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For security reasons my internet access in the office is restricted and 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 or heaven forbid something that I need. The usual route that would allow me to schedule reading the article 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. This setup has 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. That option is as pleasing as going to the doctor for a rectal probe. 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 follow:

TL;DR Version

  • Ensure you have a QR reader in the device. Currently I use QR Droid which is free.
  • QR droid

  • 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 device’s clipboard; or preferred note taking or reminder app. If its the latter would recommend Wunderlist Wunderlist-icon, Evernote evernote-icon or Google Keepkeep-icon.

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.