February 13th, 2009

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Friday the 13th!

Happy Friday the 13th! Your word of the day is: friggatriskaidekaphobia: a fear of Friday the 13th.

Perhaps appropriately (although I actually consider this day lucky), our router seems to have finally died last night. No internet service all morning until just a moment ago, when I plugged one of the computers directly into the modem. So my mom's computer has internet; mine doesn't. Obviously this issue needs to be addressed.

Oh, and we finally have a washer now!
Ed reading - kanji

Scrivener

I've been hearing about Scrivener, this nifty sort of do-all for long writing projects, and thought, hm, that might be handy. But I already have Word, do I really need another word processing program? And I have Notebook for organizing research, do I really need a program that does both? (I seem to have this thing about redundancy and whether or not something is truly "useful" - obviously doesn't apply to everything or I wouldn't have two dozen shot glasses - so I always feel like purchases have to be "justified" somehow.)

Then I stepped back and went, waitaminute, MS Word sucks.

Okay, maybe "sucks" is pretty harsh, but the best I can say about that program is it's adequate. I don't like it. At all. (Except for the auto-recovery feature. That is the one feature I will praise.) More often than not I'm annoyed with it. I had to disable at least half of the little "helpful" features just to keep it from driving me insane.

And I'm wondering whether or not to check out a word processing program designed specifically for writers? One that other people have raved about??