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Featured app: Gmilk

Friday, November 16, 2012 by Brendan Ganley

Gmilk screenshot

If you're a Linux user who's passionate about customizing your desktop experience and would be comfortable running a Python script, take a look at Gmilk from developer Eustáquio Rangel. This simple script places an icon in your desktop's notification area and lets you see the status of your upcoming tasks at a glance. Periodically, it will check for updates and notify you if there have been any relevant changes.

Gmilk is concerned largely with your immediate future: it will locate tasks that are due today or tomorrow, as well as overdue tasks. You can also configure it to look for tasks that have no due date but have been assigned to certain tags. When Gmilk finds these tasks, a desktop notification will be displayed. You can then click on the icon in the notification area to see the tasks in a dropdown list and click a specific task to complete it.

The Gmilk icon itself also gives you a quick overview of the status of your tasks. It shows a milk bottle which ranges from full to empty depending on what type of tasks were found during the last check. The less urgent the tasks are, the emptier the bottle will be. Think of it like a game where you try to keep the bottle as empty as possible at all times!

Gmilk has a few dependencies apart from the Python standard library including PyGTK and dbus-python so you'll need to install these before Gmilk will run.

If you have an idea for a helpful tool like Gmilk, take a look at our API page and get started!

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