What are you using as a todo type of list on your computing devices? I have tried a bunch of different ones over the last several months, even years. Back in the late summer months a collegue mentioned DoIt.im, which is a native application on mobile platforms that has a counterpart desktop tool and web interface. Recently, though, I came across Nitro with some similar function and a both native to Linux and apparently open source. Aside from a minor quirk and functionality that need to grow just a little bit, I am very pleased with the Nitro tool overall.
You may recall that about a year ago I had settled on Wunderlist as the go to software for keeping track of the task in a list format that offered reminders and such. Part of the reason I settled on Wunderlist was the native app offered in Linux, which shortly after my choice was dropped. Well, not formally dropped, but the updates for the other OS were not made available for Linux and the Linux download link was replaced with an available soon. The backwards step of dropping the native Linux app and the buggy nature of the software combined with the clumsy way it worked for somethings was enough to have me looking for something else.
Some may recall that sometime ago I had jumped into the Picasa as a photo organizer with both feet. Of course, that was when Picasa, a Google product, had support for not only Windows and Macs, but Linux as well. Granted, the support was kludgy Wine based conversion that was pretty slow, but it worked and allowed it to be used on Linux with out the overhead of Windows. Most anyone who is interested also probably knows that about a month (or maybe it has been two) Google announced that they would no longer be supporting Picasa on Linux going forward. Much to my dismay, I had to search for something else as I rarely boot my desktop machine in Windows and even less does my laptop go there, but those are for other discussions.
I know, I have had this debate before, but I am still being torn between the idea of which is better – the traditional book, made of paper that is printed on, especially a hard back volume and the e-book reader version that I can get so handily on my Kindle device (or for that matter my iPad, laptop, or even desktop computer). I keep thinking back on all those wonderful years I have had with books, but similarly keep thinking about the pluses of the electronic edition and some of the greener ideas behind it as well. I was especially thinking of this today while watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy movies this afternoon, based upon probably my favorite books ever, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
When I upgraded my office laptop late this spring one thing that kind of disappointed me at first was the lack of ease for the inclusion of a built-in wireless carrier ‘modem’. I put that term in single quotes, because of course my issue with the fact they do no modulation/demodulation – being instead digital all the way through, but that is another blog for another day. When I got my last laptop I just added the option for the appropriate carrier. Today, it is a separate unit that I then have to add-on my own – not really a big deal, but it got me to thinking…
So much has happened the last couple of days that are big technology news I decided to get a jump-start on things and give a quick synopsis of things that have been happening. Some of them, like the release of iOS 5 and Ubuntu 11.10 were expected, though the seeming failure to launch (at least well) of the iOS update was not anticipated. Similarly the death of Dennis Ritchie, computer scientist and developer of the C programming language was not expected. And oddly, I feel out-of-place sitting in a coffee shop using a non-mac based machine – who would have ever thought that?