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This is software I’m using but would be happy to ditch for something better:

Google Desktop – I run Google Desktop because I like the quick program launcher and docking my Google Talk & Calendar in the sidebar. But the sidebar overall feels bloated and slow, the email gadget sucks (slow to update, shows sent items, lacks Gmail integration), the quick launch often doesn’t find things I want to launch and the desktop search keeps finding files I’ve deleted that don’t exist anymore. The more I write about it here the more lame I think it is.

ToDoList – I’ve used this for a while and it works okay, but the options and UI are super complicated. I also can’t get it to keep hiding my completed items and I’d like a view that shows me all my due tasks on one page. Having it online and integrated with my other software would be nice as well but I haven’t found a better one to replace it.

KeyNote – KeyNote’s development discontinued back in 2003 but I’m still been using it. It’s done well for me as a notebook and scratch pad, but these days I want to ditch the note-tree paradigm for something that lets me tag my notes and ideally store them online.

Firefox – I love the awesome customization of Firefox, but it’s slow, even without my gazillion extensions installed. It can’t be denied that IE7 and Opera are both much faster. But I’m tied to Firefox because I can’t live without Greasemonkey & Gmail Macros and NextPlease and Adblock and Firebug and Google Browser Sync and All-in-One Gestures and and and…

Posted on - May 15, 2007 [at] 2:18 pm by Brad
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4 Comments on this post

bjrn on Free software I use but am unhappy with
May 15, 2007 at 3:09 pm

Hey. Did my comment get posted or not?

bjrn on Free software I use but am unhappy with
May 15, 2007 at 3:10 pm

Guess not, and it gets eaten for some reason. It might be because the URLs in it, so I’ve removed them.

I’m torn between Opera and Firefox. I really like Opera more, and use it almost all of the time. The trouble is that sometimes you visit a website which is poorly made and doesn’t work with Opera, and then I miss a proper ad-blocking thing. However, things like NextPlease, Greasemonkey and mouse gestures are built in. Not to mention a proper user-styling system (which Firefox doesn’t even have with that extension because the per-site styling is super clunky).

Actually, it’s pretty much only the ad-blocking that I miss from Firefox. And I’m not a huge fan of Proxomitron which I understand a fair amount of Opera users have for ad-blocking.

Anyway, if you want an app launcer, you might want to check out Launchy and/or Colibri. Those only do the launching, not any IMing or calendar stuff.

Brad on Free software I use but am unhappy with
May 15, 2007 at 10:27 pm

(I think it was flagging your comment for too many URLs.)

Opera does seem very nice since I last tried it, very slick.

I tried Launchy a while ago and it was good but didn’t really rock my world or anything. Also it didn’t let me use CTRL-CTRL for the hotkey, which Google Desktop has made me used to (minor cranky old man complaint).

bjrn on Free software I use but am unhappy with
May 16, 2007 at 3:07 am

It doesn’t chase whippersnappers off your front lawn either. ;)

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