The Lost Art of Single Tasking

Multitasking Fail

 

One of the first Wii games we ever got was Mario Cart. It’s a fun, fast-paced game and it brings the whole family together. I figured that it was quality time with them since it was something they wanted to do with me. Keep in mind, that when we first got the Wii, my son was only 7 years old.

When he would play, it would be really frustrating because it seems that all he did was wreck, drive in circles, or drive backwards! Every single race, I would have to wait 1-2 minutes for the race to officially end. That’s way too long for me to

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A Successful Hunt

Well, I have to pay off the Hunt for the Perfect Bible by actually showing the result of the hunt with this last post of the series. After all, the point of hunting is, eventually (and hopefully), getting!

I checked my list. I was looking for a device that can function as a bible for reading, preaching, and intensive study. With solid software and tons of electronic books, I had to make sure that whatever I was running could store a lot.

Besides all that, I’m (1) a gamer and (2) a designer who does a fair amount of print and digital design. That meant that I needed something pretty powerful.

I also needed the thing to be very portable, light and to have some tablet like capability so I can preach with it. This is a problem since almost all tablets in the marketplace don’t offer an OS that can support my programs and definitely don’t have the cranking power to justify the expense.

Asus vs. Samsung

Cross-category machines, like the Asus EEE Slate and the Samsung Slate, wound up being added to my spreadsheet. Apple doesn’t have any slates that have a full Operating System unless you go with a hack (which costs way too much) so that wasn’t even a consideration. Plus, even if I stayed only within the realm of laptops, the Apple Machines just didn’t give me as much for my money. Only 2 USB Ports? Bah.

Anyway, the slates seemed to be a good buy but you still had to invest in a keyboard (which added to the price) and there wasn’t any real history with the things yet. They ran Windows 7 which has multi-touch functionality (to use the thing as a tablet) but nowhere near the slickness of Android OS or Apple’s iOS. I didn’t mind it since I would be using full software but I still will need a keyboard to do real work.

In the end, I wound up looking at either Fujitsu’s convertible notebooks or Lenovo’s. Lenovo’s screen has the quality of the iPad but without a lot of the glare issues, the reliability backing of Lenovo (formerly IBM), and the great track record of a solid machine. Fujitsu’s, though good, would break my budget. Add to that some Lenovo coupons and corporate discounts and I wound up with a powerful Lenovo Thinkapd X220t Digital Bible that can also run several operating systems in VMWare.

Is the thing perfect? Not quite. Windows 7 could be smarter with the touchscreen (and I’m hoping Windows 8 fixes that) and the active use battery life could be better, but other than those bits I’m pretty satisfied.

Drop us a line (and include pictures) if you wind up successfully hunting for your own Somewhat Perfect Digital Bible.

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The Birds Are Angry

Hand Held GameThe 70s and 80s was a great time to grow up. Video games were being introduced for the first time. It was the golden age of gaming and I had a front row seat.

One Christmas morning in the 1970s I received a simple, handheld electronic basketball game. The game featured a little blinking red dot – more of a dash really – that you had to maneuver through other red dashes until you had an open shot to the goal. The dashes could only move around a fixed grid, and the “screen” was painted with the lines of a basketball court.

Ancient by today’s standards, but back in the day it was cutting edge technology – and I loved every minute of it. I played that game for hours on end.

Several years later, on another Christmas morning, I received an Atari 2600 game console. It was at this precise moment that I became an addict. For years to come I would play endless hours of Atari games, and when I wasn’t playing Atari, I was either talking or dreaming about Atari.

Eventually I grew up, went to college and left my games behind. No longer did I have the time or even the desire to play with such childish things.

Fast forward to the summer of 2010 when I became the proud owner of a brand new Android phone… the Droid X. Once again I became enchanted with the cutting edge technology that I held in my hand.

A couple of months later Angry Birds was released for Android… I installed it the day it was released. Why not? It was free!

They say an addict is never really cured. I thought my addiction to gaming was long gone… but at that very moment the addiction returned. In the months ahead I would spend waste ever more time playing.

It became clear that I had a problem. Angry Birds and the other games on my phone were not an innocent distraction… the games were robbing me of precious time. Time with my family, time with my friends, and worst of all… time with my Lord and Savior.

Eventually I worked up the courage to confess my addiction to the guys in my accountability group. Their advice was radical…. delete the games. What? Delete the Birds? Yes… go cold turkey (sorry, bad pun) and delete the Birds.

It wasn’t easy, but right there in front of my accountability group I deleted all of the games from my phone. Yes, the Birds are still angry… but now I have that wasted time back to use in ways that are infinitely more important.

Are there any birds in your life that need to be deleted?

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