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Chrome extension to delay web page loading

I am looking for a chrome app that can delay web page loading by, say, 15 seconds or so, but only for specific pages. The idea is that this will reduce my incentive to browse productivity-reducing ...
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Android (and Windows) to-do list with syncing?

I am looking for an Android to-do list that would be compatible with both phones and tablets. Must have features Ability to maintain multiple distinct lists (such as one for personal and work items) ...
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Web blocker for Windows, to avoid procrastination?

Can you recommend me a web blocker for Windows 7? I want it to avoid procrastination surfing for the web, but at the same time I need to block only some websites, not all and for some hours. For ...
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Meme blocker for Google Chrome

I am looking for a Google Chrome extension that can block meme pictures. Examples: It should work with Windows 7, if OS-dependent. Gratis is better.
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IFTTT for offline use

I am looking for a tool that would make my office life a bit easier. While I don't really like the online-ness of IFTTT (and I am not allowed to use it in the office anyway), from what I read and ...
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Cafe, library ambience noise generator

I've been looking into the benefits of white/ambient noise on studying lately, and I think it's best to put on some cafe, busy library, study place ambient noise (with people talking in the background)...
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Application to avoid me waiting in call centre phone queue

I am looking for an Android or iOS application that could wait for me when I have to go through a call centre phone queue (typically when trying to reach a customer service, which can take one hour or ...
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How to block websites for some time of the day (e.g. 9am-6pm) for productivity?

I would like to have an application that blocks access to some websites like Facebook and Quora for some time of the day (e.g. 9am - 6pm) for certain days (monday - friday). This "blocking" does not ...
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App or extension that creates a time delay for visiting distracting sites?

There are many desktop apps and browser extensions that block access to distracting sites, either at all times or during certain times, or that limit access to such sites to no more than some number ...
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Something like issue tracking system for family projects

Sometimes my wife and I keep a google doc going for ongoing projects that require a lot of phone calls, updates, information tracking, links, etc. Examples would be arranging services and activities ...
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Chrome addon to open link in new tab to the right of the current tab

Using Chrome, we can open links in new tabs either via CtrlClick or Right-clickOpen link in new tab: The new tab is not guaranteed to open to the immediate right-hand side of the parent tab. For ...
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Getting Things Done (GTD) web or cross-platform app

I'm looking for a Getting Things Done type application with some scheduling capabilities. Here are the features I need: ability to automatically reschedule a task either from the last time it was ...
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Pomodoro technique timer/assistant for Windows

I would like to find good tool for Pomodoro technique for Windows. Requested features: supports short and long breaks good if NOT forcing user into single fixed scheme of breaks (3 short, 1 long) ...
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Automated screen pause reminder

Do you know of an existing application (e.g. for android) that automatically monitors how long you've been staring at your screen and suggests you to pause after a while ? Pause reminder apps are ...
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Offline calendar for Android with at least basic functionality

I am looking for a recommendation for an Android calendar app that includes some essential features. The catch is that I need it to work with offline calendars. Offline calendars are Android ...
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Timer GUI utility

I'm looking for a GUI utility which you can use to set a timer to go off after a fixed amount of time. When it goes off there some sort of strong visual notification. Required features: Works on ...
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Equivalent of Leechblock for Android

Leechblock is a tool that allows to block distracting sites. Unfortunately it is not available for Android. I am looking for any tool for Android - it may be a special browser, it may be a browser + ...
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One-tap audio note file that sends to email

It often happens that I want to take a quick note to self when I have my phone, so I won't forget something, but I want to do it as quickly as possible because I'm in the middle of something else. ...
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Digital whiteboard software?

I'm having issues keeping things organized. I have notebooks, calendar reminders, etc, but none of them do me any good, because if I am not looking at them, I kind of forget about them. What I ...
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Search and click any textual button in Microsoft Windows

I am looking for a program that can search for and activate any visible button with a text for the frontmost application. It should work on Microsoft Windows. Gratis is preferable. On Mac OS X 10.10 ...
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Browser extension that can play YouTube videos faster than x2

I am looking for a browser extension that can play YouTube videos faster than x2 in the browser, and if possible, work with Google Chrome and Windows 7.
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Keyboard abbreviation / auto complete

I own a license for SmartAssist. It was implemented 2002 by Thorsten Schleinzer (author of Lion and LingoClick), but was never released to the public and stopped after the beta. I still have the ...
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Mobile apps to track how much time a user spend using different apps on a mobile phone

The idea is similar to the social networking site Wakoopa, which was a software usage tracking tool for the desktop but has since been closed. ManicTime is another time tracking software for desktop, ...
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Task management, reminder, or todo software with repeating reminders

Example scenario: I assign some tasks to my kids (who also have access to the software). Maybe a few weekly tasks like clean your room, and a daily task like complete your homework. If they don’t ...
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Progress tracker with calender

I need to track my daily tasks. The plan is I'd list my tasks which I plan to do daily for a month and mark each date when I finish a task. For example, I might have these tasks Learn new ...
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Looking for a software to optimize production in a cafe

EDIT: Producing using Lean approach - that is on demand - is not feasible for us currently for number of reasons,e.g. employees apart from producing batches need to do other duties. We have a small ...
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Free lightweight to do list/organizer with task priority

I would like to find, and ultimately use, a free software for managing my daily tasks. It could be a Windows or Web based utility, with the constraint that if it's a Windows application I'd like to ...
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Highlight mouse position on OS X

I often lose track of the location of the cursor when I bring my attention to something off-screen (a book, a mobile device, etc). Since I have a big display, moving the mouse a little won't do the ...
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Are there specific tools for drawing UML diagrams?

