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Moving to Linux: Working with the Netbook, Part 2

Firstly, to the many pairs of people who have been following this series, my sincerest apologies for the delay. Life has once again, rather successfully, gotten in the way of doing what I enjoy. But now that things have settled down again, I want to resume this series. One year with the Netbook (Almost) As […]

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6 Great Apps for Your iPhone

Image via CrunchBase Today I bring you a guest post from Gavin Nachbar. Gavin is a freelance writer who cannot be found anywhere in the world without his iPhone. As a writer, he has written for a couple of magazines including Hyphen Magazine and The Escapist Magazine. Gavin doesn’t have a site of his own […]

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Writing on Your iPhone: One Novelist’s Story

Image via Wikipedia While researching an article about iPhones, I was contacted by Cheryl Kaye Tardif, best-selling author of numerous novels such as Whale Song. Tardif has embarked on a new project: writing a complete novel on her iPhone  –  the first major mainstream author to do so. I kind of stumbled onto this by accident. One night […]

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Get the Most Out of Your XP-Based Netbook (UPDATED)

Image by lingolook via Flickr Inspired by Aaron Peter’s posts about the MSI Wind (here and here), I finally gave in and bought a netbook of my own. After much consideration, I decided on the Acer Aspire One, a unit roughly the same physical dimensions and with the same specifications as the MSI Wind but […]

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Moving to Linux: Working with the Netbook

During my last post, I listed some of the virtues of the netbook. But due to the (comparatively) underpowered and compact hardware, it is almost a certainty that the netbook won’t be your only computer. As I’ve developed a set-up for using the Wind alongside (or, literally, in front of) my desktop, I thought I’d […]

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Moving to Linux: The Netbook is Your New Best Friend

As I dig a little deeper into Scribus, I’d like to take a detour to introduce all the writers on this site to your new best friend: the netbook. As many (if not most) of you know right now, there is a new class of portable computer bumrushing the technology sector. These so-called “netbooks” occupy […]

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A Writer’s Backup Strategy: Part 4 — The Complete Writer’s Backup System

A good backup system creates multiple copies of everything to prepare for whatever circumstances may arise while remaining convenient (which means you’ll actually use your system). Here is a good, solid, and fairly easy backup system to make sure you have a reasonably recent copy of all your work whenever you need it.

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A Writer’s Backup Strategy: Part 2 — Local Backup Options

The most common danger facing your electronic documents is the loss of a file from your hard drive. Data loss can be caused by several factors: human error (accidentally deleting a file, saving over an existing file), hardware failure (hard drive failure, file corruption, the death of a computer), even malicious intent (a virus or […]

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A Writer’s Backup Strategy: Part 1 — Introduction

At the climax of Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys (and the film adaptation with Michael Douglas) the protagonist sees his novel manuscript, several thousand pages of typescript, blown into the river  —  lost forever. Though in the novel, the loss of his manuscript frees the author from years of stagnation and paralyzation, any writer can’t help but cringe […]

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Writing on a Palm Pilot

OK, they haven’t been called “Palm Pilots” for years, but I find it helpful to distinguish between the electronic device and the inside of the hand, so I say “Palm Pilot”. So sue me. Meanwhile, let’s talk about writing on your Palm brand personal digital assistant device thingy, ok? I’m a longtime Palm user. I […]

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