Seriously, this is going to sound pathetic but my calculator died and I'm a bit sad. I can imagine that you might be saying something to the effect of "it is just a calculator...get over it" or even "wtf?" but I have had this calculator since I was 10...making it 29years old! And it was a metric converter. I used this all the time (it has been from my family's house to university to Vancouver to Japan) but since opening my businesses and having to deal with both cm and inches etc, I have used it every day. Recently it started over heating...when it was turned off! And then last night I could hear some ticking noise that I traced back to it and when I removed the battery cover, there was some kind of liquid...it was at this point that I realized it was dead and if I put more batteries in it ....it might cause melting plastic or worse....a fire. So, I have accepted its death but immediately started looking for another metric converter calculator since I hate using the web site converters. I have found one and while it won't be quite the same, it will do the job! .......ok....the pathetic part is over!
Speaking of electronic gadgets, has any one used the newest Kindle (amazon's "wireless reading device")? I have been dying for one but they were only available for the U.S but the newest version can be used in 100 countries and Japan is one of them...woohoo! I have read a ton of testimonials and stuff but would love to hear from anyone if they have one and how they like it or what they don't like etc. I seriously can't wait to get one!!