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Macs, productivity, &c.

Hit, Hit, Hooray!


HitTail has finally given me a suggestion (right on que cue). It has suggested that I write on the topic of “Journler vs. MacJournal”. Unfortunately I has no experience with MacJournal (I gave up when it proved difficult to download). I’m not even sure why it picked that keyword, there are three pertaining to a Mac (free) blogging client but only one referring to Journaling apps. I suppose this is the point where I could put my faith in computer aside and use my own common sense to see that people want to hear about blogging clients but my experience is a little limited there too (but if the nice people at Red Sweater want to give me a free copy of MarsEdit I would be more than happy to write up a nice review1).

Footnotes:
1 Yes, my love can be bought.

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David Pratt = My (Totally) New Arch-Nemesis


TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) recently posted something about a review by David Platt that totally chewed out the iPhone. Now, I can accept that maybe Apple has made some mistakes but he was just vicious. Now, even though the ol’ Plattster has a book published and is apparently doing some keynote speeches at events that sound kind of important I still deem him a nobody. Why? Because, 1) he is declaiming the iPhone from his seat atop his blogspot blog and 2) the site promoting his book is ugly and finally, 3) I’ve never heard of the company that published his book. This is probably the point where you decide that I’m a hypocrite, I’m a nobody kvetching about a nobody kvetching about the iPhone. However, I have prepared for your response and I have made a list of things nobodies can do:

1. Say “NOBODY/NOTHING is good.”
2. Say “NOBODY/NOTHING is great!”
3. Say “NOBODY/NOTHING is horrible.”
4. Say “SOMEBODY/SOMETHING is good.”
5. Say “SOMEBODY/SOMETHING is great!”
6. Say things nobody else cares about.

Obviously the iPhone, which is the Paris Hilton of gadgets (except it hasn’t gone to jail…yet), is a something meaning that only major columnists/newspapers can declaim it but anyone can acclaim it. The MS Zune, in contrast, is a total nothing so anyone can say anything they want about it.

What David Platt obviously fails to take into account is the sheer force of marketing behind the iPhone (and to a lesser extent, anything with an Apple logo on it). There is no other product/company in the world that could motivate half the blogosphere to advertise for them (at no cost). I think it’s pretty obvious that the iPhone will sell like crazy.

The only question that remains is “will they also be returned like crazy?”. I’m not expert on contract law but it seems like the AT&T contract would at least make this more difficult (if not impossible). If customers will be allowed to transfer the contract to another phone AT&T will be making a killing, they get to harness the marketing-fueled buying frenzy and reap the profits for two years while Apple may get stuck with a couple million iPhones and a bunch of red zeros on their financial reports (I can’t even think about it).

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David Pogue = My (Mostly) New Favorite Person

David Pogue, a NYT tech columnist who gets out more than the others is my new hero. He racked up major points in his video pointing out the amazing “new” features in Vista (right down to its blatant rip-off of Apple’s horrible, cheating chess game). Today, however, I fell in love once again over his iPhone video. Not only is it hilarious, but it does a good job of highlighting the iPhone’s amazing features. I didn’t even get mad at him when he pointed out some of its problems. Point is, just watch the video.

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Daily Consolidation: June 20, 2007

Okay, I’m doing consolidations again because I suddenly have a lot to say (no thanks to HitTail, which has not given any suggestions yet).

The BBC – Britain’s Trashiest News Corporation

I’m pretty sure the BBC’s readership is lower-brow than they would like to think.  In February this story broke and was, predictably their top read.  However, just today it spent some time as the #1 read story (edging out this very popular one).  The BBC aught to give up on real news altogether. I’m sure the Brits had a good laugh about this story, in which a Texas mob killed middle-aged man, typically American, eh?

Cig Dreams

Lately I have been having kind of strange dreams. For instance the other night I dreamed that cigarettes had been banned…and I chose that time to start smoking. After three days I realized how silly it was and I went cold turkey…which turned out to be really easy.

The Ellipses Are Coming!

I just realized that my last four blog titles have at least one ellipsis in them (I also just realized that the Blogger widget doesn’t have spell check, so I’m sure I’m spelling ellipsis/ellipses wrong. Of course I’ll spellcheck it before you get to see it but just trust me, I can’t spell ellipsis).

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The Phoenix O’ Productivity Rises Again…Then Suffers A Debilitating Illness

Apparently The Phoenix O’ Productivity is my most popular post (curteuousy courtesy of my friends at Google Analytics) so I’ve decided to post an update (this is in lieu of a new installment of The Malcontent which would cover the same topic but is too format for my tastes now).

First off I put I desk in front of my window and now I can look out at the back yard and “be inspired” (inspiration doesn’t seem to be my problem, it more the motivation to do any work). Then I took some ideas from David Seah (davidseah.com) and made myself a “Nothing Better To Do” Jar (in theory, I put tasks in it and when I have…nothing better to do I pick one and do what it says), the only problem is I never take anything out of it (I just put a nice “Dymo” label on it though, maybe that’ll change things). Also from David are the PCEO (Printable CEO) forms which can be used to track time, manage to-dos, etc., I printed some of those out and used them (they’re so pretty, I couldn’t resist).

For several days all was well in Officeland (haha, off Iceland) but then the horrible barbarians of laziness laid siege to the castle– I remembered that productivity was work.

So now I basically play online games and occasionally come up with an idea for a story which I right down but never get around to working on (I also have scotch tape stuck to my elbow, it makes my mosquito bite less itchy).

(Also, OmniFocus has still not gotten back to me on the beta program…maybe they have enough testers).

Update: I forgot the mention that Quicksilver and I have reconciled ourselves. We have come to the agreement that I won’t use it as a replacement for Finder/RapidoLaunch but I will still give it the respect that it deserves.

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More From Google Analytics

So, apparently the #1 search that leads to my blog is “i do it i get a squiggly line under the event”. Am I the only one who is puzzled by that? Do what? How do you get a line under an event? (Is it a Windows thing? If so why does it lead to my “Apple” tag page?) Am I the only one who is bothered by the staggering lack of proper syntax? I could understand one person typing this in but eighteen? I think that squiggly lign ling line might have something to do with the same kind of bad grammar that would lead to typing something like “i do it i get a squiggly line under the event” into a search engine.

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It Has Begun

My four-day hoop-jumping session known as “finals” began today. I’ve gotten French and math out of the way (the latter being the most stressful, most dreaded, most I never have to think about it again (unless I fail, which I probably will))1 so far. I still have bio and two essays for English to worry about.

Up next I have a study hall. The name is very throughly misleading, absolutely no studying goes on and we do not not study in the hall (if we did, we would get yelled at). I plan to make a .doc icon to match the Somatic Set (by David Lanham).

In other why-can’t-it-be-summer news, I have recovered two of the textbooks that I lost on Friday, however the library book that I lost earlier that day is still missing. It was a good book too, and I haven’t finished it. To distract me fro my grieving I have started the reading list for this summer. I have already finished American Born Chinese (its a graphic novel, not a real book…I’m not that much of a geek) and am most of the way through Speak2 (which is a normal no-pictures book…I never said I’m not a geek at all).

It seems like I should wrap this up some how…so I’ll turn it over to my good friend Mr. Footnote.

Footnotes:

1 Shouldn’t there be a better convention for double parenthesis? It looks so ugly under the current system.
2 I would mention the author, but that would require more work on my part.3
3 Footnoting shamelessly lifted from Fumbling Towards Geekdom.

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