Don’t spam your twitter followers


Some people tend to re-tweet a lot of tweets right after they came on-line on Twitter. While re-tweeting is not a bad thing, it might be disturbing when somebody I follow spams or floods my timeline with 5 or even more re-tweets, posted in the same minute. At least, I find it disturbing.

On the other hand, clicking RT is very easy, and scheduling all these RT’s can be a huge and time-consuming job. Buffer solves the pain of scheduling tweets

What does do?

If you buffer a tweet, a Facebook or LinkedIn update buffer will add this post in your buffer queue. You define the time schedule, and buffer adds it in the next available slot. And when the time has come, buffer will post on the selected social media network.

Buffer makes your life easier with a smarter way to schedule the great content you find. Fill up your buffer at one time in the day and buffer automagically posts them for you through the day. Simply keep that Buffer topped up to have a consistent social media presence all day round, all week long.

Integration in other software

Buffer is integrated in a lot of other software. Just to give an overview I will list some applications where you can buffer your tweets:

  • Pocket (formerly ReadItLater)
  • Reeder
  • Chrome , Safari, Firefox
  • IFTT
  • Instapaper
  • Twitter
  • Google reader
  • Shareaholic

And many more. For a complete overview, you can visit http://bufferapp.com/extras You can also email to a special buffer email address

Analytics

Buffer also give you analytics about your posts. For a tweet, you’ll get the number of re-tweets, mentions, clicks, potential readers and favorites. So you can see which posts are most successful.

Price

Buffer is free of charge for 4 social media profiles (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and App.net) and 10 buffers in each account. Create your Buffer account, for free.

If you need more than 10 updates, or 2 team members to post or up to 12 social media profiles, you can go Awesome for $10 a month or $8.50 per month paid as $102 a year.

 

Dropbox vs Spideroak vs Box vs Sugarsync vs Skydrive vs Google Drive

Cloud storage, synchronization and backup.

Storing files in the cloud has become a habit since a few years for me. In the beginning I was very reluctant to storing files in the Cloud, but now this habit changed. I had the right rewards to change my off-line habit to an on-line one à availability of my files, on different platforms

In this blog post I will compare services and give my opinion about them. I must also tell you that I use affiliate links in this post. This means, that I might get extra space if you register with these links, but with no disadvantage or extra cost for you. And the nice thing is that you might also get extra space when you use these linls. There is a chapter dedicated to links and benefits in using my referral links.

While all these on-line sync/backup providers offer a free account they actually work from a freemium model and also offer paying accounts, sometimes with just extra space and sometimes with extra features.

As you can see in the comparison sheet hereunder, Skydrive is by far the cheapest on-line storage provider at this moment (June 2012). With $50 a year for an additional 100 GB (on top of your free 7 GB) there is no other doing better.

However price is not everything. It sure means a lot if you compare the pure file sharing/syncing services. Dropbox is by far the most known, but they don’t score too well on storage price and on security/privacy.
Dropbox is now 4 times more expensive for 100 GB compared to Microsoft Skydrive. The ease of use that you have in Dropbox is also applicable in Skydrive or Google Drive. You install client software and that software created a folder on your hard drive and syncs the folder between your account and devices. But you can only sync this folder.
Spideroak however, makes it possible to have more than 1 computer used in this setup. However, sharing files the way Dropbox, Skydrive and Google drive do, is not that straightforward with Spideroak.

Spideroak is then a lot better in performing back-ups compared to the others. You can choose folders, files and exclude file types and add backup schedules. It is also possible to backup USB or network drives with SpiderOak.
They are also the only service where you can’t reset your password, and if you are concerned about security and privacy, this is a good thing. Since Spideroak encrypts the files on your computer and sends them encrypted to the Spideroak servers, they can’t access or even see the files.

Comparison sheet

Here is how I use these cloud services

Dropbox:

I use dropbox to quickly share files. Most people I know have a dropbox account, and it is easy to set up and share files. Dropbox is also the place where I create my back-ups from my blog using WP Time machine.

