The Amazon Kindle is a really, really, great device. I’m not basing this on any intrinsic qualities of the thing, but on the fact that Amazon believes they can get away with the kind of customer “service” they provide, and that they appear to be right. In fact, I like my Kindle so much that…

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What to do if my on-train writing during my twice-daily 45-minute commute is frustrated by bad technology? Swiftkey, the app I embraced as God’s gift to writers, may on second glance not actually have been created by a Supreme Being after all, despite being all but worshipped by Android users around the globe. At first…

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We’re living in the future… Springsteen got it right on his Magic album. We are living in the future. Case in point: the proof is no longer in the pudding, but in the cloud, or rather, the Cloud. In preparation for the 10th Villa Diodati Writers Workshop, 21-24 April in Southern England, all participants are…

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The whole point of a smartphone, it always seemed to me, is to have a single point of truth. One calendar, one contact list. No double data entry, no errors, no confusion. For years, I used a Windows Mobile-based device (currently a HTC Touch diamond), and used Microsoft’s ActiveSync application to sync the phone with Outlook…

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Steve Jobs must be bummed out this week; his sales figures must have plummeted since Monday. On that day, the Windows version of Scrivener was released (be it only in public beta), and so hundreds of thousands of writers world-wide no longer face the agonizing choice of either buying a Mac or plodding on without…

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In a survey by the political party I’m a member of (GroenLinks), I was asked to estimate the local membership. Admittedly, my answer wasn’t very intelligent, but the response of the survey system beats all. Political Party Survey – Question 16 Q16. In your estimation, how many members does the local chapter of your political…

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It’s not a new thought that we’re living in the age of science fiction. But there’s a huge gap between knowing this and reading about it in a feature article in our newspaper. The piece–fronted by an artist’s impression of a city of giant green cat scratching poles–describes the wild pipe dreams of Dutch architect…

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An exciting new feature in the latest version of Picasa is the ability to recognize faces in your photographs. This enables you to automatically tag every single photo in your database with the names of everyone in it. Even better, after having been taught the identity of a couple of faces, Picasa learns their features…

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There is a conspiracy afoot to thwart my attempts at acquiring navigation software for my new smartphone. A year ago, I learned of the upcoming TomTom 7 navigation software. Screenshots and descriptions sounded utterly cool, so I decided to see if I could get my hands on a (legal) copy. TomTom customer service was less…

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