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Apple’s Jan. 27 Media Event Creates More Tablet Rumors Than You Can Shake a Stick At

Apple Event Invitation

Alright, Let's See It.

It is that time again, time for Apple fanboys to go all out and present as many unfounded rumors as they can possibly muster in a week’s time.

The time leading up to a new Apple presentation has historically been filled with massive amounts of wild stories about what new shiny product the Cupertino powerhouse corporation will be coming out with next.

Though I understand everyone’s enthusiasm for the upcoming event and the possibility of an Apple-branded tablet PC, I think that I am once again going to be underwhelmed by the news. Here’s why.

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I’m Falling In Love With An Android…Phone

an android with love in its eyes

A few weeks ago, something happened to me that makes geeks the world over scream with happiness: my cell phone contract had reached its end with my previous carrier.  To normal folk, this might not seem like that exciting of an occasion, but to the geek species, this is almost like having a second birthday.

Suddenly faced with a decision that will once again lock me into 2 years of ridiculous fees, unchanging phone hardware and the prospect that I would have to use yet another phone that I would not enjoy, I decided to shop around instead of going with the only local carrier with decent coverage here in my area.

I said goodbye to US Cellular, and went out into the world to find a carrier/phone combo that met my needs.  Each one of the providers had a major flaw, but I decided I had to look past that flaw in order to find a device that was exactly what I needed.

So, Sprint became the clear choice, regardless of the fact that they do not have a retail store in our area.  Now to decide which phone I wanted to use.

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Workflow Experiment – Decisions

Originally I had planned to do this experiment using the 32-bit variants of Ubuntu and Windows XP.  I have recently purchased 8GB of RAM, however, so I will need to use the 64-bit variants in order to take full advantage of this hardware.

What I need to know is which Windows version should I use?

  • Windows XP 64-bit
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
  • Windows 7 Beta 64-bit

If I stick with Windows XP 64-bit, will I have issues with Adobe CS4?

Will I hate myself for even thinking of installing Vista?

Should I bother with Windows 7, since the beta will run out in August?

Do you have any experience with any of these Operating Systems, or some insight that might help me make the right choice?  Let me know in the comments.

Software Spotlight: BBEdit

I’ve been doing hand-coded websites for more than 8 years now, since I was in high school. I started with the plain old Notepad on Windows, and shifted between many different products as time passed.

I was brought into the world of context-highlighting, modern editors with EditPlus. Though I don’t use that product anymore on Windows, it certainly got serious work done with it.

After making the switch back to the Mac in 2004, I went searching for a new editor with the same (or better) features as EditPlus. I came across a product called BBEdit, by Bare Bones Software. I used this editor through to the end of the 30 day free trial, and did something completely unprecedented in my computer use: I bought the full version.

I paid $49 for the educational edition of version 8 in 2005. I hadn’t bought software ever before, aside from that which was bundled with hardware. This was a new experience for me, but one I really don’t regret.

BBEdit is a feature-complete text editor with context highlighting supporting more languages that I could list here in short order. It has a unique “tabbed” interface, using a right-side “document drawer” rather than traditional tabs. This allows you, as in most modern editors, to edit multiple files in one instance of the program.

Though I haven’t found reason to upgrade to the newest 9.0 release, I would gladly pay the $30 price if I had income of my own. I’m not sure if the feature set is drastically different from the 8.x line, but I’m sure there are performance and other enhancements from Bare Bones Software.

This has been the most used program that I’ve ever purchased, and I would purchase it again in a heartbeat and support the developers, that is if I had the money.

If you use Mac OS X and are looking for a professional, feature rich text editor, look no further than BBEdit.