Spideroak

Spideroak is my preferred tool to make backups. I can also back up my external disks (USB and also network drives), the data is encrypted on my computer before it is transferred to the Spideroak server. Configuring synchronizing is harder then with the other services in this post and the user interface is a little awkward.

Box.net

I have a box account of 50GB when I registered with my IOS device, but since the free version lacks a client application I don’t use box.net. Downloading files one by one in the web interface is not really “being productive”.

SugarSync

Well, I started using Sugarsync some time ago, before I discovered SpiderOak. It found it quit challenging to configure Sugarsync and stopped experimenting with it.

Skydrive

I use Skydrive to have some office files available, like presentations or reports I’m working on. Skydrive is also my favorite service to collaborate in Microsoft Office documents with the on-line version of Word, Excel OneNote and Powerpoint.

Google Drive

Since I mainly use Skydrive to collaborate on files (in my private life, professionally it is usually SharePoint) I installed the Google Drive app and registered my account just to see if it is any different from Skydrive. For me, the main functionality which is syncing files is about the same. I don’t use Google Drive actively.

Referral links

Service

Link

Advantage of this link

Dropbox http://bit.ly/drOpbOx We both get 500 MB extra
SpiderOak http://bit.ly/spiderpat We both get 1 GB extra
Box.net https://www.box.net None
SugarSync http://bit.ly/sugsyncpat We both get 500 MB extra
Skydrive https://skydrive.live.com/ None
Google Drive https://drive.google.com None

*Extra:
When you have a SpiderOak account you can upgrade your 2GB to 5 GB FREE FOR LIFE by using the WORLDBACKUPDAY promo code. To redeem this offer, click ‘buy more space’ and enter WORLDBACKUPDAY. If you want to register for a 100 GB account, like http://www.facebook.com/SpiderOak and you can find a coupon for 20% off all plans!

My preferred services are SpiderOak and Skydrive.

Which are yours?

Remember only 1 password and manage the others with LastPass

Before I started using LastPass, I was very skeptic about storing my passwords in the cloud. What would happen if somebody would be able to hack my account and get a hold of all my passwords? What would happen when the servers are down?
We were talking about passwords and not just a simple non secured document. Losing my passwords could lead to identity theft and even losing money.


Now, why did I start using LastPass?

LastPass actually means ‘The Last Password you need to remember”. And the last password you need to remember is the LastPass password.
I use several internet services (like personal email accounts, work email account, Twitter, Facebook, task management, YouTube or Vimeo, …) and it was a mess to remember all the passwords. Or maybe it was easy since I used the same password several times… So far for my password security.

If you want to have security (or better say as much security as possible) you need to have different passwords for all your log-ins, and these passwords should be random. So something like “Gt!58*:EfZ(Indeed, they look like 1234567, password1 or CoolDude.

And even when I used secure passwords, I got frustrated in remembering them and it is difficult not to write them down in a Moleskine notebook somewhere. Unencrypted…

Here come secure passwords!

With LastPass you can start using secure passwords. Heck, you don’t even have to remember them. You can generate a secure password with LastPass and then store it encrypted together with your username for that website or service.

When you browse to that site, LastPass will automagically fill in your username and password, or suggest filling it in (if you use more than 1 account to that specific website or service).

How does it work?

Downloading and installing the plug-in, as well as creating your new LastPass account, takes less than 5 minutes.
After downloading a version that supports the browser of your choice (Internet explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera) for your Operating System of your choice (Windows, Mac or Linux) you can start using it. There is even a version for Chrome and Firefox Portable (installed on a USB thumb drive).

After installation you need to create a LastPass account with a master password (this is all done during the installation process) and you will need to choose a master password. This is your last password to remember, so pick it good and secure. After installation restart your browser and you will see an extra icon in your browser toolbar. Red indicates you’re logged in, while gray indicates you’re not. Once logged in, you can visit your “Password Vault”, which is LastPass’ spreadsheet layout of your passwords.

