Free novel writing software

April 29, 2006 on 3:45 am | In Escrita, Livros | No Comments


I’m a programmer and a novelist, and yWriter is the result of 3 or 4 years of development. I really struggled over my first novel because I wrote whole slabs of text into a great big word processor file and tried to make sense of the whole thing at once. I then tried saving each chapter to individual files with great long descriptive filenames, but moving scenes around was a nuisance and I couldn’t get an overview of the whole thing (or easily search for one word amongst 32 files) In the end I realised a dedicated program was the way to go, and yWriter is the result. It may look simple, but as the author of three books written with this tool I can guarantee it has everything needed to get a first draft together.

Organise your novel using a ‘project’.
Add files to the project, each containing a chapter.
Add a summary to each file, showing the scenes in each chapter.
Print out summary cards, showing the structure of your novel.
Display the word count for every file in the project, along with a total.
Saves a log file every day, showing words per file and the total. (Tracks your progress)
Saves automatic backups at user-specified intervals.
Allows multiple scenes within chapters
Viewpoint character, goal, conflict and outcome fields for each scene.
Storyboard view, a visual layout of your work.
Re-order scenes within chapters.
Move scenes from one chapter to another.
Automatic chapter renumbering.

Past and Future

April 28, 2006 on 9:49 pm | In To Think | No Comments

Wanna see the future? Look at the past…

Anna Svidersky Memorial Video

April 28, 2006 on 9:06 pm | In To Think | 6 Comments

Who said that the Web doesn’t have feelings?

Anna Svidersky Memorial Video

Steve Pavlina Blog

April 28, 2006 on 1:09 pm | In Blog | No Comments

A um ano atrás eu conheci o blog do Steve Pavlina e postei a entrada abaixo. É realmente muito bom o que este cara escreve. Recomendo! Depois me diga o que achou…

What a wonderful surprise when you just find a very nice website by yourself? It’s like discovering a piece of gold in a river. Just look at Steve Pavlina website and see by your own.

It was there that I saw that simple and wonderful technique to motivation: 30 days to success.

Avoiding RSI

April 27, 2006 on 5:12 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Official Google Blog: There is a Chinese saying that “To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” In other words, how long can you tap on that keyboard or sit in that chair before you hurt yourself. We’re not designed to remain as sedentary or perform the fine motor movements for the long uninterrupted hours that we have to do in so many of our jobs. Evidence suggests that prolonged abnormal posture and repetitive movements contribute to neck, limb and back pain. These conditions are collectively known as overuse syndromes, or repetitive stress injury (RSI).

The L Word

April 27, 2006 on 2:38 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Passando pelo acabei me deparando com este vídeo. Fiquei impressionado! Depois de pesquisar um pouco descobri que é uma série de TV do Showtime.

Quero Comprar um Access Point

April 26, 2006 on 9:21 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Gostaria de sugestões para comprar um access point. Um notebook aqui em casa tem uma placa de rede sem fio Broadcom 54g Maxperformance 802.11g. Alguém poderia me dar alguma sugestão?

Drop de Carveboard na Rodovia do Café

April 24, 2006 on 9:03 am | In Entretenimento, Esportes | No Comments

Mais um drop de carveboard neste final de semana. Agora fomos descobrir alguns picos na Rodovia do Café, aqui em Curitiba. Mais detalhes no recém inaugurado blog do Carveboard em Curitiba.

Highlights of: What is Web 2.0

April 18, 2006 on 11:53 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

The Web 2.0 lesson: leverage customer-self service and algorithmic data management to reach out to the entire web, to the edges and not just the center, to the long tail and not just the head.

BitTorrent thus demonstrates a key Web 2.0 principle: the service automatically gets better the more people use it.

Hyperlinking is the foundation of the web. As users add new content, and new sites, it is bound in to the structure of the web by other users discovering the content and linking to it. Much as synapses form in the brain, with associations becoming stronger through repetition or intensity, the web of connections grows organically as an output of the collective activity of all web users.

