Isn't Technology Wonderful?

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Blog entry by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 02-26-2011 06:22 PM 1976 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a new way that technology can be of immence help to woodworkers.
Do you use paper plans and draw sketches or make a cutting list, or just some notes to refer to when making a project? I’m sure most LJs read some important information during planing and construction of their projects. Most all references are made on paper sheets or scraps of paper, some even use a piece of waste lumber to write on.
Well welcome to the 21st century. My wife received an Amazon Kindle reading device for Christmas and I am blown away with its capabilities. Most of you think that it downloads books (free or purchased) to read on this tablet which can connect to any Wi-Fi service you have – wireless Internet connection. You can also load the device from your computer with books or magazines, BUT you can also load PDF files to it.
Now this opens a mass of opportunities for woodworkers. If you have a PDF plan you can load it, if you produce your own PDF documents you can Load them, If you only need PDF cutting list you can load it. WOW you can take this device to the shop instead of all that paper which gets dirty, unreadable or just blows away.

There are several of these readers around but I can attest that the Kindle is great.

High-Contrast E Ink Screen – 50% better contrast with latest E Ink Pearl technology
Read in Bright Sunlight – No glare
New and Improved Fonts – New crisper, darker fonts
New Sleek Design – 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6” size reading area
17% Lighter – Only 8.5 ounces, weighs less than a paperback
Battery Life of Up to One Month – A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off
Double the Storage – Up to 3,500 books
Built-In Wi-Fi – Shop and download books in less than 60 seconds
20% Faster Page Turns – Seamless reading
Enhanced PDF Reader – With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights
New WebKit-Based Browser – Browse the web over Wi-Fi (experimental)

I have tried it with a PDF file and it works beautifully and with the ability to have 3500 on it is astonishing.

OF course this device is not for everyone, but it has immence possibilties for many uses.
The device costs $139 and it is more than worth it.

Now think how you might use one.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#1 posted 02-26-2011 06:45 PM

I use an iPad, the advantage is out in the shop ready access to a number of great how to videos that are posted on youube have helped me answer many how to do it tricks.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 06:48 PM

Roger: I’ve bought an Android tablet and it works great also. I have found that the PDF articles start loseing data when you make the resolution bigger to assist in reading the type.

I bought mine to use when I travel and I can read some of my woodowrking articles. I’ve got every Wood issue on PDF and also Fine Woodworking. I’ve also tested it with viewing videos. I copied a full movie to an SD card and and I’m going to try some Charles Neils videos.

My wife has a Kindle and she loves it.

I’ve got WI-FI in my shop and also a desk computer in the office.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 02-26-2011 06:54 PM

My portable now lives in the shop, when it is not with me when I go on vacation. That works well for me. I need to build a quick and dirty transparent cover…......or should that be quick and clean…....(-: To keep the inevitable sawdust off of it. Other than that, no prob. I plan to buy a much light weight, less capable portable in the next year, and then the old portable, which is about to be 3 years old, will remain permanently in the shop. It is a desk top replacement, and I don’t need that kind of power on vacation any more….......

I have a Kindle, but is a book reading machine for me, I read a lot of novels for diversion. I have tried pdf’s on it, but what I like is the ability to have Sketchup on my portable so that I can rotate the model, hide objects, measure things etc. I design every project on Sketchup. If you could put SU on the ipad that would be nice…...but I don’t think it has the power to handle some of my complex designs.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 02-26-2011 06:56 PM

No need to build any sort of cover – just put it in a zip-loc bag.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 02-26-2011 07:07 PM

All of the new technology is definitely a big help in the shop. I use my iphone to make list, use it as a calculator, look up info I need, and post pictures of what I am doing to twitter and my blog. My wife has an ipad but I am pretty sure she would kill me if I brought it out to the shop and came back with it covered in saw dust….

-- Chris Adkins,

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#6 posted 02-26-2011 08:55 PM

Roger my friend,

That is just too much technology for this old country boy…...I barely know how to turn on a cell phone, then I’m not too good at that. I may be too old to cut the mustard, but I can still lick the knife…..!!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#7 posted 02-26-2011 10:01 PM

Roger, how do you transfer a PDF file from your computer to the Kindle?

-- Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#8 posted 02-26-2011 10:33 PM

Just plug the Kindle into the PC with a USB cable & send.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#9 posted 02-27-2011 12:34 AM

I use CAD to design but have always taken hardcopy (printed paper copies) into the shop. Reason, disk drives in PC’s have always been susceptible to dust. You know, one of the things we woodworkers love to make. Now that disks and their moving parts seem to be being phased out I might just take something like this in there.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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