Password to Hell

Courtesies of Heartbleed, I’m paying more attention to my passwords than I have in the past.  Here in Klaskyville, we’ve contemplated shifting to a password management system (where we have one super-complicated password that generates a unique impossible-to-hack password for any sites we visit), but that doesn’t work for a bunch of reasons — shared accounts, varied hardware, limited access to browsers from some...

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Scrivener Fun and Games

I spent all day Saturday at the Washington Romance Writers’ monthly meeting, where we had speaker Gwen Hernandez share her knowledge about Scrivener.  Gwen has literally written the book about Scrivener (Scrivener for Dummies), and I was truly looking forward to the double class (morning session on basics; afternoon session on building ebooks using Scrivener.) Don’t get me wrong.  I’m a long-time Scrivener user.  I’ve...

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Computerized Mourning

As a librarian, I taught a lot of people about how to use their computers.  Many of those people were not … skilled users; rather, they primarily relied on rote practice to make their machines function.  (“Click on the yellow box in the lower left-hand corner that says Search.  Always click on the box, which is always yellow and always in the lower left-hand corner and always says Search.”) I’ve been rather smug about my...

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Things You Don’t Want to Read

Things you don’t want to read on your beautiful, 5.25-year-old iMac computer screen: “Mail file corrupted.  This program is shutting down.  It will reindex the next time you open Mail.” “Importing Mail.  Time to complete:  3 hours.” “Unable to import Mail.” [Complete freeze of screen.] [No response to Force Quit.] [No response to Apple-Option-Escape.] [Power off.] [Power on.] [Spinning gear keeps...

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Dipping My Toe In The Water

So…  After much urging (cajoling, pushing, shoving, etc.), I am dipping my toe in the water of Twitter.  I’m there as @morgankeyes, and I’m just barely beginning to find my way around.  (As in, I’ve followed a scant handful of people, I haven’t tweeted yet, and I’m more than a little nervous about breaking the rules!) So, anyone have favorite people they follow?  And anyone have any preferred how-to guides,...

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