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N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Plege: A FARR Plugin
« on: December 26, 2014, 09:33 AM »
Since you ask, I have been using Trello lately, and I would love a plugin that allows me to quickly capture any tasks that come to mind and send them to my trello in box

I am very sorry.  There is nothing to say except that I am sorry for your loss.

General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest note taking tool?
« on: August 18, 2014, 01:37 PM »
One that has not been mentioned, but that I love for this purpose is anuran by our own Skwire.  Fully portable, and pops up take the note and then have it timestamped and available later.

I would like to have it not docked, but not in front of (or on top of) all the other windows I have open. Most other software offers me a choice of on top, on bottom, on desktop, normal etc.

Another great app.  The one thing I wish for is the ability to pin it to my desktop.  Sometimes I just want to use it for reference between items I am working on, to help me hang on to urgency.

Living Room / Re: Some initial reflections on using an ebook reader
« on: August 14, 2010, 09:51 AM »
I have a sony reader I got for Xmas, and I really love it.  I am a heavy fiction reader, and I travel, and I discovered that I can move to a smaller suitcase since I can carry all my reading material in a single small device in my carry on bag.  (although, I am a little distressed to discover that I can't use it during take offs and landings, even though it has no wireless component at all. ) Also, since I can dump PDF files on it, I carry all my meeting notes on it as well.

General Software Discussion / Re: Timeline Software
« on: August 17, 2009, 04:20 PM »
LifeJournal2 has a pretty good timeline feature that might be what you are looking for. 

Mouser: I do this every day.  I set aside the last half hour of my day at work and then the last half hour before bed and write an assessment, and a plan for the next day.  Lately I have been using Wikidpad as the tool for this, mainly because of the strength of its todo function.  Basically, I write stream of consciousness, and when I get an idea for a task I just type todo: and the idea.  I have added Christian Ziemski's GTD patch, which basically created a page that collects all the todo statements I have made anywhere in the Wiki and allows me to add filters and date assignments.  All very text feeling, and simple, but I create tomorrow's todo list as I go.  Take a look and see what you think.

Living Room / Re: One answered question before you died
« on: October 08, 2008, 03:05 PM »
how about:

<b>can AI eventually demonstrate sentience/consciousness.</b>


<b>can humans (as a species) move beyond superstitions</b>

Or the other way around?

Living Room / Re: What are your favorite gadgets and gizmos?
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:35 PM »
Yeahhh!!!!!.....a furby!!!! Finally there is still one left for target practice!!!!!  :P
My daughter was just the right age when this little monster hit the market.  The stars aligned and she ended up with 8 of them all at the same time.   :'( :o  I wish I had been properly armed.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: GemX Crazy Summer Specials
« on: June 22, 2008, 02:19 PM »
I have to say that I visited the "missing in action" topic, and I was stunned by the negativity there :o.  This is such a nice place ordinarily that I thought it significant.  After all, if a company can pi** off that many of the people on this forum, they must be really baaaad.  Still, I had played with the do-organizer software in an earlier version, and was fairly impressed.  I was also impressed with the price of the entire package.  I liked the software, but not enough to justify $165 US to get the parts I liked.  At $60 US however, I had to download the new version.  So, don't anybody throw anything at me, but I kinda like it :tellme:.  It imported my outlook stuff seamlessly, everything can be linked to everything else, and all the pieces seem to work.  That is to say that I have been playing with it for a couple of days and nothing has failed to perform as I expected it to (except the license, which seems to be a decimal point off as noted above.)  Also, it lives on my thumb drive, giving me a portability I need.  Wherever the bugs are, I don't think they cause the program to be unstable. 
I never visited the Gemx forums, and I have had no occasion to interact with their tech support, so I can't really address those issues.  I do feel like the summer sale might be an attempt to make amends for former poor performance, and I think everyone deserves the chance to redeem themselves. 
Just my 2 cents, but I will probably buy the license. 

