Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
WordGrinder: Word Processing Terminal Style

Jan 13, 2010 GMT

You may think that word processing is all about WYSIWYG and GUI, but WordGrinder is living proof that a word processor that runs in a terminal does make sense. Thanks to its small and efficient code base containing only 6300 lines of code, WordGrinder will happily run on older machines, and you can even use it on GUI-less setups. Despite being a terminal-based application, WordGrinder provides a menu system activated with the Esc key. Users who prefer to control applications via the keyboard will be pleased to learn that WordGrinder provides keyboard shortcuts for virtually every command and action. Better yet, you can reconfigure the default keyboard shortcuts to suit your needs. When it...
Tweet from the Command Line with Twidge

Jan 11, 2010 GMT

When it comes to graphical Twitter clients, you are spoiled for choice. But what if you want to use the popular micro-blogging service from the command line? Then you need Twidge, a command-line utility that supports both Twitter and Identi.ca.Before you can use Twidge, you have to configure it using the twidge setup command. Enter your Twitter user name and password, and you are all set. Using Twidge couldn't be easier. To view the 20 most recent updates from the people you follow, use the twidge lsrecent -su command. The twidge update command allows you to post a tweet, for example: twidge update "Status goes here."If you want to send a direct message to a specific user, you...
Turn Your Android Device into an FTP Server with SwiFTP

Dec 30, 2009 GMT

Say you need to share documents stored on your Android device with several users. Or perhaps you want to download photos and upload music files without fiddling with USB or Bluetooth connections. Install and run the SwiFTP FTP server on the Android device, and you (as well as other users) can access files from any machine via the FTP protocol. You can install SwiFTP from the Android Market or directly from the project's Web site. Configuring SwiFTP is ridiculously easy. Launch the server, press the Setup button, and specify the desired user name and password. If necessary, you can also change the default port and directory. Press Save to save the settings, then press Start to launch the...
Best of 2009

Dec 29, 2009 GMT

The new year is almost upon us, so it's a good time to wrap up the year 2009 and ruminate over the best open source software and hardware this year brought us. So without further ado, let me present my personal "Best of 2009" list in no particular order. The coolest hardware: TonidoPlugThe concept of plug computer has been floating around for quite some time. But CodeLathe turned the idea of a tiny server with extremely low power consumption into a real and genuinely useful product named TonidoPlug. The little server runs Tonido software, an open source peer-to-peer platform and application suite that includes several top-notch applications such as a blog engine, a torrent...
Read It Later Version 2.0

Dec 22, 2009 GMT

If you are familiar with the Read It Later (RIL) extension for Firefox and the accompanying service, you know how useful this solution is. And the recently released version 2.0 brings a slew of improvements that make this must-have tool even better. The latest release features a completely redesigned interface to provide easier access to the extension's essential features. You can now tag and edit entries in the reading list using the dedicated Edit button next to each item. The Text View button opens a given Web page in the text mode stripped of all graphics and media content. This can come in handy when you are on a slow or expensive internet connection. The clever part is that during...
Design Your Own Paper Organizer with DIY Planner Widget Kit

Dec 21, 2009 GMT

Want to create your own personal paper organizer similar to the trendy Hipster PDA? The DIY Planner Widget Kit offers a set of professionally-designed widgets and templates that can help you to craft your own cool-looking paper planner with a minimum of fuss. The widget kit is supplied as an OpenOffice.org Draw document, but before you start using it, you should install the supplied Blue Highway font. The kit includes a wide range of widgets you can use to design custom organizer pages. There are also weekly and monthly calendar templates which you can use as a starting point. The easiest way to create your own page is to duplicate the template you want and customize it to your liking....
´╗┐Mustard: Nifty Identi.ca Client for Android

Dec 16, 2009 GMT

While Identi.ca is not nearly as popular as Twitter, this open source microblogging service is home to many open source advocates, developers, users, and just interesting people. Thanks to a Twitter-compatible API, many closed source Twitter clients for the Android platform will happily work with Identi.ca. But why settle for a closed source app if you can install the excellent open source Mustard client? Mustard is not the most advanced microblogging app out there, but it offers all the essential features and a few clever tricks to boot. It supports multiple accounts and sports the geolocation feature which attaches current geographical coordinates to your posts (you can, of course,...

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