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Rick’s Daily Tips Tech Update for Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
Topics covered in this issue…
• How to keep library ebooks past the “due date”
• Q&A: Can a damaged laptop keyboard be replaced?
• Want a version of Linux that looks just like Windows 11?
• Q&A: Are modern encryption methods so strong they’ll never be broken?
• More people live in one U.S. state than the entire country of Canada.
• Info about my photo / file recovery service
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Today’s Quick Tip….
How to keep library ebooks past the “due date”
Note: Today’s ‘Quick Tip’ was submitted by Bob, a subscriber to this newsletter:
I use a ‘retired’ cell phone on which to download ebooks that I know I won’t finish before the due date.
Cellular service is not available on it but WiFi service still works.
We get ebooks on Bridges Overdrive from our local public library. They are available for 14 days after which they are removed from one’s reader.
By downloading an ebook on my retired cell phone and then turning the WiFi off, I have the book for as long as I want it.
It is important not to turn the phone’s WiFi back on if the book has expired or it will disappear when the reader app is updated.
Thanks for the great tip, Bob. Much appreciated.
In case you’re wondering, I did a little research and found that you don’t have to worry about the possibility that another library patron won’t be able to ‘check out’ the ebook while it’s still loaded onto your device.
Once the ‘due date’ arrives the library’s computer system will automatically mark the ebook as ‘returned’, making it available for another patron to check out and read.
Of course this likely won’t be an option for your regular smartphone since you’ll probably need to turn on WiFi at times.
But if you have an unused smartphone or tablet laying around you can put it to good use as an an ebook reader, both for ebooks from your local library and Kindle ebooks from Amazon (using their complimentary Kindle app).
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Do you do your own computer upgrades and repairs?
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Today’s post from ‘My Daily Smile’…
Canada is the second largest country in the world, but it has fewer people living within its borders than this one U.S. state.
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