Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Control Your Graphical Desktop from the Keyboard Using keynav

Mar 25, 2011 GMT

Using the graphical desktop environment without the mouse might seem counter-productive, but try the keynav tool, and you'll see that the idea makes sense -- at least in certain situations. For example, when you don't have enough space to use the mouse, or the trackpad on your netbook or notebook is not really great, keynav can come in rather handy.The way keynav works is pretty clever. When activated using the Ctrl+; keyboard shortcut, keynav splits the screen into four parts, and you use the keyboard keys to "zoom" on a specific area of the screen and then move the cursor to the center of the area. keynav supports the following keyboard shortcuts: h selects the left half of...
Save Web Pages from Android to Instapaper with TLDR

Mar 24, 2011 GMT

There is not much to say about the TLDR Android app. In fact, I wouldn't even call it an app, but rather a utility. But if you are using the excellent Instapaper service, TLDR can prove to be an indispensable tool for saving Web pages from the Android browser to your Instapaper account. Once installed, TLDR acts as a helper tool available via the Share menu. To save the currently viewed Web page, press the Menu button, tap More, select Share page, and tap on TLDP -> Instapaper. Obviously, for this trick to work, you need to specify your Instapaper credentials first using the TLDR Settings item you'll find amongst the installed applications. TLDR has been updated for a while, but it...
Calculate File Permissions with Ease using chmod

Mar 22, 2011 GMT

I don't know about you, but I often have problems calculating file permissions (probably because I don't do this very often). That's why I find the chmod app for Android rather handy. This app does only one thing: it calculates the correct number combination for specific file permissions. You can use it for the exact opposite, too: enter the desired combination and you should see the corresponding file permissions. The app is free and it weighs only 45Kb.
Archive and Explore Your Tweets with Tweet Nest

Mar 10, 2011 GMT

Tweet Nest allows you to back up your tweets in a MySQL database, and you can use this nifty Web-based application to display and explore you tweets. Tweet Nest runs on the Apache/MySQL/PHP stack, and it's pretty easy to install. Grab the latest version of the application, unpack the downloaded archive, and move the resulting directory to the document root of your server. Make then the inc/config.php writable by the server, and point your browser to your Twitter Nest installation (e.g., http://127.0.0.1/tweetnest). A simple wizard guides you through the setup process.Next, you have to point your browser to the http://127.0.0.1/tweetnest/maintenance/loaduser.php URL to load the user...
Install Font from Google Web Fonts on Ubuntu Using a Simple Bash Script

Mar 07, 2011 GMT

The Google Web Fonts repository contains an ever-growing collection of high-quality open source fonts which you easily embed into your Web site. But what if you want to use them on your desktop? A simple Bash script from Web Upd8 can do the trick. Fire up the terminal and run the following commands: cd && wget http://webupd8.googlecode.com/files/install-google-fonts chmod +x install-google-fonts ./install-google-fontsOnce the script has done its job, you can use the installed fonts on your machine. Nifty!
Back up Email with a Single Command

Mar 03, 2011 GMT

The Web is awash with tutorials on how to back up your email. Strangely, none of them covers probably the easiest and most efficient email backup system based on the excellent IMAP Grab utility. This tiny Python script acts as a user-friendly wrapper for the getmail tool. Using the script, you can set up a fool-proof email backup solution using just a single command.Deploying the IMAP Grab backup solution is a cinch. First off, install the getmail package using your distro's package manager. Download then the latest IMAP Grab package, unzip it, and move the imapgrab.py file to the directory of your choosing. Make the script executable using the chmod +x imapgrab.py command.To make sure...
Extension Watch: Copy Without Formatting Extension for Google Chrome and Chromium

Feb 28, 2011 GMT

The Copy Without Formatting extension fixes one of the biggest annoyances in the Google Chrome and Chromium browsers. When you copy a text fragment, the extension automatically strips it of all formatting. This way, you don't have to reformat the text snippet manually, when you paste it in a document.This one-trick pony extension can be a great time-saver, and you can tweak its settings to your liking in the Options section. Here you replace the default keyboard shortcut with your own as well as enable the Auto-copy feature which automatically copies the selection. You can also enable the floating button which appears when you select a text fragment. This allows you to perform the copy...

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