Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Instant File Transfer with airpaste

Apr 29, 2015 GMT

Need to quickly transfer a file between machines on the same network? Consider using airpaste. To push the foo.txt file, run the airpaste < foo.txt command. Issue then the airpaste > foo.txt command on the receiving machine to download the file. No muss, no fuss.airpaste is based on Node.js, so you need to install this runtime environment along with the NPM package manager on your system to be able to run the utility. Both components are available in the official software repositories of most mainstream Linux distributions, so you can install them using your system's default package manager. On Ubuntu and its derivatives, use the sudo apt-get install nodejs npm command. Once you've...
Leave Geographical Breadcrumbs with Geofix

Apr 20, 2015 GMT

When I'm out and about, I often need to quickly record my current position. As an amateur photographer, I appreciate the ability to record the geographical coordinates of locations I plan to photograph later and spots I've already taken pictures of. The latter helps me to geotag my photos in digiKam. When I travel, I prefer to record the locations of good eateries, coffee shops, interesting places, etc. An Android device is perfect for this task, but none of the apps I tried fit my needs. So I cobbled together my own tool called Geofix. This relatively simple Python-based script can be used to obtain and store the geographical coordinates of the current location. The script uses both the...
Build and Track Habits with the Did I App

Mar 31, 2015 GMT

Need a helping hand to develop good habits and get rid of bad ones? Try the Did I app for Android. It is a simple tool that lets you record whether you performed a specific action or not. For example, if you start a language course or 365 photography project, use the app to create Did I practice language? and Did I photograph? entries. You can then use the Yes and No buttons to track your progress, and the dedicated Progress screen provides a visual overview of your performance.Did I is released under the MIT license, and its source code is available in the project's GitHub repository. You can also install Did I from the F-Droid store. The app hasn't been updated for a while, but it still...
Extract Highlights and Annotations from Kobo Ebook Reader

Mar 30, 2015 GMT

Kobo ebook readers are great, but they have one weak spot: there is no easy way to export annotations and highlights. The good news is that Kobo readers run Linux and they store all data (including highlights and annotations) in the KoboReader.sqlite SQLite database inside the hidden .Kobo directory. Better still, you don't have to wrangle the desired data from the database manually: you can use a Python script developed by Alberto Pettarin to do all the hard work for you. Copy the KoboReader.sqlite from your Kbo reader to the local machine, download the script, and make it executable using the chmod +x export_Kobo_notes.py command. To export all highlights and annotations to a text file...
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...

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