Use Exploratree to Plan A Project or Idea

Use Exploratree to Plan A Project or Idea

Plan a project or map an idea with Exploratree, a free online library of “thinking guides” you can either print out or use online. Templates include the Futures Wheel pictured above, thinking boxes, compare and contrast, and a lot more. Each template is customisable; you can also use them to…

Get Something Done By Being Accountable

Get Something Done By Being Accountable

Got a big project you need to get done? Tell someone about it. Web Worker Daily has more: Commit yourself to someone. If you don’t tell anyone that you’re going to finish this project all at once, it’s too easy to let yourself slide. You have to commit to someone…

Map Tasks with Mind42

Map Tasks with Mind42

Manage your mind-mapping tasks and ideas with Mind42, an innovative mind-mapping web application that runs inside your browser. Mind42 is easy to use and quite intuitive; you can tweak your map using simple keyboard shortcuts and customisation options, plus, you have the option of publishing your map or collaborating with…

Leopard Upgrade vs Clean Installation

Leopard Upgrade vs Clean Installation

Those of us who ran out to buy the newest version of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard this weekend had a choice: piggyback the upgrade on top of your current installation of Tiger and keep all your data and applications, or wipe the hard drive and start sparkly clean and…

Prioritize Tasks When Life Overwhelms

Prioritize Tasks When Life Overwhelms

Dustin of Lifehack.org has written how he’s currently facing a pretty overwhelming real life situation, and how he’s dealing with must-do tasks—prioritising: Taking a few minutes to figure out what you have to do tomorrow or today is essential to weathering a disaster, or rather, taking a moment to decide…

Use the “One In, Two Out” Rule to Declutter

Use the “One In, Two Out” Rule to Declutter

Organisational blog Zen Habits has a good suggestion for making your decluttering efforts even more productive, and it’s called the “one in, two out” rule: The rule: whenever you bring in an item, you have to throw away two other items. First you cheat, by throwing out two pieces of…

This Week’s Best Posts

This week’s best posts include: Get Lost in Translation Sites “There are plenty of online translation services that can give you anything from just a good idea to a complete translation of what you’re looking at.” Top 10 Google Products You Forgot All About “Living in the shadow of Gmail,…

Back Up Your Boot Camp Partition with Winclone

Back Up Your Boot Camp Partition with Winclone

Mac OS X only: Afraid of screwing up your Boot Camp partition when you upgrade to Leopard? Free application WinClone images your Windows Boot Camp partition for easy restoration to the same or another partition, just in case. The Leopard upgrade shouldn’t disturb your Boot Camp setup, but a backup…

Find Coupons On-the-Go with Cellfire

Find Coupons On-the-Go with Cellfire

US-centric: Freeware mobile phone application and web site Cellfire delivers paperless coupons to your mobile phone so you’ll never have to clip coupons again. With Cellfire, you can find a coupon for the business you’re patronising right before you check out. Just download Cellfire to your mobile device or point…

Manage iCal or Google Calendars with Sunbird/Lightning

Manage iCal or Google Calendars with Sunbird/Lightning

All platforms: Add tasks, set appointments and keep on top of your schedule with Mozilla Sunbird and Lightning, the free calendar managers that function as a stand-alone client or extension to the Thunderbird e-mail program. Version 0.7 of Sunbird/Lightning touts a redesign of the user interface and task-adding dialog, along…

Keep To-Do Lists Simple with TaskPaper

Keep To-Do Lists Simple with TaskPaper

Mac OS X only: To-do lists are a great way to keep your mind and projects organized, but messing with your program or web-based list’s features defeats the purpose. Enter TaskPaper, a seriously simple task manager from the developers of the distraction-free word processor Writeroom. TaskPaper, now in a finished…

Add Custom Right-Click Options With Nautilus-actions

Add Custom Right-Click Options With Nautilus-actions

Linux only: Automate frequent tasks and avoid unnecessary program hunting with Nautilus-actions, a free extension that adds file-specific options to the right-click menu. Those with a little script know-how can easily hack together their own automators, but some of the freely available actions include resizing and emailing pictures, file conversion…

Zoho Suite vs Google Docs

Zoho Suite vs Google Docs

Slowly you’ve been moving the work you used to do in desktop applications online, and you’ve got two major choices to do that: Google Apps or Zoho’s Office Suite. Both the big G and the little Z offer completely browser-based office applications like a word processor and spreadsheet, as well…

Apple dumps iPhone note synching from Leopard

I won’t go on at length, since we don’t have the iPhone here yet anyway, but productivity geeks might be interested to know that Apple seems to have removed iPhone note synching from its new OS, Leopard. Ars Technica pointed out that Apple’s Leopard features website had dropped the section…

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Calling all crafty DIYers with just a naughty twist of scary! Next Wednesday is Halloween, and we want to spotlight your best DIY Halloween costumes so we can rip them off for our own party. Anything from cute to somewhat disturbing is fair game, as long as it’s homemade. The…

Soothe Razor Burn with a Tea Bag

Soothe Razor Burn with a Tea Bag

If your foray into the world of traditional wetshaving left you with a little razor burn, weblog Gomestic says applying a tea bag to the inflamed skin can reduce the pain. In fact, the post offers 15 unusual uses for tea bags, the majority of which involve pain relief in…

w00t!

