Peter Barns

Author – poet – versifier, welcomes you to his site

Peter Barns - Author – poet – versifier, welcomes you to his site

Urgent Microsoft Update

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Microsoft today deviated from its regular pattern of releasing security updates on the second Tuesday of each month, pushing out an emergency patch to plug a security hole in all supported versions of Windows. The company urged Windows users to install the update as quickly as possible, noting that miscreants already are exploiting the weaknesses to launch targeted attacks.

Want to know more? Microsoft.

The Best eBook Sites #1 – Smashwords

You’ve written your book. Now what?

Well that depends on whether you want your book published as a hard copy or an eBook. If the former, go find yourself a good publisher, and good luck. If the latter read on.

I publish my free ebooks on a number of sites, some of which only accept free manuscripts. I do this because I’ve never fancied trying to make a living by writing. I just like telling stories as a hobby and want as many people as possible to read them.

During the coming weeks I will tell you about the websites I use to publish my ebooks, a few of which also publish hard copies at a reasonable price. This is not a definitive list, just the sites that took my fancy. There are many more out there, so if you come across some good ones please let me know.

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My Favourite Free Software #2 – yWriter5

Novel Writing Software

This time I’m going to tell you about the novel-writing software that I use.

There are lots of programs to choose from. Some paid for – like Microsoft Word, Scrivener, and StoryWeaver – and some free – like StoryBook and yWriter 5. You pays your money and takes your choice. For a review of what’s out there visit Novel Writing Help, which as the name implies, has helpful tips and articles to help you write that block-buster.

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My Favourite Free Software #1 – Freemind and MindMup

Mind Mapping

Let me start off by saying that I use a Linux OS. I made the jump from Windows after I dropped my laptop on the floor and had to get a new hard drive. Having no operating disc for Windows, I decided to give Ubuntu a go, and boy am I glad I did! The operating system is easy to install, fast and infinitely customizable.

However, this means that these short series of software reviews will lean towards programs that run on Linux – sometimes using a Wine interface.

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