Daily Archives: December 13, 2010

Another Rooted NookColor Video

Even though this is basically an ad for an eBay listing, it’s one of the best demos I’ve seen of a rooted NookColor. Stay to the end for the final game demo.

The latest hack is to create softkeys and remap the hard buttons.

Previously here:

More PDF Action On Rooted NookColor
THE Reason To Buy And Root A NookColor
Rooted NookColor Videos
Reference: How To Root A NookColor
Google Books PDF On Rooted NookColor
NookColor Handling Office Files
Nano Fondle: Barnes & Noble NookColor

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Crooks Assisting Their Fellow Crooks Again

Risky Borrowers Find Credit Again, at a Price

Industry consultants, in their attempt to feed the demand for finer classifications of borrowers, have coined new labels to describe different borrowers with similar credit scores.

One is “strategic defaulters,” whose credit scores were damaged because they walked away from a home when its value dropped below what was owed on the mortgage. These borrowers made a bad bet on real estate but may otherwise be prudent risks because they make a good living.

Similarly, “first-time defaulters” once had a strong credit record but ran into financial trouble during the recession. Typically, these borrowers fell behind on some sort of loan payment after losing a job, not from taking on too much debt.

By contrast, there are “sloppy payers,” who pay only some bills on time; “abusers,” who are defiant about paying; and “distressed borrowers,” who simply do not have the means to pay.

The goal is to weed out the latter groups to identify consumers whose credit scores are blemished but who still have the money to pay their bills.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Now wait one damn minute here.

It’s clear that “strategic defaulter” is code for “crooks like us.”

What really pisses me off is that the banks doing this fall into the last group:

distressed borrowers,” who simply do not have the means to pay

Which is why we were suckered into bailing them out!

Does the corruption in this country ever come to an end?

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An Excellent Gift

Additional:

Think And Grow … Um, What?

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Writers: Don’t Be Compulsive, Be Smart!

Defending DIY eBook Publishing or Antireintermediation

I’ve invested a lot of time in correspondence explaining to authors that pushing their eBooks onto every platform in every format is both unnecessary and frequently counterproductive. […] The reason expanding beyond these three outlets can be counterproductive is that Amazon remains the largest seller and marketing platform for eBooks, and the more eBooks you sell on Amazon, the more visible they become. I cannot overstate the value of the Amazon multiplier.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

The news about Kindle sales only heightens that.

I see writers racing to get Everywhere and it makes no sense to me. What good is being Everywhere if most of the sales come from just a few places?

It’s like the old joke:

What are you looking for?

My keys.

Did you drop them here?

No, but the light over here is better.

If I’m making X-dollars per day from one outfit and another is giving me only X-dollars per year, I know which I’d concentrate my energy on. Do you?

Remember: Kindle is not a device. It’s a platform! People with an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phone/tablet can buy and read Kindle books today!

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I Think This Game Is Now Over

Thank you Kindle customers!

Thanks to you, in just the first 73 days of this holiday quarter, we’ve already sold millions of our all-new Kindles with the latest E Ink Pearl display. In the last 73 days, readers have purchased more Kindles than we sold during all of 2009.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Can Sony say this? That’s the only other vendor that would matter.

It’s a Kindle world for eBooks.

I’m not happy about this.

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