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“24” Returns With A Bang! January 15, 2007

Posted by O.J. in Reviews, TV.
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 Jack Bauer

Just when I was about to throw in the towel and quit watching 24, I come across dozens of articles in which TV critics hail the new season.

In my books, 24 was at the end of its lifeline.  I had heard rumours prior to the beginning of Season 5, that it was to be the last season for the show.  So, when Fox announced last year that 24 had been signed on for another 5 seasons, I was utterly shocked!!  The show has been in a down-hill spiral since Season 3, and almost all the original, and very much loved, characters have been killed off.  “Where does the show go from here?” I asked myself.  “How many more dreadful days can Jack Bauer have?”

For me, 24 was in ICU.  I would give Season 6 the chance to impress me with the first 2 – 3 episodes.  If the writers and producers stick to the same boring, repetitive and complex storylines, 24 will be dead to me.

However, looks like 24 will be rejuvenated; and luckily, fans of the show are in for the shock of their life.  The following is what TV critics are saying about the first few episodes of Season 6:

Oh no they di-in’t!

Kiefer should win an Emmy for his first five minutes on screen alone.

This damn show has done it again.

Just when you thought you knew the formula, knew the players, could possibly predict what might happen next, the storyline bitch-slaps you into an entirely different hemisphere. And oh, it is good!

The end of the fourth episode will leave you speechless.

With exciting reviews like these, how can I turn my back on 24?  It sounds like this could be the show’s best season yet.  Fox is airing a 2-night 4-hour season premiere in which episodes 1 & 2 (7 a.m. – 8 a.m. and 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.) aired yesterday, and episodes 3 & 4 (9 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.) will air today. 

For those following the show, this is what Jack Bauer is expected to look like after 20 months of Chinese torture:

Jack Bauer (with beard)

As for me, I’m most definately looking forward to a 24-filled weekend.  I’m almost positive all the local DVD/movie-rental joints will have all 4 episodes by Thursday.  So for all of you who don’t want to wait for the official DVD release in November, and don’t mind watching the show over a span of 4 months, I suggest you head over to your preferred DVD joint ASAP.

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EverNote: The Digital Note-taking Solution December 18, 2006

Posted by O.J. in Reviews, Software.
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Is your office desk or drawer cluttered with small white papers or post-it notes?  Is your note-pad or Filofax crammed with notes, names, dates and telephone numbers?  Do you have a hard time finding where you placed that piece of paper with a telephone number you jotted down a few days back?

My answers are yes to all three questions above.  I jot down notes, names, and telephone numbers on small pieces of paper which flood my desk.  I am constantly scribbling notes and numbers all over my notepad to the point that I sometimes completely fill every inch of a page.  Can you imagine how hard it is for me to have to go back to that page or those post-it notes to find a specific number !? 

There is only so much temporary information you can keep around.  Numbers, names, dates, facts, times, tasks, ideas and notes that you can throw away, but may need to save.  I am generally a very unorganized person.  My numerous attempts at staying organized last about a week until papers, notes, business cards, letters, etc. are scattered all over my desk.  That is why I choose the digital route.  I use nifty gadgets and practical software applications to keep everything such as contacts, calender entries, appointments, tasks – and now notes – organized and systematic. 

I stumbled across this great application called EverNote which works with Windows operating system. I’ved been using it a for a few days now and I’m very happy so far.  I literally grabbed every single one of those small papers sprinkled across my desk and entered them into my new digital note-taking system.  This handy software application is a must-have for quick note-taking.  You can organize your notes into categories, give them labels, use smart search to locate specific notes, create to-do lists, browse notes in a time-line, and so much more. 

The download is quick, free and very easy to install.  Disregard the paid version.  The main difference between the free and paid version is in synchronization features and handwriting recognition.  If you have an external tablet or Tablet PC and you like taking handwritten notes on your computer, you’re going to want the paid version.  The software integrates very well with Microsoft Office applications such as PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.  It is definitely well worth downloading and trying out. 

So, the next time someone asks you to take down a phone message or a confirmation number, instead of jotting it down on a post-it note the old school way, enter it digitally using your new note-taking tool.  No more paper clutter!

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…”If it ain’t digital, it ain’t sh!*t”.  🙂