gasp! I need some air, and was searching for it at - of all places- on google, semi-geek that I am, when I came across this website. Not quite what I was looking for, but refreshing nevertheless.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Desktop Organizer background

As basic as it gets - inspired by an XKCD entry that I'm failing to bring up right now.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Find my things

Here's a really simple web application idea - a list that will help me locate things in the physical world that I can't remember where I "carefully placed" months back.

Not for things I use every day - finding my keys or the TV remote requires a level of web-to-physical world integration that is not quite feasible. Or needs psychic powers.

Lets say I bought all this camping gear, and it won't go into a single box in the closet - need to put the sleeping bags in one place, the smaller items in another, and so on.

When it comes to packing for camping gear, I have to either correctly recall where I carefully organized each item, or have to hunt through the closets till I find the item in the last place I search (that's a self fulfilling condition).

What if, when I am organizing the stuff, I can make a list and put it safe on the web? Then it would be a simple case of retrieving each item - the bags from the big closet, the flashlight and propane stove from the top shelf of the coat closet, etc.

There are other possibilities - now that I know what stuff I have, I can create packing checklists on the web as well. A winter snow trip will have a list very different from a beach getaway or am outdoors camping trip. Whatever the trip, the night before will be an organized effort of running down the list, grouping the items by retrieval location, and dumping them into my luggage.

If there's already something like that online - great. If not, here's my timestamped blog post on the idea.