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Writers' Cafe / The ultimate writer's desk?
« on: January 17, 2020, 01:43:30 pm »
The Lay-Down Desk.

If it didn't include the standing option I would be totally against this. But I still don't think something that encourages you to sit on your ass even more is the way to go. I try to get up and move around at least once an hour. Having said that, being comfortable while I'm at my desk is kinda priceless.

What's the consensus? Yay or nay? Based on the chair alone, not the price.

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Noting that traditional seated desks and chairs can often cause back pain and other physical discomforts, a new creation, the Signature Altwork Station (which has a look that’s reminiscent of a dentist chair), allows individuals to “create a massive selection of working positions,” which can range from sitting upright to being completely horizontal — all while being able to use a laptop.

But the promise of all that comfort doesn’t come cheap. The chair retails for $7,650.

“The Altwork Station supports your body and your work by seamlessly conforming your keyboard, desk, mouse, and monitor to your body,” according to the company website, adding that by eliminating the “discomfort of standard tables and chairs” people will be able to “focus longer on complex tasks.”

Since I know there are a lot of Mac users here, I thought some of you might need to see this. MacBook Pro batteries are starting fires.

Twitter-Apple Support

It's for models sold between 2015 and 2017 but someone just posted about a 2018 model that caught fire.

Make sure you're not only backing up your work locally!

Writers' Cafe / MailerLite Price Increases January 1
« on: December 10, 2018, 01:24:21 pm »

They still have the free account for those using it, but they have placed new limitations on it, so FYI.

If you've been thinking about signing up with them, but haven't yet, get it done. Anyone on the old plans are grandfathered.

Writers' Cafe / Amazon Admits to Exposing Email Addresses
« on: November 21, 2018, 09:29:05 am »
This just came up in my tech news feed.  Hope everyone here is using two factor verification, like they should be.

If you got an email from them, it's legit. But as usual, they aren't sharing any info.

Amazon Admits...
In response to a request for specifics, a spokesperson said the company had “nothing to add beyond our statement.” The company denies there was a data breach of its website of any of its systems, and says it’s fixed the issue, but dismissed our request for more info including the cause, scale, and circumstances of the error.

Amazon’s reticence here puts those impacted at greater risk. Users don’t know which of Amazon’s sites was impacted, who their email address could have been exposed to, or any ballpark figure of the number of victims. It’s also unclear whether it has or plans to contact any government regulatory bodies.

Writers' Cafe / Bowker's Site Hacked
« on: November 02, 2018, 08:24:20 am »

Any US authors that use Bowker should read this. Credit cards may be compromised.

Writers' Cafe / Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium Discontinued
« on: September 08, 2018, 07:57:36 pm »
Dragon Premium 13 will be discontinued and withdrawn from the market effective September 1, 2018. Final orders will be accepted on August 30, 2018. Customers who have purchased Dragon Premium 13 own a perpetual license to the solution and may continue using it. However, Nuance will no longer provide support or updates for the solution after January 1, 2019. Additionally, patches or upgrades that individual consumers or organizations apply to computers running these solutions (e.g. operating system patches) could potentially cause the solutions to stop functioning or function in an unintended manner.
This really sucks for anyone who purchased this year. You product could soon be useless. I've already heard of Windows10 uses having problems after the last Windows update. I just found this info when I went to the Nuance website to check pricing on the new version.
I'm still using version 12, which I bought 4 or 5 years ago, and I'm not impressed at the fact that I'll have to upgrade to their Pro version, which is way more than I need. 

Writers' Cafe / Interested in writing for the Tales platform?
« on: August 25, 2018, 07:47:06 am »
First, I have no opinion on this, but stumbled across it and thought I would share.
Interested in writing for the Tales platform?

FableLabs is building the platform for interactive storytelling. It's time we changed the way stories are created and published. We think individual creators should be able to pilot ideas, iterate off feedback/metrics, control how they monetize, and add visuals/interactivity to bring stories to life on mobile devices.

Join other veteran writers from around the world (TellTale, Ubisoft, BioWare, CoG, Episode, etc) already creating franchises on our platform. We're providing advances worth $10,000 on top of royalties and will support you with top-notch, custom artwork. Best of all, you keep the IP rights to your ideas!

