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    Interviewed by The Setup about the hardware and software I use.

    (It's about a month old. I'm back on Seesmic Desktop 2.)
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    Ellis, a couple of questions for you about your Asus (if you don't mind)... Did you get it because of the brand or something else? Does it cause eye strain if you use it for too long? (How long do you usually stare at it for?) I'm looking into getting a new laptop/netbook but not sure what to get (or what size) and have heard really good things about Asus's's's.

    Thanks (in advance).
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      CommentAuthorMikiM
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2011
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    I haven't finished my beer and I've bought the book, which is loaded onto the Kindle, which is in the other room waiting for me to come and sit down as soon as I've finished my beer at the table. That's the future I wanted.

    ...among other things, YES. :D

    Nothing is more refreshing than laying in bed, downloading a new book, reading myself to sleep while also updating my social networking crap, texting with my numerous boytoys, listening to music and setting my alarm to wake up sometime in the near future....all on one device. I love the future.

    I like your setup. Good work.
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    Netbooks are the bomb for travelling. Battery life of 6-10 hours. I went Samsung over Eee-pc because the keyboard pretty much normal sized.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2011
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    ("Appify" is a real word that I just made up. I've won awards for writing. Shut up.)


    I find it interesting how some of my favorite bits of yours are parentheticals. Probably why I loved Do Anything so much. Which reminds me, I ought to read that again.
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    Nothing is more refreshing than laying in bed, downloading a new book, reading myself to sleep while also updating my social networking crap, texting with my numerous boytoys,

    ...NUMEROUS? Do you gnaw on ALL of them?

    Did you get it because of the brand or something else?

    Reviews. It was, at the time, praised as the first really good netbook.


    Does it cause eye strain if you use it for too long? (How long do you usually stare at it for?)

    A couple of hours at a time? No eyestrain.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2011 edited
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    Netbooks are the bomb for travelling. Battery life of 6-10 hours. I went Samsung over Eee-pc because the keyboard pretty much normal sized.


    Agreed on all points.

    But it's worth noting that Samsung's netbook keyboards have some issues - I played around with an N110, which had a great keyboard, and then, mug that I am, bought an N120. Which has a noticable fuckup - there's a useless thing of plastic where the "¬`¦" key should be, so that's moved down to right next to the space bar, displacing the Function key to share with the Open Menu key (some sort of contextual deal where it opens a menu when there's a menu, and acts like Fn if there isn't).

    It does work, but it just seems like a mess. I think later models changed back to a proper layout but, yeah, look out for that.
    • CommentAuthorAkiramich
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2011
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    Warren,

    You mentioned using Monster Turbine earplugs with your IPhone. Does using high quality earbuds make a significant difference when used with your IPhone? I have a good quality headphones with my home system but have been using some basic earbuds (skull candy) with my IPhone. Do you fine using the high quality earbuds makes a significant difference for audio quality?

    Most of the music I listen to streams from the SiriusXM app, usually over a 3 G connection.

    Thanks!
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    Thanks Ellis. Ended up going with an larger Asus due to not needing the portability.
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    "You mentioned using Monster Turbine earplugs with your IPhone. Does using high quality earbuds make a significant difference when used with your IPhone? I have a good quality headphones with my home system but have been using some basic earbuds (skull candy) with my IPhone. Do you fine using the high quality earbuds makes a significant difference for audio quality?"

    It does make a difference. Apple mp3 playback is notoriously a bit shit, but, yes, you'll notice a difference with a decent pair of buds.

    Though, on reflection? I dunno how much difference you'll notice if streaming radio over 3G. Maybe borrow a friend's buds or cans before you spend the money, see if a different setup is noticeable first?
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    Hello Warren and/or Ariana!

    Could you maybe please also share what web hosting company you use for your sites?

    I'm having a bit of trouble with mine and can't get a good read on who's actually reliable, as yours very much appears to be.

    Thank you very kindly!
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    All the Avatar sites are hosted by Boiling Point, I believe.
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    Very much obliged, sir.

    (Totally wild to me that the Transmet guy'll take the time to help w/ a stranger's internet technology problem! I think I'll take a spin by the shop tomorrow and buy another WE tpb.)
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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2011
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    Hmm, looks like Lenovo aren't selling the W701 any more, or at least not on that site. IIRC, you got 16GB on that - do you ever actually got close to maxing that out during a work session? Mildly curious too, have you got a USB stick in there for Readyboost? It does seem to speed things up a little bit although with 16GB memory I don't know if it would do the same for you as it does with me and my 4GB.

    Thanks for the Pinboard link btw - I've switched over from delicious.

    Wondered if you had tried Resophnotes \ Simplenote. Cloud-based text notes synchronisation because I don't need everything that Evernote does and RTMilk annoys me
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    IIRC, you got 16GB on that - do you ever actually got close to maxing that out during a work session?

    Right now, I struggle to use even 30% of system resources.
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      CommentAuthorMikiM
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2011
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    ...NUMEROUS? Do you gnaw on ALL of them?
    Yes, numerous. Something this spectacular cannot be limited unless it's by something equally as spectacular. ;) Regarding the gnawing: Only my favorites, love. **clenches jaw and smiles mischievously**
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    I am surrounded by savages.
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    And I should note that the current iteration of Seesmic Desktop 2 gives me realtime access to Google Reader, Tumblr and Facebook (my personal page AND the "official" fan page). This is very useful. I can post to all these services, and, in fact, post out of the Google Reader column to all the others just by using the selection clicker in the posting window to choose which service the post will go to. Getting close to One App To Rule Them All. I dearly wish some of the settings were more editable, but, not bad...
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    Hello mr Ellis.
    I sent message to your livejournal but it was no-go.
    So again, do you mind if I translate "Freakangels" into Russian for my blog?
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      CommentAuthormrchair
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2011
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    Hi Warren

    I'm also a bibliophile who loves his KIndle, although I've yet to read a book on it. Mostly use it for reading NYT and Instapaper. I like how it turns the Internet into quiet, soft text. Makes the Internet paper, or close to it. This is also the reason I hesitate to get a tablet, as it still would be a backlit LCD. Although the augmented reality possibilities are exciting. Any desire for an ipad or other tablet yourself?

    I've settled on TweetDeck after trying several different options. Now that I've dug into it, I've come to like a lot of its functions. What did you dislike about it?