Nemo Docs Shows Your Docs On A Calendar – Brilliant!

Thanks to Lifehacker for this awesome suggestion – free download Nemo Docs will show your documents on a calendar grid so that you can see what you worked on when and open them from the calendar grid. Windows and Linux only, this application can view your file folder structure on your computer and in Google Docs and maps them on a calendar. You access Nemo via button on the Windows notification bar and integrates with Windows desktop search so you can search phrases within documents via Nemo as well. It works with a broad range of file types, including Office files such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint, PDF, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, images, video files and more. You can also add labels to docs via Nemo to create another layer of organization to supplement your desktop’s structure.

I know that sometimes I think in terms of when I worked on a particular matter so tagging and viewing by date can serve as a valuable organization tool for me. Check out Nemo and see if it doesn’t fill a need for you as well.


Going Mobile? Keep Me Movin'!

Any excuse to quote a Who song. Some sobering (or exciting) numbers depending on your point of view: mobile usage and applications clearly are set to boom. Business Wire reports on a study released by ABI research that postulates mobile app downloads are expected to surpass the 44 billion mark by 2016. Android and Windows 7 are steadily gaining traction and the number of smartphone and tablet options are ever increasing. With 3 billion downloads from the Android Market and over 10 billion from Apple’s App Store, we are well on our way to ditching traditional software / hardware systems for specialized, single use apps in an ever-changing, infinitely customizable format. Apps are easy to install and use and then uninstall when no longer useful. Developers that aid users in finding the gems amongst the hundreds of thousands of options will hold a special place in users’ hearts.

Apps are being used to generate revenue in and of themselves, as well as promote other business interests, services and networks. Ignore the huge demand for mobile tools at your peril – people everywhere are going mobile!

Image courtesy of the atlantic.

A Student Organizer That's Not Just For Students

If you are trying to get organized in the New Year, check out this tool from a (somewhat) unlikely source. Student Dog Organizer is a virtual organizer for students, created by a student. It’s a download, but you might want to make some space for this one on your Windows-based system. From their site:

  • Denní přehledDay overview – Date, database state, clock (analog/digital). If you go to school with laptop, you will appreciate “In-school” mode, which will determinate upcoming lesson, when it ends and what lesson is next. It uses system time and timetable.
  • KontaktyContacts – Controlls all your important contacts. It can import contacts from MS Outlook and functions like age counting, automatic determination of name day or reminding of birthdays and name days are not missing.
  • KalendářCalendar – Here you can record all you school and non-school activities. Every record can be marked with different icon (phone, book, person…), you can also choose if you want to enter time and if record should occurs more than once (weekly, monthly etc.)
  • ÚlohyTasks – Classic checking tasks which can be stored in user defined categories (Homeworks, Shopping list, Downloads, Borrows etc.)
  • ZnámkyMarks – Virtual student sheet which automatically counts averages/sums of your marks. It’s a table of subjects and every subject can contain marks. Subject list can be modified so it fits to all kinds of schools. It supports Marks (ABCDF, 1-5, 1-6), Percents and Points.
  • PoznámkyNotes – This category keeps all your important texts, notes from speeches and ideas in one place. It supports inserting WWW links and images and you can choose different editors.
  • Time table – Your time table. If “In-school” mode is on, here’s the place from where program determinates information in Overview. It supports 2 time tables for even/odd weeks (on/off) and lesson times are changeable. Supports university timetable.

Maybe because it is student designed and targeted, the interface is clean and simple, yet very effective. It offers a dashboard-like view of several different organizational tools accessible within the program. The overview includes the Date, database state, clock (analog/digital), upcoming calendar events, tips and quick access to the other functions. Oh, and don’t be troubled by the language in the image – it comes in English too.

Those other functions include the full calendar, your Contacts importable from MS Outlook and birthdays, Tasks that can be categorized, Notes with support for links and images, and a Time table mode, with support for two separate time tables. There is also a Marks function, which allows you to record grades, which may not be so useful for the graduated professional. Notes can be organized via category, which allows for sorting and tagging. You can also categorize and icon-ize Tasks, in much the same way as Notes. Timetable offers a great visualization of your day – if you use the College format, you can pretty much set and organize your schedule freely.

Best of all, it’s free.

If you are an organizational junkie, it might be in your interest to check out Student DOG Organizer – it is a great implementation of features for an even better price.

More Patents & Trademarks Than You Can Shake A Stick At

Have a need for all the patent and trademark information you can handle? Have no money to spend? Don’t worry, Google and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have you covered. Available for free download are ten (count them) terabytes of patent and trademark information courtesy of the Goog and USPTO (link here). Right now, this includes all granted patents and trademarks, and published applications, both full text and images. Google and the USPTO are planning to make available in the future additional data, such as file histories and related information.

What can you do with this data? Well, if you are clever, you can track trends and apply interesting filters to cull out the data behind the data. And with a free download, it sure beats waiting for the USPTO to ship it to you via DVD or other hard media. Nicely done, boys. Read the full story on the Google Public Policy Blog here.