Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Mirakel: Android Task Manager that Syncs with Taskwarrior

Nov 26, 2013 GMT

Another day, another task manager for Android. This time it's Mirakel, a sleek and lightweight open source app that lets you keep tabs on tasks with a minimum of effort. Although Mirakel may look like a basic app, it has all the essential task-management features -- and then some. As any task manager worth its salt, Mirakel lets you assign priorities and deadlines to tasks. In addition to that, you can also attach a file or a photo, add a note, configure a reminder, and specify recurrence. While it's possible to add a task in a regular manner (i.e., entering the task's name and tapping the Add button), you can also use the dedicated buttons to snap a photo or make an audio recording, and...
MediaCrush: Open Source Image Hosting for Privacy-Conscious Users

Nov 22, 2013 GMT

Next time you need to share a photo, an animated GIF, or an audio file, consider using MediaCrush. Why? Because this media hosting service is not only based on open source software, it also goes to great lengths to protect your privacy. MediaCrush uses https by default, it respects the Do Not Track settings, and it even allows you to turn off ads. The service doesn't store any history on its servers either; Instead, the history is saved locally in your browser. The only thing the service stores is your hashed IP address when you upload a file. This enables MediaCrush to identify malicious users and prevent them from uploading. MediaCrush is also transparent about its revenues, expenses,...
Back up Android Apps with oandbackup

Nov 21, 2013 GMT

Titanium Backup is not the easiest app to master, but it's loaded with useful features and does the excellent job of backing up apps and settings. The only fly in the ointment is the fact that Titanium Backup is a closed source commercial app. If this is a deal-breaker for you, or you prefer something less complicated, then oandbackup might be right up your alley. This app offers a simple way to back up apps and settings on rooted Android devices. Besides the root access, oandbackup also requires that BusyBox is installed on your Android device. Since oandbackup is available only through the F-Droid catalog, you have to install the F-Droid app as well. ...
OpenNote: Web-Based Notebook

Nov 20, 2013 GMT

Although OpenNote is touted as an open source alternative to Microsoft OneNote and EverNote, the application is not on par with both solutions in terms of features and functionality. This doesn't mean that OpenNote is useless, though. If you need a no-frills note-taking web application that you can deploy on your own server, OpenNote might be exactly what you're looking for. Being a PHP/MySQL-based application, OpenNote runs on any server with the Apache/PHP/MySQL stack. To install the application, clone the project's repository using the git clone https://github.com/FoxUSA/OpenNote.git command and move the OpeNote folder to the root directory of your server. Use then the mysql client to...
Store Logs in RAM with LogRunner

Nov 18, 2013 GMT

Storing log files in RAM reduces the number of read and write operations, which can extend the life span of an SD card (or any solid state storage device, for that matter). This trick can be useful on devices running Linux or an SD card (e.g., Raspberry Pi). While you can enable and configure logging to RAM manually, LogRunner provides a more elegant solution. When running, LogRunner creates a RAM disk and copies all log files onto it. The clever part is that the utility has a backup function that helps to keep RAM usage below a specified limit (16MB by default). LogRunner continuously monitors individual log files, and when a log reaches a certain limit (by default, 1MB), the utility...
Use the Reader Mode in Firefox for Android

Nov 15, 2013 GMT

The ability to push tabs to other devices is not the only clever feature of Firefox for Android. The app also features the handy Reader Mode which makes it easier to read long-form articles and view pages with complex layout. Switching to the Reader Mode is as easy as tapping the Reader Mode icon in the Location bar. This automatically displays a stripped version of the currently viewed page. Using the button in the bottom toolbar, you can adjust fonts and switch between different themes as well as share the page using Android's sharing functionality. Better still, a dedicated button lets you add the page to your reading list. This feature...
Rainloop: Lightweight Webmail Client

Nov 07, 2013 GMT

Instead of relying on the web-based interface offered by your email provider, you can deploy your own webmail client using Rainloop. This fast and lightweight application is easy to deploy and features a polished interface. Deploying Rainloop on a server is easy. Run the following commands to create the rainloop directory in the server's root (in this case, it's /var/www), set the correct permissions and owner, and install Rainloop: mkdir /var/www/rainloop cd /var/www/rainloop find . -type d -exec chmod 777 {} \; find . -type f -exec chmod 666 {} \; chown -R www-data:www-data . wget -qO- http://repository.rainloop.net/installer.php | phpOnce you've done that, point your browser to...

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