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Remembering things is harder than ever. Stuff to do, links to refer, ideas to develop, articles to read, videos to watch – there is just way too much stuff online to keep track of. We definitely need a digital assistant to track all that stuff for us. thinkery helps you focus on the important things and lets you access tons of information in an instant.

thinkery is a web app that helps users organize their thoughts, ideas, URLs and lists. The app lets you save todo lists, bookmarks, creative ideas and more. Is it actually capable of being your extended brain on steroids as the developers claim? Let’s go check it out.

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It’s no secret; I’m a fan of ZURB’s work. Their latest? StrikeApp. This particular app makes it easier than ever to create, share and collaborate on lists, all without ever signing up or handing over any “required” information. Let’s jump over there and take a look at ways you can use StrikeApp.

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We do get a lot of email these days. I am not talking about spam – clean, legitimate emails from people we know and do business with. Leave it unattended for a couple of days, your email inbox will look like a war zone with the causalities being your productivity and reputation. Besides, it has become a fashion to complain about email overload.

For those who are really serious about clearing out their inbox and get things done, there are some great apps to lend a helping hand. Email Game is one such app and is a new way to read and respond to email.

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Have you ever wanted to access all of your files from anywhere, without having to store all of your data online? Online storage tools like Dropbox are incredibly useful, but you likely can’t fit all of your files in your Dropbox. Then, what if you want to stream your music to your work computer without downloading it all? The cloud is great, but sometimes it seems like it’s more trouble than it’s worth when you’re waiting for files to upload and sync.

Today we’re going to look at a way you can run your own cloud from your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. Setting up web servers and file sharing systems can be hideously difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing, but there’s an exciting free app that makes it all as simple as a couple clicks. Let’s see how you can run your own personal cloud with Tonido.

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For years I’ve followed the traditional method of creating to-do lists; adding an item, setting a due date/time and striking it off once the task is done. Rinse & repeat. Sure, the sheer satisfaction of striking off even the smallest item on the list drove me to stop procrastinating and get things done. The one thing I’ve often struggled with though, is in making sense of my entire task list as a whole. No matter how much I try to categorize it with folders and tags, they feel like detached units that I need to spend a lot of energy making collective sense of.

Online tools like Remember the Milk, Google Tasks and TeuxDeux, try to make things easier with e-mail integration, smart search and folders, or dead simple, lightning fast interfaces. But the inherent problem of a scattered, fragmented list of tasks that do not have an inherent hierarchy remains. Meta information like due dates and priorities are assigned to individual tasks, but what happens when a bunch of them have related properties?

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Task management is a vital component of Getting Things Done and high productivity. A key to better task management is a tool that can help create, manage and remind you about tasks in a streamlined manner. Now that we’re used to working at multiple workstations and using smartphones, the solution should be available across multiple platforms.

Producteev is an interesting task management solution that is primarily a web app, making it accessible pretty much anywhere there’s an internet connection. Tasks can be created by firing up an email and alerts are dispensed via popular instant messengers ensuring that deadlines are not missed. We’ll take a look at using Producteev after the break.

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Some of the best apps are ones developed when a real problem needs a real solution, the solution is developed and the developers of the solution later on realize their solution would be very helpful for other people with the same problem. You might think most apps are created this way, but that’s not the case.

Stacks, a group task management app, was first internally developed to solve a problem. Once its creators had used it for awhile, they realized it was something that could be greatly beneficial to others and turned it into a public web app.

Read on to see how Stacks can help your group or team better manage tasks.

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I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I’ve needed to be able to easily share my screen or see someone else’s, whether it was for collaboration reasons or simply being the IT guy for family. dimdim gives you the ability to quickly and easily share your screen, collaborate with others and much more.

I’ll take a look at dimdim and how to quickly setup screen sharing for collaboration or other reasons, with a screencast preview.

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We’re all pretty much familiar with RSS feeds and most of us probably already use an online reader (or desktop reader). However, there are situations when using an RSS reader just isn’t ideal and email subscription isn’t offered. Feed My Inbox has the solution, allowing you to subscribe via RSS and have those feeds delivered via email either in real-time or on a set schedule.

Feed My Inbox provides solutions to many problems, which we’ll walk through in this how-to.

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Now that Twitter has reached an age of maturity, it’s being used for more than just micro-blogging. More recently, Twitter is being used for more unconventional tasks such as task management. todoTweet takes the micro-blogging platform a step further to accomplish this so you can accomplish your day-to-day tasks.

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