Reset to Factory Defaults won’t work on my Kindle

kindle factory reset screenMy Kindle goes with me everywhere. I spend a lot of time at work (and at home) in front of a computer, so the e-ink screen on the Kindle gives my eyes a rest when I want to read a book. However I have had to factory reset my Kindle twice in the last few months. My wifi Kindle lost it’s wifi connection- it wouldn’t see any wifi networks and didn’t show a MAC address in the settings. This meant I could read the books on it but I couldn’t add any other books or read a book on multiple devices and sync my progress.

The first time this happened I was able to do a reset to factory defaults:

Menu->Settings->Menu->Reset to factory defaults

This resolved the issue. However it happened again and this second time, I couldn’t resolve the issue by selecting “Reset to Factory Defaults” because while it would allow me to navigate to the option, and confirm that I wanted to proceed, nothing happened.

A lot of googling later, I found a passing comment on a forum thread that revealed how to solve this most irritating problem

To solve the issue of how to reset a Kindle when the Reset to Factory Defaults doesn’t work, all you have to do is once again delve into the settings and check the box that says “device password” (it’s on page 2). Set the password to whatever you want, then put the device to sleep. On wake up enter “resetmykindle” as your password (or “111222777” on a Paperwhite from what I’ve read but I haven’t tried this myself). This will start a reset. When I did this, my wifi was working again and I was able to set up and sync the device with no issues!

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Edit: my stats tell me I’m approaching 20,000 pageviews on this post. So hopefully I’ve helped somewhere between the 100 commenters and the 20,000 page viewers solve their Kindle problem (so maybe 60 people? Heh!). Glad to be of some help 🙂

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Brexit: A new Dark Age?

The Idea of a New Dark Age

There is of course a lot of discussion about whether we had an actual Dark Age when the Roman Empire withdrew from these shores in the 5th century. Currently, it’s considered a bit of bad form to suggest that we went from a period of culture, art, science and engineering under the Romans to some sort of Monty Pythonesque early medieval idiocy of superstition and mud.

Dark age stupidity

While the concept of a Dark Age might not be popular, nobody has really contradicted the Enlightenment- a period marked by it’s more rational and scientific approach to the world that started in the 17th Century. It was seen as an age of reason against an age of religion/superstition.

I have had a nagging doubt for a little while now that we’ve been gently edging towards the exit of an extended period of science and rational development. A lot of my “evidence” has been vague- for example the NRA’s narrative that the way to stop nutjobs shooting everybody is to have more guns not less guns, doesn’t strike me as particularly rational- but I think a lot of what has happened during our referendum has really supported my idea that we’re entering a new Dark Age.

The evidence for a new Dark Age

I’ve seen the Leave campaign described as Warm Ale & Spitfires- focusing on an imaginary nostalgic image of our country that never really existed and certainly can’t exist in today’s world.

It was a campaign that won though, so perhaps it’s focus on rhetoric and “facts” that didn’t bear even the lightest scrutiny are an indication that we’re exiting a rational age. Let’s look at the evidence shall we?

people in this country have had enough of experts

Gove’s declaration on live TV that “people in this country have had enough of experts” was such an odd declaration that even the staunchly Tory Telegraph described it as a “sinister strain of anti-intellectualism“. He was right though, various independent fact checks of both campaigns have shown that the Leave campaign had next to no truth behind (m)any of their assertions, while the Remain campaign was mostly truthful. This appeared to not matter though, and since there haven’t been riots in the street when Farage reneged on the “We send £350m a week to the EU, lets fund our NHS instead” pledge before 7am on the morning after the referendum, I assume that many that voted Leave never actually believed it in the first place.

The mind truly boggles. How is it possible to be so ill-informed that you not only think that leaving the EU will somehow reduce refugees from Syria, but also to be so certain of your view, you’re willing to express it on national television?

And of course he’s not the only one. We’ve got people saying their sick of immigrants taking their jobs when they’ve not actually tried to even get a job:


And you also have frankly absurd pencil conspiracy which saw Brexiters worried about an MI5 plot to rub out their votes if they didn’t place their cross in pen.

In conclusion

I wrote extensively last week about what I called Vox Horibilis– the tendency of people to say terrible things based on a general acceptance of relativism, or the belief that there is no absolute truth so all opinions are equally valid. I’ve seen various think pieces this week about how we are in a post fact society now and what the implications of that are. The problem is really that we no longer seem to value learning. The very people who don’t value knowledge or learning are those that will suffer the most from their ill informed voting preferences. These individuals want to feel as though their opinion matters, as though they are the equals of those who studied the facts in detail, compared both campaigns and weighed the evidence. And in a funny way their opinion, however flawed and based on misconceptions, misunderstanding or ignorance, has proven to be more important- they won the referendum.

