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Screenwriting apps can format your masterpiece and transfer the results between your smartphone or tablet and your desktop computer.
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WHEN you are a writer, inspiration often strikes when you are not near a computer. Apps can save the day for screenwriters who do their work on the go.
Fade In Mobile is one screenwriting app that I immediately liked. It is free on both iOS and Android, and, unlike some of its rivals, it has been recently updated and should work smoothly on the newest devices. It is a no-nonsense screenwriting app, designed specifically to make it easy to get ideas out of the writer’s mind and into the script.
This means its interface is unfussy, with few bells and whistles apart from features that let you write or edit screenplays with standard formats that describe how the page is set up and how character names are displayed.
This kind of writing environment helps keep me focused. But if you need to be able to make notes or keep descriptions of the characters or lists of scenes, this app is probably not for you.
Fade In Mobile lets you import and export files to Dropbox so you can get to your screenplays on other devices or the company’s desktop screenwriting software. One big downside: Your files are saved in a proprietary format that is probably not compatible with other editing software.
The free edition of the app allows you to work on only one script at a time. The full version allows more scripts and lets you import screenplays written in other file formats, but it costs $5 both on iOS and Android.
A great alternative on iOS is Scripts Pro. Like Fade In, it does an excellent job of keeping scriptwriting and editing straightforward.
The Scripts Pro interface is uncluttered and mostly shows the script you’re working on and the on-screen keyboard. A nice touch is being able to quickly tab through your script, and a handy suggestions prompt appears when you’re typing something like a character name you’ve already entered.
Better yet, the app supports editing of files saved in other formats, including plain text files and files from the popular desktop scriptwriting software Final Draft. You can even transfer files to and from the app wirelessly using iTunes transfers and Dropbox. It’s not the most feature-rich app in the world, but its aim is simple and it does its job well. A $12 price tag may be its only sticking point.
On Android, there’s a free alternative to Scripts Pro called DubScript Screenplay Writer. It has a clean editing interface and uses a scriptwriting standard called Fountain to format the text you write. This means you can type in plain text format as the script forms in your mind, entering character names and so on without having to stop and let the app know that “Arthur,” for example, is a character name.
Once you’ve finished writing, the app automatically tries to identify things and then formats the script by indenting lines. Add in extra features like a customizable interface and the ability to read scripts aloud, and DubScript looks impressive. It may be great for beginning screenwriters.
MyScreenplays is another Android app worth looking at, not least because it’s free. It’s not quite as full-featured or good-looking as DubScript, but it does have some good tricks, like being able to auto-indent and auto-format some parts of your script.
Plus, it has a feature called nonlinear editing, which lets you move sections of your script around when you’re editing. It also exports scripts in files compatible with Final Draft.
Finally, check out Celtx Script. Screenwriters will recognize this brand from its desktop apps. It’s a good-looking and full-featured scriptwriting app that is compatible with script files you’ve written in its desktop versions. The app can synchronize your files so edits and adjustments you make when working on one device will appear on a different one. It costs $5 on iOS and is free on Android, but it may be best suited for more experienced writers.
Timeline is a new kind of news app that stands out from many rivals in the app store by adding context to news stories. Instead of mere headlines and facts, the app curates current news stories by adding relevant historical facts. You may be surprised how it makes you think differently about headline news. It is free on iOS.
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LibrePlanet is an annual conference for free software enthusiasts. LibrePlanet brings together software developers, policy experts, activists and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments and face challenges to software freedom. Newcomers are always welcome, and LibrePlanet 2015 will feature programming for all ages and experience levels.
This year, the theme of LibrePlanet is "Free Software Everywhere." We're looking for talks that touch on the many places and ways that free software is used around the world, as well as ways to make free software ubiquitous. Think "where" in the broadest sense of the word--it's not just geography-based talks we're after. What are some contexts where free software is thriving, and some others where it needs a push? How have you worked to gain a foothold for free software in your company or community? And what about free software on all of the myriad pieces of hardware we use, including laptops, phones, tablets, and even coffee makers? At LibrePlanet 2015, we're taking software freedom around the world, to outer space, and through all kinds of industries, governments,
Cloud storage is nothing but an enterprise-level cloud data storage model to store the digital data in logical pools, across the multiple servers. You can use a hosting company such as Amazon, Google, Rackspace, Dropbox and others for keeping your
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your data available and accessible 24x7. You can access data stored on cloud storage via API or desktop/mobile apps or web based systems.
In this post, I'm going to list amazingly awesome open source cloud storage engines that you can use to access and sync your data privately for security and privacy reasons.Why use open source cloud storage software?
