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MeMyself&I
06-17-07, 09:23 AM
I just wrote this for another forum I'm on, and thought people on here could benefit from it. I don't trust myself with self-directed time management, and am finding that I seriously need tools to help me do it.

Here's how I do it:

1. I have a software called "Temptation Blocker" (http://www.webjillion.com/index.php). It creates a list of all the software you have on your machine, and then you can check whichever one you don't want to use for a while. Then, you set the timer, and let it run in the background. If you try to use those software before the time is up, you will be required to enter a 32 letters, which is a pain. When you're done, you get the sound of clapping, telling you you're done. According to their website, a future release scheduled for release in two weeks will also block access to websites. The software is free, by the way, except for the Pro version.

2. Since I also develop websites online, I have installed BlockSite, a firefox extension that will allow you to block sites: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3145 and I let that run while I'm working as well. It's also freeware.

3. For those times when I need to break a long task into smaller units, and need to be reminded to take a break every x time, I use Instant Boss: http://www.appsapps.info/instantboss.php (freeware). It allows you to set a total of work minutes, specify how long you want every segment to last, and how much time you want for a break. When any of the times comes up, it will pop up with a message instructing you to take a break, or get back to work.

I wish there was a way to just write a script and have all of them run at the same time the way I want them to, but the routine of actually going through all of them is a kind of ritual that prepares my mind for "work time".

4. One more resource that has been useful for some is called "ADD Planner": http://www.addplanner.com/index.html. You can set a time for when you have an appointment, and ask it to remind you fifteen minutes, ten minutes, five minutes in advance, and for when you need to go. I think you can also instruct it to shut down what you're working on when time's up. And, when it reminds you of tasks you need to work on, you can tell it to open up all the documents you need to be working on, which typically jolted me into refocusing. You can also record your own voice and have it play back for these countdowns. Personally, I don't like the UI (I'm a bit of a UI snob, I guess), but for its functionality, it's pretty good. You can also set a "daily task list", which is like a schedule of all the routine things you need to do every day with how much time to spend on each. This is for the forgetting part of the ADD, which people are also notorious for forgetting about.

Lastly, when people say that they can spend hours doing one thing at a time, in ADD-speak, it's called "Hyperfocusing": http://www.adhdnews.com/testforum/test689.htm or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperfocus. It's when you're in the "Zone", and forget about time until four or five hours later when you realize that you've let many other things like appointments and eating slip by because you were concentrating on the one task that you found enjoyable (the instant feedback of web coding is a good motivator to stay connected to a particular task). ADD people are notorious for having a very poor sense of time and losing track of time. It's very easy to do when you spend eight hours obssessing over making a script work.

Personally, I found GTD as-is too ADD unfriendly. So I modified it somewhat to the point where I put all my due dates for stuff on a calendar, make a to-do list that prints out on index cards and take that with me everywhere. But, if you like the GTD method and use Outlook, there's a free add-in called "Jello Dashboard" (http://www.jello-dashboard.net/wordpress/) that interfaces with Outlook and organizes your tasks into GTD-type styles. From one interface, you can see all the tasks due for a project, set Next Actions, and Context. It's a very cool software, and I highly recommend it. It's also freeware. The developer is great, and is open to feedback if there's a feature that's missing that needs to be added. He's also made Dashboard Open Source so that anyone can contribute to the code.

The point with all of this, is that once you realize what's going on in your brain, and why you keep running into problems, there are tools out there that will help you cope daily.

SuperSam
06-19-07, 04:59 AM
This is one of the best posts I have ever seen on this forum. Useful info. Thanks.

demodrug
06-26-07, 05:55 PM
i was looking for something like a temptation blocker

thanks

fellow worker
06-27-07, 10:50 PM
My wife doesn't have AD/HD but she uses an extension for FireFox that tracks how much time you're spending doing work web browsing and non-work web browsing. I've never used it (I use Opera), but she likes it...

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1887

mijahe
07-01-07, 11:09 PM
I've been searching and searching for some decent software that I can use to organize things, (only software since I spend most of my time on the 'puter).

I came across this book (http://www.amazon.com/Getting-things-done-Concepts-leaders/dp/0687141419), which is a method of organizing a list of things to do. It's a fairly good organizational method which I'll be trying shortly. An example (http://www.foldedspace.org/weblog/2005/05/getting_things_done.html) of how to do it.

