(1pic) I paid 3 dollars for a new 80 dollar lamp. awesome!

I went out in search for a lamp today since my desk didn’t have adequate lighting for any type of reading that isn’t from an lcd screen. Office depot seemed to be a good place to start looking, so that’s where I started and, lucky me, that’s where I finished my search.

There seemed to be a division in the lamps there; half of them were ott-lite’s and the other half were “regular”. Before today, I wouldn’t have paid any attention to any lamp differences, I mean they all give light. Well, after deciding to go with the, what seemed to be, “ricer” (ott-lite) lamps, I decided to choose between a cheaper 40-50 dollar lamp and a more expensive 60-80 dollar lamp.

But, as I often suspect pricetags of being out of date, I figured I’d ask the teller to give me a pricecheck on the more expensive one. “It’s ringing up for three dollars”, said the teller. #%!(#%! ok, sure I’ll take that one. So, today I got a 60-80 ott-lite lamp for $3.00 bux. Here it is sitting on my desk:

Yes, my desk is currently far cleaner than normal just for the sake of your eyes. Also note that I’m using my old keyboard now because *cough* someone *cough* broke my newer one. Same goes for my calculator – friggin ti-89 just decided to die on me, so now I’m using a cheapo 20 dollar calc.

Normally, I don’t have a notebook up there, but this will generally be what my desk will look like for awhile because I’ll be taking notes on all these new books I recently purchased. And that brings me to my final thought; I decided not to pay $150.00 for the Adesso Cyberpad.

Why I’m not going to buy the Adesso Cyberpad

I wanted to use the cyberpad with evernote initially. My goal was to have digital copies of my reading notes that would be searchable. But, I’ve concluded that I don’t have to have searchable reading notes. I think I’ll be perfectly satisfied, for the time being, without searchable notes. I will still make digital copies, however; we have a super scan to pdf machine at work, so I’ll use that for my crap – this saves me from having to burn my own money on a scanner.

The main thing that kind of allowed me to get turned off from the product was the fact that I’d have to “set it up” and deal with connecting/reconnecting it when I want to upload stuff. It wasn’t really a big deal initially, but it gave me some leverage in deciding to say no to the cyberpad. Plus, this technology isn’t really … good, yet. It could be awesome and so compatible with all kinds of things, but currently it’s just not to that point.

Hopefully some “search handwritten-scanned pdf” program will show it’s glorious face and provide an end-all to these expensive old-tech note-taking gadgets. The closest thing I’ve found so far is the ridiculously priced adobe 9 professional. Here are some of the notable features:

Create and reliably share PDF documents
Easily convert any document that prints to PDF to preserve formatting and ensure document integrity.

Easily convert files to PDF
Convert documents to PDF with one-button ease from Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Project, Visio, Access, and Publisher, as well as AutodeskĀ® AutoCADĀ® and Lotus Notes*.

Scan to PDF with OCR
Scan paper documents to PDF and automatically recognize text with optical character recognition (OCR) technology to create compact, searchable PDF documents.

Convert e-mail to PDF
Archive e-mail or e-mail folders from Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes as PDF files to facilitate easy search and retrieval*.

Capture web pages as PDF Enhanced
Convert complete web pages, or just the portions you want*, including or excluding rich and interactive media. PDF versions of web pages are easy to print, archive, mark up, and share.

Convert and share 2D CAD
Convert DWG files to Adobe PDF files without using AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT.

Insert video in PDF files New
Insert FLV or H.264 video in PDF files for direct playback in Acrobat and Adobe Reader.

Work with Acrobat.com New
Use Acrobat.com services with Acrobat to store and share large documents, collect form data, and review documents with virtually anyone, anywhere.

Ahem. So … umm, I’m downloading the trial right now – lets see if this actually works.