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Eight Chrome Extensions I Can’t Live Without

Many of you know I’ve been using the Chrome web browser from Google for several months now (ever since a reliable OS X beta made its appearance, in fact). Before that, I was a staunch supporter of Mozilla’s Firefox. 1 However, I was enticed by Chrome’s claims of greater stability, faster operation, and increased security….

World-Building with Skitch and Scrivener

I have written about Scrivener before. However, as I continue to use it, I find it even more useful as I discover (read: use for the first time) new features. For example…. Yesterday I was working on a world-building exercise for Throne. I wrote out a short description of the political geography along these lines:…

MarsEdit 3.0: Blogging Software for the Mac

Shortly after I moved from the PC platform to the iMac last July, I wrote about blogging software for the Mac. My conclusion then was that the best software for the Mac is actually Windows Live Writer (WLW), running in a virtual Windows environment. The next best option, by the way, is the native WordPress…

How To Use MS Word to Track Edits and Revisions

While flailing about, trying to come up with a post worthy of your time, Tami suggested this topic. I was looking for something quick, easy, and brainless, but the more I thought about it (and exchanged Tweets with Tami), the more the idea grew on me. If you work with a coauthor, an editor, or…

Weekly Word Count: January 15

What Is This? Following the lead of my mentor, friend, and exemplar, Tami Moore,1 this will be a weekly article to document progress in meeting my writing goals as described here. I set up an Excel spreadsheet to track all my work by category (blog post, copyediting work, creative writing) and item. So all I…

Great Wallpaper Site

Lifehacker recently polled its readers for their choice of top wallpaper site on the web. After trimming the votes to the top five sites, the votes were tallied and InterfaceLIFT won out with 36 percent of the total. It didn’t take me long to input parameters such as "Widescreen" and my laptop’s resolution to find…

What I’m Tweeting: Win7 and Other Topics

As you know, Twitter is a way to microblog in 140 characters or less. But sometimes, 140 just aren’t enough. Here are some of my thoughts from earlier today, with a bit of expansion. I should note that most of my comments are directed at the larger part of my audience: Home users, hobbyists, gamers….

Friday Five: Top Windows 7 Features

Yes, I’m rocking an iMac (and a MacBook Pro) these days, but that doesn’t mean I’m not a Windows fan (I think there’s a pun there, but I’m too congested and stuffy-headed to figure it out; I’ll leave that as an exercise for you). First, let’s get this out there right now: Microsoft Windows is…

Google Chrome for Mac

Back in my PC days, I played around with Google Chrome a little bit. I liked it well enough, but it clearly wasn’t (and in my opinion, still isn’t) "ready for prime-time." The main reason for my decision to uninstall it was the lack of usability I’ve come to depend on with Firefox and its…

Friday Five: Reader-Friendly WordPress Plugins

Currently, I have 41 active plugins, so limiting this list to just five is not an easy task: I could easily identify a dozen I’d hate to abandon. Instead, I tried to identify those plugins I find essential to enhance my relationship with my readers.1 1. CommentLuv CommentLuv shows a link to the last post…

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