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Josh Rollins
Tech junkie by day, writer and kinkster by night.
Tech junkie by day, writer and kinkster by night.
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Why I won't use a Mac for Writing anymore

Overpriced: For the hardware you get, Macs are generally way overpriced. This is especially true for the new Macbooks. Apple is known to create great hardware, but they are not the only ones, not anymore. Other premium computers can be just as good if not better, and for less money.

It doesn't "just work": Macs get slower over time and can get spyware and viruses (heard of Mac defender?) just like Windows computers. With Windows 10 and SSD hard drives, other computer start up faster than a Mac

Your new software is tied to the cloud anyway: You probably use Dropbox, or something similar to sync and backup your work. Dropbox (or what have you) work just as well on Windows, and can now even be integrated into Chromebooks. If you use a program that syncs to iCloud, you run the risk of running out of space rather quickly.

Great writing apps aren't just for mac: even scrivener, which is to writers what photoshop is for photographers, works on Windows. Additionally, there's great software and apps out there, all cloud base, that will work on whatever computer you use.

Costly repairs: Sure, if you're under warranty, Apple has your back. Unless you spill something on it or drop it. It is harder to fix Macs as they require specific not-readily available components, and the file system would not work well with third-party solution. Either way, if you're not covered, you'll pay a lot.

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It's Been a While, But I'm Still Writing...

My latest horrible creation. Still needs more editing, but at this point I really want to get it out and move on before I do more tweaking, or I will never post it.  
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Grinding French Press Mystery 

Hello coffee community, should probably joined a while back... 

So I'm starting to take my first steps toward becoming more of a coffee, err, connoisseur (my friends would like to use the term "snob"). I recently got myself a grinder (Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton) to grind my beans. I also have a French Press. 

Figuring out the right grind size has been somewhat challenging, but I figured it out. What I still didn't figure out is why there's barely any resistance when I push the plunger down in the press, which also indicates that the coffee is going to taste more like water with coffee aroma than anything.

I've made systematic experiments. Originally, I used Starbucks Kenya blend which was ground for French Press in advance (I know I know, I was learning, OK?). This gave me coffee that tasted kind of alright, and I could feel the resistance from the plunger. I tried a new kind of beans first, with the new grinder, which I practiced on. 

No matter how fine the grind are (noticeably smaller than the Starbucks made one), the plunger still dives through it with no resistance, and I get watery taste.

Next, I tried the same beans from Starbucks, not ground this time, and I ground them this morning almost to a powder... Nothing. Plunger goes down like a stone. Coffee tastes like Kenya water. 

I timed how long I let the coffee sit in the Press. I measured the same amount of coffee with cooking spoon. I even counted the number of seconds after the water came to a boil and made sure it's the same amount. 

Everything is exactly the same besides the fact that one kind of beans are freshly ground, and the others have been sitting in the fridge for a while. 

I don't understand what I'm missing (should I freeze the grinds? but isn't the whole point to have them fresh?), the grinder is deferentially doing it's job and the grounds are like talc powder... I remember that when I tried to Press Espresso grounds before, It was almost impossible to press the plunger down, so I know finer grind = more resistance, but, not in my case!

Please help... what am I overlooking...? 

--frustrated coffee junkie
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Update 

On August 11, I started my new job as a school teacher. It was a long coming change, one that I’ve been working toward for the last two years. When I started training to become a teacher, I did so with writing in mind. I figured it’s the kind of job that would give me, among other things, some time at night to sit down and write, especially during vacations. For the last month or so however, I barely had time for myself. 

The transition is difficult. I am miles away from where I started, but I am still spending a lot of time - extra time - learning the tools and the ways of what I’m supposed to do. To make things more challenging, I find that many of the productivity tools I used a certain way, like Evernote and Wunderlist, don’t work as well now simply because I can’t pull out my phone or computer any moment I want. The demands are different, the expectations are higher, and I trying to solve problems in my workflow that would make little sense to people around me. 

Now I’m trying to get back to writing and I find that even something as simple as writing a post for my blog is challenging again. I have to start from the beginning again, take one little step at a time, and get back on the horse. Some things, like exercising at the gym, just come to me as soon as I pick them up again. Others, like writing, are much more challenging. I’m not sure why.
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In Kansas, Internet too fast for people to know what to do with it


"area is finding out that Google Fiber is so fast, it’s hard to know what to do with it."
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Possible Suspense Book Cover?

Man, I really enjoy taking random photos and Goggling them up. 
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Still using paper to do lists?
How can you track what you've accomplished long term? Why?
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This is what Google Auto Awesome can do to your photos...  wow

gives me a good reason to get out and take photos. 
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