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Writing screenplays for TV or movies is a very precise thing. The industry expects a standardised style and format. ThistleWeb explores a couple of dedicated screenplay writing solutions. Both are dedicated applications that do one job and do it very well. The first is Trelby. It's a GPL cross platform application. It has lots of additional features such as auto completion of character names, summaries and stats.
The second application is a cloud service called Raw Scripts. It's a Chrome extension although I think that's just a link to the site. You log in with a Google or Yahoo account. It's like a dedicated Google Docs web app. It does most of the things Trelby does. It also exports to Google if you want. You can share and collaborate with Raw Scripts. It's hosted on their server, although it's AGPL going forward, so it shouldn't be long before you can host it on your own server.
I've just started to explore screenplay writing as a writing skillset. Both of these applications make the styling and formating incredibly easy, allowing me to concentrate on the actual story.
ThistleWeb explains the advantages of a distractionless writing environment for fiction writers or aspiring fiction writers. A physical space of sanctuary is only the first part of the concept, but that's undone if your screen around your text is full of distractions. A distractionless writing application covers the entire screen, separating you from updates, notifications and editing options. ThistleWeb's distractionless environment of choice is Focuswriter, although there's quite a few to choose from.
Klaatu and Thistleweb talk about the creative commons torrent tracker project Thistleweb and Cobra2 have embarked upon.
With Customs in various countries acting as Copyright Cops, using any excuse to rifle through your personal and private data not only for threats, but copyright infringement. Wouldn't it be great to have invisible ink? You can get your private data through Customs, under the scrutiny of the Copyright Cops while also being a fully cooperative model citizen.
ThistleWeb discusses three ways to do this with the drawbacks of each.
- Using a Cloud service of some sort to store your data on as you travel, where you upload then download after going through Customs.
- Using a decoy user account on your regular installed distro
- Using a decoy distro as a dual boot
Harry Potter got the Marauders Map in book three, which transforms to blank parchment with a tap of the wand the words "mischief managed" so nobody knows it's a dynamic map of Hogwarts and it's inhabitants. Now your laptop or netbook can have the same invisible ink qualities.
So repeat after me "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good!"
Just like the GPL, use at your own risk.
Many people only think about it from the fans perspective, without realizing the different steps it's taken to get to them. ThistleWeb talks about the current copyright cartel thinking in how it affects musicians. The same people who claim to speak on behalf of artists, lobby to enshrine laws supposedly for the artists. He talks through the process of starting a band and how often these laws crop up forcing the next generation of musicians to spend a LOT of money to stay legal, or be criminalized. Staying legal means coughing up to maintain the status quo.
He ends with a brief comparison of how things can work under a Creative Commons license.
He forgot to mention the parallels with the Musicians Guild in Discworld by Terry Pratchett, who send the assassins in to deal with people who think they can play music without being paid members of the Guild.
ThistleWeb talks about the cli RSS reader called Newsbeuter, and it's podcatching abilities. He also gives an overview of the concept and advantages of RSS as he found many PC literate people he met had no clue about them or how they could be of use.
The accompanying blog post which gives much more detail can be found here.
ThistleWeb discusses why you should have an embedded Mibbit client on your projects home page.
- Users needn't know about IRC or have a client installed.
- Users can connect from any PC, regardless of restrictions with only a web browser.
- Real time language translation allows you to vault over the langauge barrier and be properly international, regardless of the size of your userbase.
- Pastebin is only a click away, for those times where you need to share or see code / logfiles etc
ThistleWeb discusses the difference between process based and asynchronous servers, then goes on to talk about Cherokee server and a few flat file PHP applications.
- Lighty V's Nginx Wiki
- Cherokee Server
- Cherokee Ubuntu PPA
- XAMPP The one-click server for Linux, Windows or OSX.
- How to forge has plenty of tutorials, including a few on Cherokee.
- Nano CMS Project Homepage. This domain seems to have expired, so the code is hosted on Google for now.
The Admin process:
- sudo cherokee-admin
- Copy and paste the temprary password.