The cloud - Source http://www.xkcd.net/908/Create a cloud on your own server or in a data center.Control and own your own data.Privacy protection.Encryption.Verify source code for bugs and/or backdoors.Avoid spying on your files on the server using encryption.Legal compliance - HIPAA and others.Good performance as your data stored in local storage instead of remote data center.Good reliability and availability due to local LAN. You are no longer depends upon WAN bandwidth or the service provider for network.No artificially imposed limits on storage space or client connections and moreShare your files and data with or without password or time limit. Share it publicly, or privately. No 3rd party corporation own your data.Suggested sample cloud storage setup for home users +----------------+ Internet/ISP----|Router/Wireless | +----+-----------+ | +----+---+ |Home Lan| +--------+ +-------------------+ | | Raspberry Pi | +-------+ Or Intel | | Atom based server | | + | | Cloud storage | +-------------------+
You can use the Raspberry Pi or an Intel Atom CPU based small server as a home cloud storage system. Use an external USB drive or secure backup service such as rsync.net/tarsnap.com to backup your cloud server in an encrypted format. This setup ensures that you keep all your data and not to trust the entirety of your personal data to a corporation.Seafile: Easy to setup cloud storage for home users
Seafile is a file hosting cloud storage software to store files. You can synchronized files and data with PC and mobile devices easily or use the server's web interface for managing your data files. There is no limits on data storage space (except for hard disk capacity) or the number of connected clients to your private server (except for CPU/RAM capacity).Operating system: Cross-platform (written in C and Python) - MS-Windows/Raspberry Pi/Linux private serverDesktop clients: Yes (Windows/Mac OS X/Linux)Mobile clients: Yes (Android/iPad/iPhone)Type: File cloud storage and data synchronizationPaid support: Yes via Professional EditionLicence: GPLv3 (Community Edition)Download: seafile.comownCloud: Dropbox replacement
The git-annex assistant creates a synchronised folder on each of your OSX and Linux computers, Android devices, removable drives, NAS appliances, and cloud services. You can manage, share, and sync your large files with the power of git and the ease of use of a simple folder you drop files into. Please note that the software is still under heavy development and new features are added regularly.Operating system: Cross-platform - MS-Windows(beta)/Linux/OS X/FreeBSD/Docker private serverDesktop clients: No (porting)Mobile clients: Yes (Android)Type: File cloud storage and data synchronizationPaid support: ???Licence: GPL version 3Download: git-annex.branchable.comSparkleShare: Easy to use cloud storage with git as a storage backend
It is also a Dropbox clone and very easy to setup. From the project site:
Operating system: Cross-platform (written in C#) - MS-Windows/Linux/OS XDesktop clients: Yes ( MS-Windows/Linux/OS X)Mobile clients: No (Android/iOS on hold)Type: File and data synchronizationPaid support: ???Licence: GPL version 3Download: sparkleshare.orgSyncthing for private, encrypted & authenticated distribution of data
Syncthing is an open-source file synchronization client/server application, written in Go. It replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized.Operating system: Cross-platform (written in Go) - Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Android, BSD, SolarisDesktop clients: Yes (MS-Windows/Linux/OS X/OpeBSD and Unix-like)Mobile clients: Yes (Android/F-Driod)Type: File and data synchronizationPaid support: ???Licence: GPL version 3Download: syncthing.netStacksync cloud storage
StackSync is an open-source scalable Personal Cloud that can adapt to the necessities of organizations. It puts a special emphasis on security by encrypting data on the client side before it is sent to the server.Operating system: LinuxDesktop clients: Yes (MS-Windows/Linux/)Mobile clients: Yes (Android)Type: File and data synchronizationPaid support: ???Licence: GPL version 2Download: stacksync.orgOpenStack Object Storage (Swift)
Swift is a scalable redundant storage system. Objects and files are written to multiple disk drives spread throughout servers in the data center, with the OpenStack software responsible for ensuring data replication and integrity across the cluster. Please note that Swift is meant for a large or enterprise users only and not recommended for home users due to complex setup procedures.Operating system: Cross-platform (written in Python)Desktop clients: ???Mobile clients: ???Type: File, data synchronization and morePaid support: ???Licence: Apache License 2.0Download: openstack.orgConclusion
Personally, I'm using Owncloud as FOSS based cloud solution for my file sharing with friends and family. It offers me Calendar, Contacts, and Dropbox like storage. My cloud server has total 5 disks, 2 Gib RAM, and an Intel atom cpu. I use a Debian Linux with RAID 6. I backup my cloud to an external USB drive and currently, testing tarsanp backup service. I'm also planning to try out SparkleShare on the Raspberry Pi soon.
