The Zagg Slimbook for iPad pro.

After having my iPad pro for some time, well since it first came out, I finally bought a keyboard. I had other keyboard that worked fine with it mind you, since as a Mac owner I accumulate bluetooth keyboards like they are going out of styler, but I had not gotten a dedicated keyboard for my iPad Pro. The last time I had gotten a keyboard was for an iPad 3 many many mooons ago, and it held up fairly well, but my key complaint with that one, also a Zagg, was that uncoupling the keyboard from the iPad was a chore. So while the family and I have gone through a few more iPads since then, no more keyboards. 

This Zagg finally had me interested again, for two main reasons :

  • Backlight Keys
  • Simple iPad detachment from keyboard.

Now those reason may sound great in theory, but how do the keyboard work?

Well after about four days of testing, all I can say is the keyboard itself is great. Far better than my original Zagg, which was also great. 

Unboxing the Keyboard

The packaging of a product can often be a setup, but bad packaging rarely is indicative of a quality product. The Zagg Slimbook however has very nice packaging. A simple cardboard box with magnetic method of opening and closing the box. It’s nice to boxes that require little to no effort to actually open and get to the materials. This is also very much in line with the packaging style that apple customers have grown to expect considering how refined the iPad and iPad pro packaging is itself. After opening the box you will see you keyboard, and upon pulling it out will also see the paperwork, as well as the charging cable down a sleeve on the side of the box. A quick note, the charging cable is very very short, so expect to find a place very close by to put the keyboard where ever you plan to charge it, don’t expect to use a mid tower desktop with no space close by as the charging cable is approximately 12 inches long.

Keyboard Resonse

 I would say the keys are a little stiffer but basically have the same motion and usuage of my MacBook pro built in Keyboard. There is no noticeable lag between what I type and what is shown on the screen. All the keys are very nice and there have been no sticky keys. The row of functions keys is nice, and work great, it’s nice to have the same function as The Backlighting is quite nice as well, though there is some light bleed beneath the keys. You can also customize it as there are 6 different backlight colors to choose from, honestly I like the ease at which you can change those colors, because at least for me (with rental sight issues) different colors sometimes are more helpful than others.  

Battery Life

It also has a very large battery so you can type for quite some time before the keyboard needs recharging, Zagg states that if you only type for about 1 hou a day, and don’t use the backlighting, you can go upwards of two years between each charge. I’m not certain about that, but In the four days I’ve been actively using it I have only just now remembered to turn off the backlighting, and yet I am still typing on the very first charge.
Overall 

So overall I am very happy with the keyboard, and would highly recommend it. The fact that it detaches from the keyboard and gives you you iPad back is also great. Logitech’ keyboard wasn’t for me because of that problem.

Today’s Psalm

So whether you are an episcopalian or not “The Book of Common Prayer” is a good reference point, and a great thing to have around. The main thing is it provide a nice devotional, and since it is based on a year round schedule, you can always flip to the actual date it is.
Today’s Morning PSalms were Psalm 93 and 96. I had a good time explaining crashing waves to my Kids. My 11 year old has been to the ocean once, when he was 2. So Explaining the following verse took some time:

 4 More than the sounds of many waters,

Than the mighty breakers of the sea,

The Lord on high is mighty.

 New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Ps 93:4). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

It reminded me of just how Landlocked Northwest Arkansas really is. But the Psalm itself really does speak to the Majesty of God.

Logos 7 is here, and I got sucked in.

I just upgraded to Logos 7. Not a whole lot to say at the moment, since I’m still playing with it. It does seem to be better optimized for Mac though, because the temperature on the CPU never exceeed 79C . Logos version 6 was very bad about throttling the CPU, to the point that indexing you library might very well result in a CPU temp of 95C or worse.
As I explore Logos 7 I will post more on it.

Reviewing iPad/iPhone Bible Study apps.

I definitely know this topic is very much a matter of opinion, after all the best Bible Study tool is the one that helps you study the Bible more. And you can have the one with the best tools on the planet and if it doesn’t help you study the Bible, then it’s worthless. That being said I figured it oiled be worth going over the various options on the iPad, and which one I like better.

