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Kim Komando Shares NASA's Free Guide - How To Talk To Aliens
Kim Komando known as "America's Digital Goddess" – is one of American's most successful radio hosts and Web entrepreneurs - and a trusted guide to millions through the thickets of today's digital lifestyle.
"The Kim Komando Show," a three-hour call-in weekly radio show on technology, and Komando's daily "Digital Minute" news reports, are heard on hundreds of radio stations across the country and hundreds more around the world. Her busy website, daily newsletters, numerous books, and weekly USA Today column reach millions of others.
"The Kim Komando Show" is broadcast live from Phoenix, Ariz., each Saturday morning. It is currently carried on over 450 stations with an estimated reach of 6.5 million listeners.
“It’s not about techies and computer-troubleshooting anymore,” she says. “It’s now about a lifestyle – the lifestyle of a digital age.”
Komando has worked in the computer industry since the age of 16, ultimately selling Unisys mainframes to corporate clients. In 1992, she followed a hunch that regular consumers were going to need help coping with a looming digital world. She left her corporate job to write and broadcast on digital issues. She began her radio career with a late-night call-in show about computers on Phoenix's 550 KFYI-AM.
More than 20 years later, the Kim Komando Show is the largest weekend radio show in the country. On a busy Saturday morning, the show can receive 50,000 calls an hour. Her audience also follows her writing on Komando.com, about everything from how to buy a smartphone, tablet or TV to news updates on the latest data theft or NSA spying revelation.
Komando is a star in the talk-radio community as well. She received the Gracie Award for Outstanding Program Host in 2007. In 2009, she was named Talker Magazine's "Woman of the Year." She was an invited speaker at Fortune Magazines' 2009 Most Powerful Woman Summit – and was even the answer to a question in Trivial Pursuit.
Komando and her husband, Phoenix radio personality Barry Young, built their first studio on a shoestring in 1994. Today they operate their own WestStar radio network from a bursting-at-the-seams 6,000-square-foot facility in Phoenix, with plans underway for a new headquarters quadruple the size.
“I am relentless in my pursuits,” says Kim. “It’s a lot of hard work, but when you dig what you do, it makes it a lot more fun.”
Komando and Young live in Phoenix with their teenage son.
I've told you before about how to get thousands of free e-books for your e-reader. You can find everything from classical literature to bestsellers, but I think there's something missing from that list.
Did you know that you can get free e-books from NASA? NASA has quite the collection on everything from astrophysics to the history of space exploration.
However, one of my new favorite NASA guides is called "Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication." That's right, it's about how to talk to aliens!
Hang on there, I know what you're thinking. No, I don't climb onto my roof at night with a hand-held satellite dish and headphones. It's mostly theoretical.
However, it still makes for interesting reading, especially since it goes into details about deciphering Mayan and Ancient Greek extraterrestrial communication devices. And who knows? Maybe one day we'll find out there is intelligent life out there.
Not interesting in aliens? You don't have to read just this book. There are plenty of other titles for you to choose from.
NASA's e-book collection is available for Kindles and other e-readers. To download the books, click on a book title that you are interested in. Scroll down underneath the title synopsis until you see text links.
Kindle users should click on the MOBI text link. All other e-reader users should click on the EPUB text link. You can also read the book or download it in PDF form by clicking the PDF text link.
Your download should begin immediately. If your e-reader says that the book cannot be viewed or read, you may have clicked on the wrong format link.
If you want to read on your computer, you can grab the Calibre program or the Kindle program.