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Google Reader in Netvibes – Solved

11 Dec 2007
December 11, 2007

Last January I mentioned how cool it would be to have a Google Reader module that I could add to Netvibes, my start page of choice. I’ve had some great comments on that post that have proven to be helpful.

Beej had mentioned using Bitty Browser in Netvibes to run Google Reader. I was intrigued but hadn’t ever actually tried it.

After a few more exchanges, Rob mentioned that you can add a full web page into a Netvibes tab. Bingo! There’s the answer I’d been looking for, cleverly hiding under my own nose.

This is very simple to do, here’s a quick walk through.

First, create a new tab and give it a name (I named mine GReader). Now, in the properties for that tab, set it to single column.

Setting Netvibes tab to single column

image Now, at the top right of your Netvibes page, click on the “Add Content”. Move down a bit and expand “External Widgets”. From there, you’ll click on “Web Page”. (until today I never knew that was an option!)

The rest is pretty straight forward

Click “Edit” on your new widget. Set the URL field to http://www.google.com/reader/view.

Click on “Add to My Page”.

You’ll probably want to experiment a bit with the height setting, that’s pretty dependent on your monitor resolution.

The final result is a Netvibes tab running a complete Google Reader.

Thanks Rob! Based on the options available and a bit of experimentation I do believe you’ve shown me the light on the best way to integrate two of my favorite web apps. And a big thanks to everyone else who also participated in the discussion — lots of great ideas. :-)

Google Reader in Netvibes

11 Jan 2007
January 11, 2007

I’m probably being silly… but wouldn’t it be nifty if Netvibes had a Google Reader module?

I already have all my feeds in Google Reader. I have no need or desire to see them individually in Netvibes. But I’m using Netvibes for a lot of other stuff (future post topic most likely…) and it just seems like it’d be nice if it’d at least have some simple integration. Kind of a “control panel” view of my online life.

Dreaming? Perhaps… but it’d sure be cool. For reference, I can integrate Reader at the Google personalized start page. But I can’t add multiple Gmail accounts to that one. Boo and hiss. And really, I reckon that’s my main beef.

Ideal world? A personal home page that will let me do both: Multiple Gmail accounts and simple Greader integration. Any ideas?

Task Management – Part III

30 Aug 2006
August 30, 2006

[continuing from “More Task Management” of earlier this week]

Zoho Planner logo After my testing and experimenting earlier this week, I thought that Zoho Planner was going to be just the ticket for my task management needs. Flexible, easy to use and it allowed me to lay out tasks in an outline form — my way of indicating task dependencies or sub-tasks. I eagerly spent an hour the other morning moving everything over from my wiki and started off on the project’s tasks.

When I completed the first task I realized I may have made a mistake. By the time I checked off the third task, I knew this was going to be a disaster.

You see, each time you check off a task in Zoho Planner, the task moves out of the main list down to a bottom area. Thus, I quickly had a pile of oddly indented and unrelated tasks down there just mucking up the joint. No real way to relate them back to the “section” from whence they came. Nuts.

The wiki was the closest to what I wanted, but faking the checkboxes (“[ ]”) is tedious and editing through the wiki markup is tedious on a big list. The other task management programs just didn’t really do what I want for the outline format and some also automatically shuffle closed tasks to the bottom of the list.

I should take a moment and point out that normally I’d be all about that sort of behavior. In fact, the fact that Netvibe’s task list doesn’t send completed tasks to the bottom is a bit of an annoyance! Marvel at the irony of this paragraph in the context of the rest of this article for a moment…

OneNote Extreme example Where was I? Oh yeah — the latest solution. Back to Microsoft OneNote! It easily does outlines. It easily can convert lines in the outline to proper “checkable” checkboxes. The checkboxes don’t go anywhere when checked.

See the picture to the right. See the indentation. See how not everything has to be a checkbox? I love that. Plus easy “wysiwyg” formatting and simple to use. For the moment, I’ve solved my multiple machine concerns via the wonders of the VPN between home and office. We’ll see how it works out.

Feels a bit odd to go back to a desktop based solution, but so far I just can’t seem to find what I’m after in the online world.  And to be fair, this is commercial software that I’m comparing to free online stuff…

More Task Management

28 Aug 2006
August 28, 2006

[preceding Task Management Article if you’re looking for some back story]

Still bouncing around from one task manager to the other, trying to find on that makes me feel the most in control. One of the things I finally realized I was missing was the ability to make hierarchical task lists like I used to do with OneNote [previous mentions]. I do these with projects in our development wiki, but I’m finally willing to confess that mediawiki’s wiki markup is just a big ol’ pain in the butt for this sort of thing. Editing a huge hierarchical list of tasks just to make a small update or put an x in a “[ ]” is beyond tedious.

Now, I dunno if this is the proper way to do things, but for development tasks I like to build a bit of an outline as a task list. It might start one dimensional, but as ideas pop up, or requirements are fleshed out, that list often gains a few levels. Probably not GTD approved, but it works well for me. An idea strikes, an email shows up or a phone call ends and I just pop over to the list with my new tasks, add ‘em to the proper section and get back to work, comfortable in the knowledge that I won’t forget to take care of it when the time comes. This method works very well with OneNote and can work well with a mediawiki if it doesn’t get too complex. I use too many machines right now to be buying/networking OneNote all over the place, and I already shared some thoughts on wiki formatting.

This evening I decided to have a look at a few task managers I’ve used recently or in the past and see if they could offer anything towards indents or hierarchy. Would it finish my project faster? Nope, but sure seemed more interesting and I figured an hour or two of not coding would be a welcome break.

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