Read Kindle books without owning a Kindle

Yes it’s true you can read Kindle books without owning a Kindle e-reader.

So many people think that you need to own a Kindle from Amazon in order to read all the books and magazines they have available in their vast library.

However the truth is you can start reading any of their books right this minute!

Since you are reading this post I assume you have a computer/tablet/smartphone of some sort. And as long as you have that you can start your reading right now!

Of course Amazon would love you to buy one of their Kindle models and consume all the media through that, but you can do it in many different ways.

First if you want to get a Kindle, just hope over to Amazon and peruse their available offerings.

If you have a smart phone or a tablet you can download the Amazon app for them.

iPhone/iPad/Android devices all have an app available for free, just find your device here and download the app.

If you don’t own a smartphone or tablet you can download the Amazon Reader right to your computer. It is a free program that makes it easy to read right on your computer, just download the appropriate program here.

Now if you don’t want to install anything on your machine, there is still one more option.

You can read any Amazon title right in your browser with their Amazon Cloud Reader that works right inside any of the major browsers.

All you need is an Amazon account to get started. You can get to the Amazon Cloud Reader by clicking here.

Now that you know how you are going to read, you need to find some titles to read.

There are always FREE books that you can start with and some are really good! You should check back often because Amazon is always updating their lists of books.

Then of course you can search for Fiction or Non-Fiction among many other genres in Amazon’s paid section.

Don’t forget they also have Magazines that you can read as well.

I hope that this has helped you understand you DON’T need a Kindle to download and read Amazon eBooks.

So what’s holding you back? Get to reading… :)

There is NO ATM PIN Number Reversal System!

Since yesterday I have seen this hoax once again being passed around Facebook.

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The gist is this:

If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM, you can notify the police by entering your PIN in reverse. For example if your PIN is 1234 then you would put in 4321. The ATM recognizes that your PIN is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the machine. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to help you. This information was recently broadcast on TV and it states that it is seldom used because people don’t know it exists. Please pass this along to everyone possible.

While this sounds like a good idea it is NOT real.

Think about a pin that is not reversible, something like 6446.

Of course if this system was real banks would have to force everyone to re-establish their pin numbers so that a reversible pin could be established.

According to Wikipedia there is such technology available since 1986, however there has never been an implementation.

Of course Snopes has the disputing evidence too, but it seems that people just don’t take the time to research if something really is real before just passing it on.

Sorry if you were one to pass this hoax on.

Are there any other hoaxes that you see currently floating around the social web? Let me know in the comments below.


My guide to funny faces (emoticons) on Facebook

If you have been on Facebook for any length of time I am sure you have seen these little icons depicting smiles, hearts, etc.

Some people love them others not so much.

Well love them or hate them back in October 2012 Facebook has added them to comments and replies. They used to only be in the chat window but now you can add them right to your comments.

You still cannot use them in a status update yet.

Here is a list of emoticons I have compiled that you can use on Facebook. Some of the emoticons have more than one way of displaying them.

To use them just type the shortcut or copy/paste it exactly as it is below. Remember some have more than one way to display them, I have separated multiple ways with 3 spaces…

Emoticon Name Shortcut – What you Type
 angel angel O:) O:-)
 putnam Chris Putnam :putnam:
 confused confused o.O O.o
 cry cry :'(
 curlylips curly lips :3
 devil devil 3:) 3:-)
 frown frown :-(   :(   :[   =(
 gasp gasp :-O :O :-o :o
 glasses glasses 8-) 8) B-) B)
 grin grin :-D :D =D
 grumpy grumpy >:( >:-(
 heart heart <3
 kiki kiki ^_^
 kiss kiss :-*   :*
 pacman pacman :v
 penguin penguin <(“)
 poop poop :poop:
 robot robot :|]
 shark shark (^^^)
 smile smile :-)   :)   :]   =)
 squint squint -_-
 sunglasses sunglasses 8-|   8|   B-|   B|
 FacebookChatEmoticonsTumbUpLikeMessengeRoo1 Thumbs Up (Y)
 tongue tongue :-P   :P   :-p   :p   =P
 unsure unsure :/   :-/   :\   :-\
 upset upset >:O   >:-O   >:o   >:-o
 wink wink ;-)   ;)


Pretty decent size list of emoticons, but wait there’s more.

