Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Getting Started with SparkleShare

Jun 21, 2011 GMT

If you follow Linux-related news, you've probably heard about SparkleShare, a promising open source alternative to the popular Dropbox service. SparkleShare has been under active development for some time, but the latest 0.2.2 release is actually the first version suitable for practical use. Mind you, it's far from ready for production use, so install it only if you want to satisfy your curiosity, or if you enjoy using bleeding edge releases.While you can find .deb SparkShare packages in the wild, your best bet is to compile the software from source. This is a rather straightforward thing to do. First off, you need to install the required dependencies. On Ubuntu, this can be done by...
Save Text Selection as a Tomboy Note with Autokey

Jun 16, 2011 GMT

Since Autokey supports Python, you can automate virtually any task using simple (or complex) scripts. A recent addition to my ever-growing collection of handy Autokey scripts is a relatively simple solution for saving text selections as Tomboy notes: import sys, dbus, gobject, dbus.glib snippet = clipboard.get_selection() retCode, title = dialog.input_dialog("Note Title", "Enter note title:") bus = dbus.SessionBus() obj = bus.get_object("org.gnome.Tomboy", "/org/gnome/Tomboy/RemoteControl") tomboy = dbus.Interface(obj, "org.gnome.Tomboy.RemoteControl") newnote=tomboy.CreateNamedNote(title) tomboy.SetNoteContents(newnote, ...
Generate HTML Photo Gallery in a Pinch with llgal

Jun 09, 2011 GMT

There are plenty of powerful open source web-based applications for sharing photos out there. But if you need to publish a bunch of photos on the web as a simple static HTML gallery without all the bells and whistles, a command-line tool like llgal can come in rather handy. This little tool is available in the software repositories of many popular Linux distributions, so you can install it in a pinch. Using llgal to generate an HTML gallery couldn't be easier: in the terminal, switch to a folder containing photos, and run the llgal command. This creates a gallery using default settings. However, llgal supports a handful of options you can use to tweak its behavior and the resulting...
Extension Watch: Instant File Sharing with drag2up for Chrome and Chromium

Jun 06, 2011 GMT

It's not immediately apparent how exactly the drag2up extension works and what it actually does: once installed, it doesn't add any new buttons or menu entires. But the extension doesn't need to expose itself, because it does its job in the background. And its job is a pretty simple one: when you drag a document, a file, or an image from your desktop onto a form field on a web page, the extension automatically uploads the item to one of the supported services. Not sure how this can be useful? Say you want to share a photo using the microblogging service. Simply drag the photo you want onto the status update field on Identi'ca's main page, and drag2up will automatically upload...
Read E-books with Cool Reader

May 31, 2011 GMT

The Cool Reader ebook reader really lives up to its name: it's probably the best cross-platform ebook reader out there. Cool Reader runs on Windows, Linux, and Android devices, and the application supports a wide range of ebook formats, including EPUB, FB2, TXT, RTF, and HTML. The application can handle table of contents and the application supports bookmarks, text search, and hyphenation (it comes with hyphenation dictionaries for several languages). Cool Reader is blazingly fast, even when dealing with large files: it handles a 20MB richly-illustrated epub file on Android with aplomb. You can tweak virtually every aspect of Cool Reader, from page background and page margins to...
Send Web Articles to Kindle with Kindlebility

May 30, 2011 GMT

There are many ways to push Web articles to your Kindle. You can, for example, use the Instapaper service or the Send to Kindle extension for the Chrome and Chromium browsers. But if you are looking for an open source solution that works with any browser, try Kindlebility. Configuring Kindlebility is a simple two-step procedure. First, enter your Kindle email address and hit Enter to generate a bookmarklet. Drag then the bookmarklet to the bookmark bar of your browser. On a mobile device like iPhone or Android, you have an option to create a bookmarklet manually by using a JavaScript snippet generated by Kindlebility's page. Next, add the email address to your...
Handle Multiple Time Zones with WorldTimeBuddy for Chrome and Chromium

May 26, 2011 GMT

Admittedly, the WorldTimeBuddy web app is pretty much a glorified bookmark to the namesake web service, but it's a rather handy service, indeed. As you might have guessed, WorldTimeBuddy allows you to view time in multiple time zones, a boon for those who deal with people and businesses in different parts of the world. World clock tools and apps are a dime a dozen, but WorldTimeBuddy stands out from the crowd thanks to its superior user experience. The service automatically detects your home zone (the service supports more than 20,000 locations), and you can easily add new locations by typing their names in the search box. The best part is that WorldTimeBuddy not only shows the current...

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