The long period between updates: 07/11/05 'til 08/18/05


Wow, time flies, doesn't it?

For two weeks after the previous update, the 4P was virtually ignored, a literal afterthought.  However, when the Bulk Lot of Disks I won on eBay arrived, things changed.  I decided to back up my LS-DOS disk, and discovered a little program called TED/CMD.

TED, if you aren't yet aware, is a Text EDitor.  A simple, bare bones text editor taking up all of 3K of space on my LS-DOS disk, and quite possibly the best program ever written..  After backing up my disk, I decided to poke around, to see what the program could do.  Nine hours (and one seriously numb behind) later,  I had written nearly fifty pages of text.  It's funny, once I started, I couldn't stop!  I had to keep writing!  I WANTED to keep writing!  Everything I had stuck in my head came out, stories, plans, articles, web page updates, it poured out like water from a faucet.  Some of it made it onto my personal webpage, others are still works in progress, still others are in the planning stages.

Eventually, I backed my Text Files diskette up onto my P166 using David Keil's TRS-80 emulator and the EXPORT/CMD command on the Model 4P utilities disk image...

For about a day after my nine hour writing session, I wondered WHY I had the sudden burst of creativity.  Why had the 4P triggered such an outpouring?  I thought about it for a while, and the only thing I could think of was this:


Yeah, when using the 4P, I'm able to focus on one single task at a time.  I have no games, no MP3s, no porn, no NOTHING!  All I have is black screen and green text.  Soothing black and green, and not high-contrast-smacking-you-in-the-face white and black.  I find it's so much more conducive to writing than Word, Simpletext, Final Writer, or OpenOffice.  So, with that in mind, I've decided to do ALL my writing on the 4P.  Everything.  Both my web pages, articles I write for other web pages, stories, and my other projects will all be written on the 4P.  I will probably use Mozilla on my P166 and Linux box to "pretty it up", but all the actual text will be done on the 4P.  Period.

Oh, and when I finally get around to sorting out my budget, I'll be using Visicalc on the 4P, simply because it's a more secure system... in that it's not connected to any networks... 'cause I've been too lazy to set up the Linux box or Sparc to accept null-modem console connections...

So, to recap the rambling bit of text above:

A:) The 4P rocks.
B:) TED is the best program ever.
C:) I had lots of ideas that finally made it out of my head (last count: 120 pages of unrelated articles)
D:) The 4P will be my text editing and personal finance machine.
E:) I need sleep.

See you next week!