I realize that I just changed themes not to long ago and was just getting all the final bugs really worked out and having things looking good, but… Here we go again. Why the rush? A concept called Responsive, or more specifically Responsive Web Design. What is that? The basic idea is the website, without having to be specifically coded for each device, will respond to the type of device it being viewed upon and over the best view possible in a viewable size and minimal side scrolling to see it. Or in other words the website will support your old computer, your new uber-high resolution computer, your tablet, your smart phone, and the next device that has not come out yet all equally well.
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.
Behind the curtain, I have also changed my hosting platform. I had been an avid supporter of Lunar Pages for some time but there were a few hiccups that did not get resolved to my complete satisfaction. I bounced around a bit and did use Linode for some time over the summer, which is a great platform for reasonable pricing. However, you are really on your own as to server maintenance and such – which started to feel too much like the office. Some additional searching has landed my sites at VPS hosting with Gandi Web Hosting.
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.
Those who know and read know that it is an inside joke with some folks I know from McAfee that you just do not offer poor customer service to someone from the little spot in the road I did most of my growing up called McAfee or they will just take their business elsewhere. I am left in a icky place after my dealings with Insight, over the last week but especially yesterday. But to really get the full picture I have to make up to Friday a week ago, on the 3rd of February…