Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.
Xpad is an exceedingly simple program — essentially you can put stickynotes on your screen. It’s not terribly innovative either, since it’s really just a jot pad that doesn’t print or even sort or anything. There are lots of applications that do this, so it’s one of many.
The first item on the pad becomes the title of the list. There are no fancy formatting options, no tables or subscripts, change tracking or anything like that. You just tack notes on your screen, and go on with life.
I find it indispensable though. I actually had to consolidate some of my stickies yesterday, because I had five or six floating around the screen with different notes on them, and they were getting lost under the mess. That was the moment I knew I was addicted.
Osmo, on the other hand, was something I didn’t know I relied upon until I did a reinstall and forgot to copy out my tasks and schedules. Yes, we’ve all been there, and suddenly I had all my little chores and to-do lists that needed rebuilt. Sigh.
Osmo is an organizer and a scheduler, and a to-do list, and a calendar and … anyway, you can try it out. I’ve never been big on schedulers or reminder programs … or at least that’s what I thought, before I lost those little data files and realized I couldn’t live without it.
Try them and see if they work for you. Both are strictly GTK2, and won’t add any more to your system than a few accessory libraries. I give each one the K.Mandla gold smilie of approval: