb 2013. I've gotten far more years out this thing than I expected. But it's time for it to be put aside, replaced with something new.

One of the annoying parts about shopping for Chromebooks is they have an inherent use by date. "Recently", this life time was upped to 6.5 years. Well, my 7 year old machine lost support 3 years ago. They don't die, the updates simply stop. What bothers me is the endless varieties and vendors, which when combined with Wal-Mart and Amazon marketplaces result in "New Chromebooks" actually being several years old. I won't share a link, but on Amazon, I can purchase a "New Acer C710-2487". 

Uh, yeah. No thanks, unless I was going to hack it into something it isn't. I am not above that, but I need a workhorse, not a second gluehorse. 

I need to do some comparison shopping. I have a heavy bias towards Acer and ASUS. Those are my last to laptops and they are still running. I see very little need to go over $400. It's a Chromebook, which exists by ubiquity and cheapness not price. 

I like compact designs so I want to get between a 11 and 13 inch screen. This machine has 4Gb of memory and I can't see going less than that. I also don't want a wacked out system with 6Gb, so I guess I want 8 or more. One thing that I will not be able to have is the 320 Gb hard drive. A 320 Gb SSD drive would be awesome, but also out of my price point. 

Dates under features are the Auto Update Policy dates provided by Google.  

Acer Chromebook 315
MSRP: $249
Acer Chromebook 311
MSRP: $259
Acer Chromebook R13
MSRP: $399
Features: 15.6" screen, 4 Gb RAM,
32 Gb storage. Jun 2026
Features: 11.6" screen, 4 Gb RAM, 
32 Gb storage. Jun 2026
Features: 13.3" screen, 4 Gb RAM,
32 Gb storage. Jun 2024

ASUS Chromebook C423
MSRP: $249
ASUS Chromebook Flip C101 PA
MSRP: $299
ASUS Chromebook C425
MSRP: $399
Features: 14" screen, 4 Gb RAM, 32 Gb Storage
Refurbished. Jun 2024
Features: 10.1" rotating screen, 4 Gb RAM,
16 Gb Storage. Aug 2023 
Features: 14" screen, 4 Gb RAM, 64 Gb Storage.
Refurbished. Jun 2026

First things first. Zero of these Chromebooks have more storage than my phone. That is not a deal breaker, but I am gonna need an external drive. I have 2 2TB external drives from Amazon already, so I am good to go.

The other thing that stands out to me is that each and every one comes with 4 Gb of RAM. That is not to my liking as I run Linux all the time on my Chromebook. I'll need to bump that up at a cost of $50-100. This isn't a RAM review, so skip it. 

Off the bat, I don't want a refurbished machine, so the ASUS C423 is out. The ASUS Flip is interesting at the right price point, but also looses support first. ASUS makes quality products, so I have no fear of the machine quitting on me. The flip screen is balanced by my desire for an external drive. Those two things don't go together. Of the 3 ASUS designs, the most expensive is the most appealing. And $399 isn't that much. However, while I was writing this post, all of the C425's sold out and only refurbished versions are available. 

Surprisingly, the Acer models all spec out the same except for screen size. I already have a 11.6 screen and while I like it, perhaps I would like something bit larger. I think I would have to go with the 315, it's much larger than the 311 but has a later Auto Update policy date. 

This contest should be between the Acer 315 and the ASUS C425, but that refurbished state on the C425 changes the dynamic. I am sure Amazon will end up with new ones at some point. If I was going to pull the trigger right now, I'd go with the Acer 315.

Perhaps some day in the future, I will discuss the merits of the that ASUS Chromebook Flip C101 PA. One good sale and it looks like a perfect Linux convertible. It totally defeats the purpose of a Chromebook. Having Chrome running Linux is like a toggle between Easy and God mode. God mode is nice, I am just not sure I need that on a tablet like machine all the time. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

ISO 216 Paper Sizes.

In counties outside of the US, and for artists within the US, knowing paper dimensions is important. The ISO 216 standard is a ratio of √2:1. Without all the math, the format's defining feature is dividing (or folding) a larger size sheet in half along it's width produces a piece the next size smaller. 

A0 841 x 1189 mm (33.1 x 46.8 in)
A1 594 x 841 mm (23.4 x 33.1 in)
A2 420 x 594 mm (16.5 x 23.4 in)
A3 297 x 420 mm (11.7 x 16.5 in)
A4 210 x 297 mm (8.3 x 11.7 in)
A5 148 x 210 mm (5.8 x 8.3 in)
A6 105 x 148 mm  (4.1 x 5.8 in)
A7 74 x 105 mm (2.9 x 4.1 in)
A8 52 x 74 mm (2.0 x 2.9 in)
A9 37 x 52 mm (1.5 x 2.0 in)
A10 26 x 37 mm (1.0 x 1.5 in)

I suspect that A8 thru A10 are for completeness. 

I was first introduced to the standard when I purchased a set of A5 notebooks from Amazon. I fell in love with them and take them everywhere with me. Click the link below to order. 

They are kind of pricey, but I don't go anywhere without one. I use them for budget keeping and sketching. 

Mead also carries a selection of notebooks in these sizes. Here is an A3 version over at This one seems nicely balanced in your hands and the cover is a great bonus. It's stiff and supportive while working. (Click any picture to view prices, specs or purchase.)

A4 is smaller and I don't like this particular size. It feels wrong to me. Your mileage will vary, I am sure. 

The A5 is nicer than the A4 size, it is well balanced but due to it's size, doesn't have the super stiff back of the other two. It isn't really necessary. 

I've never actually worked on anything smaller than this, but I might be interested if I could find something that looked cool. I like to take a sketchpad camping and hiking, and an A6's size would be perfect for a backpacker's weekend. I do have a set of A8 notebooks, but rarely use them. They are pocket sized. These are black but mine are blue and red. 

They are kind of fun to work with. Here are some pictures I drew while out at the park last year. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Amazon Wishlist Gridded A5 Journals

It's almost time to reorder. I purchased these little A5 Journals last year and I am almost out. I use them for notes in class and D&D maps. They have 5 mm grid lines and the whole journal is 8.27 x 5.83 inches (or 210 x 148 mm). They are perfect for my needs.