Author Kristen Proby:
I noticed yesterday that my newest release, TIED WITH ME, was “on sale” on Amazon for $3.03. The regular price is $3.99, and I did not put the book on sale. Because it’s self published, I hold all control of the price of the book. When I contacted my representative at Amazon, I was told that they were price matching with Google Play.
I was stunned. I don’t offer my books on Google Play. I’d never uploaded the file for sale on Google Play.
After emailing colleagues, my agent and publicist, I came to the realization that my book had been illegally uploaded onto Google Play. Someone had posed as the publisher and put my book up for sale on Google Play.
WITHOUT MY PERMISSION.
Piracy is wrong (don’t argue), but passing off someone else’s work as your own and collecting money on it is an entirely different level of scumbaggery. Curious to know how many others are experiencing this and at what levels beyond books. Music? Apps?
For several days last week, RamshackleGlam.com –- the domain name that I have owned and operated since March of 2010 –- did not belong to me, but rather to a man who goes by the name “bahbouh” on an auction website called Flippa.com, and who was attempting to sell off the site to the highest bidder (with a “Buy It Now” price of $30,000.00). He promised the winner my traffic, my files, and my data, and suggested that I was available “for hire” to continue writing posts (alternatively, he was willing to provide the winner with “high-quality articles” and “SEO advice” to maintain the site’s traffic post-sale).
I learned that my site was stolen on a Saturday. Three days later I had it back, but only after the involvement of fifty or so employees of six different companies, middle-of-the-night conferences with lawyers, FBI intervention, and what amounted to a sting operation that probably should have starred Sandra Bullock instead of…well…me.
Terrifying, but the story of how she got it back is pretty badass (sorry if that sounds like a horrible Buzzfeed headline, but at least I didn’t end it with “and you’ll never believe what happened next!”).
Brett Terpstra publishes the kind of articles I love to save, be it in Reading List or Instapaper, but forget to follow-up on later. He releases plug-ins, scripts, apps, and all sorts of digital trinkets (many for free) that may only accomplish one niche thing he needs to do, but more often than not, those scratches satisfy the itches of others.
Slogger indexes various public social services and creates Day One (http://dayoneapp.com/) journal entries or plain text Markdown files for them. It allows you to keep a personal journal that collects your online social life automatically, all in one place.
I don’t track a lot in Slogger, but Day One offers a better way to search tweets and App.net posts than their respective services. Plus, I can keep track of my reading progress by syncing it with Goodreads.
SearchLink is a System Service for OS X (Mavericks compatible) that handles searching multiple sources and automatically generating Markdown links for text. It allows you to just write, marking things to link as you go. When you’re done, you run it on the document and — if your queries were good — have your links generated automatically without ever opening a browser.
The page linked above is necessary to understand the inner-workings and installation, but to really get a feel for what SearchLink offers, watch the demo video below:
I’m still getting the hang of the syntax, but it really is one of those “magical” things that quickly worms its way into your fingers and makes every computer without it feel like a relic. 1
Marked is a previewer for Markdown files. Use it with your favorite text editor and it updates every time you save. With robust features for previewing, reviewing and exporting beautiful documents, you can work in plain text while reveling in rich formatting.
I’d been using the first version of Marked for awhile, but the update offers LOADS of swanky new features. I’ve only moved it into 2nd gear, but I’m looking forward to stretching its legs and seeing what Marked 2 can really do. The preview UI alone is worth the price of admission. C’est magnifique!
Brett’s got a new project out now called Doing that looks really intriguing:
doing is a basic CLI for adding and listing “what was I doing” reminders in a TaskPaper-formatted text file. It allows for multiple sections/categories and flexible output formatting.
It logs everything in Day One on the Mac, which would accompany one’s Slogger output beautifully.
Brett has so many scripts and add-ons I’m still sifting through, but the few things I’ve been able to incorporate into my workflow have made all the difference in how I get things done on my Mac. I was only too happy to buy Marked 2 and put a little money in his pocket. If you’ve found yourself using Brett’s tools for your own work and you’d like to repay the favor, buy his app, or at the very least, buy him a beer.
Sixty photographs depicting the creation of the park and its continuous evolution over the years. I love behind-the-scenes stuff like this.