1. Smoother recording on VirtualBox

    For a number of years now I've been using NaturallySpeaking speech recognition via a virtualized Windows environment on Ubuntu. Speech recognition gurus will recommend using an external USB sound card so as to avoid any electrical interference common with soundcards within the computer case. This is fine for the most …

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  2. Indexing a Book

    One of the last significant steps for an author is to compile an index, unless they opt to have someone else do it. Publishers often recommend authors create the index as they know the material best. However, while professionals have sophisticated -- but proprietary -- tools to help them, authors are offered …

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  3. Diffing Word Files

    For the most part, I wrote my dissertation and book manuscript using a simplified version of markdown complemented with biblatex citations. Because it was a simple text file, it made managing the edits to the manuscript very easy. I could do global textual replacements trivially. Also, obviously, it was trivial …

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  4. Thunderdell v1.2

    I have tagged a new release of Thunderdell, the Freemind mindmap to biblatex utilities. Improvements include:

    • The ability to emit biblatex or BibTex.
    • More consistent/improved Unicode support, particularly in bibliographic keys.
    • New feature for requesting either the long or short URL for Wikipedia sources.
    • New feature for requesting that …
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