Monday, January 4, 2010

Changes to My Web Brain: RSS Feeds, GTD Help and Changes to Today Screen

Hello everyone. Just before Christmas last year (2009) I rolled forward the latest changes to My Web Brain. Apologies for not getting this notice of changes out sooner.


  • The interface for changing your current context on the Today screen has changed. Instead of a drop-down box, your contexts appear are links with the count of pending next actions after them. To change to a context, simply click on its link. This change makes it easier to see at a glance the status of all of your contexts.
  • I added a help page about Getting Things Done / GTD. This provides a simple and short description of the GTD process and why it is useful. See it at the About GTD page .
  • You can now access your pending next actions as a RSS 0.90 news feed. You can use this feed in most news clients (I use Google's Reader). You need to enable your next actions feed for each context. These settings can found in a new Feed Settings subsection in the (surprise) Settings area. 
  • The appearance of the Welcome screen was tweaked. I am not sure it is for the better, but it is a change so I thought I would list it. 
  • I have added some additional navigational links to the Settings area to make navigation slightly more intuitive. 
  • The Thoughts screen received some love with a slightly improved listing that allows you to forget one or more thoughts without visit the detail page for each.


  • Due to an indexing problem reversing through a list of Actions, Thoughts, References or Someday Maybe items could occasionally cause an error. This has been resolved. 
  • The Action list could sometimes render incorrectly in Internet Explorer 6. This has been fixed.

Known Issues:

  • There is still a bug with the timezone implementation. On the Today and Actions screen, Next Actions will be highlighted as overdue according to UTC / GMT time, not your local time.

Development has slowed on the web application since I am now working full time with a client (and will be for a couple more months). However, I will still push ahead with enhancements to My Web Brain to the best of my ability.

As always, if you would like to leave feedback or comments about the web application at the My Web  Brain Google Group please go right ahead.

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