Welcome to this fortnight’s roundup.
Per their blog, there are several notable things today:
1) The iPad app is out, so if you prefer reading on the iPad, have fun. (You do need to be running iOS7 – the join page, linked below, has device specifics info.)
2) They’re removing the invitation system (and you get a free month trial) – you can join here.
3) They’ve added the ability to browse their catalog on the website (you still can’t search, but if you’re trying to decide if there are enough books you might want to read, the browsing will be a big help.)
I’m still very happy with it, but I know there’s a number of people who were interested in finding out more, or who were waiting for the iPad app.
I’m spending a lot more time on instant messenger chat than I used to. And I have to admit, I really enjoy it.
Of course, just after I did the last one, I ended up finding a bunch of seasonally relevant ones, so here, bonus.
Libraries and related topics:
To put the “Ok, so what am I doing with this new computer” into context, it’d help to know what else there is:
My geeky stuff:
My work computer is a Dell laptop, running Win7, and a variety of software, including the Adobe Creative suite. I mostly live in my web browser, Word, Excel, and forays into various Adobe products, but less than I did before most of our website management moved into WordPress from Dreamweaver. Our IT policy is that we can use work machines for reasonable personal use, but in practice, it lives on my desk (plugged into a widescreen monitor) unless I’m at the reference desk or on my fortnightly evening reference shift. (However, if I ever *did* have a trip where I really wanted a computer, not the iPad, I could easily bring it.)
At home, I have:
Other bits of tech:
I should note here that I don’t own a TV and haven’t since 2005. (This has been largely for space reasons: I watch things via Hulu, Netflix, and various other streaming tools.) But part of why I’m excited about the iMac is that watching something while keeping an eye on my IM windows will now be much easier.
I will eventually get a USB DVD drive, but this past week is the first time I’ve stuck a DVD in my computer in about a year.
I believe in naming my technology. And sometimes renaming it. Here’s my about to be naming scheme:
You might notice a relationship between the screen ratios on the last two devices and their names. They’re imperfect, but amusing.
In January, my previous cat, Athene (who I’d had for almost 13 years) was put to sleep after congestive heart failure and a massive blood clot.
I waited until after my trip to Minnesota in March to consider a new cat, but today a friend and I went off to the local humane society, and I came home with a lovely new cat. I’m still contemplating names, as one does with cats, but I do have photos.
No, really, I’m going to work on blogging more regularly. (And if you have suggestions for things you’d like to see me talk about, leave a comment!)
I just hit that dip *after* you’re hectically busy where all you really want to do is do simple things (in my case: read a lot, knit a fair bit while watching non-demanding entertainment, read some more, mess around on the computer. Repeat. For, apparently, about a month.) But my creative brain came back with a vengeance in the last 10 days or so.
But I want to start talking some more about various long-term projects and interests, and before I do that, it makes sense to talk about the shape of my day and my week.
So, I’m just about to finish my first month at my new job, which means it’s time for a bit of an update. First, I still adore it. My time has been full of a lot of the more mechanical bits of the job (imaging computers to get them ready for the school year), but it’s a great way to learn a lot very quickly, so I don’t mind a bit.
But, as I’ve been describing to people, there’s a whole lot of New in my life. New place to live, new-to-me car (very different in driving feel from my previous one), all the bits about figuring out grocery shopping and where to get other things that make life work better. And of course, lots of New in the job. So I thought it might be nice to write about some of the changes.