Short Takes: Sandglaz adds subtasks, Kippt releases Inc

Subtasks is one of the task management features that is on the ‘must have’ list for me. Sandglaz has become the newest task management tool to include this critical feature.

Their approach is to create subtasks within the body of the parent task, which reduces clutter when looking at the tasks in a Sandglaz Grid. Here you see the task ‘example’ has two incomplete subtasks.

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Subtasks can be dragged and dropped in the canvas inside of tasks.

Sandglaz subtasks drag and drop

 

Sandglaz subtasks drag and drop

Personally, I like the alternative way to represent subtasks, which is to nest tasks under others and have that displayed in the list of tasks at the higher level, and not concealed inside of a task. First of all, subtasks of that sort have their own metadata: like deadlines, priorities, notes, assignees, and so on. Sandglaz subtasks do not. And you don’t have to determine at the time of creation whether something is a subtask or a task. Also, the way that Sandglaz has implemented subtasks, there is only one level of subtasking available.

My personal favorite in this regard is Todoist, where subtasks can have subtasks, and so on, and can be moved around by order and by level of nesting:

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The triangles are toggles for expanding/contracting the subtask at any level of the tasks outline.

But the approach Sandglaz has taken has its merits, as well, and fits better with the design aesthetic of Grids, perhaps.


I had a chance to speak with Jori Lallo of Kippt this week, and we discusses the new group solution they’ve built, called Inc. I used Kippt for several months in 2012, and I liked its look and feel as a personal information management tool. However, I wanted to be able to share with others in a private way, and so gradually drifted off to alternatives, like Honey, Refinder (defunct), MightyBell, and Dispatch (defunct): none of which I am using in that way at present. I am¬†using MightyBell, but in the form of its new incarnation: as the organizational framework of Chautauqua.cc, the future of work open community launching in March.

For the past few months I’ve settled on for personal (and semi-shared) information management is Workflowy, which has its own issues, although a lot of plusses.

So, I am still very much searching for a viable alternative for group sharing.

Inc is a minimal solution, based on what the developers learned from Kippt (which is still up and running).

Here’s the UI:

And posting is a cinch:

The thing that really attracts me is the @mentions, #hashtags and sharing. I am going to try it for a week and see what it feels like.

Senate Hearing: Apple, Google and the Future of Mobile Privacy

Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) chaired the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee meeting today called “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy.” Apple’s Bud Tribble and Google’s Alan Davidson provided testimony, along with a number of other industry and government witnesses.

Sen. Al Franken Wants Answers From Steve Jobs

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) wants to know why Apple’s iPhone collects and stores device location data in an unencrypted file. Franken penned a two-page letter asking nine questions of Apple CEO Steve Jobs in response to yesterday’s news regarding the “consolidated.db” file.

How Location Sharing Went From Crazy to Compulsory in Just 2 Years

New iPhone app Guardly is all about location sharing. It basically constitutes the app’s main selling feature, since without it, it’s arguably just an auto-dialer. So how did location services go from being a privacy boogeyman to a highly sought-after feature in just two years?