Full Circle Magazine issue 4 – not only new content

The Ubuntu-centric magazine Full Circle Magazine released their fourth issue earlier this week. Of course there is lots of new interesting content as usual, but this time there is another thing to take note of.

The format of the magazine has wandered away from the regular A4/letter format and uses a format perfect for on-screen reading. This is some serious thinking outside the box, and makes for some interesting design opportunities, and constraints.

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Great work as always!

Edit: Ops, I accidentally wrote the wrong issue number.

Find time to read a book using DailyLit

I would like to take a few minutes to introduce you to DailyLit. It fixes that feeling you get when you really want to read a book, but just can’t seem to find the time to do so. You will of course not get that flipping-though-dusty-paper-pages feeling that a real book will give you, but it’s a bit more convenient if you spend much time in front of your computer.

The main idea is that you first go to their website and find a book you want to read. They have a fairly large library containing many classics such as Moby Dick, Crime and Punishment and The Count of Monte Cristo. You then enter your email address, a period and a time. Chunks of the book will then automatically be emailed to you at said time. These chunks are small enough to read within a few minutes, but large enough to not lose the story itself.

If you have a fairly modern phone or a PDA, you could of course fetch those emails right there and do something worth-while on your commute to work.

Experiences from a full time freelancer

Full time freelancer Cameron Moll has written an article about what to think about when doing the leap of going solo. It is an interesting read, and if you are seriously considering doing something like this, do have a look at the article and evaluate your options.

In his article he describes the top ten things to think about, and some of the headings are “Avoid Monday deadlines” and “Say ‘no’ as often as you say ‘yes'”. There is not much else to say except to read the article already!

The proper way to markup books

Most people think twice before jotting down notes and jots in their books, but maybe that is what creativity is all about?

Bert Webb of Open Loops has written a nice article about how one can take notes in books, and also some pointers on what to note.

“One of the most effective ways to get the most out of a book is to mark it up”

If you are like me, you don’t like the feeling of ruining books when writing in them, there is a cure for you too — Use post-its!

Have a way with words? Try 100 words!

For all of you out there who enjoy writing and would like a challenge, there is a place on the net called 100 words. The concept is simple:

WRITE ONE HUNDRED WORDS, NO MORE, NO LESS, EVERY DAY.

Well, every day for a month to be exact, but you get the picture I guess. I still have not entered, but hopefully I will have the time and energy to begin next month.

Free Software Magazine issue 9 released

The Free Software Magazine has release their 9th PDF issue for free download. Highlights as written on the announcement page are:

In Issue 9 of Free Software Magazine Saqib Ali gives the public a lesson in Private Key management and David Horton shows us ways to attract volunteers for free software projects. John Locke also gives us an intro to RSS news feeds, and much, much more.

So if you have some time over in your schedule, do have a look at the magazine since it contains lots of interesting articles for your reading pleasure.

Note that you need to register to be able do download the whole shebang.