13 January 2012

Just possessed an e-mail out of my Mom.

There's spam, and then there's art:

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08 January 2012

Tablet Litmus Test: Do I Need It?

This post will not be an exhaustive pro/con review of purchasing a tablet. I just want to share one insight synthesized from both my own tablet use and the discussions and articles I've followed for the past year regarding tablets and the alternatives (netbooks and laptops in one direction, e-readers and media players in the other).

Reactions to tablets are mixed. Some owners and bystanders alike are left scratching their heads, asking, "What is this good for?" For some people, the cost is trivial enough that the redundancy alone is worthwhile: an extra browsing screen, an extra music player, a movie screen in a pinch, and an extra-large Angry Birds machine. Most of us, though, don't want to drop even $200-300 for a budget model, much less $400-800 for an iPad or Transformer, if we're only going to use it for five minutes once a week.

My test, and the one disgruntled tablet owners seem to have failed to apply, is this: is there one task for which this will be my primary and preferred device? In other words, know why before you buy.

Many satisfied tablet owners, like myself, wanted a not-quite-so-dedicated e-reader, or more specifically a reader for highly visual media like magazines and comics. Others saw a space in their daily routine where they'd want to watch movies out of reach of their televisions or PCs. For others, just having something bigger than a phone and smaller than a laptop to curl up with while watching TV was enough. Yes, a lot of the tablet's value rests in being a general-purpose computer, but we also had in mind a single purpose that it would serve better than any other device in our stable.

If your current arrangement works just fine--if you always need a laptop handy anyway, or must have e-ink for novels and don't read magazines, or WiFi wouldn't cut it for your mobile browsing and you don't want another bill--then don't get a tablet.

04 January 2012

Selectively migrate Chrome bookmarks with TabCloud

I just wanted to share a simple solution to what I thought would be a chore when I had to do it tonight: setting up a work profile in Chrome on my home PC. Late last year, Google made it easier to add multiple user accounts to Chrome, streamlining the first part of the process, but you're still starting from scratch with each new profile. In my case, I had about a dozen bookmarks I wanted to bring along, most as pinned tabs.

The simple solution, which I already had installed, was TabCloud. With the tabs open in my original profile, I saved them to TabCloud, made a new user, installed TabCloud, and restored. From that point, I just closed the window with the pinned tabs last, so that they'd be ready to go next time I need them. You could go from tab to tab clicking stars, too, to save everything as bookmarks, though it's all backed up in TabCloud, anyway.

UPDATE 1/8/12: I have since found it more trouble than it's worth to use a separate profile this way, and I'm just using the saved tab configuration in TabCloud as my work 'profile,' without changing Chrome users. YMMV.