LastPass can import the saved passwords from your browser or from another password manager you were using (like Keepass, 1password, ..).

Is it safe?

Yes. The encryption/decryption occurs on your own computer, not on the LastPass servers. This means, that an encrypted password is stored on the LastPass servers and your sensitive information does not travel the Internet from the server to your PC.

You have an encryption key on your computer and that key is created from your email address and the Master Password you have chosen during the setup of LastPass.

Can I use it on more than 1 computer?

Sure. You can install the browser add-ons on many computers and if you are working on a shared computer or on a computer where you can’t install anything, you can access your LastPass Vault via the web interface. This allows you to copy and paste usernames and passwords from your Vault to your login-window. When you copied a password in memory (to the Clipboard) it stays there for 30 seconds by default. You can change this if needed or required.
You can also use One-Time-Password to login on a shared computer.

Here are a few other features of LastPass:

  • Automatic Form filling
  • One click login
  • Synchronize across multiple browsers and computers
  • Generate strong passwords
  • Share passwords with other LastPass users
  • Identify weak passwords with the LastPass Security Challenge
  • On-screen keyboard to enter your LastPass Master password (to protect you from key loggers)

And the best thing?

It is free. The basic functionality is free. There is a premium account too which costs $12/year. The free version will be more than enough for most users, at least to start with. Upgrading to the Premium version will get you LastPass on mobile devices (IOS, WebOs, Windows Mobile,Android, ..), multifactor authentication via USB Thumb drives or YubiKey, the ability to use LastPass without installing the plug-in and priority support..

Oh, and for now, you can get 1 month of Premium access if you register via this link

Question: Do you use secure passwords? Do you use a password manager? You can explain which one, and why or why not. You can leave a comment.

Before I started using LastPass, I was very skeptic about storing my passwords in the cloud. What would happen if somebody would be able to hack my account and get a hold of all my passwords? What would happen when the servers are down?
We were talking about passwords and not just a simple non secured document. Losing my passwords could lead to identity theft and even losing money.

Now, why did I start using LastPass?

LastPass actually means ‘The Last Password you need to remember”. And the last password you need to remember is the LastPass password.
I use several internet services (like personal email accounts, work email account, Twitter, Facebook, task management, youtube or vimeo, …) and it was a mess to remember all the passwords. Or maybe it was easy since I used the same password several times… So far for my password security.

If you want to have security (or better say as much security as possible) you need to have different passwords for all your log-ins, and these passwords should be random. So something like “Gt!58*:EfZ(Indeed, they look like 1234567, password1 or CoolDude.

And even when I used secure passwords, I got frustrated in remembering them and it is difficult not to write them down in a Moleskine notebook somewhere. Unencrypted…

Here come secure passwords!

With LastPass you can start using secure passwords. Heck, you don’t even have to remember them. You can generate a secure password with LastPass and then store it encrypted together with your username for that website or service.

When you browse to that site, LastPass will automagically fill in your username and password, or suggest filling it in (if you use more than 1 account to that specific website or service).

How does it work?

Downloading and installing the plug-in, as well as creating your new LastPass account, takes less than 5 minutes.
After downloading a version that supports the browser of your choice (Internet explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera) for your Operating System of your choice (Windows, Mac or Linux) you can start using it. There is even a version for Chrome and Firefox Portable (installed on a USB thumb drive).

After installation you need to create a LastPass account with a master password (this is all done during the installation process) and you will need to choose a master password. This is your last password to remember, so pick it good and secure. After installation restart your browser and you will see an additional icon in your browser toolbar. Red indicates you’re logged in, while gray indicates you’re not. Once logged in, you can visit your “Password Vault”, which is LastPass’ spreadsheet layout of your passwords.

LastPass can import the saved passwords from your browser or from another password manager you were using (like Keepass, 1password, ..).

Is it safe?

