I have a guest post up on 40Tech right now, go have a look. It’s a review of my experiences with Astrid for Android. I hope you enjoy it, and let me know what you think, in the comments either over there or right here!
I’ve been eyeing the Motorola XOOM, but being that I can’t even think about that kind of price-range ($800 for the 3G, and eventually 4G, equipped version), I was intrigued to see a post on 40Tech about the device pictured at right, the NoteSlate. According to the NoteSlate Blog page, the slate will retail for $99, and I am definitely looking forward to that price tag.
I still have this irrational fear of putting pen to paper, especially with my nice fountain pen and high-quality notebook papers, for fear of ‘ruining’ the pages with my horrid handwriting and un-inspiring writing. With a digital slate that’s easy to erase, that fear would be irrelevant and easily overcome. If it is truly horrid and un-inspiring, it’s a simple matter to just erase and rewrite, or delete it later. You can’t do that with a pen.
Check out their more in-depth look at the specs and details here!
At one time I wanted to be an English teacher. I also wanted to be an author. While I have since (at least for the present) abandoned formal education in that direction, I still aim to be an author.
Being an author requires little to no specific education beyond the general grade-school English courses we all get. That is why so many of us already are authors. Bloggers, designers, support staff, managers, customer service: we’re all authors, even if on a smaller scale than your typical novelist. But wait, there’s more!
A writer is either liberated or severely limited by their tools. Chief among these tools is the writing implement: pen, pencil, marker, chisel, keyboard, or any other possible tool. Each individual will find specific tools more to their liking, whether more functional, easier to use, or better looking. Obviously though, the best tool is the one that works best for you. But wait, there’s more!
As human beings in this modern age of consumerism, we all have our personal preferences when it comes to the tools we use for both work and play. This is especially true of writers, who have favorite pens, pencils, journals, and inks, and particular things which we refuse to use because we’ve been slighted by their lack of quality before.
Journals are of particular interest to me, as my phone has not yet reached the point of being readily capable of accepting input in any manner I see fit (and it’s still rather impractical for me to be carrying around a bluetooth keyboard for use with my phone). I am a (fairly new) fountain pen user, and thus also require that any journal I invest in be capable of graciously accepting and archiving fountain pen ink without soaking through to the other side of the page.