Living Room / Re: LibriVox: Free Audiobooks
« on: May 16, 2008, 02:32 PM »
WOW, really cool find app, thanks for sharing it. :Thmbsup: :up: :Thmbsup: :up:

General Software Discussion / Re: IDEA: Mood diary/graph
« on: March 24, 2008, 03:48 PM »
How is it that SQLNotes manages to hijack every freakin' thread lately?
Maybe because it's so freakin versatile?  :)

Living Room / Re: Timeline Software
« on: March 07, 2008, 05:48 PM »
You're welcome.  Glad to be of service. ;)

Living Room / Re: Timeline Software
« on: March 01, 2008, 05:54 PM »
Back to the original question, I have been having really good luck with from the open source community.  Really pretty cool stuff, a timeline that is zoomable  :up:

What I really want is an information manager:
  • that is always available, discreet, but pops up when I need it
  • that I can drag and drop URLs, images, text, etc, into when I want to make quick note of something,
  • that is easy to organize
  • that allows me to format entries in any way I like
  • that can cross-reference or cross-link items into multiple topics
  • that is quickly searchable
  • that can link topics to programs and files
  • that is easily navigated
  • etc, etc, etc.

Don't want much, do I?
I have to say that your list is a perfect description of evernote.  I have been using it since early beta testing, and I have to say that it meets every requirement on your list (with the possible exception of the etc, etc, etc

Living Room / Re: OpenDNS - safer, faster and smarter DNS
« on: February 08, 2008, 03:52 PM »
David: I assume you are associated with opendns?

Founder, CEO, occasional janitor.  :D
I love the fact that we can be having a discussion about almost anything and sometimes someone like David will chime in.   :D Welcome David, I hope you like the neighborhood.  I am a user of your service and have no complaints.   :Thmbsup:

FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: New C# FARR Plugin: FARRGoogleSuggest
« on: January 02, 2008, 03:39 PM »
 :up: :up: :up: :Thmbsup: :D :P

I have been using this for only about 2 days now, and I am already in love with it. :-*
I have long been a user of, but this is a lot more powerful as it allows me to modify my behavior both on the reward and the action side.  EG: I always manage to talk myself into a candy bar in the afternoon, but I skipped it today because I wanted to spend the points elsewhere, and setting up the software didn't earn me any points, so I was short on points.  I have heavier rewards for things I like doing less but should be doing more, in hopes of setting up new habits.  This is definitely a winner.

I really like the chatty tone, makes me feel like reading a note from a friend (albeit a really looong note :) )
Seriously, the length was fine with me.  If I need more time then I can always come back to it.  I believe any piece of writing should be as long as it takes to say what you want to say, and no longer.

Carol, I thought I was going completely crazy.  My symptoms are not as bad as yours, but my firefox will occasionally crash when I click a link.  It appears completely random.  One second I am clicking a link and the next second I am looking at my desktop.  I can't manually close the software that quickly.  I am certain that the trouble must be in a conflict with an extension, but, like you, I only have the trouble very intermittently.  So, you are not crazy, and neither am I (or at least this is not evidence of it :) )

General Software Discussion / Re: Managing projects with OUTLOOK
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:29 PM »
... it got caught in Gmail's spam filter,

How big is this file? KB or MB ?? Is it a .pst ???
It is a .pst about 130 KB

General Software Discussion / Re: Managing projects with OUTLOOK
« on: October 23, 2007, 03:22 PM »
I have just ordered Outlook project management from
This is something they email to you, ...

Interesting to hear if you ever receive this file! The site has not been updated for two years, and their forum has been closed for at least half a year. But the extension sure sounds ideal for the purpose in question.

I paid for the file on Sunday evening, and the email came to me Monday afternoon, my time.  I was starting to worry because it got caught in Gmail's spam filter, but all is well.  I will do a review this weekend after I get to play with it a bit more, but it is a very clever use of the the features available in Outlook.  Seems promising so far.

General Software Discussion / Re: Managing projects with OUTLOOK
« on: October 21, 2007, 04:56 PM »
I have just ordered Outlook project management from
From the website:
This Extension to Microsoft Outlook will provide you with the tools needed to enable you to effectively manage a project.
The solution encompasses out-of-the-box tools and processes that enable you to:

    * Break a complex project into manageable sub-projects
    * Assign responsibility/ownership of project components
    * Gain real-time project visibility into resources, processes, status
    * Focus on highest-priority items and ensure resources are allocated appropriately
    * Develop and complete a project plan

Your projects can be as simple or complex as you prefer. It can be projects with only 1 participant, or with a group of people taking part.

Effective project management requires more than just good project managers; you also need effective processes. This Extension will integrate your project management with your Outlook features, giving you a familiar interface, and solid contact management.
Seems a lot to promise for a whopping $9.99.  This is something they email to you, no test version available as yet, so I will just test it for all of us and let you know how it goes.

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