Related to this question, but different because that question is 8 years out of date. I draw UML diagrams by hand or on PowerPoint, but they quickly become messy as I develop them. Are there any ...
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Roll Call software system

I am in a university, and roll call can take 15 minutes at every class sometimes, so I was looking for roll call software. Requirements: Check all students from a data list Make a list of students ...
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IDE-like software for writing plain-English documents

I am looking for a software to write documents with features similar to IDEs for developers, but that would be optimized for writing documents in plain English. For instance: Completion: if I start ...
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Advanced and automated tab management

I am looking for a tool which will help with tab and task management. I am a tab hoarder and often end up with 100-200 tabs before giving up and starting over. My request is for a tool which will do ...
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Delay notifications for a productive day

I'm looking for an app to delay my Android notifications, and make them all pop together every X minutes. Mobile apps try to get as much attention as possible by popping notifications right away. ...
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Launching macros from second keyboard

I have two keyboards connected to my computer. I am looking for a program that allows to launch macros by pressing keys on my second keyboard (but pressing the same keys on my first keyboard shouldn't ...
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Auto-completing words on Microsoft Windows

I am looking for a program running on Microsoft Windows that allows the user to auto-complete words in any program. For example, if the user types soft, the program could suggest software or soften ...
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Client Communication Tools For Web Dev/Design Projects

This is in regards usually to the rounds of revisions or edits that come during or post-production of a web project. Most projects do not have many rounds of this because we are very thorough in ...
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Block self from reopening timewasting sites for X minutes after they were closed

I am looking for a browser add-on along the lines of Leechblock, to give a timeout from "timewasting" sites (e.g. Facebook, recreational parts of Stack Exchange etc.) for an adjustable amount of time ...
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Habit tracking app that supports weekly time-based goals

I am looking for a goal resp. habit tracking (Android) app that allows for goals of the form: Run for at least 2h a week. Be on Facebook at most 3h a week. I have tried several apps, but they ...
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Expiration date reminder

I'm looking for an Android app that can remind me of the upcoming expiration dates of items such as passport, insurance, coupons, or even shelved food. Requirements: Ability to enter an item name, ...
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Browser extension for easier copy or search of selected text

Is there a Firefox or Chrome add-on/extension that automatically pops up buttons (Copy, Search) when you select text from a web page? Thus allowing you to avoid the right click button as much as you ...
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Software that locks out other software for a certain period of time

So long story short, I have ADD. Unsurprisingly, even with techniques and stuff that learned over years I get distracted very easily, very much so when I am using a computer (yay for being a comp sci ...
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Statistics about most frequent actions in Windows

I would like to optimize my use of Windows by first analyzing what I do most frequently: what programs I open, what shortcuts I use, where I click with the mouse, etc. Is there a software that ...
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String paster for Ubuntu

I'm looking for a small program that will be able to keep and paste (or replace) things I type into a GUI application (like a browser). For Example I hit a key combination Some sort of list with a ...
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Program that can automatically perform an action whenever a given window appear on my screen

I'm looking for a program that can automatically perform an action whenever a given window appear on my screen. Example 1: on Filezilla I keep having this window whenever I connected to an FTP ...
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A cheaper alternative to ManicTime (time tracking) with no online features

ManicTime is great software but it appears to me as quite costly for what it does ($70). I would gladly buy it if it was cheaper but as it stands, it's too much. What I like the most is the day by ...
Antonin Cezard's user avatar
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Firefox add-on for offline to-do list

I need a Firefox extension for offline to-do list management that is able to: add tabs (title & URL) to list add content of page (links, images) to list export list as a universal format that ...
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Airtable / Google Sheets alternatives with a chat per row

We have been using Google Sheet to keep organised when searching for a product to sell, deciding to discard or keep, the state of the product, who is leading and who is supervising... The big ...
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Habit tracker for linux

Is there a habit tracker for GNU/Linux? It should allow the user to manually record whether the habit was performed or failed at a particular time and provide habit strength statistics, so that I knew ...
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email client with snooze functionality

I'm using Thunderbird as my main mail client for years. I also use the mailmindr plugin which allows to snooze mails, but the plugin seems to not be under active development and isnt compatible to ...
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Making specific apps on my Android phone display in grayscale

I'm trying to curtail idle phone and tablet use. This article proposes making your phone boring by making it display in grayscale. Most phones (including mine) let you render everything in greyscale ...
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