An easy way to view your Things database when you're away
Things is a great GTD to-do list app for the Mac. Unfortunately, some of us lack iPhones, but still want to have a nice interface to their Things database (which holds all of the necessary information) remotely.
If you want to try it out, first find an appropriately accessible location for
your Things folder (
~/Library/Application Support/Cultured Code/Things/), for
example your Dropbox, or the folder that corresponds to some local server on your
machine. Quit Things, move your Things folder there, and make a symbolic link
from the new location of the Things folder to its original location. Finally,
git clone (or just copy) your repo of ThingerMajigger into a first-level
subdirectory of that folder. Name that folder something useful, like
An example may look something like this:
# Things folder Accessible location mv ~/Library/Application\ Support/Cultured\ Code/Things ~/Public ln -s ~/Public/Things ~/Library/Application\ Support/Cultured\ Code/Things cd ~/Public/Things git clone ~/Projects/ThingerMajigger ./html
The code knows to look for the
Database.xml file in the directory above it
and does not change anything in the file, so it's completely safe. However,
the code uses
XMLHttpRequest to load the file, so it will require explicit
permission from the user in certain browsers, because accessing arbitrary
locations on the filesystem with
XHR tends to be outside the bounds of the
- In Chrome/Chromium: Run the program with the
--allow-file-access-from-filescomand line option.
- In Firefox: The script makes an explicit request for escalated permissions. Accept this request.
- In Safari: Seems to just work.
This code is currently in an incredibly alpha phase. If it doesn't work for you, let me know: I'm keen on improving it, as at this point, it's the result of literally only a few hours of work.
This project currently uses jQuery 1.5.2 and the meyerweb.com CSS reset, both
included. It should work on any browser and require no server-side integration.
Just open the
index.html page up in a browser, and your things database should
As Cultured Code has told me, Things will eventually move to an SQLite database, which will require a WebKit-based browser (or maybe Google Gears) to read.
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