Currency conversion in autoConvert

Currency conversion in autoConvert seems to have stopped working.

It appears that the (free) API that the extension uses to fetch currency rates was removed. This has broken currency conversion.

I’ll try and look for a new (free) currency rates API tomorrow (Monday, 22 January). If one is available, I’ll update the extension with it. If I can’t find one, I may have to remove currency conversion entirely.

I’ll update here on the blog on the progress.

Cheers!

Todo.txt for Chrome – App changing to Extension

Hi!

Thank you for using Todo.txt App for Chrome

Google ends support for Chrome Apps

Google has announced end of support for Chrome Apps across all platforms, except ChromeOS.

This change has dramatically reduced the potential user base for the app. It also handicaps development of the app going forward, since I don’t own a Chromebook.

The Chrome app & extension will need other updates too. I plan to add support for syncing with Google Drive. And, Dropbox has announced end of support for their old API that the apps use, so I’ll need to update the apps to work with new API.

Considering these changes, I have decided to focus future development on the Todo.txt Chrome extension, and gradually end support for the Todo.txt Chrome App. I strongly request you to give the Todo.txt extension a try.

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iDoneThis Android app – End of support

Hi!

Please let me start by thanking you for using “Done!” – my Android App for iDoneThis!

You may be aware that the team behind iDoneThis is currently upgrading their website for a better, faster user experience.

As part of this upgrade, the old API is being phased out. Sadly, I do not have access to the new API, and so, am unable1 to update the app to make it work with the new platform.

As a result, the “Done!” android app (and Chrome extension) will stop working2 for accounts that get upgraded to the new (beta) version of iDoneThis. (Expected date: Sept 15, 2016).

I believe the team at iDoneThis may release their own, tailored Android app, and Chrome extension. However, I do not have any visibility into their plans or timelines.

Thanks again for giving the app a go! I hope you liked it while it lasted.

Cheers!

Adi

P.S.: If your organisation needs a tech-adept, business person for a product / business / strategy role, please do get in touch.
I’m actively looking for full-time work/projects based in London, Guildford (UK), or remote.


  1. I’m actively looking for a full-time, paying project, and so shall not be updating the extension, even if I could get access to the API. 
  2. The “Done!” Chrome extension uses the same v1 API as the android app, so it too shall stop working once your account moves to the updated, new iDoneThis platform. 

iDoneThis Chrome extension – End of support

Hi!

Please let me start by thanking you for using “Done!” – my Chrome extension for iDoneThis!

You may be aware that the team behind iDoneThis is currently upgrading their website for a better, faster user experience.

Sadly, as part of this upgrade, the old API is being phased out. I do not have access to the new API, and so, am unable1 to update the extension to make it work with the new platform.

As a result, the “Done!” extension (and android app) will stop working2 for accounts that are upgraded to the new (beta) version of iDoneThis. (Expected date: Sept 15, 2016).

I believe the team at iDoneThis may be releasing their own Chrome extension and Android app. However, I do not have any visibility into their plans or timelines.

Thanks again for giving the extension a go! I hope you liked it while it lasted.

Cheers!

Adi

P.S.: If your organisation needs a tech-adept, business person for a product / business / strategy role, please do get in touch.
I’m actively looking for full-time work/projects based in London, Guildford (UK), or remote.


  1. I’m actively looking for a full-time, paying project, and so shall not be updating the extension, even if I could get access to the API. 
  2. The “Done!” android app uses the same v1 API as the extension, so it too shall stop working once your account moves to the updated, new iDoneThis platform. 

New idea: minimalist blog editor app

Yet another Chrome1 app idea:

A minimal, no-frills blogging app with markdown editing2, inline tagging support3, and draft auto-sync4 to WordPress and Medium

I find WordPress‘ editor too cluttered (despite the distraction-free mode), and Medium‘s too fiddly-gimmicky. In fact, I write most of my posts these days in another Automattic product – Simplenote, and then copy it to my WordPress blogs, or Medium for final editing, formatting, etc.

My WordCounter Chrome app already supports Markdown Extra. Reusing that code, adding Medium & WordPress API support, and adding a #tag parser shouldn’t take long. The only question is do I care about it enough to prioritise it over all the other stuff that’s on the backlog?

