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Time For a Coffee Break! / Advice for Stalking Victims
« Last post by doodlemor on Today at 02:10:52 AM »
I found this information online tonight about dealing with a stalker, and thought that the sensible advice from an expert might help some of our ehellions.  It is the first letter and reply of an Ask Amy column.

http://www.tmsfeatures.com/columns/advice/ask-amy/25505329a.html?articleURL=http://rss.tmsfeatures.com/websvc-bin/rss_story_read.cgi?resid=201409111030TMS_____ASK_AMY__ctnaa-bb_20140922

Something that I found particularly interesting was that the expert Amy consulted said to open a new email for trusted friends, and to leave the old email available to the stalker so that the police could use messages as evidence.  The expert stated also that closing the email might cause the stalker to escalate the behavior.  It made me wonder whether blocking these people from email addresses and phones would have the same effect, too.

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Family and Children / Re: bringing food when they'd rather you didn't
« Last post by Purpley on Today at 02:09:02 AM »
I'm just curious - how did the future in laws specify not to bring dishes? Or have they rebuffed contributions?

And I just noticed there is a member named Purple. Hello!
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: How to download books for an e-reader?
« Last post by magician5 on Today at 02:04:19 AM »
Hurray! That's the ticket, both of those items! Thanks!

Found the epub file in C:\Users\myusername\AppData\Local\Packages\BarnesNoble.Nook_ahnzqzva31enc

To get there you have to enable "show hidden folders" in explorer, but then you can make a shortcut to that folder.
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Most digital-format books are formatted with restrictions to prevent people from copying and sharing them in this way, to protect the author's rights and, frankly, their income.

Of course, before ereaders, you (generic) could have loaned your MIL a book. You had paid for a physical copy of the book which you then owned and you could do anything you pleased with it. The publisher and author got their royalties, and because you, as the book's owner, were only ever likely to lend it to one or two people, no one ever worried about the book being read by people who hadn't actually paid for a copy of their own. What's more, you were unlikely to charge for the loan of the book, and profit from the author's hard work. (Special royalty arrangements exist for public libraries.)

In this digital age, ebooks without restrictive 'locks' in their software can be shared with, literally, thousands. Not personally by you, perhaps, but you send it to ten friends, who each send it to ten more, who send it to ten more... And so on. It's the nature of the internet, the whole reason for its existence, is to share digital information easily and instantaneously. The author gets one payment for one copy and loses out on dozens of sales. When this is their source of income, it's a real issue for them. So the copyright locks are put in place to prevent the easy sharing of books, to protect the author's rights.

However, because people do like to share books and because word of mouth enthusiasm boosts sales, Amazon does operate a limited sharing scheme where you can lend ebooks for a short period. I don't know if B&N has anything similar you could explore.

That isn't to say the digital locks can't be broken. Pirate sites pop up every day that sell copies of ebooks, and the author will never see a penny in royalties. Heartbreaking, when your work is stolen and someone else is making money on it, and you're struggling to make the next mortgage payment.

The other thing to note is when you buy an ebook, you don't actually own it. I believe that what you are technically buying is a licence that allows you fair use of the electronic copy. I do know that Amazon (and propably B&N) can remotely wipe books from your ereader if you breach the terms and conditions on which you bought them.

Which boils down to 'there is no easy or legal way to share ebooks'.

You can load up with books that are out of copyright. Check out Project Gutenberg, which has 1000s of free books. Older books, of course, but there are some gems there.


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I've been to weddings where they take the champagne glasses away immediately after the toast.

Yikes! Fortunately I haven't experienced this. I might be...erm...less than polite if someone tries to wrench away my champagne flute.
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Life...in general / Re: A hostess gift that overshadows the hostess...
« Last post by purple on Today at 01:30:56 AM »
This is slightly OT, but is a salad not a side in the US? Toots mentions "no salad" and "just one course" in the same sentence, which made me wonder.

In most countries I've visited, salad is something you serve with the main course as a side dish, and not a course in its own right. (Or if it is it'll be a special salad with meat as the main ingredient, like a shrimp salad, chicken salad etc.).

Where you live woudl definitely come into this, I think.
For example, in my (Italian) family, salad is eaten last, after the main meal but before the dessert and it is considered its own 'course'.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: How to download books for an e-reader?
« Last post by GreenBird on Today at 01:30:32 AM »
If you download the "Nook for PC" software on your laptop, you can use it to download the epubs.  Do a google search for "Nook for PC" to find the link for the software on the Barnes & Noble website.  The epubs will download to a "My Barnes & Noble eBooks" folder under "My Documents" on your laptop.   I always download my ebooks to try to have a local backup of them, and this method has worked for me. 
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Life...in general / Re: A hostess gift that overshadows the hostess...
« Last post by MariaE on Today at 01:15:33 AM »
This is slightly OT, but is a salad not a side in the US? Toots mentions "no salad" and "just one course" in the same sentence, which made me wonder.

In most countries I've visited, salad is something you serve with the main course as a side dish, and not a course in its own right. (Or if it is it'll be a special salad with meat as the main ingredient, like a shrimp salad, chicken salad etc.).
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(The whole concept of Timeshare at this particular place was a rip-off, anyway - if you just put the same amount of money in a savings account each month you could take your vacations pretty much anywhere you wanted for the same price - but I acknowledge that people are free to spend their money how they like and not everybody is good with either saving or reading fine print.  Still felt like a rip-off, though.)
Isn't that the whole concept of timeshares anywhere?  DD2 and SIL got sucked into one in Orlando, and have been trying to sell it ever since.  They didn't run the numbers until AFTER they'd signed the papers.  Same thing -- put the money away until vacation time and you can take your vacation anywhere.

POD! Add up the cost of the timeshare, the cost of the loan, and the annual/monthly maintenance cost (and any other fees) and you'll add up a sum that would get you the same number of weeks rental in the poshest resort anywhere in the world!
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What's for Dinner?
« Last post by greencat on Today at 12:19:42 AM »
I went out to eat at a very upscale French restaurant.  I had calamari sauteed with tomatoes and artichokes, lamb and chicken in delicious sauces with a number of different vegetables on the side, and creme brulee.  Then we went out to a wine bar and we had wine and eight different cheeses.
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