Easy tutorial to send email through Gmail with sSMTP

Every now and then I install a fresh install of Linux Mint, I always forget at least one program or utility. And that tends to be an smtp server. I’ve used Postfix in the past, but I find sSMTP to be a lot easier, and less resource intensive.

I use GMail, both for incoming and outgoing email. I can never remember exactly how to configure sSMTP to work with GMail. Fortunately, Mark Sanborn did it for me!

Send Mail with Gmail and sSMTP, via nixtutor.

Zotero | Home

Eight days ago, I had no idea what Zotero was. Now it is an integral part of my life. First, a description:

A personal research assistant.Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content and adds it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you’re searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites.

Aside from blog posts, I had never really had a reason to do a lot of research. Hence my complete ignorance of this extension. Now, however, I am working on graduate courses, and research is mandatory. A lot of research, including a lot of resources from a lot of different sources.

Enter Zotero. Zotero makes it surprisingly easy to add a source to your personal research library. You can then add citations to a document (using flawless plugins for LibreOffice and Word) with a couple of clicks.

Then there’s Zotero’s jaw-dropping killer feature: bibliography, generated with a single mouse click. The¬†bibliography¬†is output in the format you require (in my case, APA). All text is formatted appropriately – including italics and underlining – and all fields are put in the correct order with correct punctuation.

This is basically a researchers perfect tool.

Zotero used to be a Firefox extension with the word processing plugins. The newest version – Zotero 3.0 beta – was released recently, however, and the game has changed. Zotero itself is now a stand-alone app, avaialbe for Linux, Windows and MacOS. There are connectors for various web browsers, including Google Chrome. And there are the word processor plugins.

If you are doing any type of research that requires keeping track of sources and citing them in documents, you need this application. Trust me on this one. Get it. Now!

via Zotero | Home.

Got To Do for Android dead?

Got To Do logoHow do you know an app is well-written, stable and useful? When you don’t know for 5 months that the publisher shut things down! I loves me some Got To Do, the wonderful ToDo app for Android which is based on the GTD method. It integrates perfectly with Toodledo, which means that I can keep my todo list synchronized anywhere that has web access, as well as on my phone. It’s a perfect solution for my needs!

I upgraded to version 1.4.1 when it came out in February of this year (2011) and have had no issues. Everything is seamless. It didn’t even occur to me that it had been a while since the app was updated.

I am on the email list for Pure Calendar, since I switch between using it and the Android Agenda Widget. Today (8/17/2011) I got an email on the list about Toodledo integration. The email said that this was a highly requested feature, since Got To Do is no more. My reaction was: Wait now, what?

I went directly to the Got To Do website, of course. And sure enough, there was the project shutdown announcement posted on 3/17/11:

increased workload for the following few years. For this reason, I have had to make the decision to stop developing Got To Do, to concentrate all my efforts and hours on my new role.

Well, I’ll be damned! My absolute favorite To Do app, and a key part of my PIM suite, is gone! What’s a fella to do?

To answer my own question: I’m sticking with Got To Do 1.4.1 until it stops working. After that, I dunno. Maybe there’ll be a native Toodledo app by then. Or AAW will have direct Toodledo integration.

What’s your opinion? What are you going to do?

Profile picI am a 40-ish uber-geek, Daoist and family man. Blessed to have one incredible wife and three wonderful kiddos. Dao has been kind to me.

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