There's also some software (https://sourceforge.net/projects/gtd-php) up on sourceforge.net for anyone looking at setting a similar system in software. (Requires PHP, MySQL.)

I'll let you know how it all goes.

mijahe
07-02-07, 12:50 AM
OK, in my basic research for good free software for getting organized I've come across the following:

http://mynotebook.sourceforge.net/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/ses-todo
http://aufgabenmanager.sourceforge.net/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/dt-s
https://sourceforge.net/projects/promanager
http://phptodolist.sourceforge.net/
http://phptodo.godshell.com/
http://ackertodo.sourceforge.net/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/gtd-php
http://www.abeel.be/php-agenda/
http://nexty.sourceforge.net/
http://www.taskfreak.com/

Of all of them I prefer nexty (http://nexty.sourceforge.net/) and taskfreak (http://www.taskfreak.com/). Why?
- Simple to use. gtd-php was too overwhelming and complex. I instantly knew how to use nexty and taskfreak without having to read anything.
- Easy setup. All of the apps didn't take much effort, but that's coming from someone who has 20 years in the IT industry. These two apps were easier to setup than the others.
- Quick adding of tasks. I can add a task in a matter of seconds. This is imperative, because if I can't I won't.
- Multi-user. My wife and I can share tasks, and add/update tasks in each others queues.
- They use the GTD concept. The GTD concept seems to be fairly good for ADDers in that there's no boundaries, you chuck everything in one place, and then sort out what's important, (downside is that it forces linearity of tasks).


The downsides?
- No calendar/reminder option with taskfreak. It'd be good to have a calendar of reminders, or a reminder option, but no such luck.
- Complex interface with nexty. Too many clicks to add a task, too cluttered an interface.
- No multi-user for nexty. No concept of multiple users being able to share/assign tasks to each other.
- No RSS feeds with nexty nor taskfreak. I can't pull RSS feeds down to my mobile phone or browser. Dammit.
- No email notifications with nexty nor taskfreak. It'd be a good option to have.


Runners up?
- php-agenda


Update: I've just noticed that taskfreak has the concept of plugins, and there is a calendar/reminder plugin in development. So taskfreak (http://www.taskfreak.com/) is the clear winner, IMO.

mijahe
07-03-07, 06:42 AM
For those people who don't know how to setup PHP or MySQL, (or don't want to), there's also some free hosted web applications available. Signup is free for these. (Note: I'm not affiliated with them, just googled around and found them.)

http://www.rememberthemilk.com/
http://todoist.com/
http://my.vitalist.com/

SuperSam
07-09-07, 12:20 AM
My office uses MS Outlook and I try to use Tasks. Would you recommend one of these programs over MS Outlook Tasks? If so, why?

mijahe
07-09-07, 12:46 AM
My office uses MS Outlook and I try to use Tasks. Would you recommend one of these programs over MS Outlook Tasks? If so, why?Mobility and versatility.

I have a PC in my study which I update my todo list.
My wife uses another PC from time to time, which she can update my todo list.
While I'm out and about I can use my Nokia phone to update my todo list, or else use my laptop via WiFi, (and sometimes my Pocket PC).
At work I use my work PC, (or my laptop).
Sometimes at work I have to move around one of three buildings, I don't take my laptop, and there's been times when I've forgotten my phone.
I can still update my todo list at the nearest PC.
At an internet cafe on holidays I can update my todo list.
It doesn't matter I'm using Mac OSX, Windows, Linux, Solaris, BSD - it just all works.

Outlook cannot do this.

Additionally for me:
- I don't use Windows, so I can't/don't want to use Outlook.
- My wife can update my todo list.
- I get to support small companies.

Basically, it all comes down to the fact that if I can reach it from anywhere, then I am more likely to update it. I tend to think of things that I'm supposed to do in very odd places, and having this ability makes the todo list a lot more usefull. I also can't lose it - it's there everywhere I go.

SuperSam
07-09-07, 06:53 AM
These programs make sense for the way you operate. While I have no great allegiance to MS, our firm still uses MS for almost everything we do. We use Outlook to calendar everything, and my assistant and I both enter projects, next actions, etc. in Tasks. All of this is synced to my smartphone for me to take when I am out of the office.

