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The 2007 Getting Organized Experiment (GOE) Freeware Programming Challenge

This page lists the freeware programs created during our 2007 Getting Organized Experiment Programming Challenge. The programs are inspired by our Getting Organized Experiment series where we explore systems and tools for becoming more organized and maximizing our productivity. Coders are instructed simply to creae a small free utility that, loosely defined, relates in some way to heling people work more efficiently.

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PlainTextWiki Toolkit

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I was inspired for this program by the PlainTextWiki bundle by Matt Webb for the MacOS editor Textmate. I've never used it but liked the idea very much.

The idea of a PlainTextWiki is to bring (some) wiki functionality to your text editor. The most important function is that you can include wiki links in your text file. When you move your cursor to that link and press a keyboard shortcut, that link will be opened in your editor.

The PlainTextWiki bundle works only in TextMate. My intention with the PlainTextWiki Toolkit is to make a small program that gives you this function in any text editor that has decent support for external tools.

Continue reading much more about the program and download..


CFDButton

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I've seen other apps that do some of the same things, but have some limitations that I think I have addressed. It mainly adds some functionality to the windows common file dialog, like favorites, history, and custom file filters. I found other solutions didn't get the file filtering quite right so I wrote my own.. Small app, coded in C++, portable, so it runs on a usb thumb drive.. Comments and suggestions welcomed

http://dreamcycle.net/cfdbutton/

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MyHelp

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Main purpose of MyHelp is to have a program that will store all the things that we cannot remember so easily.

First make a category ( or categories . for example: "C++" , "PHP" , "Mails" , "usefull codes" or any other category you would like to have ) and then make as many entries that belong to selected category.

This way you will have your own help system, or a reminder or something like it...

You can mark some entries as favorites, and easily get to them.  You can also perform a search in order to find some phrase in an entry tittle or entry body...

I often use this programm, for example to store some important information about certain projects at work ( each has it's own category) , or to store some often used or interesting code in some programming language ( again, each language represents one category) or to store my friends' emails etc.

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JrHourlyMarker (for mirc and xchat)

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I've posted one of my unofficial GOE entries here: https://www.donation...r/mircpak/index.html

It's JrHourlyMarker, a script for mirc (www.mirc.com) that adds hourly markers so you can see when messages came into your windows while keeping timestamps off.

I'm posting it mainly to encourage coders to participate once they see i am posting a script that took only a few minutes to write.

member gjehle wrote an xchat compatible version which is also described and linked from this post.

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Interruptron

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In the attention economy, what matters is your attention. Modern life is plagued with interruptions, some self-imposed (do you have a popup that lets you know when new mail arrives?), some not (phone ringing, people knocking on your door). The axiom is simple: your productivity is inversely proportional to the number of interruptions per hour. There exist psychological research that proves that doing two tasks -A,B- in an alternating sequence -ABABAB- is a lot harder than doing them on batches -AAABBB-. This is called task switch cost. Some research on economics proves that the same concept –switching tasks often is bad for productivity- is true organizations.

This is so simple it’s staggering. We thought: well, we don’t know how often we are interrupted, but we should! That’s how the interruptron was born.

The modern knowledge worker has a very short average time between interruptions. Some estimates are as low as 10 minutes. We need to be aware of when we have been interrupted and try to stretch time between interruptions as much as possible. Also, it’s important to be aware of when we are floating into ‘unproductive time’ and have some method to nag us back to work. This is the goal of the interruptron. Run it always, and you’ll have a good gasp of where your time goes.

Visit the Interruptron Webpage on WorkingCogs.com to learn more and download.

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