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Posted by shatteredmindofbob
Jan 3, 2014 at 01:19 AM


For 2014, I’m hoping with Intel making low-powered processors again (Bay Trail) that small, cheap notebooks become a thing again.


Posted by jimspoon
Jan 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM


Happy New Year!

I continue to plug away on my little 11.6” Acer Aspire One AO756 notebook running Windows 8.  Ecco Pro is still my program for typing in my stream of notes during the day.  I toss it in my “man bag” and take it just about everywhere I go.  I even make notes with it in my car.  I leave it running if the next note is coming up quickly, but if it’s going to be a while, I put it to sleep.  It wakes up pretty quickly when I need to make a note.  This way I don’t run out of battery ,and this is only a 3 (or 4?) cell battery.

Funny thing is I got an amazing deal on a Lenovo S230 “Twist” notebook/tablet - something like $330 USD for a refurb, Core i5 cpu, gorgeous 12.5 IPS display, etc.  But I still mostly use the little Acer - the size is perfect, i like the little keyboard.  The only thing I miss on the Acer is the touchscreen, which brings in a whole new level of ease of use.

I have an HP Touchpad from 2011 ($149 for 32GB tablet during the discontinuation fire sale).  But I don’t use it much now because I carry the Acer with me now instead of the Touchpad.  It’s just easier to get my notes into Ecco by typing them directly into Ecco, but I can’t do that on an android device.  Of course when I switch my note taking software, it could easily cause a change in the hardware I use.

My phone is a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which is amazing, and I haven’t begun to use it anywhere near its full potential.

For my desktop, it is waiting to be built!  Some months ago I bought an Asus Z77 motherboard + i5 3570K cpu + 240GB Samsung SSD.  Haven’t found the time to put it together.  Nuts !!

I am impressed by the praise for the MacBook Air but I am a longtime Applephobe and tightwad.

@Alexander, you might have some fun rooting and “romming” your Experia X10 mini pro.  It seems you can at least be running Android 4.1 on it.  Lots of possibilities here:
For your Galaxy Chat you can go here - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2087316






Posted by MadaboutDana
Jan 6, 2014 at 02:18 PM


May I join in wishing everybody a wonderfully positive 2014!

As far as crimping goes, I find that I’ve recoiled into fairly conservative mode (for the time being). Currently, my main apps are:
- Wunderlist for task management (because it’s so totally ubiquitous);
- OneNote for notes, scans, screenshots etc. (because it’s cross-platform and has an amazing OCR function)
- Notebooks for notes, web pages, and literary stuff (because it’s cross-platform and reproduces web pages to such a high standard; the new version for iOS is lovely, too)
- CintaNotes (coupled with SimpleNotes) for quick note-taking and transfers from desktop to iPad

However, there are plenty of other apps/applications I toy with occasionally, when I have a little spare time.

I’ve grown somewhat disillusioned with Android on my Galaxy Note 1.0, especially in view of Samsung’s attempts to become a world-dominating power that totally owns all your personal data, but also in view of the many other Android apps that require total access to every corner of your system before they’ll run properly. I’m seriously contemplating either a return to an iPhone or a move to Windows Phone (lower-end Nokia smartphones are going for very reasonable prices at the moment). But I’m also thinking of experimenting with the new CyanogenMod version of Android…

In terms of desktops/laptops; yes, I’m tempted to move to Apple: first, because of the ghastly cryptoviruses out there at the moment, which are primarily Windows-targeted, and second, because I’ve just bought and set up a state-of-the-art 27” iMac for my son, who’s a budding film director. Okay, it was expensive, but it’s an astonishing machine! He runs Windows on it most of the time, because that’s what his expensive film-editing software runs on - and it’s still an astonishing machine! (It’s an astonishing TV, too, but obviously that’s a secondary function, hem!) But first, I have to find a way to convince my FD that it’s worth the fairly significant cost of changing platforms… (curses, curses!). Personally, I like iWork, and feel that the software cost would be modest; on the other hand, Accounts run on Windows, so that puts a bit of a spanner in the works.

And I’ve just finished reading Charles Stross’s very entertaining series of Laundry novels (four of them), in which a valiant super-secret service fights to prevent incursions by ghastly, tentacled Lovecraftian horrors from alternative spacetime dimensions - very witty and highly computerate; Stross has one of those planet-sized brains that impress you every time you read his stuff. Thoroughly recommended.

Have a good one, everyone!


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Jan 6, 2014 at 03:24 PM



Quick questions re your ‘conservative’ approach and considering Apple (in my case it’s Linux, but the reasons are not very different):

- Wunderlist: does it cover your requirements outlined here http://www.outlinersoftware.com/messages/viewm/19525 ? And what was the result of your experimentation with ticktick.com and others?

- My main reason for sticking with Windows is the ubiquity of MS Office, used by 95% of my clients and collaborators, and especially Word revision mode. Would you still be using this via Parallels / VMWare / CrossOver ? Or would you replace MS Office with iWork altogether?


Posted by Hugh
Jan 7, 2014 at 08:36 AM


A belated HNY to everybody.

I too am looking forward to Tinderbox 6, and I’ll also be looking forward (hopefully) to a series of blog posts about it from Steve Z. where he explains its features so that I can better understand them! In addition, I’ll be hoping that Scrivener for iOS makes it successfully to launch, and that Devonthink sorts out its syncing issues.


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