It all looks good on paper, but Getting Things Done requires someone to actually get the things done. That is where my ADD gets in the way. The fact that a task is due or sending me reminders or screaming at me in bold red letters does not get it done. It isn't the software that is the problem, it is me. And in the end, that is the real issue.

I found some of the software in the first post in this thread helpful in keeping me on task. The medications I take help keep me on task somewhat. But just as it was not Michael Jordon's shoes that made him so good, it ain't the software or the meds that will make me get things done. I still have to fight my ADD tendencies and slug it out with my distractions. I wish I could make it go away, but I cannot.
I have found the enemy and he is us-Pogo.
Arrrrggghhhhhh-Homer.

mijahe
07-09-07, 10:00 AM
We use Outlook to calendar everything, and my assistant and I both enter projects, next actions, etc. in Tasks. All of this is synced to my smartphone for me to take when I am out of the office.
We use Lotus Notes at work, and I have big issues with it. It's easy to use - yep. But it requires me to be sitting at my laptop and enter in data. The issue I had with this is that most of the time it was just too hard and I gave up on using it. I never would think about what I had to do when I sitting at my laptop, that always came to me when I went walking.


It isn't the software that is the problem, it is me. And in the end, that is the real issue.
Yep, the difference with my approach, (than what I have used in the past), is that I use my wife as my coach. Not generally a good idea, but it works. She'll update things that I've missed. If I don't update something she'll call me or send me an email and ask why. It took her a while to see the benefits of using it, and this is the bizarre thing. I can see the mechanism and how to use it, but I can't do it alone. It's impossible. Like all of us ADDers we need someone to get on our backs and gently guide us back on track.

I haven't any experience with the GTD approach, but it essentially doesn't matter on the mechanism. As long as there's a mechanism that other people can coach you on and help you.

You're right - it's not the software or any single component. It's a whole lot of components that, (together), help to fight ADD. Coaching, medication, and routine.

njtrout
07-25-07, 08:26 PM
No one mentioned the Firefox Extension ReminderFox.

NJTrout

busyhermit
07-27-07, 07:54 PM
I've got to say that I'm trying out the ADDplanner mentioned in the original post, and I'm very excited about it. I've been list-making for years and years, but this makes it much easier for me to honestly and effectively prioritize (not by what I want to do first, but by what needs to be done first), and the reminders are amazingly effective! For those transitions that I really struggle with, like getting off the computer and starting dinner, I can give myself a countdown of popup reminders - 30 min, 20 min, 10 min, and so on. I just can't believe how well this works. I feel like my life has some control and order. It is also very quick and easy to add tasks to - I worried about that because if took longer to enter than to write on a Post-It, I probably wouldn't do it.

Unfortunately it was NOT free - about $60. I've never tried any of the other things mentioned, so don't know if this is better or worse.

I REALLY need something like the "Temptation Blocker" but it seems there's no download available at this time. Does anyone know of another program that does the same thing (not allow you to open a particular program for a period of time). I compulsively check my email every few minutes during all of my waking hours and can't seem to stop it.

busyhermit
07-28-07, 07:30 PM
FYI - just found another way to get at that Temptation Blocker software:

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=147977

Scribeman01
07-28-07, 11:29 PM
First, thank you so much MeMySelf&I for spending the time to write down your recommended software for helping us organize ourselves better.

I have tried add-ons with Mozilla Thunderbird (Firefox) and Microsoft Outlook. They work fine until there is a little computer crash or minor glitch that wipes everything out. I am hoping that there is stable freeware out there that would support this for calendering, times, reminder bells & whistles etc.

If you run a business, here is a freebie that has all of the above, including up to 5 gig of free storage. It is called Bluetie (http://www.bluetie.com/).

I using it for all of the above, plus as a shared hard drive between two other users that I pass large graphic files back and forth with.

One of the most detrimental things to ADHD'ers when there are so many attachments and pieces to any file transfers, e-mail correspondence, let alone any server glitches.

Thanks again for your hard work in writing these down and sharing them with us!

LadyWeaver
08-25-07, 11:41 PM
I find Google Calendar to be useful, only thing is you need a gmail account which is free to use it. I can set appointments in there and it has reminders from 1 week to 1 minute before the event happens. I also have it so that each day it e-mail's me my agenda for the day. Just really useful.

amazingplace
10-21-07, 11:39 AM
Thanks for writing this up and posting it. I just installed Jello and it is amazing for being able to organize my Outlook items into contexts and projects.

Anyone know how to automate tasks to calendar? I can put a task on the calendar but have to remember to do it manually.

Skully
10-21-07, 04:41 PM
Awesome stuff thanks.

healthwiz
11-22-07, 11:27 PM
very nice list of software here, especially freeware!! nice! Does anyone have preferences for ADD Friendly organizing software on palms, treos, and/or centros?

amcormon
11-23-07, 10:23 AM
I use Google mail and calendar and find they work really well. I also use Remember the Milk, which I love. I have the whole thing show up on my iGoogle homepage so every time I open firefox I see my appointments, todos, and emails, all in one place. I can enter items from that page as well so I don't have to click around.

Thanks for writing this up and posting it. I just installed Jello and it is amazing for being able to organize my Outlook items into contexts and projects.

Anyone know how to automate tasks to calendar? I can put a task on the calendar but have to remember to do it manually.Rember the Milk does have the functionality to add tasks to your google calendar. I used it for a bit, but I found it made my calendar look too full and overshadowed actual appointments. But you can do it.

The RTM, you can also share/assign tasks, and for longer-term tasks, you can add date-stamped notes. Handy if someone else is also working on it.

healthwiz
11-24-07, 02:51 AM
I also -use Google Calander and Google Email. I find both of them to be incredible useful. I also use google docs, because i can share the family budget online with my wife, and we can work on it, where she is at work and i am at the office.....

I also have a Palm Centro, which is a phone and organizer with amazing software abilities, there are thousands of freeware titles out there, including shopping managers, task managers, maps, contact list, etc.

On the Palm, I also have purchased an organization program called Agendus Professional, which makes it easier to view my calander and tasks, etc. I have a free program on there called "Due Yesterday" which is a program for putting in your school classes and assignments, due dates, percent done, school schedule, teacher name and contact info, etc. It is so easy to use, its unbelievable, and it is soooo helpful to have all my deadlines for school in one place. It enters all of that automatically into the Palm calander as well. Another program called Agendus has a feature which makes it incredibly easy to find a phone number with its 411 search, which has saved the day for me on many occassions. I also have a Diet and Exercise program on there, one of the few I have paid for, ie, i paid for Agendus and the diet program, to track my calories and nutrition, and chart my weight loss. Palm Centro, and various other Palm Treo phones, have provided me with invaluable assistance in organizing. There are countless programs to use on there, most for free, which can cover the gammet from financial software to fun stuff and everything in between. I highly recommend such a device for those with ADD, as we need info fast when we need it, and its all there with the punch of a few buttons.

My wife does not have ADD, and she finds all the tools to complicated to learn, but being ADD, I find all the tools fascinating and fun, and very useful, it all depends on who you are and how you look at it!!

PS, I am very actively reading this post, as keeping up with Tools is a very big thing for overcoming the foregetfullness or disorganization of ADD.

Have an organized day!! Ok, if not, then at least enjoy your day!!

Jon

michinobu_zoned
01-25-08, 10:45 PM
1. I have a software called "Temptation Blocker" (http://www.webjillion.com/index.php). It creates a list of all the software you have on your machine, and then you can check whichever one you don't want to use for a while. Then, you set the timer, and let it run in the background. If you try to use those software before the time is up, you will be required to enter a 32 letters, which is a pain. When you're done, you get the sound of clapping, telling you you're done. According to their website, a future release scheduled for release in two weeks will also block access to websites. The software is free, by the way, except for the Pro version.
I went there. There's no downloads, they just take my e-mail address and that's it.

MeMyself&I
02-10-08, 11:03 AM
I went there. There's no downloads, they just take my e-mail address and that's it.

Someone posted an old link, which I think works: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=147977

arkyle
02-10-08, 02:48 PM
I use meeTimer. It's really nice.

Luthien
02-10-08, 03:20 PM
The Linux openGL windowmanager Beryl (it's in the latest release of Ubuntu, Gutsy) has a feature called "ADD helper":

If you suffer from ADD or perhaps just like concentrating on one active window onlty, Compiz-Fusion can provide some much needed relief. By checking the box next Accessability/ADD Helper the active window will be highlighted, while all other windows will be dimmed to a darker grey.

http://www.elecboy.com/ - about 2/3 of the way down.

mijahe
02-13-08, 08:41 AM
The Linux openGL windowmanager Beryl (it's in the latest release of Ubuntu, Gutsy) has a feature called "ADD helper":



http://www.elecboy.com/ - about 2/3 of the way down.
Cool! That's the first reference to ADD that I've seen any software.

Shame Gnome doesn't supply it, (might have to search), as this is one issue WRT work. I find myself suddenly doing something else, and it all started with me just glancing at a terminal.

Bayashi
02-13-08, 11:27 AM
Background - I run Windows at work and Linux at home. I need a solution that will work with both.

Solution (ever evolving):

Google + Jott

Specifically, I use gmail as my to-do list and google calendar for things at a specific day or time. The calendar can send texts or emails to me.

I also use Jott (jott.com) to record things throughout the day. Just call it, say who I'm jotting, and go. It transcribes my voice into an email and sends it to the person (usually me, occasionally my wife).

Between those two, I don't need much else. I have a ton of extensions (50+) for firefox, but most are convenience oriented, not ADHD oriented.

Xero
02-16-08, 04:59 AM
Google reader (reader.google.com) is damn handy for organising all those blogs and news sites you tend to drift off to. I have what 3-4 computers between here and work I use and an iPhone. Now with all my stuff on Reader I can log in from wherever I am to one website and read via Atom/RSS instead of trying to remember each website or trying to copy Bookmarks from one computer to another. It's really useful and such a timesaver!

mijahe
03-14-08, 06:56 PM
That's a very broad topic.... Do you want to know how to recover data off CDs, hard disks, DVDs? Or do you want to know how to ensure that you can recover data when a CD is scratched? The list goes on.....

Luthien
03-14-08, 07:11 PM
Please Tell me about Recovery Data

Recovery data .. welllll .. one thing: you probably don't need to recover data if you stick to this rule:

- don't visit shadowy websites that are advertised without anyone asking for them ..

we had a couple of spammers two days ago who posted links to a site in India that was supposedly offering Mac recovery data - and the really silly thing about it was that that site was loaded with WINDOWS spyware. Of course, there is no other kind ..

So much for the intelligence of spammers :p


ADD - Spammers: 1-0 .. and counting ...

Uneek1
03-14-08, 07:45 PM
The Linux openGL windowmanager Beryl (it's in the latest release of Ubuntu, Gutsy) has a feature called "ADD helper":



http://www.elecboy.com/ - about 2/3 of the way down.

Thanks alot! LOL. I clicked that link and was checking out the Compiz Fusion. Now I want that! Problem is, I'm dumb when it comes to computers! I could run my own ok but when it comes to checking out that review of Compiz, I'm LOST!!! I guess you need Linux to run it? (yes, dumb question to many people) Is Linux like Windows? This isn't a technical thread so I'll just stop there with questions. I SHOULD just pretend I never saw that cool Compiz thing in the first place!

Luthien
03-15-08, 05:58 PM
Thanks alot! LOL. I clicked that link and was checking out the Compiz Fusion. Now I want that! Problem is, I'm dumb when it comes to computers! I could run my own ok but when it comes to checking out that review of Compiz, I'm LOST!!! I guess you need Linux to run it? (yes, dumb question to many people) Is Linux like Windows? This isn't a technical thread so I'll just stop there with questions. I SHOULD just pretend I never saw that cool Compiz thing in the first place!

Yes, Compiz is a Linux window manager. In Linux, you have a choice of desktop environments and window managers, as opposed to Windows where you have only 1.

Running Linux is not hard .. you can even run dual boot and have Windows and Linux both.

-- if it's like windows?

there are many people that would shout NOOOO on that question, because Linux differs from windows in a lot of ways. But then again, from a users' perspective it need not be that different at all. Both have a task bar, menu's, windows that you can minimise and maximise, can play video and music, do word processing, graphics, internet, whatnot.

