Things to Do: Plain Simple Task List on Chrome New Tab Page

The featured extension today is extremely simple.  It is a handy tool that helps Chrome user to remember important things and enhance productivity.

Things to Do - Chrome Extension

Have you ever thought that the new tab page in Chrome (i.e. the page that opens when a new tab is opened) is not quite useful?  For many people who do not install many web apps, the new tab page does not do much other than a decent bookmarks page.  The developer of “Things to Do” came up with a better use of this page, i.e. to display you to do list.

Probably since the only function of this extension is productivity enhancement, the developer removed everything that may get your attention distracted.  After installing Things to Do, the only thin you see is a pure text page in white background and black text.  You could customize the look and feel by changing the width and text color, if you do wish to add a little personal touch to it.

Using this extension is extremely easy, just enter the task name in the empty box and hit enter.  As the list grows, you can re-order the items by dragging and dropping.  Deleting an item is as simple as clicking the red cross on the right end.

If you need something simple and effective, Things to Do is a great choice.  However, if you are a frequent web app user and would prefer having the web app icons right in front of you every time you open a new tab, this extension does not help.


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Geo Notepad – Location-based Popup Notification

If you need to carry your notebook computer to work here and there, today’s featured Chrome web app is your good friend.


Geo Notepad – Geo-based Reminder

With this app, you can pre-define a number of locations and the reminder / message to display.  This web app uses Chrome to track your location.

Geo Notepad - Chrome Web App

Image source: Lifehacker

Whenever you arrive at your pre-defined locations, the corresponding reminder / message would pop up.  The app requires a WiFi connection to function.

How could you use this app?  You may set a reminder to call your client when you back to the office, or pop up a message when you back from the lecture hall to the dorm.

This kind of app is quite popular in smartphones, but now with Geo Notepad you could do the same in your computer.  Try it here:


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Official site: – Productivity Web App Using a Tomato

Last year I introduced ChromoDoro, a Chorme extension that enhances your productivity using the pomodoro technique.  This system suggests that human’s productivity drop after a certain period of time.  By breaking down a big task into smaller ones, complete them one by one with short breaks in between, we maintain high productivity.

Today I am going to introduce a web app that does the time tracing for you.  It is not a browser-specific extension / add-on, as long as you use a modern browser you can fire it up.  If you use Google Chrome, there is a Chrome web app which is basically equal to a bookmark. – Web App Employing Pomodoro Technique

This web app cannot be simpler.  There is a logo on top, a timer and four buttons beneath.  Simply click the Pomodoro button, the timer starts to count down 25 minutes, the time span suggested by the Pomodoro system.  Try to complete one task in 25 minutes without getting distracted by other stuff.  When the time comes, this web app tells you that this session ends, you can start a short break of 5 minutes before starting another 25-minute session.  After a few sessions, you can take a long break of 15 minutes instead of 5 minutes.

I am a user of Pomodoro techniques, I have android app as well as Chrome extension serving this function.  This web app gives yet another choice to manage my time, so I highly recommend it to all people who look for effective methods to increase productivity.


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Conceptboard – Multi-user Moodboard With File Sharing and Screenshot

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Conceptboard is an online working space to collaborate with colleagues.  It gives me the impression of a mood board (frequently used by designers) that could be accessed realtime by multiple users.


Conceptboard – Online Working Space for Multi-users

Conceptboard has a free option that you can use to create up to 25 boards.  You can register for a free account, or you can use your social network account.

Conceptboard - Registration

Simply type in the board’s name to create it.  At this point you can also enter the email addresses of your co-workers to invite them to join.

Conceptboard - create new board

Just like the online whiteboard I introduced last week, you can freely draw on the conceptboard.  But there’s more.  You can paste images onto the board by uploading form your computer.  You can also capture screenshot and upload instantly.  Users can leave comments and read other’s comments.

Test - Conceptboard

What really impressed me is the ability to upload documents.  The files uploaded could be downloaded in their original form (for paid users only).  And the board could be exported as PDF or image file.

How to use Conceptboard?  For example, web designers could use it as a mood board to share sample images and discuss different combinations.  Programmers can exchange ideas and review user interface design with co-workers.



Recently I’m starting to work with people in other countries in my fulltime job.  There are many different tools I tried, Conceptboard is in general an easy-to-use tool.  If you need to work with other people online, you should give it a try.


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