LabourStart Activists' Toolbox

Activist's Toolbox #3: Simplenote

Every month we're going to tell you about software or a service that we use here at LabourStart and that we think is useful for trade unionists like yourself.

How do you keep your short notes online? Many people use the very popular Evernote app.

The problem with Evernote is that it's not free -- except for a very basic plan that offers few features. Otherwise, its cheapest plan is £4.99 a month. And Evernote doesn't work natively on some platforms such as Linux.

A good solution we've found is the free Simplenote app. It works on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux, and the web. The notes you have on your phone, tablet, laptop and desktop computer are all synchronised.

You can even use it to publish notes to the web, sharing them (without having your own website).

And did we mention that it's free of charge?

Check it out here: https://simplenote.com

A good open source alternative is Joplin: https://joplinapp.org


Activist's Toolbox #2: Toodledo

Every month we're going to tell you about software or a service that we use here at LabourStart and that we think is useful for trade unionists like yourself.

This month, I'd like to recommend what I think is the best to-do list available online, one which I've used for many years: Toodledo.

I think a to-do list is essential if you want to be productive and effective -- and this is especially true for activists. Of course you can do this on paper, but if you're reading this message, you have access to a computer or smartphone.

A good online todo list will work on any computer and smartphone, and will include such features as tagging, recurring tasks, attached notes, and more. Toodledo has all of these, and many more features. I've never come across a tool quite as powerful as this one.

And while LabourStart uses one of the paid subscription plans, there's a free version of Toodledo which you should check out.

For those of who are slightly more adventurous (and have some tech skills), you should also consider todo.txt which we also love.


Activist's Toolbox #1: Fastmail

Every month we're going to tell you about software or a service that we use here at LabourStart and that we think is useful for trade unionists like yourself.

This month, we're talking to those of you who use web-based email services, such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and so on.

You don't pay to use those services for a reason. The companies who provide them, such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, consider you to be an asset -- not a customer. They are able to use the fact that you use their service in order to sell advertising and to promote their own products.

There are also serious concerns about privacy when you give these giant corporations the right to host all your emails, even the most private ones.

For many years now, LabourStart has relied upon Fastmail as our web-based email provider.

Because we pay a small amount every month to use it, we are a customer, not an asset.

And our privacy is protected.

That's why we're recommending it to you - and FastMail is offering a 30 day free trial.

To learn more about Fastmail, click here Fastmail.