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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jan 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

 

I hope the new year is finding everyone healthy, happy and prepared for another great year of discussing the software that simultaneously makes us productive and helps us avoid working.

Speaking of which, I am excited by the addition of a MacBook Air 11” to my collection of gadgets. I recently bought the new machine because I was frustrated that I didn’t find better use for my iPad Mini. The latter is a great device, but I just can’t crank out any writing of substance on it. The onscreen keyboard is just insufficient. I’ve tried portable external keyboards, and those remain too small. I was also contemplating getting a regular size iPad, but that would leave me with the same problem really. So I got the Air, which isn’t really a whole lot bigger than an iPad, has a great keyboard and I can run Tinderbox and Scrivener on it, as well as a few other necessary Mac OS apps.

What has you excited about the new year (CRIMP-wise, that is)?

Steve Z.

 


Posted by Paul Korm
Jan 1, 2014 at 03:58 PM

 

Happy NY to you too, Steve.

My best CRMP of 2013 was a MacBook Air, which is the best computer I have owned over the past three decades.  Both the best Mac and the best PC, since running Windows 8 on it under Parallels provides almost seamless integration between the two OS’s.  I’ve crammed more CRIMPing onto that box than any computer I’ve owned, and it never slows down or fails.

For 2014 I’m looking forward to possible new releases of Curio, DEVONthink, and Tinderbox—with perhaps better (or any) integration of those with iPads.

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Jan 1, 2014 at 04:19 PM

 

Happy New Year to all!

As for CRIMPing, I’m fairly happy with my collection of software at the moment. Recently I’ve been mostly focusing on little utilities, scripts, coding snacks (especially from the DonationCoder.com website) to improve communication between various software, and my productivity.

In terms of hardware, I’m looking to replace my ageing iPad 1 with an iPad Air + keyboard case (considering ZAGG Keys Case Folio in particular), in order to emulate a laptop that can be instantly switched on and off. That seems to be the single most important feature. I do have a netbook that I like but I wouldn’t boot it up just to take a quick note.

I was hoping to stick with iPad 1 as long as I could, as mostly I just want to be able to take notes, do some writing, check email and browse. However, my favourite note-taking app (Nebulous Notes) is grinding to a halt on it now, Workflowy will stop working on it soon, and all the interesting new Markdown editors require iOS 6 and above.

 


Posted by jaslar
Jan 2, 2014 at 05:45 AM

 

Happy New Year!

I spent most of my day fussing around, first, with KAMAS (remember that one?) on DOSBox, both on Linux and Windows. Wonderful software - but no, I’ve moved on.

Then I dug into Notecase Pro again. A few days ago, I sent a script to the Notecase Google group, suggesting that it would be nice to have a command that allowed one to (a) toggle the two pane outliner to the right hand, notes view only, then (b) advance through sibling notes in sequence, showing only the content of the notes. Since Notecase will display links and images, I thought this would make a solid replacement for PowerPoint.

And I got a script back within 24 hours. That got me roped into testing some of the scripts that are available (like the single command to sweep through a note and fix all the spacing and line breaks), and learning how to build a cross platform repository for them. And to Steve Z’s point, I put in several hours of “work” but actually accomplished .... nothing.

Fun, though.

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Jan 2, 2014 at 09:46 PM

 

Happy New Year everyone :-)

I actually (almost) restrained myself during the past year, trying to set up a simpler consolidated system made of complimentary devices and applications:

- Windows 7 Acer laptop (purchased in 2012) ‘docked’ with a Fujitsu port extender for use as desktop
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro Android phone (purchased in 2010); unfortunately stuck in v2.1 of the OS
- Asus eee PC 901 Linux netbook (purchased in 2009)
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8” tablet (purchase in 2013); nowadays I do most of my scribble notetaking there

Of the above, my essential tools are the Windows laptop and my phone. I avoided upgrading my phone mostly because of its real slide-out keyboard; I simply can’t work on virtual keyboards, and even for the tablet I use an external keyboard for long texts. But after seeing many of my favourite Android tools demanding v2.2 as minimum, I realised that I wouldn’t be able to use it for long anymore.

So I’ve just received its replacement, a Samsung Galaxy Chat GT-B5330. It is one of the very very few Android phones with a real keyboard that I managed to find, it runs Android 4.0.4 and it’s actually quite cheap compared to many other modern Android phones, presumably because of its rather small (3”) screen—which is nevertheless enough for me. I hope to run on it most of my favourite Android applications (at least those that make sense on a small screen and without a pen).

 


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