[FoRK] Remembrance Agents

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Feb 2 11:18:41 PST 2010

I have a friend who has a planned-to-be-a-product for something like this.
And I've used a few things but aren't happy yet.
And it's an area of interest for several reasons.

What do you use for a remembrance agent?  How does it work?  How do you 
use it?  How well does it work for you?  How often do you use it?


Jeff Bone wrote:
> Dave K writes:
>> One app at at time and full screen means that you make the most of 
>> your screen real estate. Managing overlapping windows, and using 
>> space for the window controls is not appropriate for a tablet.
> +1.
> In fact, one thing I neglected to mention with respect to my own 
> "little things" / conveniences argument --- I'm not sure that managing 
> overlapping windows is *ever* appropriate for *any* device / form factor.
> After spending years laughing at the suits that run everything in 
> fullscreen, once I decided (back around 2001 or so) to "live on the 
> laptop" (i.e., use it as my exclusive read-write, command-and-control, 
> input-intensive device, and use everything else as read-mostly) I find 
> myself doing something like that --- almost.  Basically, on the 
> laptop, I tend to run the main apps in an left-aligned stack, all 
> sized the same, taking up the left 3/4 of the screen.  Another stack 
> of "narrow" apps / windows (i.e., iChat or other buddy list windows, 
> download manager windows, etc.) run in the right 1/4 or so of the 
> screen, again all aligned.  (One exception:  I run two Terminal 
> windows in a 1/3 on left, 2/3 on right geometry, with right Terminal 
> and its tabs reserved for interactive tasks and two tabs on the left, 
> one running my Terminal-based remembrance agent and the other running 
> similar "monitoring" apps, top, etc. as needed.)  Managing window 
> geometry then becomes, simply, a matter of keyboard switching of 
> foreground app via cmd-tab, cycling tabs and so forth.
> I'd really rather have something a bit smarter, and am envious of e.g. 
> the various X tiling window managers --- but not enough to "switch."
> jb
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