Differences: Linux is free and comes with every possible application that you could wish for - for free too. It's safe - you wont be bothered by viruses etc. There's a wealth of options to choose from. And today, the interface has wayy more eye candy than Windows. And ADD Helper, of course!
Possible disadvantage: not all hardware works in all cases. Some companies refuse to accomodate Linux. But it is a minority.
For some people the learning curve is a bit steeper - i.e a bit more technical. But then again: I have installed ubuntu Linux on computers of people who were absolute know-nothings about computers and they had no problem working with it.

Windows advantages: if you want to throw your money away, Windows could be a good choice. Plus, a lot of other people do that too so there must be some sense in it! There are a few games that don't run on Linux, so people keep me.

mijahe
03-15-08, 07:35 PM
Differences: .......


Possible disadvantage: not all hardware works in all cases. Some companies refuse to accomodate Linux. But it is a minority.

For some people the learning curve is a bit steeper....

Yep, hardware is an issue. I've been with Linux since the early days, back then it was horrible for newbies, but for me it was fun - a nice tool to tinker around with. These days it's come a looong way. There's still issues with it for those newbies who want to delve into it. UNIX, (which is what Linux is), has a very steep upfront learning curve - but once you know it, it's easy. Windows is the other way around. They make it easy for you upfront - but everything is hidden, and so the learning curve is steep later on.

There's also the issue of printing. It's an abomination - although I was pleasantly surprised to see that my network based HP printer took only 5 minutes to install when I revisited it, (I previously gave up on it because I got so frustrated with it). It's still not point and click though and requires some expertise.


Windows advantages: if you want to throw your money away, Windows could be a good choice.
Yep, costly. Although in a corporate setting there's not much difference between Linux and Windows in terms of cost. We all concentrate on functionality. Some of the big things that are being worked on these days in the corporate setting is networking - ie Your classic IM, email, video conferencing, calendaring, accessible either on the road, or at your desk. Unfortunately Linux is still playing catchup in that area, (it always will). Companies are throwing money at it at the moment, (facebook, etc, etc).


Having said all that you can do sooooo much more with Linux. To give you an idea:
I have only one PC out of 14 running Windows. I have 12 old laptops in every room that play music, (http://www.musicpd.org/), provide email, (evolution), and web, (firefox), and IM. I can control each laptop either from my phone, (http://bemused.sourceforge.net/ - via bluetooth), or from local web browsers, (http://pitchfork.remiss.org/), or from the internet. I can suspend them, start them up, play a video, change music playlists, (personally written software).
I also have all my DVDs and CDs ripped to hard disk. A linux based media player picks them up from the network and plays them on the TV.
We also have CBus wiring - which means from my phone, or the internet I can see what state lights and powerpoints are in, either switch them off or on. I 'replay' a sequence, (useful for holidays). Lights come on when you walk into a room, and turn off after a short while.

All this for really no cost - apart from the CBus lighting. I picked up all the laptops from my company that was tossing them into the dumpster. The software I've either written myself or it's all opensource software.


So, for me:
Windows...... boooring yawn. Can't do anything with it, or it's just too hard an inflexible.

Linux..... fun fun fun!

Your mileage will vary.

xav
03-16-08, 06:03 AM
hello ,

sure it s not the subject ...but it's interresting ! So :
"personally written software" maybe , if you want, can you explain a little more ?

back to the main subject :

Yes linux is very good. I like it for myself and in my work...but be careful of the time to learn it if you have little computer knowledge.

Luthien
03-16-08, 06:09 AM
...but be careful of the time to learn it if you have little computer knowledge.
If you are willing to dip into Linux your computer knowledge will increase soon enough.

If you stick with windows you are being kept ignorant.

press any key to continue or any other key to quit

xav
03-16-08, 10:24 AM
If you are willing to dip into Linux your computer knowledge will increase soon enough.

If you stick with windows you are being kept ignorant.


well , it s not so blak and white !

The easiest way to start your exploration of Linux is probably to learn how to use openoffice under windows. Take time to learn not only the writer and the calc but also Draw. They re great tools.

mijahe
03-16-08, 06:06 PM
well , it s not so blak and white !

