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I use Tomighty, because: It is not a heavy Adobe AIR-based application, It has a nice UI, it reminds me the simplicity of a Pomodoro application on Mac OS X, Open source and written in Java, It places itself in the tray. If you need just a timer without any fireworks (task lists and other distractions), go for Tomighty.


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Text files are future proof. They will always work. Grep is your friend. See also TODO.txt. ASCII is the new PDF! - Cory Doctorow


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Like first post said, the only future-proof technology is the ASCII (or UTF-8) text file. However, you will soon find yourself wanting more. Amongst many others, I have made substantial use of the following knowledgebase systems. Presenting in chronological order of when I started using it and how much I've written in it: Freemind (200,000+ words): ...


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I use Pomodorium - because it's a pomodoro timer with an RPG-like game, and you get 'golds' for poms. Pomodorium is an Adobe AIR application and requires Adobe Air to run. It runs OK on computers with 1 G RAM or more. I like this timer, because it has a game inside and for every completed pomodoros you: get 'gold' and there is game character - you ...


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Pomodairo A very user-friendly application designed for Pomodoro users. Technical Features: Freeware AIR application Mini version. Statistics (beta) Pomodoro Features Always on top [on/off] Ticking sounds [on/off] Task list. Intervals. Once the timer reaches zero it starts counting the break time. Estimated Pomodoros. It will be displayed right ...


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If you are a real hacker you can have one on the command line: #!/usr/bin/env ruby STDOUT.sync = true seconds = ARGV[0].to_i * 60 seconds.times do print "." sleep 1 end system "tput bel"


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I use Dropbox for a long time and I am very happy with it. I follow the following process: I've Dropbox installed and all my projects are in the Dropbox folder, so they are synchronized. If I don't have Dropbox installed, I use a web browser to upload or download my files. The nice thing with Dropbox is that you can access your files everywhere. You don't ...


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From experience, opening a new programming book is always exciting. I start reading (even the dedication, acknowledgements etc.), but gradually loose the vibe and get tired. Here are a few concepts that help me carry on: Divide and Conquer - in programming (and GTD), D&C is dividing a complex task into simpler ones that can be more easily tackled. Plan ...


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I use pomodoro.app for OS X (note: the website is broken, but you can get the source from GitHub if you are comfortable building it yourself). I like its clean interface and Growl integration.


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I use http://tomatoi.st/. It's a web site and is dead simple. You can run the timer, register breaks, and it makes a ding at the end. ;-) It also records your previous runs, so you can get a history. It doesn't do any task tracking, but you asked for a timer.


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I started building a while ago a personal knowledge base (kb) with similiar requirements and concerns as yours. After considering a lot of different choices, finally settled with a mediawiki installation and haven't regretted since. I'll fundament my choice considering your requirements. future-proof In my point of view, building and practical, ...


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Several factors impact the effectiveness of task-management tools for your circumstances. The features that you need, and which of their qualities are of most importance to you, are heavily dependent on your circumstances and the tasks you're looking to manage with said software. Issues related to your circumstances include: Workgroup involvement Number ...


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I use Pomodroido on my phone for whenever I am doing the technique. Advantages: Use on the phone makes it platform-independent. Timer is separate from whatever you're doing and cannot get in the way. Keeps track of how many you have done today or this week. Very simple start / stop interface. Wakes screen up when timer is complete. Can leave a note ...


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The timer I use on Windows is Pomodoro Timer at http://sourceforge.net/projects/pomodorotimer/. It requires .NET 2.0, which is available on most recent versions of Windows.


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There is Pizza Timer on Windows. Have you ever put a frozen Pizza into the oven, and then left for the TV or computer. 20 minutes later, you are totally caught by the movie, a video game, or by some interesting website. You forget about your dish just for a minute too long, and what's left is a dark brown piece of waste. This small tool is very ...


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RescueTime is the best. It offers both a free version that is very good and an even better paid one.


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ManicTime is a time tracking application that allows you to collect your time spent, use it to denote what you spent your time on and analyze where you spent your time. This allows you track your tasks, and more than that if you feel it could be useful in other parts of your life. Auto tracking of computer usage Manictime sits in the background and ...


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An often overlooked aspect is that such software should be lightweight, simple and fast. If the software requires a lot of interactivity, it is going to distract you from your real work. Simplicity helps.


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Since text is a popular answer for this question, I would suggest Emacs, with Org-Mode. It also uses plain text as it's backend but has a lot of features. Links, tags, todo lists, time tracking, tables, basic spreadsheets, publishing/exporting to html and or pdf and support for referencing and embedding source code. Synchronyzing Org-Mode's text files with ...


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PomodoroApp is a solution integrated GTD, you can plan your daily work and track with Pomodoro Technique. It has a free plan and premium plan.


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I have been using KanBanFlow - I like that it's a web app - nothing to install and runs anywhere; it also has a nice, clean list manager UI. The Pomodoro timer is simple, but works fine.


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There's also ManicTime. It's great... and free.


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This might seem a little old-school, but especially due to my multi-tasking nature, I find it handy ( and sanity-preserving :c) ) to keep a simple text file saved on my desktop to keep track of websites I am currently using/investigating. The problem I think you are asking about is... how do I track where I am in a huge amount of text on one webpage. If ...


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Software which best and most nearest to Sapience is Rescue time - The free version does everything you need. It's intended use case is to see how productive you are being, and with pro to remind you to stay on task, as opposed to monitoring as you require, so it probably won't be ideal. [Edit: I personally use it to see how productive I'm being, and like ...


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I would avoid file type specific version control systems as having to look in too many places would not help your situation. For that reason I would recommend moving from SVN to Git for the repository for a few reasons. I know that would not be an easy task but keep reading for my reasoning. Git treats all file types the same (text, binary, etc.) Content ...


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Evernote (http://evernote.com) can do what you're looking for, and more. It's cloud based and platform independent. You can attach an unlimited number (as far as I know) of tags to an item. You can create a tag hierarchy if you want to, although hierarchical retrieval isn't Evernote's strength. It will hold all the data types you mention.


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There are 2 ways to do this: choose a solution that will last forever accept that you will need to do a conversion every 5-10 years The first will probably have a much lower functionality than the second. Choose a solution that works best for you now. Make sure that it has "export information" functionality, that you can use when converting to next ...


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Emacs org-mode is probably the way to go. It's everything and the kitchen sink, including: Stores all data in 100% future-proof plain text files Allows easy manipulation, linking, and sorting of text. Emacs is cross-platform, so put your org files in a dropbox folder and work on them everywhere. Runs locally, so you don't need a server running php as with ...


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http://www.pomodorohelper.com has a real simple sign up, runs in a plain (I think!) browser and also keeps track of the projects/todos. I used it t'other day, it's simple and it works on any machine I might be sat at without needing an install.



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