My internet access when I am in the office is restricted. Among other things, most if not all of the sites that allow saving of data is blocked by the office proxy server. This becomes a pain if I come across some articles and sites that would be good to read later. The usual route that would allow me to save that is to save the links in my company email drafts folder, or email it to myself so I can remember to move them to my bookmarking or reminder site when I get home or I get a decent connection. This would have been fine but being the perennial procastinator (or busy if you want to put a positive spin on it) I sometimes forget to do it immediately. The other alternative is horrible: type the url on my android device as I encounter the sites and articles. I forgot to mention that my Android device doesn’t have continuous Internet by the way, which would have made my life easier and this post an academic exercise.
I have an alternative solution which works if you have a QR reader on your device. The main gist is to transfer the information to the device using a QR code. The steps are the following:
- Ensure you have a QR reader in the device. Currently I use QR Droid which is free.
- Copy the link of the article, or in some cases even snippets of text, into the clipboard.
- Open a web-based site to generate a QR code. My preferred site is https://www.the-qrcode-generator.com/ which allows the creation of QR codes for different types of information (free-form text, URL, contact number, SMS).
- Use the QR reader app in your device to scan the resulting QR code.
- Share the decoded information to your preferred note taking or reminder app. I would recommend Wunderlist , Evernote or Google Keep.
This has saved me a lot of typing in the past. Please ensure that you are not copying or passing confidential information via this route.