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Looking for outliner with formula support \ spreadsheet with tree structure support

I'm looking for a tool that will allow comfortable creating of hierarchical structures, and allow performing computations on them. For example: plan a budget and\or time estimate of a project The ...
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What is the key to be able to start a project?

I am not absolutely sure this is the correct place for this question, though I couldn't find a better one - please point me to a proper place if possible. I am a 13 year old guy, I love technology in ...
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Is there a software available that auto completes sentences? [closed]

I'm looking for a plugin or desktop software that completes sentences I often write, e.g. "I'm looking forward to hearing from you". I'm using the latest Opera browser on Windows XP. Can anybody ...
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Reducing fragmentation: App to focus on single task

There are a few apps (like Rescuetime) that track what you're doing with your computer. And there are some tools that can help you when you decide you want to eliminate distrcations (StayFocused ...
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Is there a tool that can track or record pomodoros based on tagging?

I'm looking for a tool that can track and record pomodoros visually and/or graphically, and ideally with the ability to tag pomodoros, like a "Writing" pomodoro completed, or a "Career", etc.
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While browsing, how can I quickly capture thoughts/ideas across locations and environments into a centralized, searchable medium?

While actively browsing the internet (via phone/tablet/desktop), how can I quickly file an impromptu thought or idea into a centralized, searchable medium -- but importantly -- through a method that's ...
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Why is learning theoretical stuff necessary to be a software engineer? [closed]

I'm a engineer student. After passing 3 years of learning hard theoretical stuff, I expected that my fourth year would be interesting for me as a software engineer, but we are still learning about ...
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Is there any application which can track things on daily basis

I am looking for some personal tracking or logging application in which i can enter my records for each day. Just like we have the hard copy of the diary with all dates and times and we can look back ...
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Task Management Application with task dependencies

For some reason, even though there are tons of task management applications out there, I'm not able to find many that have the capability to manage task dependencies. That is to say, if I must do A ...
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Simple program with subtasks

I need a program (something similar to Google Tasks but with showing/hiding subtasks) with following functionality: tasks subtasks (with multiple level, so I can, say, create a task with 3 ...
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Metadata for Project Archive

There is a folder with nowadays quite a few zip archives of projects I have completed. I would like to make the archive more searchable by creating a metadata file. Similar to mp3 or images, I want ...
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Food (meals) tracking

Is there an Android application that is able to track what we have eaten during the day? The application should not be dependent on web services. It should have these features: make a photo of meal ...
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What choices can I make during my software developement career to become an ideal candidate for a job when I apply for other companies? [closed]

I am currently a software engineer.Its the start of my career.What choices do I make to become an ideal candidate for the HR/Interviewers,when I apply for interviews after leaving this job? Should I ...
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Professional life with Single Technology Vs Multiple Technology [closed]

In July 2011 i completed Graduation in Computer Science and in college days i worked on J2SE, J2EE, Blackberry, iOS, J2ME, windows development and Now from August 2011 i and working in a small ...
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Recommended Task and Goal Management Apps [closed]

What recommendations are there for good apps that combine goal setting with task (or to-do list) management ? I currently use Microsoft One Note, because you can create lots of related pages and it ...
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A software to organize the information as a set of nested tables

We all organize data and information in varios ways, but the a table form proven to be one of the easiest to use. For the simplest cases we can use Excel. However, I was wondering if there exists ...
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Save browser state / tabs opened between usage?

I tend to leave a lot of related webpages open when I work, that I would like to keep working with at later points in time. Is there an easy way to "save" a browser's state with all the opened tabs, ...
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Will my workplace benefit from a stack exchange clone on the intranet?

I am thinking of proposing to setup a stack exchange clone at our company intranet. The idea is to have a place where anybody can ask a question about anything work related, especially about our IT ...
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How to track time spent across individual websites?

I've used Rescue Time, but unfortunately, they don't offer the (free) ability to track time across your browsing, only showing that you were using a browser during that time. I spend a lot of time ...
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Time management strategies for computer science students

Over the past few months, I've been contributing to both Wikipedia and Stack Overflow, and working on open source software projects. However, I've found that my obsession with software development has ...
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Is there any multi-platform cloud based Pomodoro application?

Is there any cloud based Pomodoro client software which can synchronize with all types of devices like laptops, mobile phones, and desktops? A software like Dropbox but a personal productivity ...
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Online app to create simple data entry forms with drag-n-drop

I am looking for an online app using which a NON-TECHNICAL person could create a simple HTML data entry form and a backend data table, then have a number of non-skilled data entry personnel around the ...
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Simple Contact Management System that automatically sends notifications

I am searching for a CMS where I can flag if I had an interaction with a client and then it automatically notifies me a period of time later to remind me to contact them again. This is essentially all ...
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Mobile phone PC integration?

Does anybody know of a mechanism/tool/app/phone that allows me to see on my PC when my smartphone is ringing? I'm a programmer, and I wear headphones at work, so I don't hear it ringing. The visual ...
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How do various GTD services implement Next Actions lists? (Is there a canonical way?)

