Thinkery: Helps You Manage Your Life if You Live On the Web

Thinkery

I’ve been looking for an app which could handle snippets of information. I’m a heavy Evernote user, but I don’t want my account cluttered with ephemeral stuff — quick notes to myself, bookmarks for an article I’m researching and will never use again once the article’s done, links to videos… I’ve got thousands of notes in Evernote already. If I persist in filling it with ephemera, it makes important stuff harder to find.

Over the past year, I’ve tried several apps which live in the Mac OS X menu bar, but that’s packed already. Besides, none of them measured up.

A friend recommended Thinkery, a Web app.

On the app’s site, this resonated with me, thinkery.me:

* “Tired of spending more time organising your todo list than actually doing it? #yeah

* Sitting in the office and don’t want to spam your private mail account with cool links, videos, images, etc.? #hellyeah

* Don’t have time to watch a video, find a song or read an article right now? Want to read it later? #f*ckyeah”

Yes, to all of the above. :-)

After using it for a few hours, here’s what I like most, a single field for both entries and search:

Query

This makes it amazingly simple just to dump stuff in Thinkery.

I’ve no idea whether I’ll keep using it long-term. However, it’s got a bookmarklet so you can enter stuff at a click, plus keyboard shortcuts; both features help save time. (And deleting stuff is easy.)

If you’re looking for lots of documentation, you’re out of luck. However, there’s a Thinkery Blog which gets you up to speed.

Check out the Tools page for bookmarklets for both desktop and mobile browsers.

Productivity: Who Knew Dropbox Could Do So Much?

Send To Dropbox

Dropbox is a digital life-saver. I’ve been using it for years, but last year I started to depend on it when the hard drive in my primary Mac died. Not only did it die, but the TWO backup systems I had died too.

That made my nervous. Luckily, most of the data on the dead drive was (expensively) saved, but after that, Dropbox became essential to me. I have backups systems, but now I also save all in-progress files to Dropbox. The files are available to me everywhere, on every device.

Since Dropbox is so popular, there are many apps which work with it, to do almost everything you’d ever want to do.

Send To Dropbox is my favorite. From 20+ Tools To Supercharge Your Dropbox:

Send To Dropbox

This is a free service that allows you to save your email attachments directly to your Dropbox. You do this by sending (or forwarding) the email with attachments to a unique email address provided by the website. The attachments are then automatically saved to your Dropbox in a matter of minutes.

Check out the article, it contains tools which may make your life easier. You can even host websites on your Dropbox account.

If you’re on a Mac, you’ll enjoy this article, 62 things you can do with Dropbox, particularly if you use Windows at work:

If you use both Macs and Windows PCs (whether they’re in the same location or in different places), you can access files stored in Dropbox from all of them. That doesn’t apply to data alone: Some cross-platform apps use the same format for their settings files on both Macs and PCs; Mozilla’s Thunderbird email apps is just one example.

I use Hazel to automate sending copies of my work-in-progress files to Dropbox. I’m sure there’s something similar to Hazel if you’re on a Windows machine.

The biggest compliment I can give Dropbox is that it’s unobtrusive; it’s just there. I happily pay for the premium account, just for peace of mind.