What I’m using (Jan 2013)

Not sure if anyone would be interested in this at all, but here’s the software I’m using as of Jan 2013:

  • Windows 8 — I have this on my primary desktop and also a Samsung Series 7 Slate. It’s nowhere near as bad as you’ve heard. It’s quite good in fact. On the Slate, the new “modern” interface Microsoft has developed is excellent. It really is designed as a touch-first UI, so using the new interface on a keyboard/mouse desktop takes a little getting used to. But on a tablet, it’s great, and its design beats any Android device I’ve seen and is arguably superior to the iPad. On the desktop, the Windows 8 desktop mode is basically Windows 7 plus more speed and other various improvements.
  • I’m still using my Amazon Kindle Fire that I reviewed over a year ago. It’s great for reading books.
  • I’ve switched from using Google as my primary web search to Bing. I just like it better. You might too, find out and see.
  • I use Illium eWallet to store my passwords and other data. I’m still using the desktop version.
  • The Bat! is still how I prefer to do email. There is no suitable “cloud” replacement that I have found yet.
  • I am using Delphi XE3 for development.
  • I recently upgraded to Adobe Lightroom 4 for my camera work, but I am still using CS5 for Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
  • I use NextGen Reader on Windows 8 and my Windows Phone 7.5 to keep up with my news feeds.

That’s the main stuff.

Daily Bible and Prayer 2.3 Released; Integrates with SwordSearcher

Seems as though I only use this blog to announce software updates now!

Anyway,

My lightweight Bible application Daily Bible and Prayer got an update. Not to be confused with SwordSearcher, DBAP is not meant for in-depth Bible study but instead focuses on Bible reading planning and prayer tracking. Details on this new release here.

This version adds integration with SwordSearcher, so if you’re reading along in DBAP and decide you want to jump off to an in-depth Bible study on a verse, you can do that with a single click.

Oh, and now it’s free. Enjoy!

The Kindle Fire isn’t Pretentious

Let’s get this out of the way: I am not an early adopter. For example, I only recently (this year) bought a Vectrex, meaning I gave the technology a good 30 years to mature before buying in. And until yesterday, I avoided owning a tablet device.

Notice I said device, not “tablet computer” or “tablet PC.” That’s because most of these devices, while technically computers, are not suitable for most of the things people (and by people, I mean me; YMMV) use computers to do. I’ve experimented with these things before; taking one off a friend’s hand for a few minutes; and have always been unimpressed.  Not because I didn’t like them, but because for $500+ they weren’t worth it. My estimation of tablets to date has been “meh.”

Because: they are toys. Their usefulness is limited to doing things toys do. Yes, Apple iPad users, I think your tablet is a toy, too.

And that’s okay. There is nothing wrong with buying, owning, and using (playing with) toys. But let’s not be pretentious about them (*cough* Apple *cough*). And when it comes to toys, I don’t feel the need to get the first ones, especially when they cost too much.

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Yesterday I opened a Kindle Fire. Tablets are ready for prime time.

This thing is great. And I figured out why: it’s not pretentious. The Fire doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. It doesn’t bother to tell you what kind of processor its running, though you can find out if you care. It doesn’t have a camera because there is no reason to put a piece of junk light sensor on a tablet when we all know you already have a piece of junk light sensor on your cell phone. It doesn’t have a GPS because your tablet doesn’t need one. It doesn’t have 3G because you really don’t need it since you can download your books and a movie or two and you will probably have access to free WiFi where you are anyway. It only has 8 GB of on-device storage because that is enough and more costs more. It has a rubberized back because this isn’t a device made to be beholden; this is a utilitarian device made to be, well, utilized.

The people who made the Fire know I am not going to try to use this to do work, so they didn’t waste time and hardware putting things in there to make me think it might be useful for work. Instead, they made a solid device with which I can read books, browse some websites, check (but not really much else, unless you like to torture yourself with a non-keyboard) email, check facebook, listen to music, etc. And it does all these things well, while being the perfect size.

I’m not going to give an in-depth review because there are already a thousand reviews out there. But I will say this: The Kindle Fire is “worth it.” They got it right. It’s $200 and while it’s not an iPad, the fact that it is not an iPad is a good thing for me. If I wanted an iPad I would have bought one already. I didn’t, and I’m glad I waited for the Fire.

PS: thanks to my wife for not objecting to wrapping an empty box so I could use the Fire she got me as a gift.

Commie Red

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Seems so much easier just to throw a few lines of text up on Facebook.

So you ask, “can you post some new pictures of your Commodore 64?” Sure I can!

Several years ago I took a perfectly good “breadbin” C64 and painted it red. Then I drilled some holes in it and added some mods — a reset switch and a JiffyDOS switch (though you can’t see those here). Yesterday I felt like taking some pictures, so here they are: