Now, really. This just cracks me up. Last I checked (last night actually) over 768 THOUSAND people have looked at my G+. Thatâ€™s Seven Hundred Sixty Eight Plus Thousand! Holy Shit! No actual â€œFollowers,â€ but lots of folks stopping by for a moment or two. Which I appreciate even if I canâ€™t understand why.
My KF7LTT G+, which I forget I have, on the other hand, has 25 followers. Which tells me something I probably should pay attention to: I get more â€œFollowersâ€ for NOT posting than otherwise.
And both profile pictures suck!
Iâ€™ve been a member of the Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC) since 2001. I finally got it running the way I want: I can log on and buy a book if I want. Or not – for long periods of time with only an occasional â€œreminderâ€ from them that they are still there eagerly awaiting my business. Recently though, theyâ€™ve changed to a â€œMember Creditsâ€ thing and Iâ€™ve been getting these spams telling me I have to log on before the 10th of the month and use, save, or ignore said Member Credits.
Well, thatâ€™s not what I signed up for 14 years ago. Ok, maybe it was, with the old mailings and â€œYou Have to buy so many books to fulfill your membership agreement.â€ But I worked past that (to the tune of several hundreds of dollars). It was working how I wanted it to. I could log on and buy a book, or not.
So I called them up to cancel my membership. The young guy on the phone said that Iâ€™d been a member so long that he could change my account back to the way it was if I still wanted to be a SFBC member. Well, hell, if you can do that whyâ€™d you change it in the first place? It was working.
So, Iâ€™m still a member of SFBC. Iâ€™m pretty sure the amount of books Iâ€™ve been buying over the past couple of years, 2 or 3, doesnâ€™t amount to a pimple on the sales staff butts; but it was nice of him to accommodate me. And, now that they do, in fact, deal in e-books, theyâ€™ll be getting a bit more of my business. IF theyâ€™re cheaper than Amazon or Google Books.
Which is another contention: Which e-books company to stay with? I started with Amazon when I bought the Kindle Reader. I have bought from Google Books and used their reader. I have installed Aldiko Book Reader on my Nexus 7 and enjoy downloading/reading books on it. But I probably need to pick a company/format and stick with that. Would probably make it much easier to move things around if I need to. There are almost too many choices nowadays. (Ainâ€™t like the old VHS/Beta Max days, is it?)
The first time I joined SFBC, way back in the 70â€™s. I got 10 â€œfreeâ€ books for joining. Now you get one.
SWMBOâ€™s Linux Laptop quit putting out a signal to the HDMI. Unplugged it and brought it in here and plugged it into mine. Came right up. Danged things know I carry a screwdriver and Iâ€™m not afraid to use it! Set it back up in her room and it doesnâ€™t work. ???? Her Windows Laptop works though. Puts right out to that big screen monitor of hers. Hmmmâ€¦