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Digg Like A Pro with Firefox & Greasemonkey

Digg Like A Pro with Firefox & Greasemonkey

The ‘democratic’ news site, Digg, is a great way to share interesting items as well as keeping track of what’s making waves around the net.

Naturally, once you get into the process – creating Diggs, digging Dugg stories etc – you want to make things easier and quicker. Here are a few Firefox extensions and Greasemonkey scripts that work well to do so.

Firefox Extensions

Netscape’s Digg Tracker – a button that notifies you when your Digg friends have been active. When they comment or Digg anything, the button will let you know. If you click it, a sidebar with all your contacts and their activities will appear.

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Modeled on Netscape’s Friends’ Activity Sidebar, it will also show 5-10 of the top recent items from Netscape.

Digg Like A Pro with Firefox & Greasemonkey

    Digg.com Comment Spotlight – this comes in handy if you want to scroll right to the comments with the most Diggs. You can set a marker for the average Digg so you only have comments with a certain popularity highlighted. Colors are customizable.

    Smart Digg Button – Unlike the other Digg This buttons out there, this one will track Diggs for any site you surf to. The button will display how many times any site on the web has been Dugg, if none, you can Digg it. Simple. Sits in your status bar.

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    Greasemonkey Scripts

    Digg Like A Pro with Firefox & Greasemonkey

      Add Digg Control – after surfing to the original site that’s been Dugg, a hovering badge will appear that you can drag where you want. This allows you to Digg the site without going back to Digg.com while displaying the Digg count. Also see Digg Me Later! for an attractive alternative.

      Digg Add Mirrors – there are a few scripts that add Digg mirrors to each item in case the Digg Effect occurs and takes down the original site. This one is on top because it fits itself right underneath the Digg button with four little icons that forward you to the DuggMirror, Coral Cache, Google Cache and Archive.org wayback machine of every story.

      Double points because the links also fit snuggly with the aforementioned Add Digg Control badge.

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      Digg Deep – useful if you have the Digg RSS in your feed reader, this script bypasses the Digg comments page and goes straight to the original. Beware: if you try to go to the article’s Digg comments page it will automatically forward you to the original. I suggest enabling while using your feed reader and disabling while on Digg.

      Digg comment box on top – aside from doing the obvious -moving the input box from below all the comments to above -this script also show a few stats up top: Average Diggs, Positive Average and Negative Average.

      Digg Search replaced by a Google CSE with Hierarchies – this script enables you to switch from the regular Digg search to a custom Google Digg search by double clicking the input. The custom search is handy because you can choose the topics to search within.

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      Digg Like A Pro with Firefox & Greasemonkey

        Digg Custom Tabs – enables you to add extra tabs to the Digg topics tab bar. After performing a search, a Save Search link makes it easy to add it to the tab bar. The tab bar will show a Customize link, where you can also take out existing topics and their sub-topics.

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        The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

        The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

        No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

        Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

        Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

        A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

        Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

        In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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        From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

        A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

        For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

        This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

        The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

        That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

        Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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        The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

        Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

        But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

        The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

        The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

        A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

        For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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        But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

        If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

        For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

        These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

        For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

        How to Make a Reminder Works for You

        Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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        Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

        Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

        My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

        Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

        I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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        Reference

        [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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