This week Matt continues his series on IT Infrastructure planning. Shannon has a bundle of Kindle tricks, and Darren’s amped about a USB boot key that network insalls popular Linux distros.
There is plenty to do on the Kindle that isn’t in the user manual. Read on for details!
At the Home screen use ALT-SHIFT-M for Minesweeper. It’s a little slow in response time, but still fun.
Free Books and PDF’s on your Kindle can be accessed through sites like Mnybks.Net and Feedbooks.
Mobipocket creator converts pdf’s to kindle files for all of your needs. If you don’t want to use Mobipocket, check this out- for free conversions, email a document to “name”@free.kindle.com and have it emailed back to you in kindle format.
Bypassing Paying for Blogs
Check out sites like Kindle Feeder to read your favorite blogs and news sites for free, instead of paying for the subscription version. From your browser, go to kindlefeeder.com and sign up or just search for your favorite feed.
Try accessing a site that isn’t compatible with mobile through proxy sites like mowser.com.
Under browser mode, click Alt-1 to access google maps quickly. Alt-2 shows gas stations and Alt-3 shows restaurants.
For email and useful messengers, use the following:
Yahoo Messenger: us.m.yahoo.com/p/messenger/
Google Reader: google.com/reader/m
Google Calendar: google.com/calendar/m
SMS messages to your friends cell phone can be accessed by simply emailing the 10-digit cell phone number at the appropriate gateway. e.g. for AT&T cell customers would be firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a (unverified) list of gateways for various cell services.
US Cellular: @email.uscc.net
Virgin Mobile: @vmobl.com
To view personal pictures on your Kindle, plug your Kindle into it’s mini USB to a computer. Add a folder called ‘pictures’ in the root of the Kindle or SD card. Create another folder inside the Kindle folder ‘pictures’ called whatever you like. In the Home screen, hit Alt-Z to refresh and your new ‘book’ should appear with the name of the folder you chose. Open it and page back or forward to view your pictures. Press Alt-Shift-0 to set the current picture as a screensaver.