Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Send Web Articles to Kindle with Kindlebility

May 30, 2011 GMT

There are many ways to push Web articles to your Kindle. You can, for example, use the Instapaper service or the Send to Kindle extension for the Chrome and Chromium browsers. But if you are looking for an open source solution that works with any browser, try Kindlebility. Configuring Kindlebility is a simple two-step procedure. First, enter your Kindle email address and hit Enter to generate a bookmarklet. Drag then the bookmarklet to the bookmark bar of your browser. On a mobile device like iPhone or Android, you have an option to create a bookmarklet manually by using a JavaScript snippet generated by Kindlebility's page. Next, add the kindle@darkhelmetlive.com email address to your...
Handle Multiple Time Zones with WorldTimeBuddy for Chrome and Chromium

May 26, 2011 GMT

Admittedly, the WorldTimeBuddy web app is pretty much a glorified bookmark to the namesake web service, but it's a rather handy service, indeed. As you might have guessed, WorldTimeBuddy allows you to view time in multiple time zones, a boon for those who deal with people and businesses in different parts of the world. World clock tools and apps are a dime a dozen, but WorldTimeBuddy stands out from the crowd thanks to its superior user experience. The service automatically detects your home zone (the service supports more than 20,000 locations), and you can easily add new locations by typing their names in the search box. The best part is that WorldTimeBuddy not only shows the current...
DIY Mobile Photo Sharing with Piwigo and ReGalAndroid

May 25, 2011 GMT

If you happen to host your own photo gallery using Piwigo or Gallery and you use an Android device, you have almost everything you need to replace TwitPic, yfrog, or any other third-party mobile photo sharing service with your own DIY solution. Using the ReGalAndroid app, you can not only browse photos in your photo gallery, but also snap pictures, upload them to the gallery, and share them via microblogging services like Identi.ca or Twitter.To connect ReGalAndroid to your photo gallery installation, launch the app, press the Menu hardware button on your Android device, tap on Settings, and configure the required settings, such as Gallery type, Gallery URL, Username, and Password. While...
Create a Simple Scratchpad with Autokey

May 09, 2011 GMT

A plain text file acting as a scratchpad can come in handy in many situations. You can use it to store text and code snippets, links, and other useful stuff. But copying and pasting text fragments into a text file manually is not the most sensible way to go. A simple script based on the AutoKey utility can solve the problem. AutoKey can handle Python scripts, and it has its own API which makes it supremely easy to create interactive scripts. The script itself is not particularly complicated: snip = clipboard.get_selection() retCode, note = dialog.input_dialog("Note", "Enter note") filename = '/home/dmpop/Documents/Snips/snips.txt' file = open(filename,...
Add Appindicator for Ubuntu One

Apr 29, 2011 GMT

Ubuntu One may lack all the bells and whistles of Dropbox, but it's still a solid solution for keeping files in sync across multiple machines -- especially if you are running Ubuntu. However, despite some recent improvements to the service and software in Ubuntu 11.04, one glaring omission remains -- Ubuntu One still doesn't have an appindicator, so there is no easy way to monitor the sync activity and status. Fortunately, there is an easy fix for that: you can install a third-party appindicator from a PPA. All you have to do is to run three simple commands in the Terminal: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rye/ubuntuone-extras sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install...
Manage Your Photo Gallery from Android Using ReGalAndroid

Apr 27, 2011 GMT

If you host your own photo gallery using either Piwigo or Gallery software and you happen to use an Android device, the ReGalAndroid app is right up your alley. Despite its spartan interface, this is a rather capable app that offers a few handy features. For starters, it supports the Piwigo and Gallery2 applications as well as the new Gallery3 release. The app supports full-screen viewing and it can cache data to speed up navigation. Using the available commands (press the Menu hardware button to access them), you can download a full-resolution version of the photo to your device as well as share the photo's link and the photo itself using your Android device's sharing...
Practice the Pomodoro Technique with Tomighty

Apr 19, 2011 GMT

Devised by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, the pomodoro technique gathered many followers. The popularity of this time management method lies in its simplicity: work on a single task for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. After four 25-minute sessions, take a 15-minute break. Not exactly rocket science. The only thing you need to practice the pomodoro way of working is a timer. You can use a kitchen timer, or you can opt for a more high-tech tool like Tomighty. Similar to an analog timer, Tomighty is not a particularly sophisticated tool. Once activated, it sits in the system tray counting down time. When the time is up, it displays a notification. You can modify the default...

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