The easiest way to start your exploration of Linux is probably to learn how to use openoffice under windows. Take time to learn not only the writer and the calc but also Draw. They re great tools.
Actually one of the best ways is to grab yourself a copy of vmware player (http://vmware.com/products/player/) and run Linux in a vmware session. Then you can play with it without having to go through the horrible* installation process. Grab yourself a copy of either a Debian (http://vmware.com/appliances/directory/1179) or Ubuntu (http://vmware.com/appliances/directory/1180) disk image, boot and run.


*potentially

mijahe
03-16-08, 07:30 PM
sure it s not the subject ...but it's interresting ! So :
"personally written software" maybe , if you want, can you explain a little more ?

They're all mostly things that integrate existing components. I have the ability to write fully fledged software, just lack the attention span. (Funny that - eh?!) All mostly in perl & PHP. I'm currently writing a script that polls all the music players and updates my website's database to show what's currently playing, (aka last.fm - but without the ads). I've written scripts that poll the various temperature sensors around the house and plugs it into an RRD database.

This is, fundamentally, why I like Linux. It conforms to the 'standing on the shoulders of giants' philosophy. That is: things are modularized. Integrating, (or getting the modules to talk to each other), is trivial.

Windows, on the other hand, wants to charge you for everything every step of the way.

Consequently; you have a lot more software options under Linux than Windows.

eleanorabernathy
03-26-08, 11:37 AM
Has anyone found any other software like Temptation Blocker? I've tried downloading it, but I keep getting a run-time error, and it shuts down. I have installed the Firefox Blocksite extension for websites I like to visit during the day (and shouldn't!!) but would really like something that will block certain software programs, too.

Thanks!
Yvonne

busyhermit
03-27-08, 11:15 PM
Hey all - just wanted to share a fun little FREE timer that you can set and run on your computer - called Cool Timer:

http://www.harmonyhollow.net/cool_timer.shtml

Basically works a lot like a kitchen timer but you can set the alarm sound to any sound file you want, change the colors and do a few other things. I think you can even turn the sound off and it will just flash in the middle of your screen.

There are just SO MANY times that I sit down at the computer "for five minutes" while something's cooking or my son's getting dressed for school. I have no concept of passing time. Next thing I know, fifteen minutes have disappeared, the food is burning and my son's missed the bus. Anyhow, I'm excited about this new tool - simple, but very useful.

cmcintosh33
04-14-08, 10:13 PM
This is great thanks sooooooo much!!!!!!!!

HighFunctioning
04-15-08, 10:45 PM
well , it s not so blak and white !

The easiest way to start your exploration of Linux is probably to learn how to use openoffice under windows. Take time to learn not only the writer and the calc but also Draw. They re great tools.

I didn't think using OO.org required Linux knowledge? It's based on an office suite that has been multi-platform. I'd think that a cygwin experience may be more applicable....

Not that I have anything against OO.org, and it's probably worth while to use them anyway. :)

Uneek1
05-09-08, 10:31 AM
Is there anything out there that would know EXACTLY what I want and need and automatically organize my computer first and then set me up with a nce calender and organize my whole life for me? That would include a literal kick in the butt when I have something that I need to do. And of course it has to be free! Better yet, paying me money to check it out! But I want it to know exactly what I need and do everything for me!

I don't know if anyone mentioned these places yet. Cozi.com is pretty cool. Free. Looks good. But it doesn't have that kick in the butt that I need....which I won't find online anyway. I like looking for organization tools, comparing and reading about. When it comes to doing is when I get stuck!!! So anyway, Cozi.com is cool. Has anyone heard about OrganizeYourselfOnline.com? That costs but I had to do some searching to find out the cost! It doesn't upfront tell you! That sounds a bit fishy to me. But then Organize Yourself is a bestselling book. So that's a plus side. I don't know. Also found something called BackPackIt.com which is good for businesses but households could benefit also. Looked interesting. I think $25 a month after a free trial. I do searching before I put my info into sites so I'm wondering if anyone knows about those places! First I need to find a kick in the butt...more like brain. Perhaps a different medication. Straterra doesn't help....

Now it's off to find "My Girlfriend's Kitchen" which I don't know if it's a website but I saw something and it sounds cool.