Kindle books or physical copies?

For my recent 40th birthday (yeah, yeah, I’m old) my wife got me one of those new Kindle Paperwhites. It is awesome. I love the size, the screen, everything.

But.

After some thought about book ownership, and some recent events in the news where some people are getting their entire [Kindle library wiped due to terms infringement](http://boingboing.net/2012/10/22/kindle-user-claims-amazon-dele.html). I’ve been wondering about this whole digital book concept. Or, more specifically, the Amazon controlled book library.

I love the idea of the Kindle, and I love it’s execution, but I’m having a hard time buying into the whole deal. It really makes me nervous and doesn’t make me want to buy too many books on that thing. Not to mention I really like the idea of a physical library of books you’ve read or intend on reading.

If you have any opinion or advise, please comment on this post.

System setup change?

Currently, I use my 13″ MacBook Pro as a second screen next to my 24″ (1920×1200) monitor, but, I’ve been kicking around the idea of dropping down to just the laptop.

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I’m just getting tired of constantly unplugging everything from my laptop whenever I want to carry it off. Last year I actually did this very thing and it lasted quite a while, maybe a few months.

Way back in 2009, when I bought this laptop, I debated heavily whether I should get the 13″ or 15″ model. My previous MacBook Pro was a 15″ model and I absolutely loved it, but I was wanting something more portable. These days I’ve been kicking myself that I didn’t go with the larger screen. If I had that laptop I probably wouldn’t have even picked up the external monitor.

Going from 24″ + 13″ worth of screen real estate down to just the 13″ will be a challenge, but, I’ll just lean on full screen apps and spaces more.

2012 Resolutions

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. But, I do like the motivation it inspires. So, here are mine for this year and a follow up on last year’s to see how I did.

**First, how did I do [last year](http://briantimmer.posterous.com/2011-resolutions):**

1. Make a list of 2011 accomplishments
2. Blog, as in actually write stuff. I’ve had ‘blogs’ for years (decades?) but just didn’t write in them.
3. Use Twitter more
4. Use Facebook less
5. Brew nearly all the beer I drink, with the exception of the occasional exceptional brew
6. Go to local breweries more
7. Get back into tea and get back into supplementing some of my coffee with it (kinda fell off the bandwagon in 2010)
8. Get back into running/jogging (kinda fell off that bandwagon about 7 years ago… never got back on)
9. Go for more rides on my bikes, both road and mountain
10. Take one of my many project ideas and actually shove some time into it
11. Go on a backpacking trip

Not great, but then not terrible either…

* 2 – I just don’t have a ton to say, I’m going to try to remedy that this year.
* 5 – I didn’t have a method of making larger batches, and didn’t get one until later in the year, hopefully I’ll turn this one around.
* 7 – It just doesn’t (or didn’t) fit into my normal work flow, I’m just so used to coffee.
* 9 – Time, all we need is time.
* 11 – See #9, plus it’d help having someone else to backpack with.

**Now for this year’s (in no particular order):**

1. Blog, as in actually write stuff. I’ve had ‘blogs’ for years (decades?) but just didn’t write in them. [last year’s flop]
2. Brew nearly all the beer I drink, with the exception of the occasional exceptional brew. [last year’s flop]
3. Go for more rides on my bikes, both road and mountain. [last year’s flop]
4. Go on a backpacking trip. [last year’s flop]
5. Lose a few pounds and get back into shape
6. Finish two of my web projects
7. Read more (fiction and non-fiction)
8. Less coffee
9. Join a [local SAR group](http://www.kentcountysar.org/) (Search and Rescue)
10. Buy a pistol and get my CCW

What are yours? Did you stick to last year’s? [And then there’s this.](http://5by5.tv/b2w/47 “Back to Work #47: Utter Failure & Hotel Steak”)