Popular online liquidator Woot is in the middle of one of their famous Woot-offs, so grab one of these Woot helpers and find yourself some deals.

What Conversation Topics Make You a Bore?

Blogger Gretchen Rubin lists seven topics of conversation to avoid if you don’t want to be a bore. She writes: Unless you get a truly enthusiastic response from your interlocutor—which is possible—be very wary of recounting… 1. A dream. 2. The recent changes in your child’s nap schedule. 3. The…

Save a Slow System with Damn Small Linux

Save a Slow System with Damn Small Linux

All platforms: Pen drive-sized operating system Damn Small Linux—the savior of old PCs, non-booting systems and efficiency-minded users everywhere—released its 4.0 version this week. Notable changes include: New drag-and-drop capabilities in the file manager Improved Wi-Fi support (through ndiswrapper, madwifi, and other modules) New GUI interfaces for changing system preferences,…

GIMP 2.4 Offers New Features, Improved Interface

GIMP 2.4 Offers New Features, Improved Interface

Windows/Mac/Linux: Open source image editing suite GIMP version 2.4 is now available and features a host of new goodies and long-awaited improvements. Chief among the new features are scaling for all kinds of brushes, intuitive selection and crop tools, a new object alignment guide and advanced tools like perspective cloning…

Faceberry

RIM has announced a mobile Facebook application for the Blackberry. The mobile application will let Blackberry users upload photos straight to Facebook and send and receive friend alerts. Yes, but can they play scrabble?

11 New Security features in Leopard

Apple says the latest iteration of its OSX operating system, Leopard, boasts 300 new features, including 11 security features. You can read all about them here (and browse the other 289 features while you’re there). Or CNET has written a roundup of the security features here.

Make YouTube Better with Greasemonkey

Make YouTube Better with Greasemonkey

Programmer and blogger Jane Kasprzak rounds up five simple Greasemonkey scripts that combine to make for a much better YouTube (one might even call it a Better YouTube, *wink*). From resizing videos and stopping YouTube from autoplaying videos (a la

GCal

Google Calendar lovers can expect offline access with Google Gears sometime in the near future. That crazy Google might really have something here!

Unschedule Your Workweek and Enjoy Your Free Time

Unschedule Your Workweek and Enjoy Your Free Time

Relieve work-related stress and overcome procrastination by “unscheduling” your workweek—that is, “instead of scheduling work you have to do, you fill in everything you want to do.” Weblog LifeClever suggests that with your calendar completely unscheduled, not only will you ensure you get regular breaks to avoid nasty work-related injuries…

Create Custom Cookbooks with TasteBook

Create Custom Cookbooks with TasteBook

Want to gather grandma’s treasured recipes into one tome but lack the DIY drive? Web site TasteBook, now open in public beta, lets users upload their own recipes, grab choice dishes from Epicurious.com and other sites and compile them into a professional-looking book. The drag-and-drop interface is a nice touch,…

What Gmail IMAP Means for You (and Your iPhone)

What Gmail IMAP Means for You (and Your iPhone)

As reported late last night, some Gmail users are seeing IMAP support appear in the settings area of their account. This morning Google confirmed: IMAP just launched, and if you’re not seeing it yet (like we’re not, boo-hoo!) you will soon, as they are “rolling it out to everyone in…

What Do You Take With You During an Evacuation?

After two days of living on the verge of evacuation in wildfire-ravaged San Diego, I’ve had lots of time to think about what stuff to grab and go in case the fire comes my way. Of course the computer, a hard drive or two, irreplaceable photo albums, jewelry like wedding/engagement…

Wired’s “Test” issue free on PDF

The Cool Tools blog has a nice offer for it’s readers today – a free downloadable PDF of the new issue of Wired. It’s the “Test” issue, which means loads of product reviews – 125 pages worth of them in fact. If you’re a tech nut, I imagine you’ll find…

Twine – knowledge management with social search

Twine – knowledge management with social search

Web app Twine (currently in closed beta) attempts to bring social search and bookmarking tools to the wiki, which sounds like an interesting combination. The app offers personal or group knowledge management for sharing, organising and searching for information, includng bookmarks, images and videos. Web Worker Daily wrote about Twine the other…