Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Extension Watch: The Great Suspender for Chrome and Chromium

Jun 29, 2015 GMT

If you have a nagging feeling that the Chrome or Chromium browser has an unhealthy appetite for system resources, you have every right to be concerned. Since the browser runs each tab as a separate process, the more tabs you keep opened, the more resources the browser consumes and the less stable it becomes. The Great Suspender extension provides a not very elegant but workable solution to the problem. Once installed, the extension suspends any tab that has been inactive for a specific period of time, thus freeing up unused RAM and resources. The extension also adds a button to the main toolbar that lets you suspend the current tab immediately, pause the suspension as well as suspend...
Thoughts on Tuxedo DX1305

Jun 25, 2015 GMT

There are a few machines in our household, but truth to be told, hardware doesn't excite me too much. I don't get obsessed by the processor model and speed, amount of RAM, screen resolution, and such. As long as the machine I use does the stuff I need it to do, I'm a happy camper. But every now and then, I come across a computer that piques my interest, like Raspberry Pi and Chromebook. This happened to me again when I had the chance to play with Linux-based machines manufactured and sold by the German-based company Tuxedo Computers. Their Ubuntu-based laptops immediately appealed to my inner geek, and I wanted to take a closer look at them. The company kindly agreed to send me a test...
Track Locations with Fancy Places for Android

Jun 22, 2015 GMT

Fancy Places is not a fancy Android app, but it's a useful one. It offers an easy way to keep track of places you have visited and plan to return to in the future. The app features a simple interface which makes it supremely easy to record locations and keep tabs on them. To add a new entry, launch the app, press the Plus button, and give the entry a name. If you want to attach a photo to the entry, tap the image placeholder, snap a picture, and the app adds it to the current entry. The app's interface features two views. The List view is perfect for browsing and managing existing records, while the Map view can come in handy when you want to view all records on a map. The latest...
How to Enter Unicode Characters

Jun 17, 2015 GMT

It has been a while since I needed to enter a Unicode character into a text document, so when I recently had to use the Greek alpha character in an article I was working on, I paused for a minute to recall how this is done. In case you find yourself in a similar situation, here is a refresher. Press and hold the Left Ctrl and Shift keys and hit the U key. You should see the underscored u under the cursor. Type then the Unicode code of the desired character and press Enter. Voila! The trick is, of course, to know the exact Unicode code for the character you want to insert. If you are using KDE as your preferred desktop environment, you can use KCharSelect to quickly look up the codes...
Notes for Mobile: Responsive Note-Taking App

Jun 12, 2015 GMT

Notes for Mobile may be a simple note-taking app, but it ticks a lot of the right check boxes. Browser-based? Check. Mobile-friendly? Check. Support for Markdown? Check. Easy to deploy? Check.Let's start with the latter. To deploy Notes for Mobile on your own machine, clone the project's GitHub repository, switch to the resulting directory and run the python -m SimpleHTTPSever command. Point then the browser to (replace with the actual IP address of the machine running Notes for Mobile) to access the app. As the name suggests, the app is designed to work with mobile devices, so it makes a perfect note-taking companion for your smartphone or tablet. The app...
Google Drive File Sync with rclone

May 26, 2015 GMT

If you use Google, you probably have some storage space on Google Drive. It would be great to put it to some use, but the lack of a Google Drive client for Linux makes the idea less appealing -- especially if you prefer to access and use Google Drive from the command line. Enter rclone, a little command-line tool that lets you use Google Drive (as well as other cloud storage services) from the convenience of the terminal.To install rclone on your Linux machine, grab the appropriate release from the project's download page, extract the downloaded archive, switch to the resulting directory and run the install rclone* /usr/local/bin command as root. Next, issue the rclone config command to...
Secure Image Sharing with

May 22, 2015 GMT

Web apps like FilePizza can come in handy for transferring files and documents in a pinch, but what if you need to securely share a photo or an image? to the rescue. It looks and acts like any other simple photo sharing service: drop a photo or an image onto the upload area, push the Upload button, and the service does the rest. But there are several things that make stand out from the crowd. First of all, before the image is uploaded, it's encrypted using the AES-256 algorithm with a random key. This ensures that your photos are stored on the server in a safe manner. During upload, you can specify for how long you want the uploaded photos to be stored on the server,...

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