Markdown for Bloggers – Basic Formatting

Part 2: Learning Basic Character Formatting If you are worried about whether you can learn how to write using Markdown, relax. This is the easy stuff. Memorize a few things and you have it down. Paragraphs Create separate paragraphs by [...]

Markdown for Bloggers

Part 1 - Why Writers Should Use Markdown How Markdown Can Make Your Blogging and Writing Better Whether you are a hobbyist blogger, building your professional persona online, or writing for a living on a corporate website, the most important [...]

LibreOffice 4.4 from a Frugal Person’s Perspective

Some Great New Features, Two #Fails, and a Couple of Quibbles I write a blog called "Frugal Guidance" and discuss frugal software options. So, when The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 4.4 was released, I immediately downloaded it. At first, it seemed [...]

News on Office Software from LibreOffice, Microsoft, Softmaker, & more…

Good News for Android, Windows, Macintosh, and Linux Users Whether you are job hunting, running a home business, freelancing, or starting a small business, there's news from a variety of office software projects that will help you get your work [...]

SoftMaker Office Lets You Donate to Charity by Downloading a Free Office Suite!

Celebrate the Holidays with SoftMaker's FreeOffice Suite, and Help Others, too. How would you like a free office software suite? Not just a trial, but a legit software package – home or business – for as long as you want. [...]

Using Svbtle: Hints, Tricks, and a Review

Svbtle's Advantages Are, well, Subtle Svbtle is about as bare-bones as a blogging tool can get. It combines an idea list, an editing tool, and publishes your posts on the web. As simple as it is, it does have its [...]

Smart Phone Job Hunting – The Tools

Getting Organized with Smart Phone Tools, Part 2 A smart phone normally comes with a library of organization tools that can be handy for pulling together your job search. For the moment, let's look at tools that are not specifically for [...]

Google Docs and Zoho Writer Face Off in the Ring – Round 2

Zoho Fights Back for the Title of Best Online Writing Tool In our previous post, we discussed both the features shared by Google Docs and Zoho Writer and discussed Google Docs' unique features, all with an eye towards a writer's [...]

Google Docs and Zoho Writer Duke it Out – Round 1

The Frugal Writer's Guide to Writing with Google and Zoho The Frugal Parson Puts Two Online Writing Tools Head to Head Writers have a long list of choices of writing software, from basic text editors, rich text editors, and full-fledged [...]

LibreOffice 4.3 – Small Improvements Add Up

LibreOffice Becoming a Mature Office Tool With the newest version of LibreOffice, the free, open source office suite (and erstwhile competitor with Apache OpenOffice), we're beginning to see a more mature, more efficient office suite. Whether or not you are [...]

The Latest LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice Updates

The Open Source Office Suites Both Issue Upgrades Recently (May, 2014), both The Document Foundation and The Apache Foundation released minor upgrades to, respectively, LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice. Both versions of OpenOffice had robust upgrades last summer, so I was [...]

From Idea to Blog Post – My Blogging Tools

Experimenting with Research, Writing, and Editing Software In the past couple of years of blogging, I've tried a large number of writing, note-taking and organizational tools. Some have been successful experiments, some less so. These have included mind mapping tools, [...]