Sep 012010

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This is something that should have been part of iOS/MacOS/MobileMe from the start. It’s a little bit of a bummer that I have to rely on a third party solution for a fully sync’ed plain text notebook across all of my devices, but at least there is a solution.

Just a couple of things I like about it versus the also somewhat useful Evernote:

1. It’s just plaintext. No fancy formatting, nothing to bog down the process of getting an idea into my digital universe. Just a simple text input interface, with basic tagging for organizational purposes. No funky RTF issues (yes, Evernote… I’m talking to you). This is not a ‘catch all’ notebook. It’s someplace to dump those things I want to look into later, when I have time. For instance… what ever happened to my copy of Knee Deep In The Hoopla, or how wide is Idina Menzel‘s vocal range?

2. Native apps EVERYWHERE. In the case of my Mac, I can use Notational Velocity, a very cool and very clean open-source notepad app to access my notes. And when I take a note in one place, I get it everywhere. Ubiquitous data for the win (FTW). Oh… and though I haven’t bothered to use it, there’s apps that work on that buggy, sucky OS I use for playing a couple of key games to my nerd lifestyle.

iTunes: Concerto in E Major for Two Pianos and Orchestra: I. Allegro vivace by Love Derwinger and Roland Pöntinen, from The 99 Most Essential Mendelssohn Masterpieces (Amazon Exclusive)

 Posted by at 9:30 am
Jul 132010

Microsoft’s tablet woes: Why Windows 7 won’t work – Technology & science – Tech and gadgets –

This wonk from MSNBC gets it. Monkey Boy doesn’t. Here’s the reasons why Windows tablet computers, and will continue to do so… Windows7 or not:

1. The hardware required to run Windows 7 with full graphic support isn’t thin or cool.
2. The interface was designed for a mouse, keyboard and larger screen.
3. PC multitasking is not the same as tablet multitasking.
4. There aren’t (m)any touch apps for Windows 7.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over
again and expecting different results” – Albert Einstein

 Posted by at 6:50 pm
Jul 122010

Microsoft CEO touts new Windows tablets vs iPad | Reuters

Yeaahhhhh… that’s gonna help. So I can’t help but wonder how a Windows7 tablet is going to improve over a WindowsXP tablet… seeing as how they pretty languished in mediocrity before. A desktop OS is just NOT going to cut it, dude.

I mean, the entire ‘tablet market’ was expected to max out at around 1.5 million units sold worldwide last year. And then Apple came out with the iPad and sold 3 million in 80 days.

If you treat the tablet just like a laptop in a slightly different shell, you’re going to fail. And that’s what Microsoft is doing here. And that’s what’s going to be the end result.

As my friends at MacDailyNews say:
May Steve Ballmer remain Microsoft CEO for as long at it takes.

 Posted by at 3:16 pm
Jun 282010

OK, so the premise behind Evernote is a good one. It gives you a web-based notebook that syncs to various devices. It’s a great way to take notes that can be accessed from several places.

I find it extremely useful when passing information from my MacBook Pro to  the Windows partition on my MacBook Pro.

As a notetaking platform, it has a tremendous amount of potential.

Except that it completely sucks.

The thing has massive bugs in it, particularly when trying to pass rich text (such as bold, italic or colored text) back and forth. For this reason, I find myself looking for reasons to us it, then dying a little on the inside when it inevitably fails miserably.

It’s free and all, but if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. And when it starts hindering you more than it helps you, you start looking for ways to replace it.

Am I confident that there’s a reasonable replacement that does what Evernote says it does without sucking? No. But I’m open to the idea.

 Posted by at 8:51 pm