Author: Alexandra

News Publisher

Becoming a News Publisher

Yes, I did it! I just signed up for Apple’s new News Publisher, which will be available with the new software iOS9 update later this year. Doing it now means I am set and ready to go. Especially when they provide the interface and tools to create, what I hope and, I am sure many others hope too, is a new kind of content that will rival apps like Flipboard and Zite. Or, as some are already predicting, kill-off these other news apps. What’s exciting for me about this is the prospect of creating tailored content, for a world-wide audience. Apple is promising a more dynamic platform to build interactive content with control over how it looks and feels, in a way magazines did with print and paper, back in their day. An announcement from Apple: “We’re working on bringing you a brand new format you can use to create signature content for News. With Apple News Format, you’ll be able to create beautifully crafted layouts with custom typography, rich photo galleries, videos, and animations. …

The Tattoed Bride

Going Ga-Ga for Hobohemia

“Indiana, the 1930s. Welcome to Soggiorno Bros’ Travelling Wonder Show, and a very different Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.” I’m delighted to see that Abaddon Books has released A Scandal in Hobohemia, by the very talented Jamie Wyman, for download on the Kindle, along with The Case of the Tattooed Bride. Which is a novella-length story featuring the brilliant carnival manager and crime-fighting Sandford ‘Crash’ Haus and his friend, Jim ‘Dandy’ Walker. I’m really looking forward to reading the new novella by Wyman. Check out my review for the Holmesian anthology, Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, which featured A Scandal in Hobohemia. You can also buy the new combo at: Kindle US | Kindle UK


Google Drives me Nuts

I’m using Google Drive. I have been using Google Drive since it came out. And … I hate it. I like it. I loathe it. Why? Because of the experience I have with the Drive on my iMac. It’s more insidious and annoying than Dropbox when it comes to misplacing, not quite synching, or losing files altogether.

WordPress Page Builders Compared

I’ve been looking at the new crop of page builders that come either as a plugin or, as a theme with built-in components. Here are a few I looked at, tried out (where demos were available) or tried in my own WP site to see how they faired and functioned. Please bare in mind, this is just a selection of a number that are cropping up and not a definitive list. 

Spring Weekend Walkabout

The one thing you can guarantee the minute the sun comes out up here in the Frozen North, is everyone, and I mean everyone and their dog, will be out promenading. And so it was with me, this weekend, camera in hand. I did one of my favourite walks down along the Rue St-Jean, through the St-Jean Gate and Place D’Youville, along the lower end of the rue St-Jean, and into the Old Quarter walking toward the Petite Champlain. It’s an enjoyable 2 hour walk passed historic churches, bakeries and coffee houses, cafes and museums, toward the historic Old Quarter, to Notre-Dame de Québec cathedral, to Terrasse Dufferin and the promenade with amazing views over the river, Chateau Frontenac, and lower town.