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kookaburra1701 10-20-12 09:56 PM

Question for e-reader people out there. I want to get a Kindle (I will only be using it for reading, so getting a tablet-pc-lite like the Kindle Fire or Nexus doesn't appeal) but can you read pdfs or Word documents on it?

wahoonc 10-20-12 10:18 PM


Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 (Post 14863035)
Question for e-reader people out there. I want to get a Kindle (I will only be using it for reading, so getting a tablet-pc-lite like the Kindle Fire or Nexus doesn't appeal) but can you read pdfs or Word documents on it?

pdfs yes, word docs have to be converted. I have a Kindle Touch and love it. I typically have about 4-5 books going at once depending on my mood. I am also using the new Nexus 7. I use it to check email, do light net surfing and read a few technical magazines that I subscribe too. I like the battery life and size of the kindle for general reading, but the Nexus isn't too shabby either.

Aaron :)

kookaburra1701 10-20-12 10:24 PM


Originally Posted by wahoonc (Post 14863075)
pdfs yes, word docs have to be converted. I have a Kindle Touch and love it. I typically have about 4-5 books going at once depending on my mood. I am also using the new Nexus 7. I use it to check email, do light net surfing and read a few technical magazines that I subscribe too. I like the battery life and size of the kindle for general reading, but the Nexus isn't too shabby either.

Aaron :)

Yeah, I have a netbook I use to do email/word processing when out and about, the battery life is ok on it (~5 hours) but I like that the Kindle can go for like a month or two without needing to be charged. Do you have to get the pay-version of Acrobat to convert Word docs? I can never remember.

Smallwheels 10-20-12 10:46 PM

Just today I watched a video review of the Kindle Paperwhite compared to a Nook with similar specifications. The reviewer said that PDF files don't come out well on them. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheeBookReader

As far as Freecycle goes, it requires me to sign up to use it. There aren't many people using it in my area. It would have fewer people looking at it than Craigslist.

My biggest job will be selling all of my mothers collectible figurines and art. That will be a lot of ebay auctions, no less than fifty and perhaps as many as one-hundred when I get through all of the boxes.

Roody 10-21-12 10:10 AM


Originally Posted by Smallwheels (Post 14863133)
Just today I watched a video review of the Kindle Paperwhite compared to a Nook with similar specifications. The reviewer said that PDF files don't come out well on them. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheeBookReader

As far as Freecycle goes, it requires me to sign up to use it. There aren't many people using it in my area. It would have fewer people looking at it than Craigslist.

My biggest job will be selling all of my mothers collectible figurines and art. That will be a lot of ebay auctions, no less than fifty and perhaps as many as one-hundred when I get through all of the boxes.

You should consider an auction, or have a dealer come in and buy the whole lot. You won't get as much, but you have to consider how much of your time (and sanity) will be sacrificed to tracking 100 auctions and packing all those delicate figurines for shipping. I can barely imagine what a nightmare that would be!

iron.wren 10-21-12 11:39 AM


Originally Posted by Smallwheels (Post 14862843)
Is anybody still getting rid of their possessions?

My encyclopaedias and other books that came with them won't be wanted. They're from the late sixties. Too bad.

I may actually have a friend who may want your encyclopedias. He is amassing a library of books. He may also be interested in any of the books you think no one will want, or I may even possibly be. You are welcome to send me a short list of some or if you are over ambitious you are welcome to send an exhaustive list.

JeanSeb 10-21-12 03:28 PM


Originally Posted by Smallwheels (Post 14862843)
Is anybody still getting rid of their possessions?

Yes although not actively enough. I haven't started selling things too much. Bicycles will be tough, I might sell parts instead. :rolleyes:

I'm almost done scanning all my older pictures and ripping all my music CDs, I'll see where I go from here. I thought I had a lot of boxes but I managed to get everything into 18 boxes, 4 of those being bicycles. :innocent:

As weird as it may sound, I don't mind giving valuables away instead of going thru the selling process. I do have a few things that I received from my grand-parents and that my parents would hate to see me give away... I'll have to do it at some point though. :(

pumpedtopedal 10-21-12 05:55 PM

Some say "if you have money, spend it". That way of thinking is not for everyone and that's understandable. But people who also spend money like your friend may just want to live life to the fullest. Not everyone is thinking about 20 years down the road. They like to live in the now rather than the future, and instead of planning exactly how your years ahead will go, just let the wind take them where ever.

Newspaperguy 10-21-12 07:19 PM


Originally Posted by pumpedtopedal (Post 14865255)
Some say "if you have money, spend it". That way of thinking is not for everyone and that's understandable. But people who also spend money like your friend may just want to live life to the fullest. Not everyone is thinking about 20 years down the road. They like to live in the now rather than the future, and instead of planning exactly how your years ahead will go, just let the wind take them where ever.

I know some who live this way, but they also tend to have more money problems, now and in the future. Planning ahead and living modestly is much easier.

