Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Turn a Browser into a Scratchpad

Jul 17, 2013 GMT

Transforming your browser into a scratchpad for jotting down notes is as easy as entering the data:text/html, <html contenteditable> line into the address bar and hitting Enter. There are a lot of variations of this simple trick, and you can find a few of them in a thread on Hacker News. I use a slightly modified version of Writability: data:text/html;charset=utf-8, <title>Scribbles</title><body OnLoad='document.body.focus();' contenteditable style="font-size:21px;line-height:1.6;font-family:'Alegreya',Alegreya;max-width:21em;margin:0 auto;padding:3rem;background-color:rgb(233,233,225);color:rgb(68,68,68);" spellcheck="false">This solution...
Miniflux: No-frills RSS aggregator

Jul 15, 2013 GMT

The demise of Google Reader rekindled an interest in self-hosted open source RSS aggregators. NewsBlur and redmine/projects/tt-rss/wikiTiny Tiny RSS are probably the most powerful among them, but these two RSS readers are not the only fish in the sea. For those who are looking for a no-frills and dead-simple to deploy RSS reader, Miniflux might be just the ticket. Despite its minimalistic nature, Miniflux is a rather capable RSS aggregator that packs a few nifty features. The application's interface is designed for readability, and it works like a charm on mobile devices; hence you don't need a dedicated RSS reader app for your smartphone or tablet....
Keep Journal with jrnl

Jun 30, 2013 GMT

A journal application can be used for a variety of purposes: from keeping track of things you've accomplished to jotting down notes and ideas. And jrnl can be a perfect tool for the job, if working from the command line is your thing. Installing jrnl from the latest source code is a matter of running three commands (make sure that you have Git installed on your system before you proceed): git clone git:// cd jrnl python installRun then the jrnl command, and you'll be prompted to create a new journal and encrypt it. Using jrnl is equally easy. For example, to view the five most recent journal entries, run the jrnl -n 5 command. Want to see all entries...
Use an Android Device as Screen and Input for Raspberry Pi

Jun 29, 2013 GMT

Got an Android device? Want to use it as a screen and keyboard for Raspberry Pi? A simple trick described in a thread on the Raspberry Pi forum site can help you with that.For this trick to work, you need an Android device that supports USB tethering and VX ConnectBot app installed on it. On Raspberry Pi, run the sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces command, and add the following configuration to it: iface usb0 inet static address netmask network broadcast effectively turns the first USB port into a network interface. Reboot Raspbery Pi, connect your Android device to it via USB, and enable USB tethering. Launch VX ConnectBot,...
Monitor Raspberry Pi with RPi-Monitor

Jun 28, 2013 GMT

When it comes to keeping an eye on your Raspberry Pi server, you have several tools to choose from, including RPi-Monitor. This simple application can give you a quick overview of the key info, such as CPU load, memory and storage usage, network activity, temperature, and uptime.RPi-Monitor is distributed as a regular DEB package, and deploying it on Rasberry Pi requires only a few simple steps. First, install the required packages using the following command: sudo apt-get install librrds-perl libhttp-daemon-perl libhttp-daemon-ssl-perlNext, grab the latest .deb package from and install it using the sudo dpkg -i...
Make CSS Pretty with CSS Beautifier

Jun 27, 2013 GMT

I don't know about you, but I love simple tools that make everyday life a little bit easier. Recently, I wrote about HTMLify, a simple yet handy tool for converting code snippets into HTML-friendly markup. Here is another one-trick pony that you might appreciate: CSS Beautifier. This web app is perfect for turning messy CSS files into nicely-formatted and easy-to-read stylesheets. As you would expect, using CSS Beautifier is as easy as it gets: paste unformatted CSS code into the top text area, and the app produces a formatted version of the code in real time. There are a handful of formatting settings you can tweak to your liking, too. CSS Beautifier's...
Language Drills with Raspberry Pi

Jun 27, 2013 GMT

After a long pause, I'm back to my favorite pastime: learning foreign languages. But this time, I've enlisted Raspberry Pi as a little language learning tool. Currently, I'm using an audio language course, and Raspberry Pi helps me memorize the words and phrases I learn. The way this works is very simple. I chop each audio lesson into sentences and phrases using Audacity and save them as MP3 files in a separate directory. Raspberry Pi is hooked to a breadboard with a push button and a resistor as shown on the diagram. When I push the button, a Python script picks a random mp3 file and plays it. The script is rather simple, and it uses the mpg321 player to...

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