After decades, I abandoned FireFox and submitted to IE. Yes, Microsoft finally won. On my Windows 7 with various desktop protection things installed, FireFox stopped working. I Googled and found many users experienced the same. The only fix seems to be “clean re-install” — removing every files associated with FireFox and download a new one. I backed up my plug-ins and bookmarks, but all the certificates will be lost. So I gritted my teeth and severed my many decade relationship with FireFox. I still don’t like IE and may give Chrome try, but later. For now, I am slowing rebuilding my browser habitat.
After losing my beloved Kindle PaperWhite, I got myself an Android tablet (ASUS Memo Pad) instead. I was traumatized losing my kindle, particularly because I was deeply entrenched with a long book and eager to finish it. My instinct was to just buy another one; life goes on as it used to be. When I went to Amazon.com, I paused.
There is a new Kindle, Voyager, that appears to be interesting. So I researched. Once I started, I couldn’t help taking a look at my requirements for an eReader. I found that:
- I read a lot, but not more than 3 to 4 hours non-stop, even on a long flight.
- I need backlight. That’s why I like PaperWhite so much. It’s better than paper books plus a book light.
- I also read magazines and newspapers. I used to use Calibre to download them to my Kindle. But it stopped working recently. I suspected that Amazon blocked them for revenue opportunities.
- I don’t mind some casual gaming or light emailing on the device, even my primary purpose was to read.
- I really wish to have a better browser.
To my surprise, I really want a 6-inch tablet that’s light-weight and with good battery life. Among three candidates — iPad Mini, Google Nexus, ASUS Memo Pad — I chose the one with best review and also best in price/performance. It is actually cheaper than the new Kindle Voyager.
Of course, the first App I launched was Kindle reader, so that I can finish my book. I am delighted to find the App for my favorite magazine and also a news aggregator.