I really like Doit.im's interface, but there's a major flaw in the way they handle the Next Actions list. Every project task appears as an actionable item by default (which is obviously ridiculous): ...
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Hierarchy tree editor

I am looking for a desktop application that can be used to efficiently manage hierarchical data structures, much like a filesystem tree hierarchy but that saves my hierarchy in a file. MSFT Excel is ...
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Is there an electronic task management software that stores encrypted data in the cloud for syncing with other devices?

My question is basically what the title says. I am trying several software for GTD/todo/task management, focusing on syncing between laptops and cellphones. Although most of the software transfer ...
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Free 'developer activity tracker' software for increasing productivity of development

Does anybody know of developer activity tracker software used to increase productivity of development? I need to find out developer's time distribution. How much time do they spend on browsing, ...
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There are GTD software that includes review?

I found a lot of software that claims to support GTD, but of "collect, process, organize, review, do" they usually on focus just on collect and process. There is a software that has some feature to ...
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Is Grindstone well suited for keeping track of all GTD related lists? [closed]

I want to follow GTD principles and am evaluating Grindstone for storing next actions, "maybe" list, list of projects, etc. Is it well suited for this? What limitations of Grindstone would I likely ...
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How to get a GTD Inbox in taskwarrior?

I am currently in the process of switching my task management software from Things to taskwarrior. (Cultured Code introduced cloud synchronization, even without encryption, in Things 2, so I'm out). ...
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How to Google text in the clipboard

I have come across WinURL, which launches any URL stored in the clipboard. Does anyone know of such a tool that will Google any text in the clipboard? Edit: I'm looking for a solution that does not ...
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Easy way to archive web pages

I read lots of web pages articles (magazines, blogs, wikis, forums). Keeping the interesting ones stored in a single location have become a big problem. Also, looking for important information that I ...
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Personal Planning Software

I am currently planning my life in a text-based format, like this: Yearly goals. Doesn't include concrete action steps. Monthly goals: Specific action steps associated with the goals from (1). Daily ...
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Mobile java application for Pomodoro

Any suggestions about mobile Java (J2ME) apps suitable for measuring Pomodoros? I've already tried Pomodoro and Doing!, but the first can't measure break period and has no settings (I work in the ...
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Can someone help me speed up my workflow (accessing spreadsheets)

Part of my job involves creating new articles. Each article is stored inside a spreadsheet and has an article number in cell A and a name in cell B. The only reason I ever need to open the ...
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Recollection of non-linear content

I just read Joshua Foer's book "Moon-walking with Einstein," and examined some relevant passages from Rhetorica Ad Herennium in hopes of being able to learn and remember faster. One issue that these ...
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How to separate working environments in a single computer?

I have multiple projects in my life but only one notebook. This means that documents, software, notes, almost everything goes into the same machine and this can be very distractive. My solution to ...
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GTD application that syncs with iCal

I am looking for a mac os x GTD task based application (in the wunderlist way) where you enter and classify tasks, and you can also assign tasks to iCal, is this possible?
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Why am I not able to motivate myself to code?

I have got an idea that can make a good app for web and mobile. I tell myself to design the prototype so as to see how people take it. The problem is when I sit to code, I can't get things done. I ...
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how can i design forms like this [closed]

i see such awesome personal productivity forms here. http://davidseah.com/productivity-tools/ How can i design a form like this?
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How can one use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to code more efficiently? [closed]

The question was unfortunately closed but feel free to leave comments or answer at https://www.quora.com/How-can-we-use-Dragon-naturally-Speaking-to-code-more-efficiently. You can also vote to reopen ...
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What's a good cloud based notebook? [closed]

What's a good cloud based notebook? The features I'd like to have: I need to be able to sync my notes on my Android cell phone and various computers. I need to be able to have the actual files, ...
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What is a good planning software for a proactive student?

I'm studying Computer Engineering and I run a small hosting reseller company and a computer club and am involved in other activities as well. What good software can make me very efficient. I give a ...
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Is there evidence for the impact of Web Apps on productivity?

As somewhat of a power user when it comes to computing (I'm a software engineer, it comes with the territory), I find that I really dislike most web apps. While some (such as GMail) offer keyboard ...
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Is there a time tracking application for Mac OS X and iOS that can sync with each other easily and does not require an Internet connection? [closed]

I'm looking for simple (all I need is a time tracking feature) time tracking software that meets the following requirements: Does not require an active Internet connection. For this reason web apps ...
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What can I do to be more productive when working with several applications at the same time on Mac OS X?

I work with my computer the whole day doing different things and using Mac OS X Lion. I have a lot of windows opened and constantly switching from one application/window to other, using Mission ...
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What is the best tool for improving brain power? [closed]

Today I discovered Lumocity which is a well developed site to improve "brain power" like: memory attention creativity Is this the best site of its kind? Are there any other recommended tools to ...
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How to organize and analyze structured data without building entire database applications?

UPDATE: 2012-06-01 Added Non-Ideal Solution #2.5. The Puzzle I'm Looking to Solve As an organization and analysis nerd with professional database experience, I frequently encounter situations in my ...
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How do you integrate time tracking tools with the Pomodoro technique?

I am using http://pomodoro.ugolandini.com/ when working on my mac. It can trigger scripts when starting / stopping a Pomodoro. Ideally, it would integrate with time tracking tools such as paymo or ...