What I am Reading Currently…

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

I am reading it on my kindle. Here is a bit from the Amazon.com site.

The definitive history of America’s greatest incubator of technological innovation

In this first full portrait of the legendary Bell Labs, journalist Jon Gertner takes readers behind one of the greatest collaborations between business and science in history. Officially the research and development wing of AT&T, Bell Labs made seminal breakthroughs from the 1920s to the 1980s in everything from lasers to cellular elephony, becoming arguably the best laboratory for new ideas in the world. Gertner’s riveting narrative traces the intersections between science, business, and society that allowed a cadre of eccentric geniuses to lay the foundations of the information age, offering lessons in management and innovation that are as vital today as they were a generation ago.

So far I highly recommend!

The_Idea_Factory Cover


The Kindle Touch…

kindle-touchFor years now I’ve been a pretty loyal Amazon customer, for good reason. Amazon.com is a very useful web-store. They have very reasonable prices, a lot of times better than in store prices. The Prime service Amazon has is great, and for me just keeps getting better. Basically it’s like a VIP card for Amazon. You will get $3.99 next day shipping and free 2-day shipping on any products in an Amazon warehouse and now some outside stores are Prime certified and offer the same. And there’s more to Amazon as well.

Also for years now I have been coveting myself a e-reader. Sony started for me, but truthfully I’ve always hated Sony so I didn’t get one. Then a few years ago Amazon started offering there own design e-reader. The Kindle. By now there’s been many Kindle’s. And among models different versions and trim levels. This has been a long road for me. See it started out that they were out of my budget range. But then around Kindle 3 they brought it down to the sub 150 range I believe. And inherently that’s not a lot of money. But I’ve always worried and felt in my gut that I would get it and not use it. And I don’t want that to happen for a gadget that does cost that much. Well last week I boiled over. Amazon now has Kindle models sub 100 bucks. So I went to Office Depot and bought myself a Kindle Touch they had on sale for the price of the regular Kindle.

Now that I have my Kindle Touch I realize that I wish I’d done it long ago because I don’t think I can live without it anymore! I’ll go a review after I’ve had it a little longer.

Specifically what I have:
Amazon Kindle Touch Wifi w. ads