Productivity Sauce

Dmitri Popov
Simple diversions: BurgerSpace and Enigma

Jan 16, 2009 GMT

There are many ways to boost your productivity. One of them is to take a break every now and then and play a quick game. This can help you to relax and take your mind off the task you are working on. If you are looking for a game which can help you with that, then you might want to try BurgerSpace or Enigma. BurgerSpace is a clone of a 1982 Japanese arcade game called BurgerTime. The game play is dead simple. You control a chef a who must make burgers by stepping repeatedly on the ingredients until they fall into place. Besides that, you also must avoid evil food items. Your only weapon is a pepper shaker which you can use to...
Search Smarter with Inquisitor

Jan 14, 2009 GMT

The Search field in Firefox allows you to quickly search for a specific term using different search engines. It's a useful feature as it is, but the Inquisitor extension takes it to a whole new level. Once installed, it lets you perform searches using multiple search engines at the same time. When you enter a keyword in the Search field, Inquisitor displays a pop-up window containing a list of matching Web sites as well as a list of keyword suggestions. Inquisitor uses Yahoo! as its default search engine, but you can change that by tweaking the extension's options. To do this, choose Tool -> Add-ons and press the Preferences button...
Upload Photos Directly from the GIMP to Flickr or Picasaweb

Jan 09, 2009 GMT

If you use the GIMP to retouch and tweak your photos before you upload them to Flickr, then you'll most certainly appreciate the GimpPublishr plugin. It allows you to upload the currently opened photo to your Flickr or Picasaweb account directly from within the GIMP. To install GimpPublishr, download the latest version of the plugin from the project's Web site, unpack it, then move the resulting libpub directory and the file into the .gimp-x.x/plug-ins folder in your home directory. Launch the GIMP, and you should see the Publish on Web command in the File menu. Run the command, and choose the service you want. If you...
Save Ink and Planet with Ecofont

Jan 07, 2009 GMT

What do Swiss cheese and Ecofont have in common? They both have holes, and a lot of them. According to SPRANQ creative communications, the creator of Ecofont, perforating font's characters helps to reduce the amount of ink or toner used for printing documents. Why holes and not squares? Ecofont's Web site states, "After extensive testing with all kinds of shapes, the best results were achieved using small circles. After lots of late hours (and coffee) this resulted in a font that uses up to 20% less ink." Ecofont is based on the popular Bitstream Vera font and is released...
Extension Watch:

Jan 02, 2009 GMT

Adding note-taking features to Firefox is not a new idea, and there are a few extensions out there that allow you to scribble notes right from within the browser. So which one to choose? If you need a tool which a) makes it extremely easy to enter notes, b) searches the existing notes, and c) synchronizes notes between multiple machines, then you should consider To install the extension, you have to sign up for a account (you need it to synchronize notes). Once installed, the extension adds a Note icon to the status bar. Click on it, and you can quickly enter or paste text in the opened text field. To view your notes,...
Transliterating Text in

Dec 19, 2008 GMT

Here is a problem: when working with an document you need to insert a few lines of text in a language that uses a non-Latin alphabet, for example Cyrillic. Of course, you can enable the Cyrillic support on your system, but it's overkill if you only need to write just a few sentences every now and then. Instead, you can use the following Basic macro to convert a selected text fragment written in the Latin alphabet into its Cyrillic version; for example "martyshka" -> "мартышка", "ogurec" -> "oгурец", and so on (this process is known as transliteration): Sub Translit() Dim ThisDoc As Object Dim...
Five Reasons to Make Friends with Puppy Linux

Dec 17, 2008 GMT

By now, you might have noticed that I'm a big fan of Puppy Linux. I wrote about this tiny Linux distro in Linux (Pro) Magazine, and extol its virtues at any given opportunity. It is the distro I'm running on my workhorse ASUS Eee PC 701 4G netbook, and it helps me to stay productive not only in airports, cafés, and hotel rooms but also at home. But if you are still undecided whether you should give Puppy Linux a try, here are five reasons why this little gem deserves a closer look. Puppy Linux is not only lean, it's also lightning fast. On boot, the entire system loads into RAM and runs from there. If you are using Puppy Linux on a...

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