Why taking writing breaks is important
Good advice, and not just for fiction writers
writing 
13 hours ago
City of Montreal adopting an open source and open hardware policy
Not sure how I missed this one, but it's a positive move
opensource 
yesterday
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Leo Babauta on using Notational Velocity
plain-text 
20 days ago
The eight rules for good documentation
"Like good code, good documentation is difficult and time consuming to write"
techcomm  writing 
28 days ago
Prioritization – More Important Than Any Productivity Technique
wherein we hear something I've been saying for years: productivity isn't about doing more. It's about doing what you need to do more effectively.
productivity 
8 weeks ago
Manoush Zomorodi says it's time to get bored
The host of the Note to Self podcast explains how to step away from our screens and enjoy the pleasures of boredom to refresh our minds.
productivity 
12 weeks ago
Some open truisms
Some interesting thoughts about the meaning of open from Bryan Behrenshausen, based on the final lecture of his Duke University course called "Foundations of an Open Source World"
opensource 
january 2018
Panopticlick
An online tool for checking if your browser and its add-ons protect you from tracking
privacy 
november 2017
Prism Break - Opt out of global data surveillance programs
A list of tools that let you take you data and put it back into your own hands. Or, at least, get it out of the hands and away from the eyes of big tech companies
privacy  security  tools 
november 2017
The Art of the Command Line
Some command line information, in bite-sized chunks
CLI 
november 2017
Courier Prime
A better version of the classic Courier font, perfect for working in plain text
fonts  plain-text 
october 2017
What is JSON?
A pretty good overview of the popular data format
JSON  tech-stuff 
september 2017
How and Why to dump your Word Processor
Definitely agree with this, although I still keep a word processor (LibreOffice Writer, in case you're wondering) around ...
plain-text 
september 2017
Org-mode for invoices
Perhaps a bit overkill, but potentially useful
emacs  org-mode 
september 2017
Taking Notes in Emacs Org-Mode
A good intro to org-mode, with video
emacs  org-mode 
september 2017
Getting organized with org-mode
Some good, short video tutorials on YouTube
emacs  org-mode 
september 2017
Plain Text for Writers
An Argument for the Use of Plain Text
plain-text 
august 2017
Goodbye Evernote. Hello Plain Text Notes
How one person moved away from Evernote, using plain text and open source tools
plain-text 
august 2017
How I organize everything with plain text notes
The tools are Mac-centric, but you can apply to information in this article to any set of similar tools on any operating system
plain-text 
august 2017
Deft note-taking: the power of plain text
A quick look at how to use the Deft package for the Emacs text editor to take and organize notes
plain-text 
august 2017
How to set up a text-based notes system
Mac-centric, but advice you can apply to any operating system
plain-text 
august 2017
Plain Text for Authors and Writers
A bit long, but a decent argument for using plain text to write
plain-text  writing 
august 2017
Plain Text Accounting
A bit geeky, but interesting
plain-text 
august 2017
Half a dozen clever Linux command line tricks
A set of potentially useful commands for the CLI junkie
linux  opensource 
august 2017
Podcasting with Linux command line tools and Audacity
A good tutorial, and not as techie as the title may lead you to believe
linux  CLI  opensource  podcasting 
august 2017
Manipulate Images with ImageMagick
A good introductory tutorial from Linux Journal
opensource  linux 
august 2017
FFmpeg Basics Commands & Tips
A few tips for Linux and CLI newbies
linux  opensource 
august 2017
awesome-txt: A collection of awesome .TXT /
Text tools, formats, services, tips & tricks and more.
plain-text 
august 2017
officetxt.github.io
"The Free Writer’s Command Line Tool Suite". It's a bit techie for some, but if you're willing to work at the command line this is powerful stuff
plain-text 
august 2017
Copyright and Commissioned Works
A good overview of legal rights for NZ freelancers creating commissioned works
copyright  freelance 
august 2017
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