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[ARTICLE] FoxGLove Standalone Google Apps Portal

by on Nov.24, 2008, under Technology

From Lifehacker.com:

Crafty Firefox user Alex customized his own Firefox Portable installation to tightly integrate with Google Apps. He calls his creation “FoxGLove,” and uses it as his own Google-powered productivity portal instead of Microsoft Outlook. Along with his pick of add-ons that enhance and integrate Google Apps in Firefox, Alex tricked out this portable Firefox version with a Chrome-like theme, custom homepages (that auto-load in tabs), web site favicons, and even slapped the FoxGLove name and icon onto the whole shebang. Best part? You can download and try it out right now without disturbing your current Firefox setup.

I just download FoxGLove and I’m in love!  This is awesome and something I completely should have thought of and put together myself.

The only change I’ve made is to have the default Home Pages (yes, Home Pages: I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t know one could specify a pipe-delimited list of websites to load when Firefox opens) to include my blog, Facebook, and a couple other social sites I want to make sure I keep an eye on.

Check it out! — Download

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Evernote

by on Dec.06, 2008, under Technology

I just installed Evernote and it is pretty!

Ever since getting hooked on FoxGLove, I’ve been using the Google apps more–one of which is Google Notebook.  I tend to keep pretty busy, so it’s nice to have an online place to keep track of my to-do’s.  I’ve started using Google Notebook for more than that though–like for things I learn and want to remember later.  Kind of a like a personal wiki–like Wiki on a Stick maybe. 🙂

(BTW: According to this article: “Google is contemplating killing off Google Notebook.”)

I don’t know if I will keep using Evernote, as it has a few deficiencies I don’t think I can live with.

  1. Evernote is yet another service that is kind enough to store whatever peronal information you’d like to post to their servers.  This doesn’t concern me so much as the fact that it doesn’t support SSL for transmission of the data–unless you pay a subscription fee.  There’s also a data transfer limit, which again, can be increased with a subscription fee.
  2. Worse than the above point, Evernote stores your data remotely and locally, (and has some kind of indexing feature that runs all the time BTW).  These database files it stores on your computer are unencrypted.

There sure are a lot of unique features that make it worth checking out though.

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Two Updates in One Day!

by on Dec.04, 2008, under Technology

Two pieces of software I have come to find essential to my survival have been updated in the same day!

Not only has WordPress.com gotten 2.7 deployed, but Google Reader also has a new look!

I used to be a die-hard user of FeedDemon (which has online and mobile versions–which all keep in sync), but I started using Google Reader again when I started using FoxGLove.  After a couple of days of using Google Reader, I found I was keeping up with my feeds a lot better than with FeedDemon–which, for me after all, is really the defining factor of a good RSS reader.

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