Allerdings bringt das SBC-Prinzip von Natur aus Nachteile mit sich. Zunächst verursacht das SBC-Prinzip hohe Kosten beim Nachrüsten auf neue Technologien. Da SBCs in Standardgrössen und mit konkreten Interfaces fabriziert werden, ist es schwierig diese an Neuerungen der Zukunft anzupassen, deswegen müssen OEMs von Zeit zu Zeit zu einer vollständig neuen SBC-Lösung greifen. Weiter ist es umständlich ein SBC zu individualisieren, da der Prozessorchipsatz und die umgebenden I/Os wegen dem Single-Board-Design auf engstem Raum verbunden sind. Schlussendlich könnten Anwendungen mit räumlich begrenztem Platzangebot mit den auf dem Markt erhältlichen, bezüglich Grösse standardisierten SBCs zu kämpfen haben.
The Linux Foundation already provides Linux training in various forms, including white papers, online classes, and other resources. Zemlin said one introductory online Linux course the Foundation co-created with Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has enrolled 250,000 students.
The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” KDE. Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela KDE Edition Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop
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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguinOut with the old and in with the GNU 3 Dec 2014 at 10:02, Shaun Dormon
Product round-up Much to the dismay of many a sysadmin, Linux is no longer purely the domain of Captain Command-Line and his trusty side-kick Admiral APT. For those looking to make the most of their new-fangled graphics-capable hardware, here’s a selection of freeware to start with, in our case as installed on Ubuntu 14.04:BleachBit
Neat-freaks and fans of the tin-foil hat will find BleachBit a most welcome addition to their arsenal in the war against unwanted data. If you’ve used CCleaner on Windows platforms, then you’ll be familiar with the concept – just tick the boxes relevant to the clutter that you want gone and BleachBit will see it out the door.
There’s more to it than meets the eye though. BleachBit is also capable of truly getting rid of unwanted data, not just marking it as deleted, but overwriting it with random noise. If you’re not in a hurry, you can go ahead and enable this on all files or run it over every empty sector, but those who value their time can opt to perform such actions on a per-file basis too.
Developer Andrew Ziem
Viruses may not be so prolific in the domain of *nix systems as they are for those who fly the four-quadrant flag, but that’s no reason to put your feet up – there are the odd few nasties out there that do occasionally pose threat to even the wariest of sysadmins. It’s also important to take pity on those who use more vulnerable systems, particularly if you share files with them on a regular basis, for the risk of inadvertently becoming a carrier is high.
My tool of choice to keep things in check is the venerable ClamAV engine coupled with the simple, user-friendly and effective ClamTK front-end. It gets the job done without any of the nonsense that’s generally associated with antivirus kit, there’s no reason not to have this on your system running in the background.
Developer Dave M.
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Users deserve a richer, faster and unfragmented experience built around the things they do most on their devices.
With the Ubuntu phone we are moving away from the app grid towards integrated content and services. And we do this by providing a user experience that is centered on bringing the key mobile digital life services directly to the screen, which at the heart we call ‘scopes.’
Scopes are a way of delivering unified experiences for various service categories, front and centre to the user, without hiding them behind a sea of apps and app icons. They are created via a simple UI toolkit with much lower development and maintenance costs than apps. There are two types of scopes – aggregation and branded.
Aggregation scopes define the device’s default experience and what makes Ubuntu phones valuable to end users. They allow OEMs and Operators to create a user experience that is unique to their devices such as the NearBy scope that aggregates local services centered around what you’re doing. We’ll go into more detail on the other aggregated scopes in an upcoming Phone Glimpse mailer.
Branded scopes are app like experiences delivered directly to the screen, fully branded. Discoverable through the default store, from a feed in an aggregation scope, or as a favourited default screen. A faster way for developers to build a rich and easier to access branded experience on a device.Share it now!
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Mozilla will tweak its flagship Firefox browser and host relays to speed up and boost the capacity of Tor under the Polaris project launched today.
The browser baron joined the Tor Project and the Centre for Democracy and Technology, under the Polaris initiative, to create warmer, fuzzier relationships between the organisations to help build more privacy controls into kit.
Legal eagle Denelle Dixon-Thayer said the initiative will involve two projects and help keep participants accountable to privacy.
"Mozilla engineers are evaluating the Tor Project's changes to Firefox, to determine if changes to our own platform code base can enable Tor to work more quickly and easily," Dixon-Thayer said.
"Mozilla will also soon begin hosting our own high-capacity Tor middle relays to make Tor's network more responsive and allow Tor to serve more users.
"We recogniSe that privacy is not just a functionality on your computer or a setting you can turn on or off, and we're excited to see what we can do to advance privacy online with Polaris."
The company was also developing an "experiment" through it's nightly Firefox builds to establish a means to keep advertisers happy without invasive user tracking.
"[It examines] how we can offer a feature that protects those users that want to be free from invasive tracking without penalising advertisers and content sites that respect a user's preferences," Dixon-Thayer said.
She said the experiment was promising but not fully-fledged, and required more testing, refinement and user and advertisement feedback over coming months.
The Tor Project and Center for Democracy and Technology wrote statements expressing their enthusiasm for the initiative.
Mozilla also released a Harris Poll web survey finding that users felt their data was less private than a year ago. ®