For the last couple of months that I’ve had this idea, the answer has been no.

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Introducing: Done – Chrome extension for iDoneThis

iDoneThis puppyiDoneThis is a unique productivity tool that begins where normal productivity tools finish – after you complete a todo/task. The core idea is very simple – log your completed tasks in (as you go, or once daily), and then track, search, tag, discuss, share them as you want.

To log a task you can either email a specified email address with completed tasks (better: just reply to their daily emails), or go the iDoneThis website to log the tasks.

Users can be part of (and post dones to) multiple teams, say one for each project or department. Completed tasks can be #tagged for easy organisation, and team members can comment on and/or like each completed task.

Productivity hack: Close your email client!

The log-by-email option used to work for me till, as a productivity hack, I decided to keep my email client and Gmail tabs in a default closed state all the time.

The hack’s worked brilliantly! There’s no notifications, and no more quick-check-if-there’s-any-important-new-email only to spend 15 mins going through unimportant, but interesting ones. I open the email client now only when I want to send an email, or am taking a break so I have time to spare. No more interruptions!

The downside to this successful hack is that now I don’t want to open the email client, more recently the Inbox tab, or the iDoneThis website just to send a one line completed task email. And so, slowly, I stopped logging any dones at all.

The real deal: Done!

Done - Chrome extension for iDoneThis This new extension, Done!, is my solution to this problem – a way to quickly log completed tasks to iDoneThis without sending an email, or opening the website. Quick, simple, single-purposed.
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Clutter Free crossed 2000 WAUs

Clutter Free for Chrome
Clutter Free for Chrome

Clutter Free, my favourite Chrome project, crossed 2000 weekly active users today – a year and 17 days since the first alpha version was uploaded on to the Chrome web store.

It’s my favourite because of its minimalism –

  • single purpose (prevent duplicate tabs),
  • bare minimum UI (a browser button to switch it off/on),
  • a single background script that does all the work

The users seem to agree. It has the highest average rating of all my projects (excluding the recent AcceleReader for Pocket which has less than a 10th of the users), and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive (except the one that’s confusing me).

The journey to 2000
The journey to 2000

The growth so far has been all organic – an indicator that there’s a need for this functionality natively in Chrome, like in Firefox. And a bigger indicator of how lazy/miserly I have been about promoting it.

Here’s to the next 10x, hoping I can keep it simple and growing.

Article reading time in Pocket’s smartphone apps

Accele-reader - Power up your Pocket experience

I’m a heavy Pocket user, and a big fan of the service and their apps. However, lately I’d been feeling that Pocket had become more a never-again-opened archive of ‘articles I found interesting’ rather than ‘articles to read later’. My Pocket was bulging with loads of articles from years past by, many outdated, others irrelevant, a few real gems hidden under the tons of hay. It was time to act to save my beloved Pocket1.

After a bit of further study, and borrowing from the maxim – you improve what you measure – I decided that I needed two extra features:

  • Count of unread articles in my Pocket, and
  • Estimated reading time for each article.

Not finding anything on Chrome Webstore, or Android Play Store, that covered both these points in a single app, I decided to get my own hands dirty.

Last December I started work on Accele-reader for Chrome (formerly Pocket Plus). The target was to add to Pocket the few features that I’d been wanting for a long time (but were too trivial/off-focus for the product team at Pocket to develop):

  • Unread article count,
  • Estimated reading time for articles,
  • Trello-like article ageing,
  • Offline add-to-Pocket, and
  • Read a random article (from my then *huge* Pocket list)

Accele-reader was, for my own use, a big success. Article counts, offline adds, and random articles were a bonus, but colour-coded reading time estimates were a big, big win!

However, with the good came the bad – the reading time feature was so good, that I desperately started missing it on the phone app2. A number of users also wrote in asking if I could somehow provide the article reading times on the mobile apps as well. I wasn’t alone.

Last week, another user – Konstantin – wrote in with the suggestion of a clever work-around. And here it is – reading time estimates for articles, now in your Pocket phone and tablet apps!

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