Yes. The encryption/decryption occurs on your own computer, not on the LastPass servers. This means, that an encrypted password is stored on the LastPass servers and your sensitive information does not travel the Internet from the server to your PC.

You have an encryption key on your computer and that key is created from your email address and the Master Password you have chosen during the setup of LastPass.

Can I use it on more than 1 computer?

Sure. You can install the browser add-ons on many computers and if you are working on a shared computer or on a computer where you can’t install anything, you can access your LastPass Vault via the web interface. This allows you to copy and paste usernames and passwords from your Vault to your login-window. When you copied a password in memory (to the Clipboard) it stays there for 30 seconds by default. You can change this if needed or required.
You can also use One-Time-Password to login on a shared computer.

Here are a few other features of LastPass:

  • Automatic Form filling
  • One click login
  • Synchronize across multiple browsers and computers
  • Generate strong passwords
  • Share passwords with other LastPass users
  • Identify weak passwords with the LastPass Security Challenge
  • On-screen keyboard to enter your LastPass Master password (to protect you from key loggers)

And the best thing?

It is free. The basic functionality is free. There is a premium account too which costs $12/year. The free version will be more than enough for most users, at least to start with. Upgrading to the Premium version will get you LastPass on mobile devices (IOS, WebOs, Windows Mobile,Android, ..), multifactor authentication via USB Thumb drives or YubiKey, the ability to use LastPass without installing the plug-in and priority support..

Time management: Get productive with Nozbe, the best cross platform GTD app!

Getting Things Done with Nozbe

If you use GTD (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity) as your way to manage your tasks and projects, Nozbe is the best solution, especially if you use multi devices.

Why Nozbe?

It uses the GTD methodology.

GTD is a task/action management methodology that was created and made very popular (especially among technical people) by David Allen in his bestselling book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Rather than working with daily to do list (that will get blown away when your boss enters your office and ‘asks’ to make that presentation or report he has to present at 2 pm) David Allen introduced a system where you assign tasks or actions to a context where these tasks can be performed (eg. At the office, on-line, at a computer, at the phone, ..) And you bundle tasks in projects. Nozbe is designed to follow this methodology.

Secure Cloud service

Nozbe can sync over WiFi but also over a data connection from your Desktop client, iPhone, iPad or Android phone. The synchronization is seamless. And since you sync in the Cloud, you have access to your Nozbe data on almost any device or computer.

Multi-platform

Nozbe is available on several platforms. I use Nozbe on my laptop (Windows), iPhone4 and my iPad. There is a version for Android and a Windows Phone 7 version coming soon. It is also available as a native application for Windows and Mac. And I must admit the native Windows Nozbe App rocks. Since Nozbe syncs perfectly in the Cloud, I can always have my updated Nozbe anywhere if I’m connected.

Nice interface

The web interface is nice and elegant, as is the newly released Windows application. The desktop version is also easy to use, but it needs some improvements in my opinion, like the ability to drag an Action to a Context or Project. But an important feature (for me and a lot of other users) is available and that is sorting Projects alphabetically.
The web interface is even more fluent and you can drag and drop Actions to a Project, Contexts or the Calendar.

Third party software integration

Nozbe integrates with other software like Evernote, Dropbox and Box.net. This means, if you use tags in Evernote or a folder in Dropbox or Box.net with the same name as your Project in Nozbe, these files will be included to that project.
The Email integration is also cool. I have written a dedicated blog post on how to master Email and Nozbe.

Super Quick Entry

You can enter a task in one line, using # hashtags and @context symbols, and Nozbe will create the task, add it to the correct Project, context, even due date. This is a big timesaver!

I am using Nozbe since a while now, with ups and downs (getting off and on the GTD train sometimes) and the more I use it, the more I get impressed and convinced of it. It is not the cheapest GTD software available on the market but it is probably the best.
You can get your free account at Nozbe (5 projects and contexts) and if you upgrade it to a Personal, Family (5 users) or Team (20 users) account, you can use the 60 days money back guarantee. But trust me, you won’t need the money-back guarantee!

