Microsoft’s New Department

Read carefully from this memo. See if anything stands out to you:

(CEO Steve) Ballmer also talked about the company’s future plans, while detailing the functions that form the basis of Microsoft’s transformation — Engineering, Marketing, Business Development and Evangelism, Advanced Strategy and Research, Finance, HR, Legal, and COO.

Who knew Microsoft was evangelical? 

Fun with my “Hacked” Nook

Practicing with my “Android” reader, I have downloaded the Olive Tree Reader, along with the Cadre Bible. Both allow me to have downloaded Bibles so I don’t need to be connected to wifi.

While I am still getting used to electronic Bible reading, it is more useful for taking notes within the text. The Olive Tree Reader is easier to make quick notes within the text, but both programs allow me to sync all my textnotes to Evernote. Evernote creates a file for the Olive Tree Reader or the Cadre Bible and then I can file them where I want after they have synced. It gives me a permanent place to place my notes outside the readers.

It’s a slow process for me. I still like the printed page. Yet, I am getting a bit more used to taking quick notes this way. (What I would like is to find a bluetooth keyboard that can make it that much easier to take notes on my Nook.)

The Challenge of the Digital Age

My experiment with turning the Nook into a Droid tablet has been a lot of fun. I now have much more than an e-reader. Getting productivity out of something that costs quite of bit of money is important for me.

But the digital age has its glitches.

I learned to download Bible readers that don’t need internet connections because I began my teaching schedule and the wifi at the college was very uneven in giving me connectivity. But the other day, that still didn’t save me. Just when I think I have really achieved, and I’m reading the Bible from a tablet, looking all “cutting edge” (but not really, since it isn’t an iPad), for some reason the tablet decides it needs to REBOOT while I’m trying to read a Bible passage in my class.

There are times when it’s all I can do to keep myself from chucking something out the window and go searching for a print Bible, a legal pad, and a ball point pen…

The sky is falling!

Steve Jobs has stepped down as CEO of Apple. The way the news reads today, it sounds like he’s dead. It’s like reading obituaries!

There will be endless blogs and articles about the viability of Apple. The news is full of it already.

An incredible visionary has left his position and the company he has infused with incredible energy seems to keep moving on. For how long, no one knows.

But this we do know (even though it doesn’t sound like it):

1. Steve Jobs has NOT died.

2. Apple is still open for business.

Everyone just breathe.

Nook Reader on Android

Yesterday a friend set up my Nook to be an android tablet. He has been overcome with power and is now hacking anything he can get his hands on. (You should see a hacked toaster. It makes great waffles now.)

But as to the Nook reader, I like the app better! The page turn function is more animated PLUS you can turn the Nook sideways and the text will turn. The regular Nook wouldn’t do that.

Getting far more functionality out of the Nook with the Android hack is a great discovery to this point.