My Late 2009 MacBook bit the dust last week. It had been having problems with charging for quite a while and I even had the MagSafe board replaced back in March, which worked for a little while. But, sadly, it went back to not having any LED light on when connected to the charger and taking over 24 hours to charge from 20% to 100%. My solution was to keep it plugged in at all times, which worked well, until it somehow got unplugged. Now it wont power on at all, even with the charger connected.
I’ve invested a fair amount of $$$ into outstanding software like Scrivener, Mars Edit, BibDesk, and MacJournal. These three (well two, actually, which I’ll explain in a minute) were the core of my writing tools.
Scrivener makes it insanely east to create entire writing projects. It gives you everything you need to organize, research, and compile a writing project, for anything from research papers and short stories, to complete Novels. I used it for articles that I periodically submitted the JREF blog, as it allowed me to easily keep track of my various research results and integrated them into my articles (since the JREF deals with skeptical topics which required copious and well cited research this was a huge plus). I also used it for longer and more rigorously researched articles like one that was published in Skeptical Inquire magazine earlier this year.
BibDesk is an essential and excellent bibliography manager. It is exclusively a Mac application. It does it’s job beautifully. It even has an excellent search engine that goes out and finds not just articles based on your search, but will add them and format them in several standard different professional citation styles.
MacJournal was my first blogging software. It worked beautifully with my WordPress blog (the one you are reading now). I ended up replacing MacJournal with Mars Edit, mainly because MacJournal did not have an easy way to create Block Quotes. Also, Mars Edit handles media attachments a bit better.
Now, Mac-less, I have only my Windows 7 laptop, which I purchased mainly for my job as a computer field engineer (my company pays me a stipend in each paycheck to use our own computers), I have had to start using this for pretty much all my computing activities, in addition to my work related stuff.
Fortunately, Scrivener just recently (in the past year, I believe) began offering a version for Windows. I just downloaded the trial version and will purchase the full version. From what I’ve seen and read so far, it has all the feature of the Mac version.
I’m currently writing this using Windows Live Writer, which works well enough, and looks pretty, but doesn’t keep track of older posts, at least not in any useful way. It does, however, have an easy to use Block Quote feature. It is on a par with MacJournal and Mars Edit.
Alas, there are no really good replacements for any of the other software tools I used on my Mac. I’ve tried bibliography managers for Windows, but none of them offer the comprehensiveness and rich feature set of BibDesk. The free versions pretty much suck. There are good ones that I could pay for, but I can’t really afford any of those. BibDesk is free.
So, I have most of the types of tools I used to have on my Mac on my Windows box, it’s just that except for Scrivener , they just aren’t as a easy to use and thus I spend more time and effort to accomplish the same tasks on Windows compared to my Mac. This just makes my job of writing that much harder.
I love Mac. Their apps are better and the companies that produce them seem to really try hard to make the writer’s job as easy as possible. Plus, the all adhered closely adhered to the Mac look and feel. They just looked and worked better. Period.
At least on my iPad, I have my trusty old MacJournal, so there is that.
” I will weep for thee;
For this revolt of thine, methinks, is like
Another fall of man.”
– Henry V, Act II, Scene II.
Actually, I weep for my MacBook. It won’t power on. I suspect that it has a bad battery. I’ll have to try to have it fixed as soon as I can afford to.
For now, my iPad will suffice. Then there is always my (gasp!) Windows laptop, which I normally only use for work.
Why did I quote Shakespeare? One, I am sad that my trusty MacBook is possibly dead, and it is revolting against me by refusing to power on when I push the power button. Two, it is one of my favorite quotes from my favorite scene from Henry V. Finally, it’s William Fucking Shakespeare! Do I really need another reason?
I tried posting a link to this on Facebook, but they pulled it because they don’t appreciate anything with nipples, no matter how artistic. So, here is the link. It’s really pretty, go have a look!
I’m trying out MacJournal for the iPad for my blogging. I have MacJournal on my MacBook, but haven’t used it for blogging for a while since I’ve found that I like Mars Edit better. Unfortunately, they don’t make Mars Edit for iPad, so I’m trying out MacJournal.
Does anyone out there know of any good blogging software for the iPad?
Unfortunately, for this Mac guy, I am sometimes forced to use Windoze. Windows Live Writer comes bundled with Windows 7, so I’m trying it out.
This is bold.
This is italic.
This is underline.
This is strike through.
This is block quotes.
Yea! It works decently enough. Hopefully I won’t have to use it much. I still love my Mac for most anything.
I recently discover a very nice site, Jesus Never Existed, that provides a plethora of information showing that Christianity is a manufactured religion (but aren’t they all?). They provide sources for much of their material, which is a good thing. Some of what I’ve read I’m familiar with, but a lot of it I haven’t encountered before.
If you are interested in the history of Christianity, check them out.
The organization Recovering From Religion has started a hotline for those who are recovering from religion. This is in response to all of the “…countless emails and phone calls from people seeking help on their journey away from faith, at all hours of the day and night”.
If you are recovering or have recovered from religion, you know how terribly painful a process this can be. Not only are you abandoning a life-long set of beliefs, but you face ostracization from friend, family, and co-workers. You also live with the fear of the negative reactions you may receive when people find out you are an atheist.
I have applied to answer the Hotline and to help out with their Facebook page. If you are recovering from religion, or are an life-long atheists, and want to help, go and apply. It is a great cause that will help the millions who are struggling with losing their religion.