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I Am Trying To Raise $600 Through ‘Kickstarter’ To Get Comet ISON Book Professionally Edited, Made iPhone/iPad Compliant & Printed.



 ..by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
Comet ISON Quick Reference” now available as paperback
May 1, 2013.

>> I publish my 2nd ebook on Comet ISON — Apr. 19, 2013.

++++ See Category ‘Books’ on sidebar for my other book posts >>>>

Click to access 'Kickstarter.com'. You will have to register and logon. It is free.

Click to access ‘Kickstarter.com’. You will have to register and logon. It is free.

Kickstarter.com is the group funding site for creative projects
– like book publishing.

This is my first attempt at trying to use them. No idea if it will work.
If it doesn’t, nothing lost, nothing gained. Status quo will prevail with the book.

People seem to like the book and I have got 5 reviews so far — and they are all legit. I have never believed in either trying to post my own bogus reviews, get family to do so or pay people to leave favorable reviews. Such deception is bound to backfire. A book has to stand on its own feet. Most of the reviews I have got for my books have the Amazon ‘Real Name’ badge — meaning that Amazon certifies that that is the name on the credit card that that person used to buy things from Amazon. That badge tells you that the person is real and can be tracked down.

So, I had this 4-star review earlier this week:

Click to access the comments at Amazon.

It is a nice review and I appreciate it.

Yes, I know that there are typos.

I said that up front in the book description and Preface:

Click to access.

Click to access.

I do not make any money on these books. I write them for the satisfaction of writing.

I spent a lot of money hiring editors to proof my ‘The Next Pope‘ book — and I was ripped off. Two of them just took my money. There was a typo in the first sentence of the book that they did not spot. I ended up having to hire another set for more money. So, I am done with that game.

But, if I can raise money via kickstarter I will hire an editor.

I also would like to have the book available for iPhones & iPads. And here is where the sheer stupidity of eBooks goes beyond the pale. There are multiple, incompatible eBook ‘standards’! The Kindle eBook standard is not compatible with what Apple, Barnes & Noble and others use! It is so stupid.

Amazon as ever is VERY CLEVER. They have the most lenient of standards! Plus their automated eBook converter compensates for any deviations you might have. Bottom line, Amazon makes it very easy to publish on Kindle. Not so the others. Hence why I just publish on Kindle. I don’t have the patience to struggle with the arcaneness of the other systems. But, in the case of this book I probably should. There are folks who will guarantee Apple iStore listing for about $175. In the scheme of things that would be the best path for me. So that is another reason to try and raise this money.

So for $60 you can have your name listed on all editions of the book as somebody who helped make the book possible.

I am willing to dedicate the book to ONE OF YOU for $600.

Ironically this is my new problem. I am running out of folks to dedicate my books! The kids and Deanna have had multiple dedications. I dedicated the last book to the dogs. That is kind of getting desperate. So, IF you ever wanted a book dedicated to you … just ask. I have a few more books in the pipeline. So plenty of options.


Two Things I Like About Google Chrome 25 Over FireFox 18.


Anura Guruge

A Few Pertinent Posts:
  +++++ do a SEARCH (>>>>) on ‘FireFox’ for others’ >>>>>
1. Switching from FireFox to Chrome  — Mar. 23, 2013.
2. FireFox 18.0.1: ‘Clear History’ hang — Jan. 30, 2013.
3. FireFox 16.0.1 to 18.0.1: — Jan. 27, 2013.

I have now being using Chrome Version 25.0.1364.172 m full-time as my default Web browser for 2 days.

I am getting used to it. 

There are two features that I found that I think are dynamite:

1/ As long as you permit it to logon to you Google account (and why not given that I am logged on anyway for Google Search, Google News and Analytics) Chrome automatically synchronizes your Bookmark Toolbar anytime you invoke Chrome on another machine — provided, of course, that you are logged onto the same account. For me this is a lifesaver since I keep a backup machine. With FireFox I had to manually synchronize the Bookmark Toolbar. I found out today that I can even access the Bookmark Toolbar on our Google Nexus 7 pads. Remember, I am not talking about Google Bookmarks. Of course you expect that to be available across machines. I am here talking about the Bookmark Toolbar. I like that feature.

2/ This actually has to do with WordPress and is kind of ‘cute’. When creating a post, such as this, I use the standard WordPress editor. This editor has a title trench up at the top where you enter the desired title for the post. With FireFox there was NO SPELL CHECKING of that title line! Honest. I had got into the habit, when I remembered, of copying the title and then pasting it into Twitter to see if there were any spelling errors! Yesterday when I was typing in a title the squiggly red lines appeared in the title bar. I nearly fell off my chair. I had always assumed that this was a WordPress anomaly. Never thought it would be browser related. Just shows ya.

