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.

Risk free matched betting system

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 10,000 pageviews on this post. So hopefully I’ve helped somewhere between the 138 commenters and the 100,000 page viewers solve their Kindle problem (so maybe 139 people? Heh!). Glad to be of some help 🙂

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Matched betting, how much risk free money can I make in a month from a £400 deposit?

The return you get on savings is now horrendous. This, coupled with the fact we have no short term borrowings, led me to investigate other avenues of making a bit of blogging money work for me, and I ended up with matched betting.

Anything with gambling in it will automatically turn off the vast majority of people, me included but I read up on a particular matched betting system that uses incentives and free bets to guarantee you won’t make a loss on your initial deposit and decided to give it a punt. Everything I read said it was basically risk free and my initial investment would not be at risk. How? I hear you say, you’re gambling, it’s inherently risky. Well the matched betting system I chose to use from Profit Accumulator (affiliate link) effectively relies on free bet sign up and “reload” offers to guarantee profit.

It works something like this:

  1. Open an account with a betting exchange like Betfair or Smarkets. Deposit several hundred pounds (I put £300 in).
  2. Work your way through a list on Profit Accumulator that has sign up offers in it. Each offer has a methodology of what to do-
    1. how much you need to deposit,
    2. what odds to put your bet on from your own money to trigger the free bet,
    3. how to “lay” the bet on the betting exchange to cover your exposure,
    4. how to utilise the free bet to make a profit.

When you bet with your own money, you also hedge your bet by betting against (laying) the bet you’ve made by using a betting exchange. This usually leads to a small loss- up to a pound or so on a £10-£20 bet- on your enabling bet. I’ve considered this an entry fee for a guaranteed profit on my free bet.

When you lay a bet on a betting exchange, you’re effectively offering some punter the chance to bet on an event. So if I bet my own money at a bookies for Arsenal to win, at the exchange I lay an amount of money on Arsenal not to win (draw or lose effectively). This hedges my exposure and with the help of Profit Accumulators calculator, I can ensure my loss is minimal. If I win at the bookies, I lose at the exchange and vice versa.

Because an exchange charges a commission, (ranging from 2-5%), it’s unlikely you’ll make any money hedging your own bets (pun intended) but since the purpose of making a bet of your own is to enable a free bet, it doesn’t really matter. When you hedge the free bet, you’re guaranteed a tidy profit, with a couple of provisos. Firstly you might need quite a bit of cash in your exchange account to cover the potential loss, for example:

  • If you placed a £30 free bet at odds of 17/4, the Profit Accumulator Oddsmatching system would tell you that you would lay £19.38 but need £108 in your exchange account to cover the bet if you lost it.
  • If you win your free bet, your loss in the exchange by laying the bet of £108 is offset by the win of £127.50 on the free bet, giving you a profit of £19.50
  • If you lose the free bet, you haven’t lost any actual money, but you’ve won £19.38 on the betting exchange.

Secondly, you need to make sure when you sign up that you haven’t already got an account with that bookmaker. Often they’ll let you sign up and deposit money and then merge your account with an old one at the same address with the same contact details, even if you’ve used a different username. This means you won’t qualify for the free bet.

Finally, you need to check and double check everything. Some accounts will require you to click to confirm, this is easy to miss, some exchanges have confusing layouts, you might accidentally lay against the wrong outcome, and sometimes the odds might change suddenly. As long as you check what the expected return and liability are against the oddsmatching calculator and they agree, you should be good to go.

This is how my journey has gone so far:

5 days

£100 cumulative profit

Lots of simple sign up offers, only limiting factor is how the amount of cash needed in my Betfair account to lay off bets.

10 days

£153 cumulative profit

Some bets tie up a lot in my exchange account (switched to Smarkets as lower commission) for a while as we’re on an international break for football.

15 days

£195 cumulative profit

In to the reload offers now, which don’t quite yield as much in terms of profit, and sometimes need a little more thought to benefit from but it’s still all good. Slight hiccup as most of my money is now in Smarkets and I have to wait 3 working days for a transfer back to my current account to put cash in to my bookmakers accounts.

20 days

£288 cumulative profit

Couple of big joining offers in this 5 day period- £50 free bet if your first £50 bet doesn’t win, which saw me gain £38- but it could have been so much more. One bookie is doing a £25 free bet on the first televised game each Saturday and Sunday if the team you’ve backed is losing at half time. Since you’re laying the bets off anyway, it should be relatively easy it pick up but in both cases (Man U and Southampton), my team were comfortably ahead at the break, which meant I didn’t get £50 worth of free bets/£30-£40 of additional profit. Oh well!

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Sometimes I love IT

The behemoth has been returned; the Nighthawk is gone. Whilst it was undeniably an awesome router that let all our gear fly, I’m not in a position to spend several hundred quid on a new one. I think it’s telling what Netgear are saying at the roll out of their new Orbi multi wireless system (also over $400):

“Today we can’t sell a Wi-Fi router less than $99 because the products less then $99 are no better than what you have in your home.”

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Sony, Playstations, user interfaces and ME

Given my love for all things Playstation through the Playstation, the Playstation 2 and the PSP eras, it was a little odd that I jumped ship to the Xbox in such a massive way that once I got my Xbox 360, I didn’t get a PS3 until they were £99 (on offer) in Sainsburys and then only as a Blu Ray player for the kids playroom.

I never understood the enormously slow and clunky blade UI that Sony had on the PS3, something that only really made sense when it was heavily updated and running on the PS4, a system that actually has the grunt to do it properly. But blow me, if the PS3/4 UI isn’t awesome compared to the baffling nature of the Playstation TV.

playstation tv

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The media set up I installed in my kids bedrooms

The age that kids are demanding a TV in their own room is probably getting lower. I remember myself getting a small portable black and white set with a dial somewhat similar to this in my final year of primary school:


And like the punch line in a bad joke, I did used to watch the snooker on BBC2 on it! Continue reading

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Blu Ray)

Stretching a kids book that’s shorter than any one of the three volumes of Lord of the Rings into 3 movies was always going to be a task and a half and there is plenty of padding and undue silliness in The Desolation of Smaug but the very fact the trilogy isn’t hellbent on taking itself too seriously makes everything all right. The best manifestation of this is Bilbo, played ably by Martin Freeman. There is such an understated level of humour in Freeman’s performance, something so obviously absent from Elijah Wood’s Frodo in Lord of the Rings, that anything that’s maybe a little too ridiculous is seen as such with Bilbo’s sense of the ridiculous. Continue reading

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