What gift do you get for a writer? Pen and paper? A dictionary? Socks and undies? A whoopee cushion? Maybe. Finding something unique and thoughtful can be tough. You may have some homework to do—but we have dozens of suggestions for you.
One option is to support their writing journey with tools of the trade like computer software, accessories, writing-related reference books, or even an online course about writing. Make sure your choice is helpful and appreciated, not something they already o...
We live in a world where many of us have internet access 24/7. That’s great—but if you have kids, that can be a serious concern. There’s content on the internet you never want them to see, predators who might target them through social channels, and the potential that they might spend their waking hours online.
There’s nothing more embarrassing than pressing “Send” on an important email just before you notice a spelling or grammar error. You’ve wasted your only opportunity to give a positive first impression. How do you prevent this? A quality grammar checker can help, and Ginger promises to make sure your text is clear and correct.
It works online (with Chrome and Sa...
If you look at a typical chat conversation, you might wonder what happened to spelling and grammar standards. Communication today is a lot more casual than it used to be.
But not in the office. For those in business and professional roles, those skills are as critical as they’ve ever been.
The young typist must have been embarrassed. It happened way back in the days when typewriters were still commonly used, and perhaps it was the client who pointed out the spelling mistake. Wanting to make up for it, she typed a quick note of regret: “I apologize for the typing errow.”
Have you had days like that? Too often I notice a typo just after hitting Send on an email or Publish on a blog post. Why is that? I think it’s because I know what I meant to type, and my brain just assumed that...
I notice a lot of cracked iPhone screens. Often those users continue to use their phones despite the fragments of glass. But if you damage your screen too much, you won’t be able to use your phone at all. You’ll need to replace the screen or the whole phone.
Spelling and grammar mistakes aren’t funny. The Copywrite Matters blog asks, “Is poor spelling costing you business?” And while they laugh at the impact a missing comma can make (“Let’s eat, Grandma” vs. “Let’s eat Grandma”), they don’t laugh long. According to one study cited in the article, a single spelling mistake on your website may cause as many as 50% of potential customers not to commit to a purchase.
Programmers spend most of the day in front of a computer, their fingers pounding the keyboard, their eyes laser-focused on the monitor. It can be taxing—especially on the eyes! We’ve already rounded up the best keyboards for programmers. In this review, we’ll recommend monitors as well.
Do you love your Mac as much as I do? My iMac is my workplace. It contains every article I’ve ever written. It holds every photo I’ve ever taken, contact details for the people that matter to me, and recordings of the songs I’ve written. If something goes wrong, everything could disappear forever!
To present a professional image, you can’t afford to send emails or documents that contain spelling and grammar mistakes. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to spot them in your writing, so you need a second pair of eyes. WhiteSmoke can help. Compared with other grammar checkers I tested years ago, it performs very well. But how does it h...
I saw a post on Facebook tonight that said you’re judged by your spelling. I’m not sure that’s true in chats and text messages, but it certainly is in business. A Business News Daily survey reveals that spelling errors change the way people see you and that most business people find typos unacceptable. Yet, on average, we’re quite poor at spelling and grammar—and that’s true of all age groups and educational backgrounds.
Too many people use the same easy-to-remember password for every website. It’s convenient but makes life too easy for hackers and identity thieves. If one of your accounts is hacked, you’ve given away access to all of them! Creating a strong, unique password for every website is a lot of work, but password managers make it achievable.
1Password is one of the most popular apps out there. It has cultivated a strong following from the Mac community over several years and is now available for Win...
MacBook Pros come with gorgeous Retina displays. But if you find yourself working from your home office more than usual, a large, external monitor can enhance productivity and save your eyesight. You want one that looks sharp and is easy to read—which means good contrast and setting the brightness to the right level. Don’t know where to start? We’re here to help!
A text editor is a handy, flexible tool that deserves a place on every computer. By default, there is a basic one preinstalled with every popular operating system. They’re most commonly used by developers, but also often by writers and note-takers. The best text editors tend to be incredibly powerful and highly configurable, making them a very personal choice.