Album Cover: The Future

"The maestro says it's Mozart, but it sounds like bubble gum."
Leonard Cohen / Waiting For The Miracle

Posted on October 02, 2005 6:41 PM in Miscellaneous
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If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll probably recall some of the trials and tribulations I've endured while trying to find a good way to stay organized. You'll recall how I went from tracking my To-Dos on a whiteboard to tracking them on Ta-Da. You'll then recall how I started drooling when I heard about Lightning. You might even remember how I dreamt big in terms of tracking reminders via RSS, and eventually learned of a couple potential solutions along those lines.

However, here I am half a year later and I still don't feel as organized as I want to be. I'm still sporadically using my whiteboard for short-term reminders and I hardly ever login to my Ta-Da list anymore. Oh, and Lightning still hasn't seen the light of day.

Enter ReminderFox (which I discovered via Digg tonight), a Firefox extension for tracking reminders and to-dos via the browser's chrome.

I installed the extension tonight (from Mozilla Update) and played around with it just a bit. The following is a screenshot of the extension living in my status bar:

ReminderFox Screenshot

As you can see, it is already reminding me that I have an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm to watch tonight. When there are no current reminders, all you see is the bow (or ribbon?) sitting in the status bar. I can't say I'm a big fan of the ribbon (something not so wide would be more appropriate IMO) When you hover over the bow, you are shown a tooltip-like popup that looks like the one shown over at MozDev.

I'm going to give this a try for a while and see how it works for me. The UI leaves a little to be desired, but the functionality could very well make up for that (and then some). When it comes to unsolved problems like the one I've now been dealing with for quite some time, it never hurts to have many, many options.

If only I wasn't so darn hard to please ;)


Iain McLeod on December 10, 2006 at 6:46 AM:

I have been trying Reminderfox for a few days. To-do's work well as does the alarm but I'm having problems with the Reminder functionality. It works for reminders set in the year 2007 but not for more recent reminders. I have uninstalled/reinstalled a few times each time attempting a different about:config extension value but to no avail. It did work temporarily but then died. Can any one help me on this subject please.


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