Extreme Composition Meta

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.

Shife's External Content
5/6 of this lit­tle blog’s con­tent sources are not my serv­er.

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.