As someone who works from home, juggling the many tasks I need to accomplish in one day multiplies exponentially as the day progresses. Although I am realistic when allocating time to each task, thanks to the nature of my office, there are a lot of unforeseen complications that arise on a regular basis. There are many tools I have tried, attempting to create a semblance of order – right from the low-tech daily planner, to the organizer in Outlook. But what has worked best for me is a combination of widgets.
Widgets are mini applications that either run on the desktop or on a browser. If running on the browser, the application retrieves data from the Internet to populate itself. For example, as a software professional, I like to keep track of the latest releases in technological arena. Therefore I have subscribed to the RSS feeds of loads of technological websites. Every new update is delivered directly to my reader, enabling me easy access. Now, there are many readers that are available, whether web-based or desktop-based. The ones that run off the desktop qualify as widgets.
I use a combination of two or three different kinds of to-do lists, a calendar with in-built alarm options, a small notepad, a widget for the weather conditions, and the news feeds. There are many more, but these are the ones I use frequently to organize my work. Also, all these widgets were on iGoogle, and when I first started using widgets, having a personalized homepage I could access from anywhere made sense. However, now that I use a laptop which is very much portable, this requirement no longer exists. So I have shifted to desktop widgets.
There of course was the main problem of transferring the web-based ones to the desktop, and this is where Amnesty Hypercube came into the picture. This handy freeware allows one to transfer widgets from one platform to another without any complications. Hypercube is also independent of any publisher, so it is quite possible to have one widget from Google Gadgets, for example, and another from Widgetbox. This flexibility enables a great deal of control over the tools and the way they function.
Amnesty Hypercube has been designed for Apple’s OS X, but is now currently available for the Windows platforms as well. An additional feature that proved to be interesting was the compatibility with Vista. Vista has its own desktop widgets, in the form of the Sidebar. Amnesty Hyprecube is completely compatible with that as well.
The software is free to download, and runs well on both the platforms. It also has a built-in directory that presents an opportunity to search through the many useful widgets there are available. It is a simple matter to first identify the widget, and then obtain its embed code. Once this code is obtained, the Hypercube can then convert it into a widget for any platform. It is also possible to transmute the code in such a way that it can be simply pushed onto a native widget application, like Windows Vista’s Sidebar. Definitely a good tool to have when there is a lot of information that needs to processed, and a lot of tools need to be managed.