Give it a try!


Getting Things Done with Nozbe

If you use GTD (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity) as your way to manage your tasks and projects, Nozbe is the best solution, especially if you use multi devices.

Why Nozbe?

It uses the GTD methodology.

GTD is a task/action management methodology that was created and made very popular (especially among technical people) by David Allen in his bestselling book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Rather than working with daily to do list (that will get blown away when your boss enters your office and ‘asks’ to make that presentation or report he has to present at 2 pm) David Allen introduced a system where you assign tasks or actions to a context where these tasks can be performed (eg. At the office, on-line, at a computer, at the phone, ..) And you bundle tasks in projects. Nozbe is designed to follow this methodology.

Secure Cloud service

Nozbe can sync over WiFi but also over a data connection from your Desktop client, iPhone, iPad or Andriod phone. The synchronization is seamless. And since you sync in the Cloud, you have access to your Nozbe data on almost any device or computer.

Multi-platform

Nozbe is available on several platforms. I use Nozbe on my laptop (Windows), iPhone4 and my iPad. There is a version for Android and a Windows Phone 7 version coming soon. It is also available as a native application for Windows and Mac. And I must admit the native Windows Nozbe App rocks. Since Nozbe syncs perfectly in the Cloud, I can always have my updated Nozbe anywhere if I’m connected.

Nice interface

The web interface is nice and elegant, as is the newly released Windows application. The desktop version is also easy to use, but it needs some improvements in my opinion, like the ability to drag an Action to a Context or Project. But an important feature (for me and a lot of other users) is available and that is sorting Projects alphabetically.

The web interface is even more fluent and you can drag and drop Actions to a Project, Contexts or the Calendar.

Third party software integration

Nozbe integrates with other software like Evernote, DropBox and Box.net. This means, if you use tags in Evernote or a folder in Dropbox or Box.net with the same name as your Project in Nozbe, these files will be included to that project.

The Email integration is also cool. I have written a dedicated blog post on how to master Email and Nozbe.

Super Quick Entry

You can enter a task in one line, using # hashtags and @context symbols, and Nozbe will create the task, add it to the correct Project, context, even due date. This is a timesaver!

I am using Nozbe since a while now, with ups and downs (getting off and on the GTD train sometimes) and the more I use it, the more I get impressed and convinced of it. It is not the cheapest GTD software available on the market but it is probably the best.

You can get your free account at Nozbe (5 projects and context) and if you upgrade it to a Personal, Family (5 users) or Team (20 users) account, you can use the 60 days money back guarantee. But trust me, you won’t need the money-back guarantee!

Give it a try!

Starting a new series on Apps I use.Een nieuwe serie blog posts over Apps die ik gebruik.

A new blog?

A few weeks ago I decided to blog about applications I use (on my laptop) to work better and smarter. Also about Apps I use on my SmartPhone (which is an iPhone 4 at this moment) and iPad (1). The reason to do this is that I see a lot of family and friends struggle in getting things done, whether it is actually GTD or making back-ups of files or sharing pictures or documents. My wife is one of these people who do everything in e-mail.

I have thought a lot on creating a separate blog for this. After analyzing my visitors and having a few conversations with some colleagues/bloggers, I decided to use the OfficeAndBusiness blog for this. Most visitors enter my blog via a search engine. For the people who are subscribed via RSS to my blog, I will look into a solution to create a RSS feed for SharePoint and one for “AppsIUse”.

Feel free to give me feedback about that decision.

What can you expect?

I will post regularly about free and paying applications, tools and utilities that make my life easier or just more fun.

Een nieuwe blog?

Aan aantal weken geleden heb ik besloten om een blog te starten over applicaties die ik gebruik, op mijn laptop, Smartphone (momenteel iPhone4) en iPad (1). De reden dat ik deze beslissing genomen heb, is omdat ik familie en vrienden zie “vechten” om dingen gedaan te krijgen, als het nu over GTD (actie en taken) gaat of het maken van back-ups of het delen van bestanden of foto’s. Mijn vrouw bijvoorbeeld is op dit moment nog zo iemand die e-mail gebruikt om eigenlijk bijna alles in te doen.