“folksonomy”: a style of collaborative categorization of sites using freely chosen keywords, often referred to as tags. Tagging allows for the kind of multiple, overlapping associations that the brain itself uses, rather than rigid categories. In the canonical example, a Flickr photo of a puppy might be tagged both “puppy” and “cute”–allowing for retrieval along natural axes generated user activity.

Network effects from user contributions are the key to market dominance in the Web 2.0 era.

If an essential part of Web 2.0 is harnessing collective intelligence, turning the web into a kind of global brain, the blogosphere is the equivalent of constant mental chatter in the forebrain, the voice we hear in all of our heads. It may not reflect the deep structure of the brain, which is often unconscious, but is instead the equivalent of conscious thought. And as a reflection of conscious thought and attention, the blogosphere has begun to have a powerful effect.

The world of Web 2.0 is also the world of what Dan Gillmor calls “we, the media,” a world in which “the former audience”, not a few people in a back room, decides what’s important.

Every significant internet application to date has been backed by a specialized database: Google’s web crawl, Yahoo!’s directory (and web crawl), Amazon’s database of products, eBay’s database of products and sellers, MapQuest’s map databases, Napster’s distributed song database. As Hal Varian remarked in a personal conversation last year, “SQL is the new HTML.” Database management is a core competency of Web 2.0 companies, so much so that we have sometimes referred to these applications as “infoware” rather than merely software.

The race is on to own certain classes of core data: location, identity, calendaring of public events, product identifiers and namespaces. In many cases, where there is significant cost to create the data, there may be an opportunity for an Intel Inside style play, with a single source for the data. In others, the winner will be the company that first reaches critical mass via user aggregation, and turns that aggregated data into a system service.

Cal Henderson, the lead developer of Flickr, recently revealed that they deploy new builds up to every half hour. This is clearly a radically different development model! While not all web applications are developed in as extreme a style as Flickr, almost all web applications have a development cycle that is radically unlike anything from the PC or client-server era. It is for this reason that a recent ZDnet editorial concluded that Microsoft won’t be able to beat Google: “Microsoft’s business model depends on everyone upgrading their computing environment every two to three years. Google’s depends on everyone exploring what’s new in their computing environment every day.”

Lightweight business models are a natural concomitant of lightweight programming and lightweight connections. The Web 2.0 mindset is good at re-use. A new service like was built simply by snapping together two existing services. doesn’t have a business model (yet)–but for many small-scale services, Google AdSense (or perhaps Amazon associates fees, or both) provides the snap-in equivalent of a revenue model.

…we believe that Web 2.0 will provide opportunities for companies to beat the competition by getting better at harnessing and integrating services provided by others.

But as with many areas of Web 2.0, where the “2.0-ness” is not something new, but rather a fuller realization of the true potential of the web platform, this phrase gives us a key insight into how to design applications and services for the new platform.

“Ajax isn’t a technology. It’s really several technologies, each flourishing in its own right, coming together in powerful new ways. Ajax incorporates:

* standards-based presentation using XHTML and CSS;
* dynamic display and interaction using the Document Object Model;
* data interchange and manipulation using XML and XSLT;
* asynchronous data retrieval using XMLHttpRequest;
* and JavaScript binding everything together.”

AJAX is also a key component of Web 2.0 applications such as Flickr, now part of Yahoo!, 37signals’ applications basecamp and backpack, as well as other Google applications such as Gmail and Orkut. We’re entering an unprecedented period of user interface innovation, as web developers are finally able to build web applications as rich as local PC-based applications.

The competitive opportunity for new entrants is to fully embrace the potential of Web 2.0. Companies that succeed will create applications that learn from their users, using an architecture of participation to build a commanding advantage not just in the software interface, but in the richness of the shared data.

Artigo sobre Carveboard

April 7, 2006 on 7:54 pm | In Esportes | No Comments

Acabei de escrever um pequeno artigo sobre o carveboard para um site de surf.

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