[Glassboard 2.0 is out.][ie] I didn’t know about Glassboard before this announcement. I have been using, and liking, [Minigroup][mg], quite a bit. On the surface, Glassboard feels more graphic-friendly than Minigroup, but I won’t say anything more until I have test driven it for a while.

[Glassboard][gb] is produced by Sepia Labs, a collaborative, or cooperative, between Brett Terpsta and a number of other folks. Terpstra was the original developer for [MarsEdit][me], an application on which I rely — I am writing this post in ME, for example. ME is now developed by Daniel Jalkut over at [Red Sweater Software][rs]. I have to say I like them both — Daniel, along with Dan Schrimpf the developer of [MacJournal][mj], has the most amazing knack for patience and generosity with his users, and that’s one (very good) reason why I buy every upgrade they produce — and I will look seriously at every new application they develop. I want to put money in their pockets and keep them around.

My advice to friends, family, and students is to do the same. I don’t know why so many people want so much for free. I certainly can’t offer my own services for free — for the record, the bank isn’t interested in giving us our home for free, and so far both grocery stores and gas stations have not offered us their goods for free — and so I don’t see why I would expect others who are offering me real goods and services of real value to me to offer them to me for free. Far from it.

By the way, as long as I am mentioning products I use, as I work on my revision of an essay for the _Journal of Folklore Research_ and continue work on my book, I live inside [Scrivener][sc]. It’s *the* application for writers.