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How to Mask a URL Redirect with .htaccess

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Did you install WordPress in a subdirectory because you wanted total control of your website's front page but now you're building pages off that front page and you don't want to go through the hassle of manually styling and managing all of them? Me too. Fortunately, you can still use WordPress to build those pages. And as for displaying them as if they were separate from the WP subdirectory...

How To Style a WordPress Menu Item

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Have you seen those websites with a prominent menu item that draws your eye and makes you immediately want to buy a bunch of books? Well, I have, and I wanted one of those for my website. I thought it would be as easy as adding a class and some styling, but WP doesn't actually allow you to set a class in the menu builder. Instead, it does the work for you. Let's take a look.

A Month with Novlr

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NaNoWriMo is coming up soon, which means a new crop of writers will be looking for the right software to help write their 50,000-word opus. Enter Novlr, a web-based writing platform that is simple, clean, and eager to motivate you to reach your goal. If you're doing NaNoWriMo for the first time, Novlr is a great choice. But what about the rest of us? What about the seasoned amateurs who haven't...

Let’s Make Something Useful

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I have a very specific routine when it comes to writing books, and yet I always seem to find myself struggling with the tools at my disposal. You've got Scrivener for drafting, Word for revising, MindMap and Aeon Timeline and countless others, but what about the actual planning of the work? The calendars and task lists and things like that? I end up printing out calendars, but I'd rather have a...

Read it Again, Sam: Using Text-to-Speech to Proof Your Novel

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Brains are unreliable, not that they'd ever admit it. A perfect example can be found in the proofing of a novel. Even on the tenth or twentieth read-through of a work-in-progress, you can still find typos and missing words and the like. And why? Because the brain has had enough of your piddly story, and in an effort to get back to thinking about how that drinking bird toy works, starts glossing...

And This is How I Email

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I went on a business trip this week to Maryland, home of the Marylanders, and in the course of setting up transportation and lodging and all of those other things, I had to give out my email address way too many times. But you know what, I hate giving out my email address. As an ardent opponent of advertising, I really hate spam. Like, really hate it. Thus, I needed a way to keep my personal...

Time to Reset

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Many works of science fiction as well as some forecasts by serious technologists and futurologists predict that enormous amounts of computing power will be available in the future. Let us suppose for a moment that these predictions are correct.

Fixing a WordPress Redirect Hack

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So I got a frantic call from my BFF who said, Daniel, your Science Fiction novels are so good. Can you help me fix my website? This BFF obviously knows how to preface a question, so I agreed to take a look. What I found was both confusing and arousing, and after fixing it, I said to myself, Daniel, your Science Fiction novels are so good, but you’re never going to remember how to fix this...

Connect iCloud to Windows 10 Calendar App

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I wrote this post because, although I set this up earlier this year, I tried to do it again the other day and couldn't remember how it was done. ALL of the information I searched for was wrong. So, to my future self who will set this up on a computer some day, this is how you can use your iCloud calendar in the Windows 10 Calendar App.

Connect iCloud to Windows 10 Calendar App

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I'm writing this post because, although I set this up earlier this year, I tried to do it again today and couldn't remember how it was done. ALL of the information I searched for was wrong. So, to my future self who will set this up on a computer some day, this is how you can use your iCloud calendar in the Windows 10 Calendar App.

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