Ik heb ook veel nagedacht om een aparte blog voor deze posts te creeeren. Nadat ik mijn bezoekers statistieken geanalyseerd heb en na een paar gesprekken met collega’s/bloggers, heb ik beslist om de OfficeAndBusiness blog hiervoor te gebruiken. Het merendeel van de bezoekers bereikt mijn blog immers via de zoekresultaten na een zoekopdracht. Ik zal wel trachten een oplossing te vinden om aparte RSS feeds te maken voor SharePoint en “AppIUse”

Wat kan je verwachten?

Regelmatige posts over gratis en betalende applicaties en programma’s die mijn leven makkelijker maken, of die er gewoon meer fun aan toevoegen. Ik hoop dat ik jou ook kan helpen in het vinden van die tool die je “lifehackt” J

The New Nozbe 2.0 iPhone App: Review and What I think about it!

On May 11th, 10 days after my ‘The near future of Nozbe (on iPhone) looks promising.’ post, Nozbe 2.0 for iPhone was released in the AppStore. As I was waiting for this version, I downloaded the moment I could. In this post I’ll try to explain the (new) features, what it means to you and me and what I think about it.

Nozbe for iPhone v2.0

The first thing that has changed is the logo. The logo is refreshed and I like it. Nothing more to say about that, it is just a nice logo. The home screen of the Nozbe 2.0 for iPhone has changed slightly. There was a great demand for an Inbox, and since it was implemented in a previous release of Nozbe on-line, it is also implemented in the iPhone App. For the rest, the menu remains the same except the Inbox is added (Inbox, Next Actions, Projects, Contexts, Calendar), but the layout has changed, and there are new icons.  The icons at the bottom of the page have the same functionality as the previous version, but for them who haven’t used Nozbe for iPhone before, there are 5 icons as you can see in the screenshots

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On May 11th Nozbe 2.0 for iPhone was released in the AppStore. As I was waiting for this version, I downloaded the moment I could. In this post I’ll try to explain the (new) features, what it means to you and me and what I think about it.

Nozbe for iPhone v2.0

The first thing that has changed is the logo. The logo is refreshed and I like it. Nothing more to say about that, it is just a nice logo. The home screen of the Nozbe 2.0 for iPhone has changed slightly. There was a great demand for an Inbox, and since it was implemented in a previous release of Nozbe on-line, it is also implemented in the iPhone App. For the rest, the menu remains the same except the Inbox is added (Inbox, Next Actions, Projects, Contexts, Calendar), but the layout has changed, and there are new icons.  The icons at the bottom of the page have the same functionality as the previous version, but for them who haven’t used Nozbe for iPhone before, there are 5 icons as you can see in the screenshots

image

I added 1 2 3 4 5 above the icons in the picture above. These figures match the list hereunder.

  1. Go to the Home screen (this screen)
  2. Show the Next Actions
  3. Sync with Nozbe online
  4. Add New action/Note/Project or Context (see extra screenshot) (Power Add Button)
  5. Add an Action

screenshot of menu item 4 Power add Button:

IMG_0594

 

Adding a new action (5) will add a new action in the current Project. You can enter a description and Edit the Details.
In the details you can easy check it as done, make a Next Action of that Action, assign it to somebody else (remark:your Project where you create this action in must be shared) or add a comment. It is also possible to change the Project, add one or more contexts, set a time for that action, enter a Due Date with or without an hour(extra screenshot) and there are very nice and easy to use buttons to set the due day to Next Monday, Tuesday, … of Next day, week, month or year) and you can also define a recurrence.

IMG_0599

When adding a new Project, you can edit the details.
In these details you can specify a label, you can Share it and make it your Inbox.When you want to share the Project with somebody you didn’t share anything with before, you can invite that person via an email. This is all pretty straightforward.

