Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Extension Watch: Last Session

Sep 04, 2008 GMT

You can set Firefox to save the session on exit, so when you launch the browser again, it opens all tabs and windows from the last time. You can enable this behavior by choosing Edit -> Preferences -> Main and selecting the Show my windows and tabs from last time item from the When Firefox starts drop-down list.   But you probably knew that already. But did you know that you can add a similar feature to OpenOffice.org courtesy of the Last Session extension? This extension is a real boon if you often need to work on several documents at the same time. Using the extension is a no-brainer. When installed, the extension adds a new toolbar containing two buttons: save and Load....
Adding a Nifty Conversion Calculator to OpenOffice.org

Sep 02, 2008 GMT

A conversion calculator can save you a lot of time and unnecessary mouse clicks when you need to convert values in a document from the imperial to the metric system (or vice versa). Although OpenOffice.org doesn't have a built-in calculator, you can easily create your own one using OpenOffice.org Basic. Start with creating a dialog with three fields in it: NumericField1 -- a numeric field where the user enters the value to be converted ListBox1 -- a drop-down list containing a list of the available conversion options (e.g., Fahrenheit -> Celsius, Foot -> Meter, and so on) NumericField2 -- a numeric field which displays the converted value The dialog box should...
Collecting Data from Web Pages with OutWit

Sep 01, 2008 GMT

Web scraping is a clever idea, but extracting data from a Web page manually can be a real chore. The new OutWit extension provides a solution to this problem. Better yet, it allows you to save and export the scraped data, which makes it a great research tool. Although the extension is still at a very early stage of development, it has the potential to turn your favorite browser into a powerful tool for extracting and organizing data. The current version already boasts an impressive list of features, including data structure recognition, page and image link extraction, e-mail extraction, table and list extraction, and more. Although OutWit is a rather advanced tool, using it for simple...
Cooking the Productivity Sauce

Sep 01, 2008 GMT

Since this is the very first post, it makes sense to explain what this blog is about. So here it goes. OpenOffice.org, Thunderbird, BasKet Note Pads, FreeMind, TiddlyWiki -- there are a lot of open source applications and tools out there that can help you to be productive. But installing these programs on your machine won't immediately boost your productivity and make your daily computing more efficient. It takes time to get to know each application, and -- more importantly -- figure out how to integrate it into your workflow. Time that we often don't have. And this is where the Productivity Sauce blog comes into the picture. The blog will supply you with tips and tricks on using...

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