Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
eezUPnP: No-Frills DLNA Client

Jun 21, 2012 GMT

DLNA is a rather neat technology which greatly simplifies the way you access media content on your network. In real-world terms, it means that you can effortlessly access photos and videos stored on your DLNA-enabled Android device from your desktop machine, or stream videos from a DLNA-compatible digital media server to your laptop. But to experience the joys of DLNA on Linux, you need a DLNA client like eezUPnP. This nifty little utility lets you access and stream media content stored on DLNA-enabled devices with a minimum of fuss. eezUPnP is written in Java, so you need a Java Runtime Environment installed on your system to be able to run the application. To deploy eezUPnP, grab the...
Snap and Upload Annotated Photos with Jambunote for Android

Jun 19, 2012 GMT

An 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...
Extension Watch: Chrome Remote Desktop for Google Chrome and Chromium

Jun 08, 2012 GMT

A 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 host) and the client...
CherryTree: Feature-Laden Note-Taking Application

May 28, 2012 GMT

CherryTree 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...
Universal Word Count Shell Script

May 23, 2012 GMT

The 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...
Set Up A File Syncing Solution in an Instant with ownCloud

May 15, 2012 GMT

File 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...
Protect Sensitive Data on Android with Secret Space Encryptor

May 14, 2012 GMT

Storing 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 into folders. In addition...

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