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Introducing Todo.txt Touch: An Experimental Android App

Introducing Todo.txt Touch: An Experimental Android App

Yesterday’s post generated some interest in an Android application that manages a todo.txt file, and I’ve got an itch to try my hand at a mobile app. So, I’ve just created a skeleton Java-based Android app called Todo.txt Touch. The source code is located on GitHub , and it literally does nothing right now, except list some faux tasks from an XML file. Goal is to get the app to read a todo.txt from Dropbox (and eventually, other configurable cloud sources), sort and list tasks by context or project (like @phone, or @grocerystore) in tabs, mark items as done and move them to the done.txt file, and sync todo.txt and done.txt back to Dropbox in the background. Right now this is just an experimental, educational undertaking; I’m not yet committed to seeing this through to completion. There are already a gazillion decent task managers for Android, and I’ve got a full-time job, so I’m not sure Todo.txt Touch will be a long-term thing. But, it would be awesome to do a little collaborative work and learn a bit about Android development with a very basic app that does a very simple thing right now

On Tweets in the Library of Congress

On Tweets in the Library of Congress

Published my first opinion piece on CNN.com today, in which I argue it’s a great thing that the Library of Congress is archiving billions of public tweets. Despite some parentheses trouble and unclickable URLs in the story (I’ve alerted my editor), I’m proud of how the piece came out, even though CNN.com commenters seem to think tweets are a waste of storage space. Thanks to @matty_g , @Jason_Pollock , @Swiftsfan , and @itwalkabout for the example tweets in the story. Who says tweets are trivial? [CNN.com]

Tell the White House What Our Next Tech Challenge Should Be

Tell the White House What Our Next Tech Challenge Should Be

This week the White House will put out a call to techies and scientists across the internet, asking a simple question: What should the United States’ next greatest technological and scientific achievement be? Get your answers ready, geeks. When you reply to the White House’s prompt–on Twitter , Facebook , or via email –your voice will be heard and your ideas will be counted. I know, because I helped build the software that will capture your responses and deliver them directly to the people in charge. Ready to get involved? Here’s what to do. Think big! Imagine an ambitious science or technology challenge (something huge like the moon landing!) which you think can inspire great new ideas and inventions. Here are some examples President Obama listed . Follow @whitehouse on Twitter or become a fan of The White House on Facebook , and watch for a tweet or post about the grand challenges in science and technology between Monday April 12 and Wednesday April 14 . Reply to the tweet or post with your idea, or a link to ideas you find interesting


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Projectview Lists Your Todo.txt by Project

Projectview Lists Your Todo.txt by Project

I’m coming up on year four of using a plain todo.txt file and a simple bash script to manage my daily tasks in it, and I still love the CLI simplicity. But this year I’m juggling several different projects, and needed an easy way to see my todo list separated into sub-lists by project. Happily, the Todo.txt CLI is now extensible, which means several handy add-ons can make it do all sorts of things not included in the core script. One of my favorites is the projectview add-on. Projectview lists your todo.txt by project (which you notate with the +ProjectName format in each task). Here’s what a regular listing of some of my current todo’s looks like, and then what projectview outputs. A standard todo.sh ls command (which I’ve aliased to t ls ) outputs something like this: There you can see I’ve got tasks prioritized and color-coded, with contexts listed with an @ sign (like @email and @github) and projects listed with a + sign (like +Smarterware and +ThinkTank)

Better Gmail 2’s Favicon Unread Count Fixed

Better Gmail 2’s Favicon Unread Count Fixed

Just released a fixer-upper version of the Better Gmail 2 Firefox extension which cleans up some wreckage a recent Gmail API change left behind. Specifically, the change broke Eric Bogs’ and Peter Wooley’s excellent favicon alert scripts, and man did THAT upset users. Happily, Eric and Peter came up with fixes right quick, and version 0.9.7 includes them. Here’s where to get it .

Adopt a Freelancer’s Mindset (Even If You’re a Nine-to-Fiver)

Adopt a Freelancer’s Mindset (Even If You’re a Nine-to-Fiver)

Freelancers work a whole lot differently than nine-to-fivers, but thinking like a freelancer can help along your career, even if you’re working full-time for a big company. Over at Harvard Business Online this week, I ran down how employees can benefit from a freelancer’s mindset .

Better Gmail 2 Now Summarizes Unread Messages by Sender

Better Gmail 2 Now Summarizes Unread Messages by Sender

The latest version of the Better Gmail 2 Firefox add-on boasts a useful new feature: a summary panel of unread email grouped by sender, as shown above. In version 0.9 of the add-on, check off the “Summarize Unread Messages by Sender” checkbox (on the General tab) to see a listing like this one above your inbox, or any label or search result listing. Click on any name with the number of messages next to it to filter down to just those messages. This new user script is courtesy of developer Winston Teo, who explains how he uses this grouping to clear out his Gmail inbox . Also new in version 0.9: a disabled-by-default “Support This Add-on via Amazon” option. When you opt into that feature, your purchases at Amazon kick back a small referral fee that helps support development on all the Better add-ons. Thanks in advance for your willingness to check that box. See the rest of the changelog or just download Better Gmail 2 version 0.9 here .