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A reminder how to use a semicolon

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="326"]How to use a semicolon by The Oatmeal How to use a semicolon by The Oatmeal[/caption] Now and then I feel like I need a refresher on how to use certain forms of punctuation. Today it was the semicolon, which I have abused on multiple occasions.
The most feared punctuation on earth.
I did a little Googling and found this awesome guide on The Oatmeal titled "How to use a semicolon". Not only is this guide really useful and worth bookmarking, it is a reminder of just how awesome The Oatmeal is, generally. Other terrific grammar guides include: Even people who write for a living could use a reminder now and then. I certainly do. Source: How to use a semicolon - The Oatmeal
Now and then I feel like I need a refresher on how to use certain forms of punctuation. Today it was the semicolon, which I have abused on multiple occasions.

Tips for capturing screenshots on your Mac

Capturing screenshots on your Mac may be old hat for most Mac users. If, like me, you are a little unsure about how to do this on your Mac, definitely read Macworld's article titled "How to take screenshots on your Mac". It is really useful. I usually use Evernote's Skitch to capture them because it's easy to annotate them and drag them into whichever app I am working in. Lately, though, it is frustrating to use it. Something changed and I often need to restart the app to get it to recognise the keyboard hotkeys to launch the clipping windows. I knew that Mac OS had a built-in capability to take screenshots but I didn't take the time to learn the various options so I just stuck with Skitch. Article link: How to take screenshots on your Mac Photo credit: Pixabay
I often capture screenshots on my Mac. I usually use Skitch but that is more because I didn't take the time to learn how to use my Mac's bundled tools more effectively. I found a great article that explains how they work.

Rethinking strong passwords

My idea of a strong password has been a random string of characters and this xkcd comic seems to say that a random collection of ordinary words may be more secure.
Maybe Medium isn't a publishing platform. Perhaps it's really just a fancy RSS reader?

How Instapaper could be an even better research tool

I love Instapaper. It is my "read it later" app and, increasingly, one of my favorite research tools too. I had an idea for how it can be better for research and thought I'd explain how.

One of the weirdest Firefox unboxing videos ever!

When it comes to unboxing videos, this Firefox unboxing video is the weirdest I've ever seen! I have Firefox set as my default browser on my work laptop, primarily for performance reasons: Chrome is just too heavy for my somewhat underpowered Lenovo laptop, even running Ubuntu Linux.

Lunchtime project: a primitive cardboard projector

Our son is home sick so we came up with the idea of making a cardboard projector during lunch today. We used an old Jungle Oats cereal box, a toilet roll core and cling wrap for a basic lens. We secured the cling wrap using an elastic band (hair elastic in our case) and we…

Tip: get your LinkedIn Network updates in your feedreader

I am on a mission to reduce the amount of email I receive each day. I’ve noticed that a significant majority of my daily email comprises updates from various social services (many of which I set not to send me emails). I don’t really see much value in most of that email so I sat…

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