It seems that I am finding Google Calendar (currently being referred to as gCal by technopiles) an alternative to Outlook lately. Even though I wish that Google would finish up implementing some kind of syncing between gCal and Outlook already. But luckily, there’s a “hack” that helps out in that side of things. I guess its enough to hold me down for a bit till something from Google comes about.
Anyways, one of the other things that I was hoping gCal to have was a simple to-do list(s), aka. Tasks for those Outlook-oriented people. As I was Blingo-ing for an integration of some kind of to-do list with gCal, this article was on top of the list by Matias Pelenur. It does the job using JS, GM and FireFox. Although at the moment, it only saves your to-do list per GM install; locally that is, per computer. But there are a couple of workarounds that can be done to make it store to services such as Amazon S3, gCal itself, etc. as noted by Matias.
Supposedly, Google mentioned the availability of an “Account Authentication Proxy for Web Applications” feature that will be intergrated with their gCal API in late April… this past April in fact. I guess we’ll just have to wait for an update on Matias about that, or from Google regarding their own home-blended to-do list integration with gCal.
Just last week, pre-Valentine’s Day, Yahoo! shows it love to the public by launching User Interface Library and Design Patterns Library. Not to mention, the crazy cats over at the Yahoo! UI department have started a blog as well. Dang, they seem to be grinding and sharing great tools with everyone. I like that. You may read more about interesting technology via Yahoo! Developer Network.
So what can be the coolest page you have ever been to on the net? Well, its simple. The one that you just created and customized. How you may ask? Why not find out over at Protopage.
But what exactly is it?
Protopage makes it easier for you to get to your favorite web sites.
Create a page, put your links and sticky notes on it, and save it as your new browser start page.
With my experience, in the quick 10 minutes of using it, its more for those that need to easily transport their sticky notes from home to work and vice-versa. Its an alternative for those of us who don’t have time to make a personal homepage where to-do-lists, new web links and lotto numbers might reside. A cool thing about it is—its AJAXibility (just made it up, don’t wear it out).
You can change the layout of your notes; the color of your background/foreground; the image/wallpaper of your homepage; and many more. All of this in real-time. By the way, did I mention that its FREE!
The only thing that might be of a “fine-print” material would be this part (below their registration form):
We ask for your email address so that we can send your password to you if you forget it, and to send you occasional news about Protopage. We respect your privacy. You can opt out of the Protopage news emails at any time.
Otherwise, go give it a try. I’m pretty sure it’ll be of good use for those always on-the-go. As well as those who are always in need of a service that helps them manage this clutter-verb we call “web-surfing.”