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Snap Shot and Spellcheck

I have a blog on WordPress.com, besides this one (WordPress.org). Anyway, on that site, something called Snap Shots is enabled (there is not as much control by the user there).

I figured that it had to be a plugin of some kind and I was able to find it. It’s very easy to install. You don’t have to be a programmer, and if you go to the Snapshot web page, they even have a 1 click installation button. So now, if you hover your mouse over a link, it will show you a snapshot (get it ๐Ÿ™‚ ) or preview of the page that it is linked to.

While checking out .COM, I examined the spellchecker since I haven’t been able to get it to work on the .ORG site and it worked. So, I came to this site and tried it, and it worked perfectly.Spellcheck in visual editor Prior to this, I would get an error message. Now you click on the spellcheck and that turns it on and checks the spelling, then underlines the misspelled words in red. Clicking on the red words will offer suggestions. Now, I think you should be able to click on the suggestion and that will replace the word, but that doesn’t happen.

Follow-up:

It didn’t work because for whatever reason, Camino won’t play. Works fine in FireFox.

new blog theme

I like this theme. It’s called Biru and it’s by BlogOhBlog. Kind of new and fresh looking, so I’ll keep it for now. There are a number of themes I like, though, so I’m investigating theme switchers. Actually I tried one today, but it was buggy.

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Meanwhile, Enigma4Ever has a first hand report on the Democratic political race in Cleveland, and seems to have some insight into Obama’s popularity that many in the media miss.

He is trying to Unite the Dems, but also unite us as People that have suffered for 7 years.

Check it out. Cool blog.

outward change

I decided I wanted to see something different, so I changed the theme. I’ll go back to my previous theme after a while because there are some things lacking. I downloaded a few other themes, but they don’t seem to work very well.

After I wrote the above, I changed the theme again.

Maybe I should keep the outside the same, and change the inside. ๐Ÿ˜‰

scrivener vs. ulysses

I see that WordPress has yet another update. This time it appears to be a security upgrade. I never did upgrade from the previous update, but I’m glad I didn’t because it would have been twice the work.

Another program I’m toying with is called Scrivener. It’s a writing program and I can see, even after three days, why it has become so popular. You are not crammed into fitting in with the way the program works. Here’s the sales pitch:

Writing a book, short story or research paper is about more than hammering away at the keys until it’s done. Research, scrawling fragmentary ideas that don’t seem to fit anywhere yet, collecting faded photos from old newspapers, shuffling index cards to find that elusive structure – most writing software is only fired up after much of the hard work is already done. Enter Scrivener: writing software that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the first – or even final – draft. Outline and structure your ideas. Take notes. Storyboard your masterpiece using a powerful virtual corkboard. View research while you write. Track themes using keywords. Dynamically combine multiple scenes into a single text just to see how they fit. Scrivener has already been enthusiastically adopted by best-selling novelists and novices alike – whatever you write, grow your ideas in style.

I already have a very nice writing program called Ulysses, but I have never felt comfortable with it. It seemed too rigid. Other than the corkboard, Scrivener doesn’t really have anything different in terms of features. It just seems easier to work with. Well, I have 30 days to play with it… excuse me, 27 days. Around $40.

Meanwhile, I should upgrade WordPress – maybe this weekend.

happy new year and software

Happy New Year!

I am so glad 2007 is over. Call me silly for believing that just by passing an arbitrary date on the calendar, I can start anew, but there’s something comforting about having a start date. Anyway, welcome 2008.

I’ve come across two really nice pieces of software.

The one I have used the most thus far is 1Password. It’s a program that keeps your IDs and passwords available to you for websites, but secure on your keychain (if you haven’t guessed, we’re talking Mac software). It will also generate secure passwords for you and since you don’t have to remember them, they can be really secure. If you get a chance, check it out. I believe there is a 30 day trial period, but beware, once you start using it, you won’t want to be without it. About $30.

The other piece of software that I have just been using for a day or so is Things. It is still in beta and is free until sometime in the spring of this year. It’s a glorified task manager, but the key word is glorified. Well designed and easy to use. I didn’t feel like I had to totally learn the program before getting it to make a difference in getting my life organized. All of a sudden, things did not feel so overwhelming. I’m not an expert on task managers and I don’t have a lot of experience with them, so there may be a program that is better than this one, but I’d pay for this program as soon as it becomes available.