NoteCase: Simple Hierarchical Note-Taking Application

NoteCase is a hierarchical note-taking application. It’s amazingly similar to Gjots2, but it seems Gjots2 has a bit more features.

NoteCase doesn’t support formatting nor hyperlinking. You can use it to make outlines, but perhaps nothing more.

My take? I prefer Tomboy. 🙂

Update: The version I reviewed is an old version that’s unfortunately bundled with the latest Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn as of this writing. The latest version (including 1.5.8 and later) supports formatting, hyperlinks, attachments, and more features. NoteCase Pro, a commercial version is also available with even more goodies!

Situs Resmi Ruby Indonesia Launching… in Beta!

Entah kenapa kita (kita?) tuh so excited banget punya situs resmi Ruby yang pake bahasa Indonesia.

Tapi kenyataannya, kita (bangsa Indonesia) punya: (via Bapak Mandor)

Situs ini masih dalam tahap final review, tapi Anda sudah dapat melihatnya di sini.

Pengerjaan situs resmi Ruby Indonesia dilakukan oleh Yohanes Santoso, Arie Kusuma Atmaja, dan saya sendiri, beserta bantuan rekan-rekan dari komunitas Ruby Indonesia yang tergabung dalam milis id-ruby.

Bagi yang berminat berdiskusi tentang Ruby atau mempunyai pertanyaan, uneg-uneg, dan sebagainya, undangan untuk bergabung dengan komunitas Ruby sangat terbuka lebar. 🙂

Cheers! 😉

GNOME Commander: Two-pane GUI File Manager

GNOME Commander is a fast and powerful graphical file manager for the Gnome desktop environment, it has a “two-pane” interface in the tradition of Norton and Midnight Commander.

I’m sure it’s quite powerful, but as you can see in the screenshot, in the theme that I use for GNOME, GNOME Commander displays some very oversized icons that practically takes the only screenspace available. Which truly puts me off. It isn’t all GNOME Commander’s fault, I think I can just change to a different theme and it won’t have this issue. But it’s definitely not the icon theme’s fault either.

In this light, I do prefer Krusader more, even when working on GNOME. Krusader has a lot more features upon first impression, although some may complain it’s a bit slow. I like the multi-renamer tool on GNOME Commander a bit better tough, since it supports like ID3 and EXIF by default, while Krusader/KRename needs extra plugins (which I’m not sure exists) for those.

Krusader: Powerful Twin-Panel File Manager

Krusader is a simple, easy, powerful, twin-panel (commander-style) file manager for KDE and other desktops, similar to Midnight Commander or Total Commander.

It provides all the file management features you could possibly want.

Plus: extensive archive handling, mounted filesystem support, FTP, advanced search module, viewer/editor, directory synchronisation, file content comparisons, powerful batch renaming and much much more.

It supports archive formats: ace, arj, bzip2, deb, iso, lha, rar, rpm, tar, zip and 7-zip.

It handles KIOSlaves such as smb:// or fish://.

Almost completely customizable, Krusader is very user friendly, fast and looks great on your desktop.

In comparison to GNOME Commander, I think Krusader definitely wins by a lot of points. I like GNOME Commander’s multi-renaming tool a little bit better than Krusader/KRename because GNOME Commander’s by default supports more built-in metadata standards like EXIF and ID3.

The features in Krusader are very much like Total Commander (on Windows) and not only that, they look and laid out in a very similar way too. I’m not really sure if this type of UI is the best UI in the world (that virtually almost everybody is cloning), but it seems to be quite efficient in screenspace usage. And when speaking of features, well, Krusader is probably more powerful than you can ask. 🙂

File-Roller: Zip/Compressed Archive Management

File Roller is the default Zip/Compressed Archive management tool on Ubuntu.

The UI is clean and to-the-point. The features are sufficient for most day-to-day use, but for anything more advanced, I guess you’ll need to use the command line or other tool.

To be honest I haven’t yet seen an advanced enough GUI for compression purposes on Linux, perhaps like WinRAR in Windows.

For alternatives, Kubuntu’s default is Ark, which is okay, and I think is comparable to File Roller in many ways. Xarchiver is also available (GTK2), and is somewhat similar to File Roller. These applications just work and there aren’t too many bells and whistles to expect.

Gjots2: Notetaking Application for Linux

GJots2 is a notetaking application for Linux. You can use it on Ubuntu simply by installing the package called gjots2 using Synaptic (Ubuntu) or Adept (Kubuntu).

Among the other notetaking applications that I’ve tried (Tomboy, KJots, KNotes, …), GJots2 seems to be among the more advanced ones, with its distinctive ability to structure notes hierarchically.

Also a useful feature for some people is the ability to edit your note in an external editor, probably vim or Kate…

I’m not really sure how to link among note pages in Gjots2, as I can easily do in Tomboy… If I can’t do this, then not much of a point taking notes (at least for me).

In the end, I still like Tomboy more, especially for its text formatting features, quick search and quick linking, and it stays on the tray. 🙂

Drivel: Blogging Client for Linux

Drivel has pretty good features, support for several blogging platform standards including Movable Type / WordPress, LiveJournal, and Blogger 1.0 & 2.0 (Atom). The user interface is clean and simple but has decent formatting features.

It doesn’t show WYSIWYG but uses syntax-highlighted HTML instead. This isn’t always a bad thing, as it means you’ll always be able to hand-edit your post. But beginner users that don’t want to know HTML may need to adjust themselves a bit.

I think there aren’t much good (and advanced) blogging clients for Linux and Drivel is really a nice one. If you’re looking for more features you may want to try ScribeFire (Firefox extension). Though ScribeFire has some formatting issues, and it’s a Firefox extension which can be both good and bad thing, but most importantly it works (and incredibly well.)