Switching to Android

I made the switch from primarily using Windows to primarily using Android. The majority of my computing work now happens on either my Nexus 9 tablet or my Nexus 6 phone. That was not an easy decision to make. My HP Envy X2 convertible laptop/tablet failed. Hardware problems have rendered it completely unusable. I watched a video on YouTube about how to heat up the edges to open up the tablet without breaking the screen, but that level of effort has not materialized. My Nexus 9 tablet has worked well enough. The Android version of Microsoft Word works well enough.

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Thinking about Chromebooks

Buying a Chromebook might help me be more productive. That notion seems to be at the forefront of my thoughts these days. I’m probably going to end up buying a Chromebook at some point. This week is going to be interesting. A moment of clarity swept over me earlier today. I drafted a complete economic theory in about 20 minutes. It was sketched out long form in a notebook. It will probably take a week or two to translate the sketch of a theory into a full blown typed up paper. That is the type of work that needs to be done. It is good work.

It took me a long time to figure out what I truly love about listening to podcasts. Long form conversations have become increasingly rare. Production of television content has moved away from any lengthy conversations. Web content does not have any real constraints on content generation. Sports themed shows sometimes have conversations that last more than an hour. I watched a web series on YouTube where Conon O’Brien engaged in over an hour of “Serious Jibber-Jabber” with Jack White.

Yesterday, I purchased a couple of Eric Clapton records on eBay from 1974, 1975, and 1977. I missed out on the 1970 eponymous album Eric Clapton by 50 cents or so.  Buying records on eBay is pretty easy to accomplish, but you never really know what you are going to get.

A view of my desk
A view of my desk

 

On Chromebooks

I have been looking at Chromebooks online. My HP Envy X2 needs to be replaced. That is inevitable. Waiting for Windows 10 to be released was a viable strategy. The HP Envy X2 may last for a few more months.  Right now — the new 2015 Google Chromebook Pixel looks pretty decent. Right now on the Google Store website it is showing, “This selection is currently out of stock.” I got lucky it was out of stock. I was ready to make the purchase. That almost happened. A new plan is under development. That plan may involve buying an indigo black Nexus 9 tablet with 32 gigabytes of storage and a Wi-Fi connection. I’ll probably get the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio to go with the tablet. Almost everything I do could be done on an Android tablet.

Android Development

Some Android application development occurred this weekend. It happened. The whole application development thing has started. I’m not completely back on track, but things are moving in the right direction. Writing is about more than words. Great prose is about a defined perspective intersecting with real passion for a subject. When those two things collide the results could be pure gold or things could devolve. My foray into Android application development has been more about the process and less about the outcomes.

Trying Cyber Dust

Mark Cuban was a guest on the Mike and Mike television show this morning. Mark was talking and the nature of permanence in the public square and how that impacts dialogue. Mark was looking for a forum where every utterance was not permanent. In order to create the possibility of that type of dialogue, Mark’s team built a new application called Cyber Dust.

I downloaded the Cyber Dust application for Android this morning. It was a large application. It took about 5 minutes to download the 20+ megabyte application. During the application setup a check of my contacts occurred to locate Cyber Dust users in my contacts. Nobody in my rather extensive contact list uses the application.

I did send a message to AskMark using the Cyber Dust application. Mark actually responded which was a pretty cool experience.

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