Also, the attitude of "if you have money, spend it," often becomes "if you don't have money, spend it anyway." And that leads to far more financial stress than living more modestly.

Rowan 10-21-12 08:03 PM


Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 (Post 14863089)
Yeah, I have a netbook I use to do email/word processing when out and about, the battery life is ok on it (~5 hours) but I like that the Kindle can go for like a month or two without needing to be charged. Do you have to get the pay-version of Acrobat to convert Word docs? I can never remember.

cute.pdf is the way to convert Word and whatever other files you want to pdf. Free download, sets up as a printer. No mucking around with Acrobat on-line.

Rollfast 10-22-12 06:33 AM


Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 (Post 14842309)
LOL the bathroom is too small. All of the pictures I got when I googled "small bathroom organization" showed larger bathrooms than mine. You have to have to step into the tub to shut the door, as the arc of the door sweeps the only place to stand.

You should rent the apartment/deluxe cubicle next to it as well and eliminate any future water damage claims from the neighbors.

SPECELIZEDRIDER 11-07-12 12:40 PM

I rent a room. I have no desire to own a house, been there done that. I lost everything through a divorce. first I was bitter, but after seeing the advantages of the simple life, I embrace it. I have my iphone 4s and my ASUS G75v gaming laptop and internet, oh and my Specialized Rock hopper. I am happy, now.

Smallwheels 11-07-12 08:45 PM


Originally Posted by SPECELIZEDRIDER (Post 14924340)
I rent a room. I have no desire to own a house, been there done that. I lost everything through a divorce. first I was bitter, but after seeing the advantages of the simple life, I embrace it. I have my iphone 4s and my ASUS G75v gaming laptop and internet, oh and my Specialized Rock hopper. I am happy, now.

In 1997 I moved to LA to go to school for a year. I rented a room in a big house. It had a bathroom and I could use the kitchen and even had use of part of the refrigerator. The laundry machines were in the garage. I drove across the country in a totally full compact car to get to LA. That year was fun and I didn't miss anything that was left behind in my house.

That room was mine on the condition that I would have to move when another renter willing to pay more returned. When he returned I moved to a smaller room. It too had a bathroom. My comfort didn't diminish at all. The bed was an improvement. It is because of that experience that I believe I could be happy living in an RV. I don't want to throw away the stuff that is taking up space in my apartment, but if it were all lost due to a disaster of some kind, it wouldn't be missed. My Craisgslist sales are going very slowly. I just sold a sewing machine and cabinet for only $60 when I know that elsewhere in the country it would be worth more than double that amount. It's taking forever to sell a guitar and stand.

One day I'll be down to one room again and loving it.

Jared. 11-07-12 10:30 PM

It's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
If I am trying to get rid of something, I don't care what I sell it for, as long as I can get rid of it. It's this behavior that my father instilled in me when we were young and had garage sales.

Newspaperguy 11-07-12 10:44 PM


Originally Posted by Rowan (Post 14865712)
cute.pdf is the way to convert Word and whatever other files you want to pdf. Free download, sets up as a printer. No mucking around with Acrobat on-line.

On a Mac, I can go to print and then save as a PDF instead. I've converted many documents in this way, especially when it is important to keep the formatting.

wahoonc 11-08-12 06:29 AM


Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 (Post 14863089)
Yeah, I have a netbook I use to do email/word processing when out and about, the battery life is ok on it (~5 hours) but I like that the Kindle can go for like a month or two without needing to be charged. Do you have to get the pay-version of Acrobat to convert Word docs? I can never remember.


Originally Posted by Rowan (Post 14865712)
cute.pdf is the way to convert Word and whatever other files you want to pdf. Free download, sets up as a printer. No mucking around with Acrobat on-line.


Originally Posted by Newspaperguy (Post 14926375)
On a Mac, I can go to print and then save as a PDF instead. I've converted many documents in this way, especially when it is important to keep the formatting.

There are several free versions of conversion software out there. I use PDF Creator. I also believe that the later version of MS Office 2007? and up have something similar. PDF Creator acts like a printer.

Aaron :)

Smallwheels 11-08-12 12:27 PM


Originally Posted by Jared. (Post 14926345)
It's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

Yes that is true. In a big city there are many more people which means more opportunities to find the right buyer. That leads to higher prices.

When I sold my 2007 Honda Fit Sport I got nearly the price I paid for it. Had I been in Seattle it would have sold for $2000 more than I paid for it. Trucking the car to Seattle from my home in Montana would have eaten up that extra $2000. So it wasn't worth the trouble to do it.

agent pombero 11-15-12 11:24 PM

Over the past month and a half I have read every single post on this thread. This past year has been an interesting time for me because I've been slowly creating a simpler life for myself and found everyone's perspective and ideas here very fascinating and inspirational. To whoever posted the website Zenhabits, thank you. I've also read all of that and found it very wonderful. I'll write more here soon.