I intend to cover 

  • Accordance
  • Logos
  • Olive Tree

If someone wishes for me to look at something else I will be glad to look at that as well, but for now I will stick with the three I have played around with the most.

Today’s Reading for me. Psalm 66

So today I read Psalm 66. For those with subheadings in their bible, it is for the choir director, not attributed author. It is all about praise God for his deeds and for God answering prayer. It was poignant for me, because the Lord answered My Wife’s and my prayer. This week has been a rollercoaster, our Daughter had an eye hemorrhage which as found during a routine eye checkup, and so the optometrist sent us to the doctor for lab work. Chief concern was the possibility of a blood disorder. God answered our prayers though, and it was not anything like that. They aren’t sure what caused it, but she is suffering from allergies.

Still yesterday I was reading Psalm 61 yesterday, reminding me to lean upon God (the rock) that is higher than I, then today the next Psalm I read is about praise God’s answering of prayer.

Irony

So I do plan to post more here. And as with most blogs, you should always presume the primary person you are writing to is yourself. Not because other people might not read, but to presume other people are truly interested in what you say is a bit presumptuous. Back to the title of today’s post though. I believe the irony lies in the title of my blog and the fact that it has so little content to it. I struggle very much with my daily reading, in part because I can always come up with one excuse or another, but ultimately it is a struggle with sin in which I often lose. Perhaps irony is ont the right term but poetic. 

In any case I plan to change that. I have now taken some steps to help with that at least for now, in that I have gotten a keyboard for my iPad. As goofy as it sounds, and its tons of tech around me, I really get much better Bible Reading and Bible study from the iPad. I think it is the more personal feel, or the fact it seems a lot more like having a Bible open, and writing on the side. Something about looking at a large 27 inch ore better monitor I just don’t get.

It is also that time of year to look at the Logos Upgrade. Logos 7 is now out, and I am looking at my upgrade options. For once in what seems like forever I don’t feel like they are making the upgrade exceptionally expensive.
In any Case I will be trying to keep up with an actual bible study, as well as a discussion of tech and such on this site. 
Yours in Christ,

Back to prayer.

OK, so I’m obviously focused on prayer,it’s one of the basics I’ve listed and have talked about, but while taking advantage of using Logos 4 today, and it’s awesome home page feature, I was reminded of an area of prayer  we, as the Church universal, so often forget. We forget to talk to the Lord about the bad things happening, especially those bad things not in our lives. And we often do ask the Lord to do anything about them. The funny thing about that is that the Bible is chock full of examples of what we should do . Today I was reading Psalm 79:1-9

1 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;

they have defiled your holy temple;

they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.

2 They have given the bodies of your servants

to the birds of the heavens for food,

the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.

3 They have poured out their blood like water

all around Jerusalem,

and there was no one to bury them.

4 We have become a taunt to our neighbors,

mocked and derided by those around us.

5 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?

Will your jealousy burn like fire?

6 Pour out your anger on the nations

that do not know you,

and on the kingdoms

that do not call upon your name!

7 For they have devoured Jacob

and laid waste his habitation.

8 Do not remember against us our former iniquities;

let your compassion come speedily to meet us,

for we are brought very low.

9 Help us, O God of our salvation,

for the glory of your name;

deliver us, and atone for our sins,

for your name’s sake!

The above is obviously a prayer, Asaph is telling God of the troubles he is seeing and both calling on God to judge the nations and delivering Israel, God’s people. How often do we pray about just the general problems in the world and request God’s intervention? Let’s say you don’t  like the direction the courts have been taken with respect to the definition of marriage? Have you prayed that they Lord God would change the hearts of those who are making these judicial decision? Have you prayed that the Lord would punish them for their Godless deeds. If you haven’t prayed these things, then why should you be surprised with the direction the world has been going in.

Note that while often prayer requires action, remember too that you are not the hand of God, nor shall you ever knowingly be such. That means if you pray for judgement on the wicked , which you should, that doesn’t give you the right to execute judgement on the wicked. Vengeance is the Lord’s, and the Lord’s alone. Deuteronomy 32:35 makes this clear:

35 Vengeance is mine, and recompense,

for the time when their foot shall slip;

for the day of their calamity is at hand,

and their doom comes swiftly.’