New project rig

Posted on Thu 01 June 2017 in News • Tagged with hardware, Windows 10, Linux, projects • 3 min read

I explore the potential of a hand-me-down computer that I've ear-marked for media projects and gaming.


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Coming home

Posted on Thu 15 September 2016 in Articles • Tagged with MacBook Air, Linux, Acer C270, Scrivener, iPad • 3 min read

Two years ago I gave away my MacBook Air to my wife and bought an Acer C720 with the intention of switching away from OS X to Linux. I did so because of performance problems I was experiencing with OS X. I was using Linux for work (I still do …


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What Scrivener on iOS means to me

Posted on Sat 16 July 2016 in Articles • Tagged with writing, iPad, Scrivener, MacBook Air, iOS, Linux • 6 min read

Tl;Dr: it's about convenience and getting the job done!

It feels like my (creative) life's been on hold and oddly that's spilled over into other avenues: notably my choice of computer platform. Lately, I've been writing more and that writing's been in Scrivener again. Currently that means I have …


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Ubuntu For Windows

Posted on Sat 02 April 2016 in Articles • Tagged with linux, ubuntu, windows, computing • 2 min read

Is it me or has hell frozen over?

Technical websites across the Internet are buzzing with the news that Microsoft and Canonical have collaborated to bring an Ubuntu user-land compatibility layer to Windows 10. The move is part of Microsoft's attempts to woo back developers, who are increasing writing software …


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Hitting a snag with Gedt 3.18

Posted on Tue 15 March 2016 in Articles • Tagged with Gedit, Linux, Pluma, Raspberry Pi • 2 min read

In my last post I outlined my intention to create a series of plugins for Gedit instead of going to the effort of coding an application from scratch. Alas. I've hit a snag.

To date, most of my plugins have been written in what ever version of Gedit that's in …


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Looking back at Scrivener and OS X

Posted on Mon 30 November 2015 in Articles • Tagged with writing, os x, scrivener, linux, markdown, weaver of dreams • 6 min read

I finished NanoWriMo yesterday with a wordcount a pip over 50,050 words. It feels good; quite a chunk of my planned re-write is now drafted and I'm probably only a month away from finishing the first draft.

For reasons I'm not entirely sure about, I decided to go back …


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Building Markdown Novels on Linux

Posted on Sat 10 January 2015 in Tutorials • Tagged with markdown, Linux, publishing, automation • 9 min read

Unless you're a masochist, you probably write your novels in separate files representing scenes, chapters, or even days if you live and breathe the Nanowrimo daily word count. But what do you do when it comes time to merge and publish those documents?

I use markdown with each chapter written …


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Minimal Desktops

Posted on Sat 06 December 2014 in Articles • Tagged with Linux, Mate, XFCE • 5 min read

There was a saying I once heard that went something like, "What Intel giveth, Microsoft taketh away". The meaning behind this quote is simple; when manufacturers increase hardware performance, software developers typically add more bloat negating much of the gains.

I've observed this trend for some time now and it's …


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Getting things done

Posted on Fri 14 November 2014 in Articles • Tagged with Linux, markdown, todo.txt, ownCloud, productivity • 6 min read

It's two weeks in to NaNoWrimo 2014 and as I've written more than 40 thousand words I though it was time to procrastinate a little and write a post on how I like to get things done. My motivations for this are partly to consolidate some ideas in my own …


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Chromebook Air

Posted on Mon 29 September 2014 in Articles • Tagged with Chromebook, linux, Ubuntu, MacBook Air • 3 min read

A week ago I gave away my MacBook Air to my wife and replaced it with a Chromebook. The Air was getting long in the tooth; the battery was slowly dying and 2GB, just didn't cut it on OS X Mavericks. Top it off and I only had 64GB as …


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