Rollfast 11-19-12 03:07 AM

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As I posted in my Tempest blog thread in Alt Bike Culture...pack mule Schwinn.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=284523

Smallwheels 11-19-12 12:44 PM

I remember this group from a long time ago. On a blog I read someone posted this link to a fitting musical piece. It is about letting go and moving forward. It isn't too long. It's just right for this thread. Check it out.

Celestial Navigations "The Valley".

http://www.myspace.com/music/player?sid=44683074&ac=now

Rollfast 11-28-12 08:35 AM

I believe in getting rid of excess but my other hobbies require equipment.

Recording decks, mixers, stereo components and speakers...

And I love them.

I don't have too many complicated devices beyond tape decks and my repair and test equipment.

I have rhythm machines and keyboards and a digital signal processor although no midi and my computer is for ripping CDs, no cellphones or Apple stuff.

Simple means tape to me, phonographs and receivers I can service without a problem.

It doesn't mean clutter free, living on spit and bonemeal and I'm already wearing parts I am getting too small for.

Starting insulin pens took me off of several pills and actually fixed my hypertension problem. I've lost weight.

I nearly died to accomplish these changes but that is simpler.

Easy? No. Nicer.

I make my life simpler by adapting existing things to my needs and fixing them.

If you don't need things, that's great but that's not necessarily SIMPLER. It's just less. If you don't have what you need then nothing is simple.

I-Like-To-Bike 11-28-12 09:30 AM


Originally Posted by Rollfast (Post 14992675)
If you don't need things, that's great but that's not necessarily SIMPLER. It's just less. If you don't have what you need then nothing is simple.

Very astute. This bottom line truth may be too simple for some on this list to accept.

Smallwheels 11-29-12 12:16 PM

Rollfast your hobby instruments are your tools. They bring you fun and perhaps productive work. Whenever you downsize you should keep as many of them as you want. When I think of downsizing I don't get rid of things I want. I just get rid of things I don't use often enough.

Yesterday I went through my list of things to keep and removed several items. As my life changes so do the things I use. The list got some new future items that will be tools for living in my future RV. Even with those additions the over all list got smaller. This is pleasing me in a big way. It is helping me realize just how much stuff is weighing me down. It is also teaching me just how little I need to be totally satisfied.

Just before I move into the RV I've decided that I really won't need the 23" and 15" monitors for my computer. They will be sold along with one of my computers and replaced with a 15" laptop and some type of tablet capable of being connected to the internet. I always want to have a spare computer.

wahoonc 11-30-12 06:58 AM


Originally Posted by lewisjudy2012 (Post 14999970)
I enjoy having decent stuff

Nothing wrong with that! I would much rather have a very few quality items than a house full of stuff.

Aaron :)

Jared. 11-30-12 09:16 AM

"I want to have fun, I don't want to have stuff."
My wife speaking to me yesterday about us moving, and how we've gotten rid of much of our furniture.

We went from a 1600sq ft condo, to a 700 sq ft condo rental, we still do not use one of the rooms, so in Feb we plan to move to a smaller rental closer downtown, saving a few hundred a month.

Also realized yesterday that sometimes more is less. I've had no cell phone for the past 6 months, and it hasn't bothered me in the slightest, but yesterday we got rid of the landline, got rid of my wife's expensive cell phone plan and got two phones from the budget carrier. Reduced our bill by over $40 a month and I can now call my family in the US for free.

plustax 12-24-12 11:38 PM

I live in a living room, so I have some books clothes and some plants this computer and of course my bicycle.

Smallwheels 12-25-12 12:04 AM


Originally Posted by plustax (Post 15085403)
I live in a living room, so I have some books clothes and some plants this computer and of course my bicycle.

Welcome to the forum plustax. If you've read many posts in this thread you probably see the benefits of not accumulating too mush stuff. I wish I had the wisdom I have now when I was very young. My situation would be very different.

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays everybody. May you easily get rid of the things you don't need anymore and not be given anything you don't need. 12/24/2012 11:03 P. M. Mountain Time.

I-Like-To-Bike 12-25-12 08:44 AM


Originally Posted by Smallwheels (Post 15085438)
If you've read many posts in this thread you probably see the benefits of not accumulating too mush stuff.

I've read the many posts from people who choose to rid themselves of accumulations of "too much stuff," or choose not to accumulate "too much stuff." These posts have provided few clues as to the benefits received other than not spending money and making more room available for unspecified purposes.

Jared. 12-25-12 12:09 PM


Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike (Post 15085898)
I've read the many posts from people who choose to rid themselves of accumulations of "too much stuff," or choose not to accumulate "too much stuff." These posts have provided few clues as to the benefits received other than not spending money and making more room available for unspecified purposes.

...and?

plustax 12-25-12 12:22 PM

Hrm... I never really downsized, I just never had much stuff to begin with. Not getting my drivers license till I was 22 probably helped. :lol:


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