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On some days I'm commuting 2hrs (oneway) in the train. I don't have any mobile internet nor is there always WiFi service in the train. Because of security reasons I can't do any work in the train so I'm trying to work on my geek time. I'm looking for general solutions on how to do this (I'm on FireFox/Windows but I don't think it matters)

  • Email works perfectly with GMail offline. It syncs directly when online and remembers complicated stuff.
  • So far I used the ScrapBook plugin to store an website. It works good, but I have to download my favorite news page every day again - I want it to sync as soon as possible. It would even be more awesome if I could click a page on my desktop and my laptop would sync as soon as it has the chance. (edit: maybe the autosave plugin for scrapbook can do this)
  • Similarly, I use the Downloadhelper plugin to download YouTube vids, but I'd like something that automatically downloads videos from a given channel.

Any tips are welcome. So far my early morning schedule is: wake up, power on laptop, make coffee, power off laptop and leave within 10 minutes (enough time for GMail to sync) but I can imagine a system where my laptop stays on during the night (or boots before I wake (and makes me coffee :])).

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you could define read a book as productivity the same way you can define it as read mail and surf websites, even more. so, read a book. – akira Jan 4 '11 at 18:20
    
` It works good, but I have to download my favorite news page every day again ` --> a decent RSS reader should cache the articles – Sathya Jan 4 '11 at 18:27
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You'd probably find the Read It Later extension for Firefox helpful, since it has a function to save things for offline. It doesn't quite solve any of your listed needs, though. – Firefeather Jan 4 '11 at 18:56
    
Combination of read it later with joliprint (joliprint.com) looks interesting; thanks! – Frank Meulenaar Jan 4 '11 at 19:42

Maybe combination of http://www.instapaper.com and a kindle (or kindle for pc) will help you.

You can look it's extras...

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