Adding a note will bring you to the Edit note page, but it is strange that this doesn’t use the Inbox, but uses a random Project (at least, I didn’t found a pattern in it except it uses the same Project)

Adding New Context will allow you to create a new Context and assign an icon to it.

What does this mean?

It will definitely be easier to use Nozbe on an iPhone. The fact that you can use Nozbe on iPhone without having to create a Nozbe account might be a step forward to have somebody use it without registration, but then the price of the App would obstruct this advantage.

The navigation and collaboration features are really nice and being able to comment on your tasks might be useful in some cases.

Being able to sync files within the App is certainly a great feature. Now you carry your presentations, documents, .. with you, attached to the Project. I was only able to open a Word document (.doc) and a PDF. These files failed:  and docx, ppt(x)(s) failed when I created these document in my Office 2010. I could not open them in the iPhone App.

What I think :

This is definitely a fantastic step forward for Nozbe iPhone users. The new layout is easy to use and gives peace of mind. The collaboration functions (delegate) and comments is also a nice features.

The fact that you can carry files with you in your trusted GTD system would be just great if it worked like it should. I’m not quite sure if this is a Apple, Nozbe or Microsoft Office 2010 issue.

Since this is the first release of V2.0, there is some serious margin for improvements. Here is a list of improvements I would like to see.

Wish list: (in order of importance for me)

  1. In the Next Actions overview the project should be listed somewhere (next to the Context icon?)
  2. Integration with Evernote®
  3. It should be possible to filter on context in the Next Actions overview.
  4. Adding an action should also be possible in horizontal mode. Now it is just modifying an action that is horizontal-enable.
    In fact, I think the whole application should be available in horizontal mode
  5. Notifications on iPhone (overview of what has a deadline that day)
  6. Notification via :Direct message on Twitter, email, text, ..
  7. Nozbe users should have the ability to upload their own icons,
  8. The Help functions is acting not logical. It starts with the Add New Action, then moves left to the Sync, then left to Home, then right to Next Actions and then right to Add more. Even I move my finger each time from right to left on the screen.

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Using Email and Nozbe : One page to master it all

I was recently searching on the exact syntax to add Actions and/or to email them so they’ll arrive , with or without notes in the Inbox or in a Project in Nozbe.

On the Nozbe blog there were several posts that refer to each other and my purpose is to create this one page overview with everything you need to know when sending email to Nozbe. Since GTD is also about having an ubiquitous capturing tool, this is the ubiquitous Email to Nozbe page.

So, here is my overview of everything you need to know when sending emails to Nozbe.

First of all, it’s important to understand the “Nozbe language”

Syntax

The syntax for a (Next)action is simple

Example:
Write a blog post about Email and Nozbe #blog @computer @home on today %30 min !

You just have to follow this syntax :

  • #projectname : Add a # sign before the name of the project
  • @context : Add a @sign before the context. Multiple contexts can be used.
  • dates : write the date in the action like ‘On today’ , ‘ on tomorrow’, ‘next week’, ‘on June 18”. Nozbe understands these all. If you use a date, you also need to use “on” or “at” before the date. If you use next week or  next month,  you don’t need to use the prefix.

I was recently searching on the exact syntax to add Actions and/or to email them so they’ll arrive , with or without notes in the Inbox or in a Project in Nozbe.

On the Nozbe blog there were several posts that refer to each other and my purpose is to create this one page overview with everything you need to know when sending email to Nozbe. Since GTD is also about having an ubiquitous capturing tool, this is the ubiquitous Email to Nozbe page.

So, here is my overview of everything you need to know when sending emails to Nozbe.

First of all, it’s important to understand the “Nozbe language”

Syntax

The syntax for a (Next)action is simple

Example:
Write a blog post about Email and Nozbe #blog @computer @home on today %30 min !

