How to Read Kindle Notes on Your Computer

The Kindle allows you to make notes in your books by typing any text while you are reading.  You may also highlight any text by moving the cursor to the start, clicking to select, moving the cursor to the end and clicking again to complete the selection.  These two types of user text (notes and highlights) are stored on the Kindle in a file called ‘My Clippings.txt’.  Here is how you can get to the text on your computer.

Hook up your Kindle to your computer with the USB cable.

On your computer, look for the Kindle to show up as a new ‘Drive’.

Click on the Kindle drive and open the ‘documents’ folder.

Find and copy the file ‘My Clippings.txt’ to your computer.

Open the ‘My Clippings.txt’ file with your word processor application.

Below is a picture of an example file.  If you have many notes in the file, use the ‘Find’ feature of your word processor application to look up what you want.  You can also manage your notes by periodically renaming the “My Clippings.txt’ file to some other .txt file on the Kindle, or just copy it then delete it and the Kindle will start with a fresh one next time.


UPDATE (for Calibre users):

As of Calibre version 06.44 you can use the “Fetch Annotations” feature to transfer your notes and annotations into the Calibre database (for Kindles only).  They will then be merged with the “Comments” shown under each book in the “Book Description” pane in Calibre.  From the mobileread forums:

  • Connect a Kindle via USB and wait until the Reader icon is displayed next to the Library icon.
  • Click the small down arrow to the right of the Send to device icon, then select Fetch annotations.
  • The Jobs icon spins while Calibre is retrieving annotations from the Kindle.
  • A progress dialog is displayed while the annotations are merged into the database comments.

Add Favorite Channel Icons to a Harmony One Remote

The Logitech Harmony One universal remote control is a great device that works with all kinds of hardware and is customizable.  Just one of the cool things you can do is set up custom channel icons as buttons on the touch screen.  Here is how to do it.

Visit this website: and click the indicated panel.


On the next page, search for your channels – checking the box for each desired icon as you go.  When you have all the icons you want, click the “Zip Icons” button.


On the next screen click the “download” button.  And save the file on your computer.Image9

Unzip the downloaded file to a folder on your computer.  Now hook up your Harmony remote to your computer with the USB cable and run the Logitech Remote software. Choose “Settings” under your TV-viewing “Activities”


Next select “Set Up Favorite Channels and add icons”. Click “Next”.


Now enter the channel number and choose “Select Image…”.


Browse to the folder with the unzipped icons and choose your channel icon.


Repeat for all of your favorite channels.  Finally, update your remote to store the changes.

Building a Polyhedron Model

Pictures on this site show several models of polyhedra that I’ve constructed from paper card stock.  The model I’m building in this article is a compound (combination) of a dodecahedron and a icosahedron.  These two polyhedra are ‘duals’ of each other – a dodecahedron has 12 faces with 5 sides each and 3 faces meet at each of 20 vertexes, while an icosahedron has 20 faces with 3 sides each and 5 faces meet at each of 12 vertexes.  In the model, it appears that each vertex of the dodecahedron penetrates the center of a face on the icosahedron, and vice versa.

STEP 1:  Templates for parts

I use a software program (Great Stella written by Robert Webb) to design my models, but many templates are available for free as PDF documents on the web.


STEP 2: Making parts

With the templates in-hand I use a large pin to make small holes at each corner.  I’m making the dodecahedron in white and the icosahedron in dark blue.  Put the template on some card stock and use the pin to transfer the corners to the card stock.  Now use a stylus or point of a school compass with a ruler to score all of the edges and fold lines between the pinholes on the card stock.  Cut out the part leaving tabs (as shown above).   Carefully fold all tabs and fold lines along the scored lines you made.


STEP 3: Construction

This model requires 20 of the dodecahedral parts and 12 of the icosahedral parts.  Each of the pentagonal icosahedral parts is surrounded by five of the dodecahedral parts.  I use either a small film of water-soluble school glue (like Elmer’s) or spread a small dab of household cement on one tab, then position the pieces and pinch the tabs until the glue just sets.  Sometimes a flat-sided toothpick is necessary to get glue into tight spots. Also tweezers with a rubber band used to hold them closed make good clamps to hold tabs while they set.  I like to mix up the tasks and work on making more parts while I wait for the glue to dry.  Try to get every glued edge straight and aligned, small errors build into big problems by the time you get to gluing the final part.


PART 4: Finishing

The last piece is usually difficult as you have to work through a small hole and you can’t use clamps anymore.  It’s useful to make small tools from bent wire which you can use through the hole to push against tabs while they set.  The model in the picture uses metallic card stock and is finished as soon as the last part is set.  For normal card stock I spray the completed model with a light coat of matte clear polyurethane.  This gives the model a slight protection from water and allows it to be dusted and handled without worrying about fingerprints or smudges.  The glued tabs act like ribs and make the model fairly rigid.

Icosahedron + Dodecahedron