Currently we're letting writers in by invitation. Please fill out a quick survey below so we can get you access. Or click here if you want to learn all the reasons you should be publishing on the Tales platform.

And the Crunchbase blurb about the company
Storytelling has been a hits-driven, risky business as writers work with no data, few tools, old media distribution models, and formats that haven't changed in decades. FableLabs has built Tales (, a platform that allows writers to rapidly pilot episodic stories and iterate off feedback/metrics to improve performance. They can easily add visuals, choices, and persistence. Couple all this with freemium monetization and we've got stories that can be produced for less than the cost of an eBook but with the distribution potential of free-to-play mobile games. We're building the platform for the modern book.

Writers' Cafe / Let's Hope that KDP isn't one of Those "Mature Areas!"
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:28:56 pm »
Amazon Cutting Hundreds of Jobs

Amazon determined through planning for 2018 that certain mature areas of its business no longer required as much staff for the results it was seeking,

Or would KDP not be considered on of its "consumer divisions?"

Writers' Cafe / Audiobooks Coming to Google Play
« on: January 21, 2018, 04:32:50 pm »

If you like having your literature read out to you, keep your eyes on the Google Play Store, as it looks like a dedicated audiobook section is on the way - and if you're quick you might be able to get a hefty discount on your first purchase when the changes go live.

You can already get a limited number of audiobooks through the Google Play Music app, but it's not really a fully fledged service. As spotted by 9to5Google, an audiobook banner has been added to the Play Store, though for now the new section doesn't seem to have been activated.

Offering a clearer way to browse and buy audiobooks would help Google in its ongoing rivalry with Amazon, which owns Audible and recently added audiobook support to its Kindles. From smart speakers to cloud storage, the two companies have a lot of overlap these days.

Writers' Cafe / A New Method of Scamming the Best Sellers List?
« on: September 01, 2017, 08:01:26 am »
Just stumbled across this article. Double-Check Those "Best Seller" Tags on Amazon

Amazon's algorithm measures not only what's purchased, but what is viewed by users. Shady sellers hire contract workers who boost the rankings of particular products by searching for them. Searches, time spent on a product page (known as engagement), and adding products to wish lists all help boost a product's  ranking, whether or not it has actually been purchased.

Is this a new scam, or just one I was unaware of?

Anything Else Amazon / Amazon Echo's New Pomodoro Skill
« on: June 18, 2017, 10:29:13 am »
Just stumbled across this new Pomodoro Skill on Reddit, and I thought some of you might be interested in checking it out. My Dots are in the kitchen and bedroom--I have a Google Home in my office--or i would try it out myself. 

"Ransomware is spreading like wildfire among unpatched Windows systems worldwide."

Looking at the map, this doesn't seem to be much of an issue -- yet -- in North America, but better safe than sorry! I'm sure many in the UK have already heard about it, but may not be aware how widespread it is.

Writers' Cafe / Mailchimp Sweetens their Free Plan
« on: May 02, 2017, 01:37:59 pm »
Mailchimp’s marketing automation tools are now available for free

Thought this might be of interest to some here.

Writers' Cafe / Amazon’s review-for-free-stuff policy wrecks its reviews
« on: September 26, 2016, 08:26:29 am »
A link to this came up in my news feed this morning:  As I read, I couldn't help but to think of ARC reviews. 

Amazon is also getting heat from removing a bunch of reviews that was mentioned here, including the seeming hypocrisy on how they jumped in and deleted reviews.

I read these things and wait to see the hammer fall. Amazon if famous for how they make sweeping "fixes" to deal with things.

Writers' Cafe / Walmart vs Amazon?
« on: March 04, 2016, 07:32:37 am »
I just watched a video report of the Romance Author Hawaii Conference.  Author Trish McCallan shares info about a new platform that Walmart has in the works. 

The issue is addressed from time stamp 15:35 to 21:07.

Writers' Cafe / Romance Novel Covers Reenacted by Real People
« on: November 17, 2015, 11:57:22 am »
Stumbled across this.   :o

Make sure you enlarge each cover.  There's a little arrow in the right top corners of the remakes. 
Warning:  The glare of pasty white skin may blind you.

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