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The Writing Machine

Blogging about the best articles, sites, and blog posts for Writers; on the Craft, Mind and Body, Tech, Tools, and all the other Paraphenalia.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Blogger vs LiveJournal

Well, you can't have everything. LiveJournal now has tags! But I still can't see how some people with free accounts manage to get extra links and such in their sidebars. Blogger doesn't have tags, but I can get an approximation and I like that it's fairly customisable.

So, I'm going to stay with Blogger and work a fix where I post to both Blogger and LiveJournal and link to the tagged categories in LiveJournal from Blogger. I think that'll be easier than the del.icio.us categories I've been fiddling with the past couple days. I've downloaded w.bloggar and that will make it easy to post to both. Hopefully, w.bloggar will include the LJ tags functionality in future editions so I can post without having to leave the program.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

My Software

I thought I'd post a listing of my favourite software; the stuff I use every day. I'll probably post more about each individual one, but for now here's what I've got.

KeyNote: A tree and tab based organiser. I use it to organise absolutely everything possible. I have a Novel KeyNote file, a Reference KeyNote file, a Research KeyNote file, and many more. Think of it like a binder, with tabbed dividers; only better.

Rainlendar: a calendar program which sits on your desktop. It shows a calendar, a to-do list, and an appointment list.

Firefox: wonderful browser with many 'extensions' that make it even better. I love it . . . particularly because of . . .

ScrapBook: a Firefox extension that lets you save webpages and organise them any way you want. It uses a tree (like you see in Windows Explorer) with folders into which you can file pages. It lets you annotate right on the page, save comments and even separate notes. I save my online research and daily blog reads with ScrapBook. It's indispensible. And it's constantly being updated, making it even better.

Open Office: the free Office suite. I like it even better than Microsoft Office.

ShirisuPad: a notepad that sits in your tray and pops up with a click. It uses tabs to allow multiple notes and looks great.

And note: all of these programs are free!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Testing Categories with del.icio.us

I made my own menu with PowerPro which inserts the code linking to my delicious tags.

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