I just got a Kindle Fire (5th Gen) for Christmas – So far I like it a lot.   I wanted a cheap tablet to use as a web browser and book reader, with occasional email or video watching.  After seeing how easy it is to crack the screen on my Wife’s iPad mimi (and how expensive the screen is to replace) I opted for the Kindle Fire 5.

I was perfectly ready to accept being bombarded with advertisements on the Fire 5, as Amazon has heavily subsidized the $100+ manufacturing cost of the $34 sales price on my Kindle Fire 5, knowing that I will be a captive, revenue-generating member of the Amazon and Amazon Prime ecosystem if I frequently use the Fire 5.

What I was NOT ready for was how painful it is to download free eBooks from Feedbooks.com or Gutenberg.org.   There’s some nasty writeups on the Gutenberg webpage about the stinginess of the Amazon Fire- Gutenberg’s website all-out recommends you get a Nexus 7 Tablet as the alternative free e-book reader and stay away from the Kindle Fire 5.

Fortunately I figured out a free eBook download work-around that is not too annoying. Continue reading

Take Charge of your Inbox

Take Charge of your InboxRecently some bozo hacked the Gubmints.com blog and tricked the 800-lb-gorilla of online searches to think that GubMints is just a euphemism for selling boner pills.  It was tricking the search engines to link to content providers who sell stuff that rhymes with ‘Niagra’.

Here’s what I learned, and here’s how to prevent your WordPress (.org) blog from getting hacked like mine did.  This is NOT what I expected to be wasting spending my time on when I decided to host a personal finance blog.

If your blog has not been hacked yet, DO THIS NOW: Continue reading