Firefox 2.0 Breaks Access Keys

October 27th, 2006

I recently upgraded to Firefox 2.0. Nice changes all around — but when I went to Voo2do, my usual Alt+S key press to save tasks simply didn’t work. According to this blog post, this is because Firefox 2.0 has changed the access key combination from Alt to Alt+Shift.

So try Alt+Shift+S to save tasks and Alt+Shift+K to add a new task. This is a confusing change and many web users will be affected by it.

Seeking Voo2do Power User for Customer Support

October 17th, 2006

UPDATE: The last day to apply was Wednesday, October 25, 2006. No more applications are being accepted.

I get about five emails per day with questions or suggestions from Voo2do users. I’d like to work with someone who knows Voo2do to help me answer them promptly and helpfully.

Requirements for this position include:

  • fluency in written English
  • knowledge of Voo2do functionality — regular users strongly preferred
  • ability to respond to emails using a GMail or similar account, which we will share
  • availability of 2-3 hours per week, in 3 or more chunks
  • ability to work hourly, over the internet — candidates welcome from anywhere on earth

This position will handle first-line support for Voo2do. You will respond to user questions directly. You will thank users for suggestions and tabulate those suggestions, so I can easily see how many people emailed us to request, say, the ability to upload files. You will escalate some inquiries to me.
To apply for this position, send the following to support AT with “CANDIDATE” in the subject line:

  • your resume
  • 1-2 paragraph summary of your current Voo2do usage (if none, describe your experience using other web applications for communication or personal productivity)
  • hourly wage requirements

This position offers the opportunity to help thousands of users enjoy Voo2do. It also offers the possibility to grow into pre- and post-sales support as Voo2do explores a variety of commercial possibilities.

Upcoming Voo2do Features

September 30th, 2006

Hi everyone!

It’s been too long since my last post, and I’ve had limited time to work on Voo2do. But there’s a new version in the works with a number of great features I hope you’ll appreciate.

Coming Soon

  • customizing the dashboard: you’ll be able to hide and rearrange contexts on the dashboard. Your arrangement will be stored in a browser cookie, so you can see work first on one browser but home first (and work hidden) on another.
  • hit “Save” more efficiently: another “Save” button is now available at the bottom of each task list, and a new style for buttons highlights the available keyboard shortcuts.
  • backup and restore notes: the backup function, limited so far to task data only, will now include the text of your notes.
  • numerous bug fixes
  • and a shiny new logo!

Thanks for trying Voo2do, and I hope you’ll appreciate the many new features and bug fixes coming out Real Soon Now. ;)

Voo2do in TechCrunch

May 8th, 2006

Voo2do was included today in a comparison of online to-do list apps at TechCrunch. TechCrunch is a popular blog about the latest cool technology stuff, and I’m happy Voo2do made it on there. A big thanks to our many devoted users!


April 20th, 2006

Do you use desktop calendaring applications that can read iCal-format calendar files? Then you’ll appreciate Scott Fleckenstein’s Voo2do2iCal, which provides iCalendar-format export for your Voo2do tasks. I’ve been planning to integrate iCal export into Voo2do, but haven’t gotten around to it; Scott’s API application works today. Enjoy!

P.S. If you don’t use a desktop calendaring program, such as Apple’s iCal or Mozilla Sunbird, you probably don’t need iCal export.

P.P.S. Don’t miss the Window tray application and other cool applications built on the voo2do API.

New features: date format, better GTD support, collaboration support

April 5th, 2006

Today marks the release of several oft-requested new features for voo2do. If you’ve seen the beta, you’ve probably helped me debug these. Announcing:

  • Renamed views to contexts, and added ability to assign a task into a specific context.
  • Inactivation (and reactivation) of contexts and projects makes it easier to get old stuff out of the way.
  • Support for D/M/Y and Y-M-D date formats, in addition to M/D/Y.
  • Ability to edit (not just add and delete) notes.
  • Task-specific menu (click on ).
  • Notes button now opens in a simulated window rather than an actual new browser window, making this interface operation faster on many browsers.
  • Initial collaboration support, including ability to assign tasks to a person and to publish tasks for public viewing.
  • New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

New version available for Beta Testing

March 26th, 2006

UPDATE: the beta is no longer available; this version has been installed on the main

Good news! A new version of voo2do is now available for testing. I’d like a few people to try it out and identify any severe problems before I switch to the new version completely. It’s a chance to help the voo2do community, get a sneak peek at new features, and offer suggestions and bug reports that I’ll try to address promptly.

The beta is on a new server and is using a copy of the voo2do database from the morning of Mar 25, 2006. Modifications you make on the beta server affect the beta server database only. They will not affect your data on and will be deleted in a few days when the beta period ends. After that, I’ll upgrade all voo2do users and data to the new version.

To play with the beta version, please:

  1. Read the line in bold above. If you don’t understand what it means, don’t use the beta. Your data on will not be affected.
  2. Read about the new features.
  3. Go to
  4. Test lots of things. Discover bugs and confusing designs.
  5. Tell me about them.


Unplanned Downtime (now resolved)

February 28th, 2006

Voo2do was down from about 3:10pm to 4:30pm EST on Tuesday, 28 Feb 2006. This was unplanned and no further downtime is expected at present. Read on for details.

If you’re trying to hit right now — sorry. Server trouble has caused unplanned downtime as of about 3:10PM EST today. As of 3:47PM, I am not sure what caused the problem and am waiting to reach phone support for the hosting provider. More details to come here as I can figure them out…

Update (4:33PM): My provider rebooted the machine and it seems to be running again. Nothing looks especially unusual except that the automatic reboots I requested seem to have had no effect.

“Site of the Day”

February 27th, 2006

Voo2do has been selected as RedOrbit’s Site of the Day. RedOrbit appears to be a news portal for science and tech, apparently created in November and doing OK but not huge traffic. Their congratulations email included a handy logo and instructions to link back to them, but voo2do isn’t featured prominently on their site; in fact, I haven’t found a “site of the day” section by browsing or searching.

Now, every website with awards for X-of-the-day is doing it partially to get links back. But if you’re publishing these awards by quoting the “winning” sites’ own descriptions in a part of your site no normal visitor will ever see, it starts to look like you’re just asking for free Google juice. Every webmaster’s gotten bogus “link exchange” requests from spam sites. Is this award just one step up from that?

And does anyone out there actually read RedOrbit?

Update: I was wrong above; there is actually a link to sites of the day from the home page of RedOrbit, under “Technology and Innovation” at left. So far (13:55 EST), it has sent 1 hit my way.

Privacy Policy

February 4th, 2006

Today some reporters from the Associated Press wrote to me to inquire about the privacy issues in services like voo2do. I cobbled together responses from various user inquiries I’ve received, and out the other end came a privacy policy. It shouldn’t contain anything unexpected; as with anything in voo2do, let me know what you think.