Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Managing Tasks with Avant Window Navigator

Jan 30, 2009 GMT

Avant Window Navigator (AWN) isn't just a pretty launch bar: add a couple of applets and you can use AWN to read RSS feeds, monitor system resources, and even manage tasks and to-dos. The latter is possible thanks to two applets: Remember The Milk (RTM) and To-Do List.   As you might have guessed, the RTM applet provides a simple interface to Remember The Milk -- probably the most popular and innovative Web-based task manager out there. Using the applet, you can view and edit existing tasks as well as add new tasks right from AWN.   If you prefer to keep tabs on your to-dos using a standalone utility, the To-Do List (TDL) applet is for you. While it won't rival a dedicated task...
Extend Gedit with Plugins

Jan 29, 2009 GMT

While Gedit is not the most advanced text editor out there, you can expand its basic functionality using plugins. Not sure which plugins to install? The 13 Plugins to Make Gedit a More Useful Text Editor article provides an overview of the best Gedit plugins, including my personal favorites Align and Auto Complete.
Five Applications for Netbook Bliss

Jan 24, 2009 GMT

Want to beef up the software bundle that comes with your Linux-based Netbook? Here are five nifty applications and tools that are worth a closer look. Day Planner When you are on the move, you probably don't need a fancy do-it-all PIM application. In many cases, a no-frills utility which can help you to keep track of your daily activities is really all you need. If this is what you need, then Day Planner is for you. Day Planner's interface is refreshingly simple, and you can start adding events right away. The application supports three types of events: Normal, All day, and Birthday. The agenda pane below the calendar displays a list of upcoming events, so you can keep track of future...
Extension Watch: Tag Toolbar for Thunderbird

Jan 21, 2009 GMT

As the name suggests, the Tag Toolbar extension adds a dedicated toolbar to the Mozilla Thunderbird email client which you can use to easily tag email messages. While this is not exactly a mind-blowing functionality, Tag Toolbar offers a few other nifty features that improve on the default Tags feature. For starters, you can group all your tags into categories using tag folders. For example, you can create a tag folder called "Web" and put all Web-related tags (i.e., "ReadLater", "HowTo", "UsefulLink", etc.) in it.   The toolbar itself can be set to show tags as text labels or as color markers. Instead of tags, you can also set the toolbar to...
Simple diversions: BurgerSpace and Enigma

Jan 16, 2009 GMT

There are many ways to boost your productivity. One of them is to take a break every now and then and play a quick game. This can help you to relax and take your mind off the task you are working on. If you are looking for a game which can help you with that, then you might want to try BurgerSpace or Enigma.   BurgerSpace is a clone of a 1982 Japanese arcade game called BurgerTime. The game play is dead simple. You control a chef a who must make burgers by stepping repeatedly on the ingredients until they fall into place. Besides that, you also must avoid evil food items. Your only weapon is a pepper shaker which you can use to temporarily blind evil food items, so you can escape...
Search Smarter with Inquisitor

Jan 14, 2009 GMT

The Search field in Firefox allows you to quickly search for a specific term using different search engines. It's a useful feature as it is, but the Inquisitor extension takes it to a whole new level. Once installed, it lets you perform searches using multiple search engines at the same time.   When you enter a keyword in the Search field, Inquisitor displays a pop-up window containing a list of matching Web sites as well as a list of keyword suggestions. Inquisitor uses Yahoo! as its default search engine, but you can change that by tweaking the extension's options. To do this, choose Tool -> Add-ons and press the Preferences button next to the Inquisitor extension. Here you can...
Upload Photos Directly from the GIMP to Flickr or Picasaweb

Jan 09, 2009 GMT

If you use the GIMP to retouch and tweak your photos before you upload them to Flickr, then you'll most certainly appreciate the GimpPublishr plugin. It allows you to upload the currently opened photo to your Flickr or Picasaweb account directly from within the GIMP. To install GimpPublishr, download the latest version of the plugin from the project's Web site, unpack it, then move the resulting libpub directory and the publishr.py file into the .gimp-x.x/plug-ins folder in your home directory.   Launch the GIMP, and you should see the Publish on Web command in the File menu. Run the command, and choose the service you want. If you choose Flickr, you'll be prompted to authorize the...

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