- You can bind it (or a virtual server) to 127.0.0.1 if it's meant to be a private server.
I kept refering to "spawn-cgi" in the recording. This is supposed to be "spawn-fcgi". I also inferred that it didn't use config files, it does; it just generates them via the admin web GUI and will overwrite any changes made manually.
My new blog is thistleweb.co.uk, my new email is gordon (at) thistleweb (dot) co (dot) uk.
ThistleWeb explains 2 tips with the keypad / numblock function. First is numblockx, a simple app which remembers the status of the numblock key across reboots. This is already installed and running in many distros but if it's not it can be added. Second is CTRL+ALT+NUMLOCK which toggles the keypad into a different mode, allowing you to move the pointer with the keypad.
- Numlockx Project Homepage
- OpenBox - /.config/openbox/autostart.sh
- numblockx &
Keyboard Pointer Control
- Penguin Pete's Blog
- CTRL+ALT+NUMBLOCK to toggle mode on and off, there should be a beep each time you toggle
- 1-9 = moving pointer around the points of the compass
- 0 = right click
- enter (on keypad) = enter a menu
- backspace = back to previous menu
ThistleWeb discusses usability issues and potential improvements to Mozilla's add-on functionality in Firefox & Thunderbird. FAO the Mozilla community; developers & users. Screencast available here . Running time 45mins approx.
Locations Menu files (requires root to edit)
Edit files in plain text editor like GEditEllements pointed out in episode (there are plenty more, they vary per app, & distro)
- Name : the name it will display on the menu (may need to change Name[foo] to reflect your language)
- Language : speaks for itself
- Comment : the rollover text
- Exec : the command it will execute when clicked
- Icon : the path to the icon shown in the menu
- OnlyShowIn : useful when trying to find why an application may not be showing the menu
- Terminal : runs the command in a terminal
- Categories : (I think) this is the submenu groups where it'll appear on the menu
Changes sometimes take a little while to update, restarting X or rebooting will force it to re-read that folder and apply the changes.XCFE Tip
- Right click to edit menu. Click on something like a separator, move it up, then down to it's original place. Save.
- firefox -P : opens Firefox at profile prompt
- firefox -P "Foo" : opens Firefox with Foo profile
Change "firefox" for "thunderbird" to do the same for email profiles.
Locations (on Linux), these are hidden .folders.
- Firefox : /home/foo/.mozilla/firefox/profiles.ini
- Thunderbird : /home/foo/.mozilla-thunderbird/profiles.ini
Locations for Windows & Mac users.
- Name : name used in profile
- Path : path to profile folder
- Default : default profile used when just "firefox" or "thunderbird" are exectuted
- FEBE : Firefox Environment Backup Extension
- OPIE : Ordered Preference Import/Export
- CLEO : Compact Library Extension Organizer
- Layout (3 magnetic windows)
- Compatible skins
- System tray icon & control
- Status icon
- Global hotkeys
- Audio compressor
- Multi section windows
- Syncing of media folders & MP3 players
Definitions taken from different dictionaries, with non-IT related definitions removed for relevance.
- A programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism [syn: cyber-terrorist, cyberpunk]
- A programmer for whom computing is its own reward; may enjoy the challenge of breaking into other computers but does no harm; "true hackers subscribe to a code of ethics and look down upon crackers"
- A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary.
- One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys programming rather than just theorizing about programming.
- A person capable of appreciating hack value.
- A person who is good at programming quickly.
- An expert at a particular program, or one who frequently does work using it or on it; as in `a Unix hacker'. (Definitions 1 through 5 are correlated, and people who fit them congregate.)
- An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy hacker, for example.
- One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or circumventing limitations.
- [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around. Hence `password hacker', `network hacker'. The correct term for this sense is cracker.
The main project site
The official wiki
Themes for TiddlyWiki
Guides for TiddlyWiki
A free hosted TiddlyWiki site.
DCubed GTD TiddlyWiki
Monkey GTD TiddlyWiki