My new column about Evernote, Dropbox Paper, and the significance of modern word processing was stretched nearly to 7000 words thanks to my generous fiance’s Lenovo ThinkPad (my Spectre has yet to be fixed, though its new charging port arrived today,) which is even more of a rad machine than I could’ve imagined — superior to my lithe, enduser-as-hell Hewlett Packard in many writing-specific conveniences like segmented navigation keys. Windows 7 is even better than we’ll all remember it, though I’ll be glad to go back to a high-resolution display.
Considering that this blog, itself exists solely because I wanted to explore as many forms of word processing as possible for this piece, acknowledging its existence would be painfully, even vulgarly meta, so here’s a pull quote:
This is where WordPress should outshine just about everything else as a pure, open-source Content Management System for any and every use by any and every folk with server space, so I thought I’d try out my own fresh, ultra-connected install to see how its experience has changed. In word processing terms, its iOS and Windows clients are lightyears ahead of where they were a few years ago, but to take full advantage of them, one must allow WordPress’ own software access that’s not Open Web at all.
Of course, the software I’m referring to here is Automatic’s Jetpack, which is necessary — as far as I can tell, anyway — in order to publish remotely and participate in the greater WordPress dot com community and its “billions of posts,” and is no doubt responsible for this teeny tiny little site’s already pitifully gluttonous dependence on external content. The “Reader” function within a Jetpack-enabled Dashboard is probably its most bewildering feature. I suppose I’m just too young to truly understand the history of blogging, but I believe in The Open Web, okay? I really do.
After this evening, I actually have a few revisions/additions which I may or may not get around to addressing in the next few days, depending on whether or not I’m able to fix my laptop tomorrow:
- I forgot about mass email clients and TinyLetter — MailChimp’s aging spinoff.
- I also forgot to mention write.as — a beautiful and intriguing platform that’s not quite like anything else.
- I didn’t bother to check out Evernote’s in-browser experience first. Turns out, it’s a lot better than the app.
For better or worse, I’ll certainly have knocked this topic off the wall for a good while when I can finally feel done with this.