How long will it be before we have another “It wasn’t supposed to be like this” sobbing statement on Question Time, only for us to realise we can’t change this in 5 years time, this time we’re stuck with it.

At work someone who voted out said the result was the EU’s fault for not telling us who ran the EU. It took less than 5 seconds to Google “EU commissioners”, so I’m sorry, you voted out, you must take responsibility for what happens next.

Don’t blame the EU, don’t blame the lies told by the Leave Campaign . A decision of this magnitude required respect from everyone that voted and if individuals were too lazy or ignorant to properly research the situation, that is nobodies fault but theirs and they must not only live with the outcome, they must take responsibility for bringing it about.

Of course they won’t take responsibility as the age of reason is over, someone else will be to blame and that apportionment won’t even make sense.

Welcome to the new Dark Age.

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My worst Brexit fears

Not that I’m one to panic or anything but I’m getting increasingly worried a Brexit will play out like this…

It happened quickly. Quicker than the most pessimistic had estimated. Polling had closed at 10pm on the 23rd June and the results were in by 7am the following morning. Of course early indications from the exit polls had already primed the financial markets and when they opened the pound lost two thirds of it’s value against the euro and over half it’s value against the dollar. Suddenly everything we didn’t grow, make or build ourselves became incredibly expensive.

Billions were wiped off company shares, immediately rendering the retirement hopes of a generation redundant. The repatriation of money overseas continued unabated for longer than many thought it would, causing the Bank of England to raise interest rates an unprecedented 6 times in the first month in an attempt to stimulate inward investment.

Almost overnight the only homes in the country that weren’t owned by the banks were owned by the elderly who had precipitated the disaster because they didn’t want some foreigner coming over from Europe. The government had to legislate a “right to remain” on repossessed houses to stop societal collapse. Shortly afterwards, the banks almost collapsed themselves due to liquidity issues, forcing the Bank of England to step in to provide huge amounts of quantitative easing that made the amounts made available during the recession look like small change.

Two leadership contests rocked the Conservative Party in the first three weeks. Dave was ousted in favour of Boris, who himself fell almost as rapidly as the pound. Paymaster General Hancock came to power as a compromise candidate who, although pro stay, was considered weak enough to not matter.

The next two years were tumultuous. Public sector spending was slashed by £40bn, as much as the austerity cuts to date had been, as the progress to towards the end game continued. Unemployment rose by three quarters of a million people as multi nationals moved their headquarters to the continent and local government, bereft of anything else to cut, made almost all their staff redundant. The numbers were added to by the hundreds of thousands of ex-pats forceably repatriated by Spain and France. The majority were retired, and had lost their homes for little or no compensation- the Spanish and French government had compulsorily purchased their homes using their existing stockpile of sterling currency, at a discounted rate. Their pensions were almost worthless thanks to the stock market crash and many turned fugitive rather than be removed by force. Deportation camps were set up along the French coast to house the transient Brits.

Scotland demanded a second independence referendum as almost 60% of Scots had voted to stay. Some darkly joked that London should declare itself a city state and remain in Europe. Some few even began investigating the possibility of making this happen. Scotland, besieged by Brits clamouring to move, closed it borders with England.

Tens of thousands of qualified professionals applied to work in Canada, America and Australia, and the exodus of skilled individuals began in earnest, draining even more money from the governments taxation income.

Foodbanks, overwhelmed by a continuous stream of people for dwindling supplies, were often the scenes of violence and occasionally riots. The Food Riots of 2019 lead to a state of emergency being declared. Supermarkets were allowed to employ armed guards after an increasingly violent number of robberies.

By 2020, the dead were routinely being collected by the army and incinerated without a funeral. Packs of dogs roamed the streets as many family pets were turned out. Electricity was only available two or three times a week and almost everyone had turned over their gardens to growing vegetables.

No change was in sight…

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Bloggers have a weird obsession with Apple Macs

Another of my blogging buddies has succumbed and bought a Mac, this time an iMac rather than a MacBook, but still a Mac. Her reasons for buying it are exceptionally familiar to me:

I need it for video and photo stuff. My PC wasn’t cutting it.

I used to belong to a Facebook group for British bloggers (and similarly one for British parent bloggers), and one of the things that constantly came up was recommendations for new laptops or computers. You could have a mental count of ten before bloggers began posting things like:

You must get a Mac! They are so good for blogging !

or

If you’re doing video or photo editing, a Mac is a must!

