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Here’s an experiment I’ve wanted to try for a while: write a post using iA Writer and send it quickly to WordPress.

The trick is to learn the formatting commands – the next word should be in italic type and this in a bold face. Then you save the finished document to HTML. At least I think. Let’s see how this test post works.

If I can get this right, it should speed up my writing.


The undead book shelf

Josh Catone is almost right when he writes Why Printed Books Will Never Die. Although the pedant in me has an issue with the word never given that entropy means one day the universe will degrade into a particle stew. For now I’ll give Catone poetic licence.

He says:

Ebooks are not simply a better format replacing an inferior one; they offer a wholly different experience.

A good point. I’d read an ebook on a plane. I read work documents on a tablet or ebook. When reading for pleasure, I still want to see print and feel paper.

Whenever I hear people predicting the death of printed books I think back to the Roman, Greek and even earlier texts which can still be read today, then remember early electronic texts stored on 8-inch floppies or using now dead digital formats. Some of these are already lost forever.

Cartoonist Dylan Horrocks protests against New Zealand’s S92A law change in an appropriate way drawing this copyright-free cartoon.

Internet copyright theft

Horrocks is a cartoonist. He depends on intellectual property for his livelihood. As a journalist, I’m in exactly the same place.

One of the wisest things I learned from former colleague Jack Schofield was governments have a habit of enacting laws that result in the opposite effect to their intentions.

New Zealand’s poorly thought-out S92A is a classic example of this. Rather than strengthening New Zealand’s copyright law, it has further undermined the concept in this country.

That’s not a good thing.

Thanks to @glynmoody for drawing my attention to this locally produced cartoon even if he is sitting on the other side of the world and to www.scoop.c o.nz for hosting the cartoon here.

And Juha Saarinen provides some context for NZ’s harsh new copyright law.