You just have to follow this syntax :

  • #projectname : Add a # sign before the name of the project
  • @context : Add a @sign before the context. Multiple contexts can be used.
  • dates : write the date in the action like ‘On today’ , ‘ on tomorrow’, ‘next week’, ‘on June 18”. Nozbe understands these all. If you use a date, you also need to use “on” or “at” before the date. If you use next week or  next month,  you don’t need to use the prefix.

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Nozbe translations. My engagement to help the translations to Dutch

A few weeks ago I started (re)using Nozbe after my "Remember The Milk" pro- account was expired. This forced me to use Nozbe more intensive and I also engaged myself to the community to translate from English to Dutch.
I started actively and translated some chapters and received an E-mail from Delfina asking if I would like to be a moderator for my language. This would basically mean, I’d not only translate, but also "take care" of the translation in my language together with the Nozbe team. Hereunder I have posted an overview of the topics I’ve translated. Please note, that I started a few weeks ago, and I didn’t logged the topics I have translated in April. Now I started a project in Nozbe, shared it with Michael and we now keep track of (my) translation work. I must say, it is not always easy to translate, because sometime you see just a bunch of words, and you can’t always place it in the correct context. On the other hand, I would like to encourage more translators to translate! It I a huge job, and the sooner we get this done, the sooner we’ll see out beloved Nozbe in our own language.

Topic

Translation date

Aff(iliates)

April 2010

Atimer

April 2010

Duef

April 2010

Size

April 2010

Format

April 2010

Login

May 1, 2010

SEO

May 1, 2010

Forum3

May 1, 2010

Extras

May 1, 2010

Message

May 1, 2010

Biz

May 1, 2010

Feed

May 1, 2010

Task

May 1, 2010

Context 

May 2 , 2010

Newindex

May 3, 2010

Gobiz

May 3,2010

Print 

May 3,2010

Newtour 

May 3, 2010

   
 
Update : Since a few days the Dutch translations are finished. They are ready for production and I hope Michael will release them soon.

A few weeks ago I started (re)using Nozbe after my "Remember The Milk" pro- account was expired. This forced me to use Nozbe more intensive and I also engaged myself to the community to translate from English to Dutch. I started actively and translated some chapters and received an e-mail from Delfina asking if I would like to be a moderator for my language. This would basically mean, I’d not only translate, but also "take care" of the translation in my language together with the Nozbe team. I will post an overview of the topics I’ve translated. Please note, that I started a few weeks ago, and I didn’t logged the topic I’ve been translating in April. Now I started a project in Nozbe, shared it with Michael and we now keep track of (my) translation work. I must say, it is not always easy to translate, because sometime you see just a bunch of words, and you can’t always place it in the correct context. On the other hand, I would like to encourage more translators to translate! It I a huge job, and the sooner we get this done, the sooner we’ll see out beloved Nozbe in our own language.

Topic

Translation date

Aff(iliates)

April 2010

Atimer

April 2010

Duef

April 2010

Size

April 2010

Format

April 2010

Login

May 1, 2010

SEO

May 1, 2010

Forum3

May 1, 2010

Extras

May 1, 2010

Message

May 1, 2010

Biz

May 1, 2010

Feed

May 1, 2010

Task

May 1, 2010

Context

May 2 , 2010

Newindex

May 3, 2010

Gobiz

May 3,2010

Print

May 3,2010

Newtour

May 3, 2010

   

Update : Since a few days the Dutch translations are finished. They are ready for production and I hope Michael will release them soon.

The near future of Nozbe (on iPhone) looks promising.

Today Michael Sliwinski  posted a new blog post on Nozbe.

For me the interesting part (at this moment) is the paragraph about the new iPhone. Nozbe has set up a partnership with Macoscope, a Polish software house that is specialized in development for the Apple platform.

The last modifications were done and the new Nozbe iPhone application is submitted to the Appstore. I can’t wait to start using it. It will be a paying App, and I hope it will not cost too much, but it will definitely add value to the Nozbe application. I’m currently using the version 1.0.2 which is a quite simple application that lacks lots of functionality. Continue reading