Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Send Tabs from Desktop Version of Firefox

Dec 09, 2013 GMT

In a previous post, I described how to use Firefox for Android to send tabs to other devices and machines. But what about the other way around: sending tabs from the desktop version of Firefox to Android devices and other machines? Surprisingly, the desktop version of Firefox lacks this handy feature, but the Send Tab to Device add-on fills the void. Once installed, the extension adds the Send this link to device command to the right-click context menu which you can use to send any link in the currently opened page as a tab to any device linked to your Firefox Sync account. This feature will eventually be rolled into Firefox, and when it does, the add-on will uninstall itself.
Better Power Management on Linux Notebooks with TLP

Nov 27, 2013 GMT

Although your favorite Linux distribution may already include tools for managing power settings, installing TLP on your notebook won't hurt. In fact, it can extend the battery life without any significant tweaking efforts on your part. TLP packages are available for many mainstream Linux distros, including Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, and Arch. To install TLP on Debian, open the /etc/apt/sources.list file for editing and add the following repository: deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/linrunner/tlp/ubuntu lucid mainAdd the PPA's public key: apt-key adv --keyserver pool.sks-keyservers.net --recv-keys 02D65EFFUpdate then the software repositories and install TLP: apt-get update && apt-get...
Mirakel: Android Task Manager that Syncs with Taskwarrior

Nov 26, 2013 GMT

Another day, another task manager for Android. This time it's Mirakel, a sleek and lightweight open source app that lets you keep tabs on tasks with a minimum of effort. Although Mirakel may look like a basic app, it has all the essential task-management features -- and then some. As any task manager worth its salt, Mirakel lets you assign priorities and deadlines to tasks. In addition to that, you can also attach a file or a photo, add a note, configure a reminder, and specify recurrence. While it's possible to add a task in a regular manner (i.e., entering the task's name and tapping the Add button), you can also use the dedicated buttons to snap a photo or make an audio recording, and...
MediaCrush: Open Source Image Hosting for Privacy-Conscious Users

Nov 22, 2013 GMT

Next time you need to share a photo, an animated GIF, or an audio file, consider using MediaCrush. Why? Because this media hosting service is not only based on open source software, it also goes to great lengths to protect your privacy. MediaCrush uses https by default, it respects the Do Not Track settings, and it even allows you to turn off ads. The service doesn't store any history on its servers either; Instead, the history is saved locally in your browser. The only thing the service stores is your hashed IP address when you upload a file. This enables MediaCrush to identify malicious users and prevent them from uploading. MediaCrush is also transparent about its revenues, expenses,...
Back up Android Apps with oandbackup

Nov 21, 2013 GMT

Titanium Backup is not the easiest app to master, but it's loaded with useful features and does the excellent job of backing up apps and settings. The only fly in the ointment is the fact that Titanium Backup is a closed source commercial app. If this is a deal-breaker for you, or you prefer something less complicated, then oandbackup might be right up your alley. This app offers a simple way to back up apps and settings on rooted Android devices. Besides the root access, oandbackup also requires that BusyBox is installed on your Android device. Since oandbackup is available only through the F-Droid catalog, you have to install the F-Droid app as well. When you launch oandbackup, it scans...
OpenNote: Web-Based Notebook

Nov 20, 2013 GMT

Although OpenNote is touted as an open source alternative to Microsoft OneNote and EverNote, the application is not on par with both solutions in terms of features and functionality. This doesn't mean that OpenNote is useless, though. If you need a no-frills note-taking web application that you can deploy on your own server, OpenNote might be exactly what you're looking for. Being a PHP/MySQL-based application, OpenNote runs on any server with the Apache/PHP/MySQL stack. To install the application, clone the project's repository using the git clone https://github.com/FoxUSA/OpenNote.git command and move the OpeNote folder to the root directory of your server. Use then the mysql client to...
Store Logs in RAM with LogRunner

Nov 18, 2013 GMT

Storing log files in RAM reduces the number of read and write operations, which can extend the life span of an SD card (or any solid state storage device, for that matter). This trick can be useful on devices running Linux or an SD card (e.g., Raspberry Pi). While you can enable and configure logging to RAM manually, LogRunner provides a more elegant solution. When running, LogRunner creates a RAM disk and copies all log files onto it. The clever part is that the utility has a backup function that helps to keep RAM usage below a specified limit (16MB by default). LogRunner continuously monitors individual log files, and when a log reaches a certain limit (by default, 1MB), the utility...

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