February 16, 2012

Kindle Fire -- I see you, but you don't see me!

I just used the Kindle Fire to look at some pages here on my Qube, such as some of the reviews. They show up fine on the Kindle, and I can load the images and follow links.

But none of that activity appeared in the Qube's logfile. I can only assume that what I was looking at was cached data on an Amazon server.

I tried the same thing with this page on mee.nu, and Sitemeter didn't show any accesses which were recognizably from me.

I wonder how much of the web they're caching, and how often they check?

UPDATE: It isn't that simple. Moments after I made this post, I looked at it with the Kindle and it was there, including my IP.

UPDATE: OK, I'm an idiot. The reason I didn't see my own accesses in the raw access log is that the script is set up to filter them out. Sheesh.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 05:31 PM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 Steven, I bought a Kindle Touch for Christmas, and as much as I like it, the page turning gets a little twitchy now and then (jumping ahead two pages instead of one, jumping back seveal pages, etc.).  Doesn't happen often, just enough to be annoying.  Have you encountered anything similar on the Fire?

Posted by: Dave Young at February 17, 2012 05:17 PM (ZAk0Z)


No, not really. You can turn the page by swiping across the screen, and that's completely reliable. You can also do it by tapping on one side or the other, and if you were to double-tap, I suppose you might get two pages.

Tapping is easier, and that's what I've gotten into the habit of doing. But if you were having problems, the swipe would be more reliable.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 17, 2012 05:54 PM (+rSRq)


I'd like to be able to charge it off my computer, using USB. IIRC the documentation says that's possible. They didn't include a USB cable, though. I dug into my cable drawer and found what I thought was the right one, and it didn't fit. Wrong size.

I may have to take the charger brick with me to the store next time I go and see if I can find a USB cable with the same connector on it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 17, 2012 05:58 PM (+rSRq)

4 It's a standard micro-USB connector. Just buy a cable that clearly labeled as micro-USB (as opposed to plain USB and mini-USB). I don't know whose brilliant idea it was. They absolutely had enough space to use a mini-USB socket in the Fire.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 17, 2012 06:05 PM (G2mwb)

5 Apparently the detachable-brick adapter that comes with the standard Kindles didn't have enough amperage for the Fire, otherwise you'd already have the appropriate cable. The EU requires Micro-USB for cellphone-charging, so it's probably become slightly cheaper to use instead of Mini-USB (technically Micro B and Mini B; some of my old cameras have deprecated, incompatible mini/micro connectors).


Posted by: J Greely at February 17, 2012 06:57 PM (fpXGN)

6 Not only has the EU mandated the micro connector, pretty much everyone is moving to it anyway:  even cheap dumbphones were using it two years ago.

Posted by: RickC at February 17, 2012 08:00 PM (/5bLf)

7 The charger they gave me doesn't have a lot of juice. It's 5V, 1.8A, and it took several hours this evening to recharge, using it. It'll be even worse using USB, because it will be limited to drawing 0.5A.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 17, 2012 09:22 PM (+rSRq)

8 That's much higher output than the standard Kindle AC-to-USB minibrick, which offers only 0.85A, or Apple's at 1A.


Posted by: J Greely at February 17, 2012 09:46 PM (2XtN5)

9 It probably only pulls 1A from the standard charger, so a USB charge will probably only take twice as long, assuming it actually pulls the 0.5A max.

Posted by: benzeen at February 17, 2012 11:31 PM (R9i5E)

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