Posts tagged with "Software"

Software I’m using to track tasks & time

So lately I’ve been trying to manage my time better, with countless personal projects and legacy applications to support I find not properly tracking what I’m doing to surprisingly be more of a waste of time than tracking my time, even when you take in the time lost by tracking said time.

Firstly, I already use Trello for organizing my tasks across bigger projects, I’m pretty sure most people do, it’s one of the best task management tools for things that are just general planning rather than bugs. For managing bugs I’m using JIRA or Github Issues depending on if the project is open source or not. I’m generally trying to do as much open source as possible lately. For more general tasks I’m using Todoist , which I recommend checking out if you haven’t, it has a very clean and simple interface.

So with all that in mind I set out to find an application that could potentially work with all of the above as well as give me time tracking. Handily enough I found Toggl , which is completely free until you want to export invoices etc, which I don’t really have a need for right now.

Toggl just takes all the hassle out of time tracking, after installing it’s browser plugin Toggl integrates with most task tools. Github issues , JIRA , Trello , and Todoist just to name a few.

So not only do they make it really easy, but how they actually output your data is really handy also.

Screenshot of Toggl

Another one for any of you programmers is WakaTime.

Screenshot of Wakatime

Wakatime allows you to install a plugin in your IDE of choice, pretty much all are supported, it basically reports on what programming languages your spending the most time using. Their graphs are not as pretty as Toggl’s but I still enjoy them!


Posted on March 29, 2015

Jelly SMS – Use your web texts from your desktop

JellySMS is now abandoned, I’ve removed any links to it.

jellysms.jpg One program I’ve been using a while now and is a serious lifesaver for when I’m out of credit is “Jelly SMS” (previously just jSMS). You need to have the latest Java installed for it to work but it is cross-platform. It basically lets you send web texts from your desktop without having to login to your network’s website.

The latest version of the software even supports delivery reports, and support is very good, I’ve noticed it not working maybe twice in the last year (due to o2 redesigning their website), both times the issues where fixed and an automatic update was out within two days.

They also now have an android and iPhone app, for anyone in possession of those luxuries!


Posted on April 08, 2010

Create a URL Shortener With Your Domain

If you use URL shortening services like TinyURL , it may be worth your while to setup a domain shortening service on your own domain. This is quiet easily done with a WordPress plugin now.

YOURLS is a free PHP script created by Lester Chan and Ozh Richard that allow you to create something similar to TinyURL.

  • It is easy to install.
  • It has a statistic side that allows you to keep track of all the URLs you are currently using.
  • It also easily allows you to choose between making your service open for all or just for you.
  • It lets you have customizable links instead of random characters.
  • Lastly it has a bookmarklet that allows you to make TinyURLs on the fly!

Download it and try it out!


Posted on September 24, 2009

Google Chrome on Ubuntu

If your using Ubuntu you can now start using Chrome, or Chromium at least, which is based on it. Daily builds of Chromium can be got from here.

You’ll need to add the following repositories to get Chromium:

Note: Substitute interpid with jaunty or hardy as needed!

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main

Then you can then install it by opening a terminal and do the following command:

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Of course this is still in Pre-Alpha so make sure to keep another browser installed! ;)


Posted on September 22, 2009

E.ggtimer - Online Timer

eggtimer.jpg

This website is a little gem I came across last night. Will take and countdown from any time, given in words or figures. :) Even when open in a tab you can still see the timer continue to countdown! Have to say I like the use of these “subdomain” websites!

Go to E.ggtimer.com ->


Posted on September 21, 2009