Tag Archives: software

Writing with Scrivener Part 1

Or, how I stopped pantsing and got down with outlining. This week, I’m going to start the first in a series of posts about Scrivener, an invaluable tool for writing fiction. Maybe you’ve wanted to try or have done National Novel Writing Month and wanted to up your game. Maybe you write novels or screenplays and have heard… Read More »

Audirvana 3

Last year, around this time, I was about a month into my iTunes replacement experiment with Audirvana+. I still get a lot of hits on those articles, so I thought it was time for a follow-up on how that’s going. That is especially relevant now that Audirvana has reached the shiny 3.0 milestone, with a whole new rendering… Read More »

Trajectory Book 1 reaches v3.0!

Today I put the finishing touches on a new set of edits for Trajectory Book 1 and sent it forth into the cloud. This is probably the biggest update since v2.0, which was itself a fairly major milestone in the book’s existence. I can say with total certainty that today it’s a better book than it was when… Read More »

On editing (not really, it’s about Mastodon)

Don’t you hate blog posts or articles that start with the subject, “On [SOMETHING]”? I know I do! I was going to write a thing about how editing books is hard because you have to look at each thing and think about it. After a thousand of these things, I have begun to stare obliquely at a comma… Read More »

Android Photography Apps 2017

(featured image: My Nexus 6P in armor case by Poetic.) Hey. It’s Friday. Maybe you’ll find yourself out walking around in this spring-like weather and get the urge to snap some photos on your phone. Here’s a tour of some of the apps I enjoy on my Nexus 6P, the spiritual sequel to my Android Photography post from… Read More »

USB Overdrive, new life for abandoned hardware

This post is a note of appreciation for Alessandro Levi Montalcini‘s USB Overdrive for macOS. I put off buying this software for a couple of years, making due with sub-rate work-arounds and inadequate stop-gap drivers for a slew of random USB devices that have come and gone: The Xbox 360 controller that refused to work; An array of… Read More »

Syncing Playlists with the Fiio X3 (or X1 or X5)

Awhile back I wrote a review of my portable digital audio player, the Fiio X3 2nd generation (Amazon US, Canada). The summary of that review was that this is a bare bones audio player, with a simple UI, that is beautifully-built with an attention to sonic quality. It sounds fantastic but has a few UI quirks that take… Read More »

Ripping CDs Without iTunes (on macOS)

a CD or “Compact Disc”, is a small, shiny round surface containing optically-readable, microscopic bumps used to encode music or data. They are an obsolete technology that existed in the latter quarter of the twentieth century and enjoyed a brief metamorphosis into the DVD (“digital versatile disc”) and Bluray formats at the beginning of the twenty-first century before fading away… Read More »

A couple of weeks with Audirvana+

What a week. Our house is now closed and we have gone fully nomadic. Next time I write here, I’ll be on the east coast for good and I truly can’t wait. While we’ve been on the road, I’ve spent a little bit of time auditioning Audirvana+ as an iTunes replacement. The short: I now load this when I… Read More »