Go Google

April 16, 2011By jayapplications, miscelany, technology

In an article entitled:
Why no company that values their data should EVER “Go Google” Colin Davis of e1ven dot com

The problem is, Google is entirely useless whenever there finally IS a flaw.

I used to be a huge proponent of Google. I talked everyone I knew into using Google and eventually Google apps. Much of this was BS—Before Schmidt—some was after. But, once his megalomania for user information became abundantly clear, I began to back off of my proponent stand and have become much more of an opponent.

The afore-linked-to article isn’t so much about Google—though that is the framework—as it is “The Cloud”. The article is specific to Google in that they were the vehicle of trouble in this incident, but it could have referred to any remote-storage-facility-that-one-relies-upon. I know people who are eager for cloud computing; they want to have their “computer” accessible from anywhere. In theory it will be great.

In theory.

In practicality and concerning privacy it will be just as troublesome as local storage—if not more. It will be just as open to failure and trauma. However, having someone else manage my stuff and being able to pry into it at their whim (or using it to expand their search capabilities) is not my idea of a better trade.

E1ven’s article is a good reminder that while the cloud is cool it isn’t faultless. Read it. Think about privacy and the trouble that they endured.

The Saurus

April 15, 2011By jayapplications, technology, Writing

Today, while updating my noggin—with information from my RSS feeds, I ran across Visual Thesaurus. It looks like an awesome tool for writers.

Visual Thesaurus is an interactive — almost organic — dictionary and thesaurus for your Mac. Enter a word and you’ll be presented with branch nodes displaying synonyms or antonyms for that word. The lines between the words are color-coded to indicate parts of speech. Depending on how you are using the word, click on its proper definition and then delve down through the semantic relationship of the word by clicking on its node. The whole process is a really fun way to find the right words you are looking for. You almost feel like an explorer traipsing through a thesaurus thanks to the interactivity of the app.

via TUAW

I prefer the subscription model for price/features, but I prefer the desktop app for it’s independence from an internet connection. I would much rather see this as an iOS app—that would be the best of both worlds.

The Workout

April 12, 2011By jayart, miscelany, religion, technology, Writing

If you are around me long enough you will hear one of my favorite sayings: everything is a muscle. Lately, this truth has burrowed deeper in my soul.

Everything takes practice.

Anything can be learned through practice.

While anything can be learned—that doesn’t mean that anything can be learned well through practice alone. It takes practice, true, but practice must be supplemented with passion.

The old saying that “practice makes perfect” is only correct if one presupposes that one is passionate—first. Practice, alone, only strengthens a weakened area—it is the push-up. Without love/passion the push-up is ultimately doomed. Enter another favorite saying of mine:

Practice makes stronger, passion makes perfect.

If I love something, no matter how “good” (in other people’s eyes) I am at it—it becomes perfected by my love for it.

My abilities might not appear to be perfected (to others), but if I am living in my passion, am exercising it, and if I reach my full potential in it—then I have perfected my ability.

This is God’s heart for us . He has given us many abilities—one of which is the ability to discover new abilities—that we can use in this life. He has given us the ability to adapt and change. Our potential to do anything is limited only by our desire—our passion and willingness to exercise it.

Discover what you love and exercise it. When our passion corresponds with His character—it is pleasing to God.