Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
ReText: A Text Editor with Support for reStructuredText and Markdown

Nov 24, 2011 GMT

ReText is a nifty text editor for those who appreciate markup systems like reStructuredText and Markdown. The application allows you to easily create formatted texts using either reStructuredText or Markdown markups, and then output the result in several formats including ODF, PDF, and HTML. In addition to that, you can upload formatted documents to Google Docs directly from within the editor. ReText boasts other handy features, including HTML syntax highlighting, auto save option, and support for CSS styles. The editor sports a tabbed interface, so you can manage multiple text files, while the Preview pane lets you view the formatted output of the currently edited file. The Tags and...
Easy Backup with Backupninja

Nov 23, 2011 GMT

All mainstream Linux distros offer a variety of backup tools designed for specific tasks like backing up MySQL databases or performing incremental backup to a remote server. Backupninja wraps all these nifty tools into a simple graphical interface and give you a helping hand with setting up backup jobs. Backupninja is available in the software repositories of many popular Linux distributions, so you can install it using your distro's package manager. On Ubuntu and Debian-based systems, you can install the utility by running the apt-get install backupninja command as root. To launch Backupninja, run the ninjahelper command as root. Select then the new item, pick the backup type you want,...
Blog with Nibbleblog

Nov 22, 2011 GMT

When it comes to blog software, WordPress rules supreme. But what if this otherwise excellent blog engine is overkill for your needs? In this case, you might want to give Nibbleblog a try. This lightweight blog application is perfectly suited for maintaining personal blogs, and it sports all the essential features you need to publish a blog with a minimum of effort. Nibbleblog features a WYSIWYG editor, so you can access all common formatting options using the dedicated toolbar. The built-in file manager based on elFinder offers a convenient way of working with files and images. In addition to regular blog posts, the blog application lets you quickly publish videos. Nibbleblog's default...
Juggle Files on Android Device with Ghost Commander

Nov 18, 2011 GMT

Using an Android device without a decent file manager is like eating soup with a fork. Fortunately, there are several excellent file managers available on the Android Market: from the simple OI File Manager to the more advanced File Expert. And if you prefer the efficiency of a two-pane file manager, then Ghost Commander is right up your alley. If you are familiar with two-pane managers like Midnight Commander or Krusader, you'll feel at home with Ghost Commander. Its interface makes it supremely easy to work with files, and numeric shortcuts allow you to perform common operations with a single key press. Ghost Commander provides access to local and removable storage right out of the box....
Manage Remote Linux Machines from Windows Using KiTTY

Nov 17, 2011 GMT

Need to connect to a remote Linux machine or server from a Windows computer? Then KiTTY is your best friend. This Telnet and SSH client is a fork of the popular PuTTY tool that offers several useful improvements. For starters, KiTTY sports the portability mode which allows you to run the tool on a Windows machine without leaving any traces. To enable the portability mode, create a kitty.ini file in the same location as KiTTY, and add the following lines to the file: [KiTTY] savemode=dirKiTTY can save multiple session profiles, and the utility allows you to group sessions into folders, which can be useful for keeping tabs on profiles. The ability to handle URLs is another of KiTTY's...
Extension Watch: QR Code Generator for Google Chrome and Chromium

Nov 16, 2011 GMT

When you need to generate QR codes for text snippets and URLs, the QR Code Generator extension for Google Chrome and Chromium can come in rather handy. Once installed, the extension adds a button to the main toolbar. Click on it, and QR Code Generator creates a QR code for the URL of the currently viewed web page. You can then use the text area below to enter whatever text you want, and the extension automatically generates a QR code for the typed text. Click on the QR code, and you can download it as a PNG image to your machine. To do that, right-click on the image, choose Save Image As, and replace the default gen.php name with the desired name followed by the .png file extension.
Run a Simple Web Server on Your Android Device

Nov 15, 2011 GMT

A simple web server running on your Android device is a perfect solution for ad-hoc sharing and publishing files and documents, which can come in handy in many situations. You might be thinking that you need a dedicated app for that, but you can actually roll out a simple web server using a Python script containing only four lines of code. This nifty trick is possible thanks to the Scripting Layer for Android software which enables support for several scripting languages, including Lua, Perl, and Python. So before you can actually write a Python script that turns your Android device into a simple web server, you have to install the latest versions of the SL4A and PythonForAndroid APK...

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