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Kindle for PowerShellers. Part 1. Notes and Highlighting

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This post is the first one of the small series regarding how to use a Kindle to be deeply involved in PowerShell. All the written in most cases are applicable to any technology or language, or environment, but since the theme of this blog is PowerShell, so that the series is named ‘Kindle for PowerShellers’.

The first idea to share is how to have with you your thoughts that came at the time you’ve been reading something PowerShell-ing. Kindle is a great instrument to do that. When I’m reading I often use highlighting to spare ideas, phrases, code samples and all I’ve found noticeable.

Since the version 3.1 got available on February, Amazon supports public highlighting. What’s it? If you wish, you might not only save your selections, but make them public by pressing Alt + Enter. The figure below demonstrates highlights done by the Kindle owner:

The following highlight is ready to be published:

At last, this one is how you can see others’ highlights:

The result of selecting the View popular Highlights menu item as well as what you see during the reading is a one or more underlined rows and the number of users which highlighted the excerpt.

In addition, there is a way to say something about you’ve read a moment ago by adding a note (I don’t like typing on a Kindle :), but somebody possibly does). Thus, there is also a way to see what others wrote by selecting the View Notes & Marks menu item. It brings to you not only your bookmarks, highlights and notes, but also others’.

The second amazing thing is that you might access all of these almost everywhere. Kindle for most popular platforms can be downloaded here.

That means that you are not obliged to buy a hardware Kindle (I sincerely advise to if you love reading comfortable for eyes and a half of pound is not a weight for you), instead you may use, for example, Kindle for PC (but not with every corporate proxy, though).

The last but not least, you may access your notes as well as other readers by using an Internet connection. To perform this, go to the Kindle page, log in and navigate to or search for books you are interesting in. The Your books section is a starting point for that. All your notes are available in a browser window! The direct link to the full collection is https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights .

From my point of view, the web access to your or other readers’ notes is the best way if you want to conspect the book or remember key points.

Also, there is the possibility to publish your notes and highlights in case that they are private yet. Not being a native speaker, I highlight much of the book (all the phrases I found sound or interesting) so that I almost never share mine:

The pleasant thing here is that you may add new notes at the web page, using your favorite full-size desktop keyboard or notebook’s one instead of Kindle keyboard approximately of a mobile phone size.

Having trouble with your head’s RAM? There is the Daily Review flashcards helping you scoop up the knowledge from the book currently in reading.

Finally, the experimental Kindle for the Web is available on this remarkable page – with this tool you are given the opportunity to eye into the books you are only licking your lips at:

Bringing this long panegyric to an end, can I omit the Sync to Furthest Page Read menu item? I can’t, this does the reading on several devices and desktops even more comfortable. Have I forgotten to say that with any Kindle application you are given (especially if you like me are not trueborn English speaker) with two Oxford English-to-English dictionaries and one Duden Wörterbuch as well?

Many thanks to the books starring in this post: 🙂

1. Layman’s Guide to PowerShell 2.0 remoting

2. PowerShell for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrators

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Written by Alexander Petrovskiy

May 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm

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