In this series of articles, I will highlight along the way several aspects of using the HTC Hero, and some conclusions I’ve made about the Android platform as a whole. Today, I am going to talk about the applications that I use on a daily basis.
I’ve done quite a few Software Spotlight articles covering various applications that I use on a constant basis. And while each of these applications deserve the spotlight in their own respect, I have come to rely on a service more than others: Remember The Milk.
Remember The Milk is a simple cloud-based task management system that provides all the functionality needed to run a reliable GTD system without much extra overhead. What RTM lacks in fancy features, it makes up for with integration with many other services out there, like Google Calendar and Twitter.
So, why has RTM become such an integral part of my lifestyle?
This may be an unorganized mess of a post, so please stick in there.
It has been a long time (far too long) since I last updated the blog. I have been getting a steady stream of hits to some of the relevant posts here on Worthless Genius, but truthfully, everything has been a bit stale.
I’ve updated the theme here, to make it look a little nicer, and a bit more modern, but that’s just about all the work that I’ve put into the blog lately.
The lack of update could be due to a large number of unrelated circumstances, or it could simply be that I’ve been lazy lately. So, I just want to touch on a few ideas that have been circling around in my head for the past month, with a brief explanation.
Evernote is a service that promises to help you “Remember Everything”, promising to:
allow you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.
Evernote is basically a self-described “external brain” that allows you to store any idea, reminder, memory that you need to remember in a trusted system.
I have been using Evernote for a few months now, and I wanted to weigh in on the system, and share my setup and how it helps me remember things.
There has been a lot of controversy lately about the viability of commercial, closed source applications running on Linux as a platform. The purists believe that all closed source applications are inherently evil, and should not be allowed to run on Linux, as it spoils the world of freedom. The other side of the coin are the people thinking about the future of Linux as a viable platform for even our grandparents to use.
I subscribe to the latter point of view. I’d like to point out one amazingly awesome piece of closed source commercial software for Linux.
I wanted to change things up a bit from the droll rants and incoherent ramblings. Today, I’d like to spotlight a program that I use on a daily basis, and kind of “share the love” with anyone wanting to streamline their computer use.
Do you have multiple computers that you use constantly, and have a whole bunch of keyboards and mice laying around your workspace? No need to buy expensive KVM hardware, just download and install the Synergy software to your PCs, regardless of platform.
Not only can you share one keyboard and mouse across multiple computers, the clipboard is constantly shared across the setup, allowing you to easily move text and URLs from one machine to the other.
The Setup Process
Using the plain server/client setup, things can be a little hard to handle on the OS X/Linux side. With the Windows version, there is a nice GUI application for configuring both the server and the client.
With the OS X and Linux versions, configuration must be done through the configuration files, which use a fairly cryptic format.
I use two computers on a regular basis. I have a G4 iBook that sits next to the monitors for my desktop PC which dual-boots Ubuntu and Windows XP, which runs the Synergy Server.
Using the GUI tools, it couldn’t be easier to get things up and running.
I use this software the entire time I sit in front of my computer setup, and it couldn’t work better. This software has allowed me to successfully unclutter my workspace, with only one keyboard and mouse across the platform.
So, go, download the software and get started right away.