Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Extension Watch: Rubber Tab for Google Chrome and Chromium

Mar 27, 2015 GMT

The new tab screen in Google Chrome and Chromium is neither exciting nor particularly useful. And the Rubber Tab extension transforms a new tab page into a hub of useful information. Once installed, the extension adds default bars to the new tab page, including current date and time, new email message count (it supports Gmail only), weather conditions, browser history, and news. The improved interface also conveniently lists all installed Chrome apps, and the links in the lower-right corner give you quick access to bookmarks, Chrome (or Chromium pages), and Google Chrome Web Store. If the default bars are not enough you can add other items,...
Extend Android Clipboard Functionality with ClipStack

Mar 23, 2015 GMT

While Android supports the cut-and-paste functionality, it's seriously limited due to a rather basic clipboard feature. To improve it, install ClipStack. This open source app not only allows you to store an unlimited number of items in the clipboard, it also adds some useful features. For starters, the app lets you view, edit and manage all clipboard items. You can also perform searches and save clipboard history as a plain text file. The clipboard history can be displayed as a notification, which makes it easier to quickly pick the clip you need and paste it into the current app. ClipStack supports Android's sharing capabilities, so you...
Writebox: Almost Perfect Chrome/Chromium Text Editor

Mar 12, 2015 GMT

While it might look like yet another lightweight text editor for Google Chrome and Chromium, Writebox features functionality essential for any writing professional. For starters, Writebox works offline, which makes it a perfect text editor for working on text files while offline -- especially if you happen to use Chromebook. The editor has an unobtrusive interface, and it supports line, word, and character count. Better still, Writebox lets you specify the desired font and configure a handful of other formatting options, such as background and text color, font size, line spacing, and the width of the writing area. All text files created...
Transfer Photos to Linux from Transcend Wi-Fi SD Card Using TransSVR

Feb 26, 2015 GMT

Transcend Wi-Fi SD cards offer a simple and economical way to add wireless transfer capabilities to your camera. Using the accompanying app, you can use your Android device for transferring and previewing photos. The Wi-Fi SD card also features a web interface, so it's possible to access and transfer photos using a regular browser. But doing this manually every time you need to transfer and preview photos can quickly become a nuisance. The TransSVR Perl script solves the problem by automatically transferring photos from a Wi-Fi SD card to the Linux machine as soon as you take them.To make the script work on your system, make sure that Perl and wget are installed on it. Download the script...
Keep Tabs on Social Media Accounts with HubYard

Feb 25, 2015 GMT

Twitter, Tumblr, RSS, YouTube, Instagram -- there is a myriad of sources that compete for your attention. To make matters worse, each service wants you to use its own app or website, so things can quickly get out of hand if you need to keep up with all your social media services. Enter HubYard -- an open source platform for aggregating and managing social media accounts. HubYard's concept and implementation bear a lot of similarities to existing commercial social media aggregators like HootSuite. You can link your social media accounts to your HubYard profile and use the application's features to read and manage streams. The current list of...
Scribble Notes in Your Browser with Notepad5

Feb 19, 2015 GMT

Notepad5 can come in rather handy when you need to take notes without leaving the convenience of your favorite browser. This super simple browser-based text editor can run locally (perfect when you are offline), and it's surprisingly functional despite being rather bare-bones. Users practicing the art of distraction-free writing will appreciate Notepad5's minimalist interface. In fact, there is not much interface to speak of: the entire editor consists of an editing area and the status bar at the bottom. In addition to that, you can enable the full-screen mode using the Ctrl+Enter keyboard shortcut. Speaking of shortcuts, all supported actions in Notepad are performed using dedicated key...
Use Shaarli as a No-Frills Microblogging Platform

Jan 28, 2015 GMT

Shaarli is first and foremost a tool for managing bookmarks. But this application has a rather clever trick up its sleeve. It allows you to create bookmarks without URLs. These bookmarks link to themselves, i.e., they act as regular articles or blog entries, where the Title is the article's hyperlinked heading and the Description field contains the article's content. Thanks to this functionality, you can use Shaarli not only as a bookmark manager, but also a simple microblogging platform or a note-taking tool.Shaarli doesn't support any kind of text formatting, and it's not possible to insert images. So you probably wouldn't want to use Shaarli as a drop-in replacement for a dedicated web...

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