Scholarly workflow. I’m always interested in the research process of others in biblical studies (or any field of the humanities, really). How do you hatch an idea, record it, decide to research it further, organize that research, write it up, edit it, publish it, etc.? Favorite software? Favorite old school methods (e.g., pen and pad next to nightstand)?
I hope to explore this further, perhaps in a ‘series’ of sorts, but for now, let me suggest one simple hardware upgrade that will add speed to your workflow if you depend in any significant way on software, especially bible software: Get a solid state hard drive. (No, I’m not advertizing for anyone.)
A SSD will speed up OS startup, file opening and saving, searching within programs, application loading, and just about anything on a computer that engages the hard drive. It also has advantages beyond just speed. It is an overall more reliable hard drive and less prone to damage through transport (important if you haul a laptop everywhere).
I recently updated my MacbookPro with one and the results were impressive. Programs load extremely fast (even iPhoto!), the OS starts much faster, and using search features in most any program is also faster.
When I start Windows through my virtualization software, it loads in just a few seconds. On the Mac OSX side, when I use search functions in Logos Bible Software, results are somewhere in the neighborhood of 10x faster than before. (Logos also loads faster on startup, but the speed improvement is less noticeable since Logos uses the internet to ‘sign in’ the user at on loading). Accordance also starts up and runs faster, though I must say it was quite fast anyway.
Of course, all this comes at a higher price point than a standard hard drive per gigabyte, but it is still worth your consideration. I’m happy with my purchase.