Archive for the ‘organizer’ Category

mobileme *and* gmail?

August 12, 2008

We have been discussing that off and on, but here is a piece from someone, who actually tried it … and seemingly abandoned the idea after a few hours. Nice detailed listing what’s possible, and what’s not:

MobileMe and Gmail: Pick one or expect frustration


GTD Salsa: in 80 days around the world

October 1, 2007

Ever wrote all your super important and time sensitive info in a gadgety note taking and self administration tool? Ever recovered that info exactly half a year after its relevance horizon? Then this post is for you, but beware, this is not the post for the quick info, so I have marked these posts with GTD Salsa, for the less focused break and hellish self reflection.

Frequent readers might notice that I am the guy, who first installed a ruby based instiki – which crashed on me, just after I had gotten serious with hacking its database internals (speak: added a slash in a path definition) – who then spent a night transforming my macbook into a mediawiki server just for myself, and promised to keep you up to date with how my media wiki information and project planning was coming along. What to say? I just discovered that reminder while skimming through this blog.

My MediaWiki: I have dumped it. My personal wiki was working reliably, I just turned out to fill it with information that I never ever retrieved out of it. I could have, it was all there, and in a thought-out structure, but to be honest I was just to lazy to click 5 links in order to know what the next step in a certain tasklist would be. It is important to note here, that this was a personal wiki. Shared wikis are quite a different affair, and I enjoy using some of them, bit this post is about organizing just yourself.

The all new system without a system

So, for two weeks now I have a new system, that is extra easy and just for me. no hyperlinks, no databases, and I will explain it to you in a series of postings, because I have just lost you now for today, and have half a Charles Stross left at the side of the sofa.

stay tuned …

smooth wake up service

April 21, 2007

I am using this tool every day and I nearly forgot to write about it.

The Alarm Clock for my macbook.

What should I say – its an alarm clock. And it smoothly ends my dreams with my itunes music collection.

I especially like the easy wake function.

one little hint: Don’t have your remote control near your bed, when you have an urgent appointment.

good night – sleep tight

TiddlyWiki – a happy geeky notebook wiki

April 10, 2007

When I first realized what the authors of TiddlyWiki had put together, I sat down and thought – wow … several times, for a few minutes. (This was after I had spent the night setting up a mediawiki, with lots of sql sweetness etc.)

TiddlyWiki is the most compact, self-contained, portable, superpowerfull, and neat to look at personal wiki, I could imagine at this moment. (remember … after spending the night …). Imagine it as a crossing between wiki, post-it collection, and todo list.

And: its all contained in a single html file, you simple download and open in your browser. That’s it, changes are saved in an xml file that is located in the same directory as TiddlyWiki. If you want to do a backup, or move it somewhere: just zip these two files, and copy or mail them. Minimum requirements: a web browser with java script enabled.

Very cool!

instiki: your very own wiki

April 2, 2007

If you are looking for an easy way to organize yourself Instiki might be for you. It is a wiki+server in a box, based on ruby, and runs locally on your PC/MAC/Lunix.

On my MAC I use Version 0.92 to organize all the various bits of knowledge, I would like to have quick access to, later on. Ver 0.92 seems to be the last version that runs easily i.e. stand alone on a MAC. You can get Ver 0.11p1 but you’ll have to go through quite an installation to get it running. However, the people over at instiki are feverishly working on getting Version 0.11p1 to run out of the box on a MAC, too.

Note to Ver 0.92: There seems to be a bug with exporting your wik. I will keep you posted, when I find a solution.

[Update instiki Export bug]: Ok, here is what I did to fix the export bug: in the file wiki.rb (included in the download) I have deleted the string ../../ from line 4. Now my exports work. One last catch is that after exporting all links to pages with names, that should have a + in it (for example [[this and that]] becomes this+and+that in instiki language don’t link, because they are exported to this and that.html. Anyway, they do exist. I will just avoid such links from now on.

[Update 2: it crashed – big time] Ok, instiki crashed on me. Maybe I should not have played around with newer versions (discovering, that if developer tools are installed on your mac, higher versions seemingly do work), maybe I should not have done a lot of things … it crashed! (%&$(/%$(/& it wont start up again! it wont start up again! thank god, i did one thing: fix this export bug, so at least my terribly valuable knowledge was preserved in the textile formated files.

What did I do after I started breathing again? Right, I got a full blown mediawiki running on my mac, just for me, alone, yes. MediaWiki is what is behind Wikipedia by the way, so a few million beta testers couldn’t be wrong. How i did that and what happened shortly after that I will tell you in one of the next posts ….

… stay tuned.

Journaler – a bloggers friend

March 29, 2007

This time I want to write about Journaler, a nice tool for blogging. It’s very easy to handle and has many nice features for writing. This is my first blog with Journaler and in the future I will give you now and then an update about my experiences with it.

The configuration for blogging is quite simple. Under Journaler -> Preferences -> Blogging  add a MetaWeblog API account.
The Blog’s Location is http://<your blog> and the XML-RPC is http://<your blog> and of course you should know your login name and your password.

For now I can say. It exists, is easy to use and its full of features I want to try out. I also hope, that it will increase my blogging rate to bring you more cool information, about mac and free software.

Spanning Sync – syncing Google Calendar and iCal

March 12, 2007

Ok, say you have a Google Calendar but you like the interface of your Macs iCal. Spanning Sync, could be for you. Its a software that syncs the two calendars – something lots of people have been asking for. Spanning Sync is still in beta, so there are bugs to fix, but its quite promising, I would say. I have tried it only once, and then decided to wait for the real release.

Either download it and try, or stay tuned with their blog at

Update 13/3/2007: today March 13th Spanning Sync has gone v1.0. It is no longer beta, but …. you will have to pay if you want to use it longer than 15 days. They’ll charge you 25$ a year or 65$ for an all time subscription, that seems like quite a bit. What are your thoughts?