Go For It!: ToDo list with reminder

ToDo list managers is a category of apps where there are no lack of contenders. However, there’s a new one for Ubuntu which is deserves a mention because of its style. I am talking about Go For It!, a light ToDo list manager released recently (at the time of writing).


  • Add ToDo items (obviously) and set reminders (also check Indicator Remindor).
  • Built-in productivity timer to bring you back to track. While the timer avoids distraction, it also helps you avoid Repetitive Strain Injury.
  • Store and sync tasks on a mobile device. Go For It! uses the ToDo.txt format which is understood by mobile devices or can be edited in external editors. If you are a ToDo.txt user, note that Go For It! automatically archives completed tasks to the done list.
  • Supports Ubuntu and Windows. Developer has plans to support other Linux platforms and OSX.


To install Go For It! on Ubuntu:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mank319/go-for-it
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install go-for-it
$ sudo sed -i "s/Exec=go-for-it/Exec=env\ LIBOVERLAY_SCROLLBAR=0\ go-for-it/g" /usr/share/applications/go-for-it.desktop

Webpage: Go For It!

Console based note managers

xtnotepadAll of us keep notes. In my case I like to keep them organized and I use note managers for that. Though I have initially used graphical note managers cherrytree, springseed etc. because of the visual editing features they provide, I realized at one point that I do not need so many bells and whistles. Many of these tools are bulky, some of them are slow starters and most of them provide more options than you want to handle. So I fell back to console based note managers. Here are some of those I like and find very easy to use and simple to understand. They just manage a number of notes and provide you options to edit them in your favourite editor.

  • note
    As simple as it can be. Type note and it shows you the options to list notes, show topics, add, delete, search and edit new notes. The notes are saved as plain text and you can add the editor of your choice in the configuration file. Mine is vi. Note stores the documents in mysql format and supports IDEA or DES encryption.
  • nodau
    The basic features are similar to note but you always need to start nodau with an option which seemed little obtrusive to me. Isn’t remembering the name of the program enough? You can have encrypted notes with nodau.
  • theca
    Rust utility to take notes with 256-bit AES encryption, multiple profiles, search support.

My favourite is note.

Nitro: a multi-platform task manager

Just tested Nitro, a nifty multi-platform (Linux, Windows, Mac) task manager cum note taking application. The first thing I noted about it is the simplicity of its interface – it’s just cool! Then comes the various customization options – themes, language, priority, due date, tags, quick search… Developed by the authors of Geary Mail and Stormcloud, this utility too has similar aesthetics. It can be used offline as well as online and across multiple systems – thanks to the Ubuntu One and Dropbox synchronization options. I was looking for a time to lay my hands on a lightweight task management cum note-taking application which doesn’t overkill things and at the same time has important functionalities needed for regular usage. This is it!

Webpage: Nitro