I tried. I really did. When Evernote decided last year to limit their free accounts to what amounts to trial use only, I abandoned the best note-taking tool on the planet, and out of sheer spite moved to Microsoft OneNote. I even ranted about Evernote’s evil corporate greed on Facebook. Evernote, I apologize from the…

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In fond remembrance of the countless instances of IT tech support I’ve exposed myself to over the years, I’d like to propose a neologism for the kind of responses that support technicians tend to provide. troppus /ˈtrɒppʌs/ noun the answers, advice and recommendations provided by IT support technicians, which are almost, but not quite, entirely unrelated…

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Starting today, I’m selling e-books of my short stories, with a revolutionary new twist: a personalized autograph, if you want one. It’s simple, really: order the e-book, select one of the autographed options (epub or mobi), complete your order, and let me know what kind of personalization you want. I’ll send you the file, with…

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Don’t you hate it when your WordPress theme makes a mess of your numbered and bulleted lists? I’m sure some themes do a good job by default, but a theme like zeeStyle, otherwise very nice, aligns bullets and numbers with the left margin of your text, like so: Thankfully, there’s a solution. I’m so excited…

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So last night, I went and killed this entire website. Without having any kind of backups available. To make my predicament clear: there are movie reviews going back to 1999 on this site, blog entries spanning a dozen years, and a few hundred posts all-in, not to mention some 50 pages, and a painstakingly configured…

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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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