There seem to be many more that I don’t know the codes to yet as the image below is a compiled image Facebook has stored on it’s server for the emoticons.

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Wait who is Chris Putnam?

Geeky story here ->

Please respect your friends…

Just remember, not everyone likes these emoticons. Some even think they are childish and go so far as to block them totally.

Please help me add to this list.

If you find more codes please leave the code and the icons description in the comment section below so I can add them to my list.


Crockpot Chocolate Devils Food Cake

So I have this new toy from Christmas that was given to me by my parents that I can’t seem to stop playing with.

A Crockpot!

I have been making all kinds of food in it and today I decided to experiment with making a cake.

Who would have ever thought that you could make a cake in a Crockpot, but low and behold it works!

There are many recipes online and they all vary so I just tried what I thought would work.

I took the easy way out and bought a box of Betty Crockers Devils Food Cake mix so I didn’t have to start from scratch.

This made it way easier to get er’ done.

For the cake mix you need:

  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1/2 Cup of oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • Box of cake mix

Simply mix all the above ingredients together in a mixing bowl and beat with a mixer on medium for about 2 – 3 minutes until smooth.

Be sure to spray the inside of your Crockpot with Pam non-stick spray so that the cake will pop right out when finished.

Add your cake mix to the Crockpot and set it on low.

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I was following a recipe from somewhere else and they said to cook for 3 hours. It didn’t seem done at that point so I added another hour which made it better but I would suggest even adding another hour to make the cake much more firm.

After you cook your cake for the 5 hours on low you should turn it off and let it site for 1/2 hour before trying to remove it.

I took a dinner plate and place it over the Crockpot and flipped the Crockpot upside down so the cake would plop right out onto the plate. Sure enough it did perfectly.

I took another dinner plate and place it on top of the cake which is now upside down so I could flip it right side up.

Here is what the final cake looked like.

Crockpot Chocolate Cake
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It tasted great, but like I said could have been cooked a little more. 4 hours on low wasn’t enough for me, next time it will be set for 5 hours.

Have you done any slow cooker cakes or desserts? Let me know in the comments below.

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52 Week Saving Plan

Save Some MoneyI know the holidays have just come to an end and you probably just put away your decorations.

However, it is never too early to think about next Christmas and start saving early.

I saw an image posted on Facebook the other day and it made perfect sense to me to use something like it to save for next holiday season.

The premise is simple, you save a little bit each week and at the end of the year you will have over $1,000 ($1,378.00 to be exact) to spend frivolously on your loved ones!

No pain involved… 

Well maybe a little pain depending on how stretched your budget is.

It starts out simple, put $1.00 away the first week and then on the following weeks you would put away one extra dollar from the week before.

It goes basically like this:


I am sure you get the idea and if you look at it, it doesn’t seem so bad. Well not until you get to the end of the year and you are scraping $52.00 for the last week. :)

To save the money you can just make an envelope and put your money in it weekly if you a disciplined enough not to touch it. Or you could put it in a separate bank account or your savings account.

I have an ING Direct account and they allow you to setup multiple savings accounts, so I set one up just for this.

It is not super simple to get your money out so you will have less of a chance to dip into your holiday fund. You have to transfer the funds to your primary checking account and wait for the transfer, not as simple as an atm card or opening the envelope in your dresser drawer.

Whatever way you choose to save start now as we have already passed the first week and are rolling on the second.

You can download either a PDF version or an Excel Spreadsheet version of the full chart pictured above. The Excel version is fully customizable in case you want to change anything.

PDF Version

Excel Version


I have my $3.00 saved already, how about you?

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