A few other things I have noticed. No question, Chrome consistently gets lower download and upload speeds on speedtest.net. We are not talking in the 1% to 3% range. But it is consistent. Maybe it is the rendering engine. Google must know about this.

After complimenting on its spelling prowess with WordPress titles, I have to now say that Chrome’s spelling dictionary is not as good as that used by FireFox! Again something that Google could asily fix.

One last thought. Did Avast, with their invasive Release 8, which promotes Chrome, set out to sabotage FireFox. I did a quick search. FireFox users with Avast 8 are noticing erratic performance. I had noticed this too which is what promoted me to switch to Chrome. So if this was a dastardly conspiracy between Google and Avast, it worked.

I had one inexplicable quirk last night. My whole PC blinked twice, momentarily, last night, i.e., both my monitors went black and just came back up again! Related to Chrome or is it Avast?

Switching Browsers From FireFox 18 to Google Chrome 25?


Anura Guruge

A Few Pertinent Posts:
  +++++ do a SEARCH (>>>>) on ‘FireFox’ for others’ >>>>>
1. FireFox 18.0.1: ‘Clear History’ hang — Jan. 30, 2013.
2. FireFox 16.0.1 to 18.0.1: — Jan. 27, 2013.

Exploiting the Bookmark Toolbar with 'edited' icons to get the access I want. Click to ENLARGE.

Exploiting the Bookmark Toolbar with ‘edited’ icons to get the access I want. Click to ENLARGE.

3 excellent Extensions give me all the Wikipedia and Delicious functionality I need. I have a Delicious icon on the Bookmark toolbar to access the site. Click to ENLARGE.

3 excellent Extensions give me all the Wikipedia and Delicious functionality I need. I have a Delicious icon on the Bookmark toolbar to access the site. Click to ENLARGE.

It was a week ago that Avast, without asking me, let alone giving me a choice, installed Chrome on this my main work PC. As I did say at the time I did kind of think that this may have been providential since I had been mulling the idea of migrating, wholesale to Chrome. I just hadn’t got around to downloading Chrome. Avast did it for me and over the last week I have been playing with it off and on.

Tonight I used it for two hours as my only browser — in place of FireFox! Since I always have two instances of FireFox, one on each of my 2 monitors, I did the same with Chrome. Per speedtest.net, Chrome, contrary to all what folks claim, including speedtest.net, is not as fast as FireFox 18.0.1. But the difference is marginal. Only I would notice such things.

FireFox of late had been driving me to distraction. That I had to jump through hoops to have a Google Toolbar with it was becoming a pain.

Ironically over the last 24 hours I had finally worked out that I can quite easily get by without a Google Toolbar! Wow. Talk about overcoming an addiction. I was just so used to it. Didn’t want change.

I used the Google Toolbar for just a few selected functions, albeit all very important to me, i.e., doing Google searches, invoking Google news, accessing Google maps and getting Google to translate Web pages for me. The translate functions is built into Chrome and is just a right click away.

What I discovered was that I can exploit the Bookmark Toolbar, with icons and edited site descriptions, to serve as a surrogate for the old Toolbar. So I just put icons for Google search, News and Maps. Plus, with Chrome I can do searches straight from the address bar.

I also need instant access to Wikipedia. In FireFox my 2nd search trench was set to Wikipedia. I found that I can get the same functionality and more with two extensions to Chrome. Ditto Delicious bookmarks.

So far so good.

Lets face it, FireFox vs. Chrome with David vs. Goliath, except this Goliath is unlikely to be slain.

I am totally resigned that I am a slave to Google. So why not go with the tide. The general consensus is that Chrome is a marginally better, i.e., more solid, browser.

FireFox seems to just be lurching from one crisis to another. I am sure Google is doing what it can to make FireFox look bad.

So it would appear that I and FireFox may be parting company, though I doubt whether I will ever remove it completely from my PC. It is, to me, the known devil.

I am amazed that I am actually saying what I just said. I was such a huge, devotee of FireFox. I started using FireFox in 2003. I would try to convince all that I met to move to it from IE. The whole house used FireFox till recently. Then I told Devanee to start using Chrome. She has been using Chrome for about 3 months — alongside FF. She claims not to have any problems. Obviously on the Google Nexus 7 pads the kids use, the default browser is Chrome.

So stay tuned.

Me saying that I am ditching FF is as major a change of heart as me saying that Hillary Clinton will be President from 2017 to 2025. We are talking full 180° about turns.

P.S.: The final kicker was my call to Microsoft support on Friday to find out why I could not verify my confirmation e-mail on MS Account. When the very nice and helpful lady, who told me she really did work for MSFT, told me she uses Chrome on her home computer — I knew it was a sign. An omen.