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— 10:35 AM on June 10, 2011

Seems like we've had a quiet end to the week here, with Computex, E3, and WWDC all winding down. Last night, we set out to record the podcast, and the list of newsy topics to discuss from the past two weeks was probably unprecedented in scope and volume. Things are hopping, no doubt about it. That episode of the podcast is now in the can, and Jordan should have it ready to go by the end of the weekend, I believe.

In other news, TR web development projects continue behind the scenes, even though it may have seemed quiet for a while. We've brought two separate little projects nearly to fruition and run into snags on both, but I think at least one of them is close to ready: improved RSS feeds. We may have a URL for you to add to your readers and test before too long. Stay tuned.

After that, we have some additional clean-up and goodness to add to the main site, including doing something productive with the up/down vote on comments posts. Then, we're planning to start work on a mobile version of TR. Should make things easier for those reading on smart phones.

I'm pleased to report that my new computer has been completely stable since that last memory swap I noted in the article. It's also fast, smooth, and quiet. Honestly, much more of an upgrade in terms of everyday productivity use than I'd expected, since my old box was a Core 2 Quad with a first-gen Intel SSD and 8GB of RAM.

I have to say, though, that my efforts to overhaul my software suite have been less successful. Of course, I'm happy to be running Win7 at last—we shall not speak of its predecessor further. Beyond that, the only truly successful conversions I've made have been from Pidgin to Trillian—a clear upgrade between apps with eminently similar core interfaces—and from Windows Mail to the business version of GMail. E-mail simply belongs in the cloud, I've decided, and GMail does a fine job of organizing everything and letting the user access it from almost any connected device.

However, my attempts to replace my two favorite text editors—ye olde HomeSite for web article frameworks and EditPad Pro for everything else—have pretty much failed. I've tried PSPad, Notepad++, and EditPad Pro, and none of them will do everything as well as those two others combined. Also, hating the unfamiliar interfaces. Similarly, Excel 2010 gives me much more precise control over making my charts and graphs not look like I want. The older version I'd been using simply produces correct results, with fewer knobs and dials—way fewer, given the noise that is the ribbon interface. Also, wow, there is noticeable latency when typing data into multiple fields. Really, Microsoft? 3.3GHz hexa-core not enough? The verdict is still out on that one, but the transition is on shaky ground. Feels like a lot of work and money to commit for mixed results.

   
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