Michael Carnell

I was pleased to get as a guest Michael the winner of the mind node software on the Mac20Q show and found out that Michael is an all round lucky fella. He has also recently won an iPad from somewhere else so he had the iPad to be able to use the touch version of the MindNode Pro on that as well as make use of the desktop version.

Digital technologies are having a huge impact on people in the home and in the workplace. Drawing on years of experience as an engineer, programmer, system architect, developer, trainer and Information Systems manager, I now devote my time to system consulting, development, training, and writing. For more details on what I have written, check out my list of publications.
Through the Palmetto Technology Hub he refurbishes and donates used computers and equipment to the local non-profit community.

He is a Social Media Monster.

Merlin Mann and Markdown

I have been scratching my head about using markdown or multi mark down, I heard Merlin Man saying about how he uses it all the time when he has to write anything. I heard Don mention markdown also, I think it was in connection with getting some software to be able to use it or do it. 

So I was curious about it. What is it and what is it for. How could I use it maybe? Seems that the idea is that you are using standard things you find on the keyboard to put a sort of formatting on your text. It was devised by John Gruber and there are application that will take that simple text and turn it into html.

A text-to-HTML formatting syntax for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). You can try it out, right now, using the online Dingus.

I also see that markdown can be used in Scrivener too. In fact in Scrivener there is support for MultiMarkdown which is a derivative of Markdown.

It seems the whole idea behind the markdowns is to be able to focus on the writing rather than messing about with formatting and yet have it more readable than just plain text . I suppose once you get use to putting in the hashes and stars and things you can do that. 

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