August 2012

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Recently got a Kindle Touch. I got the one with Special Offers (cheaper) knowing that I could modify it to remove the advertisements..but so far, I am actually inclined not remove them because — I find the ads to be fairly useful and unobtrusive.

Great device.

At the moment, I am not planning on purchasing any Kindle books – in fact my main use for it would be PDF’s and free reading materials.

The only issue with this device is subpar PDF support. I mean, it opens PDF files fine, but you cannot really zoom or adjust the text size of the PDF’s within the kindle like you could with MOBI (kindle format) files. Basically, I need the eyesight of a fucking eagle to read them.

What’s the use in that?

Not cool. These are the tools I use to make my PDF reading experience smoother:

The Tools

I use Abby Fine Reader and Calibre almost exclusively.

1.) First I run my PDF’s through Abby’s optical character recognition to convert it to HTML..

2.) ..then I use Calibre to convert it to MOBI. That’s it.

Works on Old PDF’s with Double Pages

So let’s say you have a old PDF with multiple pages in each page like this:

In this case, I would use Briss (command line java app) to split the pages into individual pages then run Abby for OCR followed by Calibre for the final MOBI conversion.

This tool has also been fairly helpful in converting PDF’s to MOBI format. Also, be sure to get Send To Kindle – this will actually let you print articles/blog posts/erotica directly onto a newly installed “Kindle Printer” which will in turn automatically send it to your Kindle for your reading pleasure.

8/27/2013: Update — I am also using k2pdfopt with GREAT results for viewing PDF’s on the kindle. This tool does a hell of a job increasing the text size properly in PDF’s for easy viewing on the kindle. Check it out.

WordPress recently released the newest shiniest add-on for bloggers: JetPack. Even though this is still a bit messy at the moment, I think the WordPress team has done a fine job trying to integrate some of the more crucial elements of blogging into one neat package.

Anyway, some of you are having issues with integrating the new Jetpack Comment system into your current blog/theme.

If you have installed the latest version of JetPack and cannot see the new comment system active on your current site – it’s most likely because your Theme author has hardcoded the way it’s displaying comments (DOH!) instead of calling the proper wordpress function: comment_form() to dynamically build the comment form.

Before we attempt to resolve this issue, I strongly advise you to backup your database and core files. Do that now.


1.) Open up comments.php in your favorite editor and find the code segment that looks similar to this:

<form action="<?php echo get_option('siteurl'); ?>/wp-comments-post.php" method="post" class="comment_form" id="commentform">
blah blah blah blah

2.) Replace it with the following function call:

<?php comment_form(); ?>

3.) Save. Upload. Refresh.

This should fix this issue. If you are still having trouble with this, check to make sure you are calling the comment_form() method correctly within comments.php and make sure that your browser cache is cleared before refreshing.

Quick Tip: If you want to adjust the width etc. on the new comment system, you will need to modify:

/plugins/jetpack/modules/comments/comments.php (different from the comments.php we modified earlier)