Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
DIY Mobile Photo Sharing with Piwigo and ReGalAndroid

May 25, 2011 GMT

If you happen to host your own photo gallery using Piwigo or Gallery and you use an Android device, you have almost everything you need to replace TwitPic, yfrog, or any other third-party mobile photo sharing service with your own DIY solution. Using the ReGalAndroid app, you can not only browse photos in your photo gallery, but also snap pictures, upload them to the gallery, and share them via microblogging services like or Twitter.To connect ReGalAndroid to your photo gallery installation, launch the app, press the Menu hardware button on your Android device, tap on Settings, and configure the required settings, such as Gallery type, Gallery URL, Username, and Password. While...
Create a Simple Scratchpad with Autokey

May 09, 2011 GMT

A plain text file acting as a scratchpad can come in handy in many situations. You can use it to store text and code snippets, links, and other useful stuff. But copying and pasting text fragments into a text file manually is not the most sensible way to go. A simple script based on the AutoKey utility can solve the problem. AutoKey can handle Python scripts, and it has its own API which makes it supremely easy to create interactive scripts. The script itself is not particularly complicated: snip = clipboard.get_selection() retCode, note = dialog.input_dialog("Note", "Enter note") filename = '/home/dmpop/Documents/Snips/snips.txt' file = open(filename,...
Add Appindicator for Ubuntu One

Apr 29, 2011 GMT

Ubuntu One may lack all the bells and whistles of Dropbox, but it's still a solid solution for keeping files in sync across multiple machines -- especially if you are running Ubuntu. However, despite some recent improvements to the service and software in Ubuntu 11.04, one glaring omission remains -- Ubuntu One still doesn't have an appindicator, so there is no easy way to monitor the sync activity and status. Fortunately, there is an easy fix for that: you can install a third-party appindicator from a PPA. All you have to do is to run three simple commands in the Terminal: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rye/ubuntuone-extras sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install...
Manage Your Photo Gallery from Android Using ReGalAndroid

Apr 27, 2011 GMT

If you host your own photo gallery using either Piwigo or Gallery software and you happen to use an Android device, the ReGalAndroid app is right up your alley. Despite its spartan interface, this is a rather capable app that offers a few handy features. For starters, it supports the Piwigo and Gallery2 applications as well as the new Gallery3 release. The app supports full-screen viewing and it can cache data to speed up navigation. Using the available commands (press the Menu hardware button to access them), you can download a full-resolution version of the photo to your device as well as share the photo's link and the photo itself using your Android device's sharing...
Practice the Pomodoro Technique with Tomighty

Apr 19, 2011 GMT

Devised by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s, the pomodoro technique gathered many followers. The popularity of this time management method lies in its simplicity: work on a single task for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. After four 25-minute sessions, take a 15-minute break. Not exactly rocket science. The only thing you need to practice the pomodoro way of working is a timer. You can use a kitchen timer, or you can opt for a more high-tech tool like Tomighty. Similar to an analog timer, Tomighty is not a particularly sophisticated tool. Once activated, it sits in the system tray counting down time. When the time is up, it displays a notification. You can modify the default...
Move from Last Pass to KeePassX

Apr 06, 2011 GMT

Since time immemorial, I've been using the LastPass service and browser extension for managing all my passwords. It worked well for me, but gradually I grew uncomfortable with the idea that all my passwords are managed by a third-party service. So I've finally decided to do what I should have done a long time ago: migrate to the KeePassX password manager. This rather handy utility stores all data in an encrypted database file, and the tool offers a handful of useful features to boot.Moving all my data from LastPass to KeePassX manually was a daunting proposition. Fortunately, I stumbled upon a nifty lastpass2keepass Python script that can convert exported LastPass data to a KeePassX...
Use Hotot from Google Chrome and Chromium

Mar 28, 2011 GMT

If you are using Hotot as your microblogging client of choice, you'll be pleased to learn that this nifty tool is now available as a Google Chrome app. The new version of Hotot works equally well with the Google Chrome and Chromium browsers. One immediate advantage of using Hotot for Chrome is the ease of installation: you can install the app from the Google Web Store with a single click -- no need to fiddle with repositories or compile the application from source. Better yet, thanks to Chrome's ability to sync extensions and apps, you only need to install Hotot once to add it to other Chrome or Chromium instances. Hotot for Chrome looks and behaves almost exactly as its desktop version:...

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