Jun 19, 2012 GMTAn Android device is ideal for snapping photos of receipts, handwritten notes, and white board drawings. And you can use apps like Evernote, Catch, and Springpad to keep tabs on captured snaps in the cloud. But if you prefer not to rely on third-party services, then you can set up a DIY solution based on the Jambunote Python script cobbled together by yours truly. This script lets you snap photos, add text notes to them, and upload everything to an FTP server of your choice. In my particular case, all snaps and notes are uploaded to a separate directory on my FTP server, and I can then access, view, and edit them using the File Thingie web-based file manager.Obviously, this solution is...
Jun 08, 2012 GMTA browser nowadays is more than a tool for accessing the web. With the right extensions, you can put it to many other nifty uses. Case in point: the Chrome Remote Desktop extension which turns Google Chrome and Chromium into an instant, secure, and hassle-free solution for accessing and controlling remote machines. The extension works on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X, so you can, for example, access your Linux desktop from a Windows box. Using the Chrome Remote Desktop extension to access remote machines is ridiculously easy. First off, make sure that the extension is installed on the machine you want to access (remote...
May 28, 2012 GMTCherryTree is not the only hierarchical note-taking application out there, but it's probably the most powerful one. Besides the basic note-taking functionality, CherryTree offers an impressive array of advanced features that make it a very versatile tool indeed. For starters, CherryTree offers a wide range of text formatting options and provides support for images, lists, and tables. You can also apply special formatting to headings and sub-headings, and then generate a hyperlinked table of contents. The application can also handle links to web pages, tree nodes, files, and folders. CherryTree's bookmarking functionality can come in handy for keeping tabs on complex trees, while the...
May 23, 2012 GMTThe File Thingie web-based file manager features a no-frills yet functional text editor which I use as a simple drafting tool when I'm on the move. However, the editor lacks the word count feature which is essential for my work. While there are several word count extensions for Google Chrome and Chromium (which is currently my browser of choice), none of them seem to be able to handle text selection in the File Thingie's text editor. So I hacked my own shell script that solves the problem: #!/bin/bash xsel | wc | zenity --text-infoThe xsel tool obtains the X selection (i.e., the currently selected text snippet) and pipes it to the wc word count utility which, in turn, pipes the output to...
May 15, 2012 GMTFile syncing services are a dime a dozen nowadays. But why bother with third-party offerings when you can roll out your own full-blown file syncing solution in a matter of minutes?There are several ways to set up your own instance of ownCloud. If you already have a machine running the Apache web server, you can deploy ownCloud by following installation instructions on the project's website. The easiest way to set up ownCloud from scratch is to install it through a dedicated software repository, and you can find an appropriate repository for your specific Linux distro at the project's download page. On Ubuntu 12.04 and its derivatives, installing ownCloud and the ownCloud sync client is as...
May 14, 2012 GMTStoring sensitive data like passwords and confidential information on your Android device unprotected is risky to say the least. Fortunately, the Secret Space Encryptor (SSE) app can take good care of your precious data. Using it, you can securely store passwords, encrypt text messages, and encrypt individual files and entire folders. The app offers several strong encryption algorithms, including 256-bit AES, 256-bit Serpent, and 256-bit Blowfish. SSE consists of three modules: Password Vault, Message Encryptor, and File/Dir Encryptor. The Password Vault module allows you to safely store passwords and organize them...
May 10, 2012 GMTStill haven't found a task manager that fits your needs? Perhaps you should take a look at Nitro. It doesn't offer any revolutionary functionality, and the current version doesn't even allow you to sync data across different platforms and devices (although this feature is in the works). But this no-frills task management tool offers all the basic features that can help you to keep tabs on your tasks and to-dos with a minimum of effort. For each task, you can specify priority and deadline, and color codes make it easier to identify the urgency of each task. Tasks in Nitro can be organized into lists, and the application features a few built-in date-based smart lists which can help you to...
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