Train or Bus? Or Flying Carpet (Writely)

Sometimes I’d like a flying carpet. Not all the time. I’d use it sparingly, you know, not to pop down to the corner store. But important things.

It would help living in the city. Although then everyone would want one. And the skies would become crowded with threads and I imagine some small problems would occur.

But at least I wouldn’t be wanting to lift a bus in rage.

This morning I waited over half an hour for a bus. It was after 7am .. so they should really have been kicking in. In that period, right at the end of the half-hour, one finally arrived .. full to the brim. No more people.

Like Blackboard out of Mr Squiggle I was .. "Hurry Up! Hurry Up!".

Missing my chiropractor appointment wasn’t the worst part of the exercise. The tradgedy that really got my boxers in a squeeze was that I had missed out on some very much needed sleep. 7am is a rather early hour for me, considering the hour i rest my head.

Ahem.

Now onto the real substance of this post.

Writely. I’m still using it, even with the Post Title issue. It’s too valuable a tool. Being able to have my posts stored elsewhere, with nice functionality when editing, just makes my heart all squishy.

Shortcuts. Keyboard. Shortcuts.

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The two circled above are really the beesknees.

1. Saving with CTRL-S.

This removes the inherant fear of the web, it’s apparent loss-ful data state. It allows me to never be scared of the back button again (I’m looking at you, WordPress Admin). Now, if WordPress came up with a processor like Writely, well .. bam. It’d be awesome.

2. Adding a link with CTRL-K.

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I have, in the past, typed my links out in full, or copied them from the header of the page i wanted to link. Using CTRL-K is another removal of needing the mouse, although you do have to actually get the link. So if you are linking a page that you don’t know the url, you have go through a few more steps. What would be cool though, is to have a shortcut system within Firefix itself.

E.G. CTRL-1-V .. pastes the url of the first tab in Firefox. CTRL-4-V would obviously paste the url of the fourth tab.

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Tagging allows similar functionality to most other document systems.

Christine D. of the Ultimate Tag Warrior (WordPress Plugin) very kindly showed me that you can embed your tags into the document before posting to WordPress, and it will then read them. Of course, this means you would have to double entry the tags. Another falling short on Writely’s ability to send information. Probably not ability. Probably design I guess. But it seems like something relatively easy to fix, like the Title issue.

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Posting to your blog is actually pretty easy. You fill in the above details once (Writely supports one blog only at this time), and then you can post away to your heart’s content.

Writely is a good tool. I’m looking forward to seeing what Google do with it.

Next on the agenda is a look at my experiences with joining the Exclusive Use Of Gmail club. Not sure if that’s a club. Maybe it should be. Like the "No Homer(s)" club before it. Or not.

Cheers,