That is the power of brand awareness/loyalty right there because there is absolutely nothing I can think of that supports that viewpoint. Maybe 20 years ago there might have been something in it as far as video and photo editing went. I remember sitting in a computer lab at Lancaster Uni in 1996 playing with Photoshop on a little boxy Mac because there wasn’t much available to do the same on a Windows PC. But that simply isn’t the case here and now in 2016.

The problem is, Apple only sells about 4m Macs a quarter, against a (declining) 64m Windows PCs in a comparable quarter. As a software developer, it’s not rocket science to see that developing for both platforms or just Windows makes more sense.

Chucking all you Apples in the Mac camp makes even less sense since they switched from IBM PowerPC CPUs to Intel x86- this basically means that Macs are just fancy OEM PCs that can run Windows if you want them to and conversely you can build yourself a Hackintosh out of PC parts and install Mac OS if you really want to.

Just to make sure I’m not missing out on anything, I googled, “What can you do on a Mac that you can’t do on a PC?” Unsurprisingly video and photo editing didn’t appear on the top result from MacWorld- a long standing Mac site that you would expect to blow the Macs trumpet keenly. The top 20 things list they came up with for things that are easy on a Mac but trickier on a Windows PC was full of slightly odd stuff like:

  • Installing software is easy on a Mac
  • Removing software is easy on a Mac
  • Getting online is easy on a Mac

None of which I’ve ever found tricky on a Windows PC.

Many people shout about the apparent reliability and build quality of Macs, without seeming to realise that there have been multiple instances of hardware issues that Apple have failed to acknowledge or been tardy dealing with. You’re not getting something that is appreciably better than a top end ASUS Zenbook or a Lenovo, or a lot of other top end manufacturers for that matter.

This isn’t simply a case of not using a Mac so not appreciating the benefits of a Mac. We’ve got an i5 based Mac Book I won in a competition a couple of years ago. It’s a solid brick of a machine that worked pretty well when I doubled the RAM in it (via crucial.com/uk rather than the horrendous upgrade price Apple would have charged) but nothing we do on it can’t be done on the Windows machine better. In fact, if I want to edit video in iMovie, I actually have to fiddle with the settings on my camcorder so it outputs a file type that works with iMovie. Hardly friendly, and I think I’ll stick with Premier Elements thanks!

 

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The human disinterest angle

I caught a bit of the BBC’s News at Ten last night and for me it showed what is pretty much wrong with the way that news programmes treat their viewers. For reasons best known to the editors, they were in an old age peoples home, interviewing OAPs about the referendum.

Old people lent in conspiratorially to camera and said things like “There’s no room, we’re full up.” and “We’re voting out, it’s time to take charge again and put the Great back in Great Britain.”

It was depressing because 98% of the UK is undeveloped and I’m not entirely sure a policy of isolation will do us much good- it’s not worked very well for North Korea. I’m not sure what benefit it had to the reporting around the referendum, other than to reinforce the idea that these decrepit loons are in a nursing home for very sensible reasons.

To be fair, as I get older I do get more like my dad in as much as there are two opinions on any subject, my opinion and the wrong one. I can see other people’s point of view though and that’s where modern news reporting gets me down. There is too much emphasis on asking a specially chosen selection of people for their opinion for no other reason than to pad out a report.

News now includes so much organised argument, presumably in the interests of “balance” that it’s more talk show than the dissemination of occurrences that might be of interest to members of the general public. Breakfast had some poor sod on the other day with his OTT pudding (lots of ice cream, cake, cream etc in a jam jar, typical hipster food) and rather than talk about why he made it, and what sort of clientèle ate it, they simply presented him with a woman from a diabetes charity and got them to have a really awkward discussion over it all.

Pointless.

It’s the whole this is the news but to make sense of it for you, we’re going to vox pop some morons on the high st aspect of modern television news that gets me and I don’t see that it’s going to change any time soon.

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Is your YouTube recommended full of crap like this?

x-men-apocalypse-clip

I’m not a massive user of YouTube but I do like watching a few bits and bobs on it and occasionally binge watch movie trailers to keep up to date with the new releases. This means I get recommended channels like Screen Rant and New Rockstars, who do crap like the above (my take on it) all the sodding time.

Their stuff is popular- millions of views on most of their videos that use MSPaint and clickbaity titles. The problem is, the crap is spreading. It’s now littering websites that use Disqus or Outbrain. And those site that use Disqus or Outbrain are now starting to write their headlines and stories in a similar fashion- it’s as if the entirety of the internet is now being pitched at your average 14 year old video game obsessed virgin who thinks women are a mysterious different species.

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