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Daily Deal – Unraveling Anne and Pocket Informant for your Kindle

Unraveling AnneToday you can get: Unraveling Anne just for $1.99 and Pocket Informant absolutely free.

The book get you in Los Angeles in 1950s. Anne Ford was the epitome of the California golden girl, a former beauty queen and model-turned-fashion designer whose success and charm were legendary. So how is it possible that such a woman could die in squalor, an alcoholic street person brutally murdered in a burnt-out West Hollywood building?

In searching for answers to the heartbreaking trajectory of her mother’s life, writer Laurel Saville plumbed the depths of Anne’s troubled past and her own eccentric childhood to untangle the truth of an exceptional, yet tragic, existence. What she discovered was a woman who was beautiful, well-educated, and talented—yet tormented by internal demons and no match for the hedonistic culture of Southern California in the 1960s and 70s.

With unflinching honesty and stirring compassion, Saville struggles to reconcile the two faces her mother presented the world: the glamour-girl-about-town the public saw and the unpredictable, bitter alcoholic her children knew. Most importantly, Saville explores how what we bring forward from previous generations can shape our own lives, and how compassion and love for a difficult parent can be a person’s bridge to a better life.

The book has the following reviews:

“Saville creates lovely imagery and writes with introspection.” —Publishers Weekly 

“Riveting.”–Chronogram Magazine

“A remarkable read.” —Midwest Book Review 

“[Unraveling Anne is] as unflinching an act of courage as you’re likely to find in everyday life…Laurel Saville is capable of the gaze of steady, lucid prose that continually ascends to eloquence, wisdom, and, at the end of it all, compassion.” –Bob Shacochis, National Book Award-winning author of Easy in the Islands and The Immaculate Invasion

Pocket InformantPocket Informant is an integrated calendaring and GTD-based tasks solution for Android. It fuses together best-of-class calendaring and task management utilities into one great solution. No matter how you like to manage your day-to-day activities and juggle appointments, meetings, events, and items on your to-do list, Pocket Informant can help. With robust features that are all fully customizable, you may wonder how you ever survived without Pocket Informant.

Full-Featured Calendar App

Pocket Informant delivers a full-featured events management solution that is integrated with Android Calendar plus a separate PI Calendar. Pocket Informant makes it easy to focus on everything you do in a day, from grocery shopping and meal planning to work meetings, doctor appointments, and everything in between.

Easy to Use and Manage

To get started, Pocket Informant offers templates for entering events and tasks. The configurable event and task edit dialogs can be displayed or hidden. You can add items to one or all of your Android calendars. To see upcoming tasks and events, you can access the day, week, or month view.

Search and Sync

The Pocket Informant app uses the Android Calendar Database and syncs with Google Task and the powerful to-do list manager, Toodledo. Searching for a particular event or task couldn’t be easier with the pre-made filters that allow you to quickly find active, due, undated, overdue, and completed tasks. The app also delivers search and notifications integration with standard Android services.

Pocket Informant offers a highly configurable interface with more than 100 different customization options. To easily see what’s on your calendar with a quick glance, Pocket Informant gives you the ability to assign colors to each individual event or task, category, calendar, different task statuses, as well as your work and free days, and more. You can also adjust the automatic functions, like the option to auto-delete tasks on completion or after a certain period of time.

GTD and Getting Things Done are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company. Pocket Informant and WebIS are not affiliated with or endorsed by the David Allen Company.

 

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Getting To Know The Kindle Fire’s Parental Controls

I was browsing through some random reviews, recommendations, and complaints about the Kindle Fire a bit earlier, trying to get a feel for the reactions as people get used to them, when I came across the truly unbelievable claim that the Kindle Fire‘s major flaw as a family device was its lack of parental controls.  Now, there are a few reasons to get something besides the Kindle Fire for use with kids, such as some games not yet being available through the Amazon App Store or wanting to avoid the guilt of competing with your own children over the use of a favorite toy, but Parental Controls just don’t make the list.  In an effort to help people better understand their device, let’s go over how this works.

How to Turn On Parental Controls

  • Open the App tab on your Kindle Fire
  • Load the integrated Appstore
  • From the menu bar on the bottom of the screen, select “Settings”
  • Edit settings under both “Parental Controls” and “In-App Purchasing” as desired

What Parental Controls Do

By enabling Parental Controls on your Kindle Fire, you can prevent unauthorized purchasing.  This works in two ways.  Simply switching the setting to “On” will require entry of your Amazon account password before any purchase of anything in an App.  There is a second setting in the same menu tree that blocks in-app purchases entirely.  You also get the option to set a four digit PIN that can be used in lieu of your password, which can be convenient and is always going to be faster than entering a really secure password.

What Parental Controls Can’t Do

The most important things that the basic settings will fail to do are prevent purchasing and prevent app access.  The former is simple enough.  You can disable Mobile 1-Click Purchasing from the “Your Apps & Devices” settings on Amazon.com.

  • Under the main drop-down menu, select Appstore for Android>Your Apps and Devices
  • From there, select 1-Click Settings
  • Your primary payment method will be displayed.  Click “Edit” to the right of it
  • You will then see a button saying “Turn off 1-Click” under the heading “Mobile 1-Click: Kindle Fire”

Simple enough, you just can’t do it easily from directly inside the Kindle Fire‘s menu system.

As far as the app access goes, to the best of my knowledge there is no work-around.  If you have an app that doesn’t require a password, anybody can use it.

Why Bother With Parental Controls?

There was a great deal of controversy over some of the iPad’s apps earlier this year when their micro-transaction model, coupled with an emphasis on entertaining small children, resulted in ridiculously large charges being run up without parental consent.  There are always going to be games on the Appstore, of course, and it would be silly for us to expect them to avoid something as profitable and tempting as micro-transactions, so it’s probably best to be prepared.  Amazon admittedly seems to be doing great at keeping on top of all of their potential customer service disasters so far, but something is going to slip through eventually.  Don’t be the one to find out too late that you owe $10,000 over digital Smurf accessories after leaving a child alone with your Kindle Fire.