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What is Queue and why would I ever want to use it?
Queue is a simple tool that lets you research, organize, and share information you find on the Web or through email without wasting time. You can run Queue without installing anything on your machine by just using the Web interface. However, Queue software makes using Queue day-to-day much easier.
Where can I access Queue?
Queue is a Web application so you can get at your data anywhere you have Web access. Since Queue has built in access control, you can be sure that only you can see some certain thing, or you can share it with others, it's up to you. Queue can also be accessed over IMAP, NNTP, and via email.
First off, if you haven't created an account yet, you should do that here. You can get back to this page from any Queue page by clicking the "Help" or "What is This?" links at the top and bottom of each page.
When you first start using Queue, everything will look pretty empty. As you add more and more data and share it with other users, you can develop useful information repositories for yourself and your friends and coworkers. However, there are some public areas where you can see what other people are sharing.
As the amount of information you store in the system increases, so will its utility for you and those you share with. Queue is quite adept at storing small snippets of information that you might normally write on a scrap of paper or a Post-It note. Instead of doing this, if you put the information in Queue, you will have a searchable database of information that you can share with interested parties instead of a messy pile of scribbled notes on your desk.
Sounds like work...
Yes, there is an up-front cost in time to putting information in Queue instead of scrawling it on a Post-It, and most of the work that goes into Queue development is an attempt to decrease this up-front cost as much as possible.
Through context-menu integration, hot-key shortcuts, and various other ingenious means, Queue software tries to make it as easy or easier to organize your information as to scratch it out on a note pad, email it to yourself, etc.
Queue is better than a notepad for queuing up URLs that you want to read later but don't have time for now. It is also better than Post-Its for handling text that is already on the computer (for instance web pages and emails). It is arguably worse for spoken or printed text, but if you are willing to type the information in, you will have a nice shared, searchable database instead of a pile of papers and things to try to remember in your head.
Anyway, that is the basic idea. The main precept is that one reason people are not better organized and more efficient is that they are so lazy. Queue tries to make organization easier than disorganization, so that people will build structured data despite their innate laziness. The remainder of this document discusses the details of actually using Queue.
If you have not yet logged in to Queue and just want information, you can read below to see what you can do in Queue.
If you have already installed or logged in, and if this is your first time using Queue, open up another browser next to this one.
If you are running Netscape/Mozilla/Firebird or Windows IE 4 or greater and have installed the Queue extensions available here, then in the new browser you will find that when you right-click on a link, page, or selected text, that there are new options in the right-click menu.
In the following sections, we will review some of the advanced functionality of Queue. It is important to remember that any browser capable of handling cookies will work with Queue. This means you can get at the data you put in Queue from almost anywhere, so you can use it to hold data that you want to get at from home and at work, and at a friend's house. Of course only you can get at your data, unless you explicitly choose to share it with other users.
Queues and Data Stores
Queue is based around two concepts: that of the Queue and that of the Data Store.
A Queue is like an "in-box" or a "to-do bin" on your work desk, you pile things on it to look at later when you have some time.
If you are browsing a site and see a link you really want to read but don't want to forget about it, right click on the link and select 'Add link to queue'. Or, if you are already on the page and want to put it off for later, you can also right-click on a blank area of the page and select 'Add to queue' to send the current page to your Queue.
To handle the next thing on your Queue, right click in your browser window and select 'Pop page from queue'. The next thing on your Queue will pop up.
Ok, but what is a Data Store?
Whereas a Queue is like an in-box, a Data Store is like a filing folder in your desk's drawer that you can put things in for later reference once you have found them to be interesting or otherwise important. You can also share Data Stores with other people, and search them for information. Think of them as places to put information that you think others (including yourself later on) might be interested in.
Data Stores are a good place to store important phone numbers, itineraries, notes to yourself etc. that you may need in the future or may want to access on the road.
When you add an Entry to a Data Store, you can search on it later. You can also edit it and move it to other Data Stores. Queue provides four gradations of access control from full access to read-only access to hidden. If a user is not explicitly allowed access to a Data Store, the Data Store will be hidden from them, so you don't have to worry about other people seeing your data unless you explicitly add them to the list.
Your Journal and Access Control
You start with a private Data Store called your "Journal". You can put anything you want in your Journal, no one else will ever be able to see it unless you move it to another Data Store. You cannot grant others access to your Journal. If you want to share data with others, make a new Data Store and put the items you want to share in there. You can move items from your Journal to shared Data Stores or create Entries in other Data Stores to start with.
If you grant others full access to your Data Stores, they can delete Entries (including yours, but just in that Data Store).
read and write access levels do not allow others to move or delete Entries from the Store, use those to restrict others from removing data that you put in to a Store.
Queue will store all your activity, so you can go back and see what you did on various days, and search past submissions. It's like writing in a file folder but you can share with others and search past Entries more efficiently. Also, the Entries are available to you from any machine with a Web browser capable of using cookies.
Alright, I get it, how do I start?
Your Queue will start out empty. When you add links or pages to your Queue, you can remove them later from the View Queue page (requires login), or if you are using Netscape/Mozilla/Firebird or Windows IE 4 or higher, by selecting 'Pop page from queue' from the right-click menu.
You can manually add data to your Data Stores and edit and move existing Entries on the Add Entry page (requires login). Or, if you are using Netscape/Mozilla/Firebird or Windows IE 4 or higher when you select a piece of text and right click within the selection, you will see an 'Add to data store' option. Selecting that stores the text into a Data Store, which can be searched from any page including the Main Page (requires login). Once you have entered in a Queue email address, you can also email your Data Stores, as explained here.
Data Stores are places to put data, they have controlled access. On the View Stores you can see all your Stores, change who can see them, and create new Stores (requires login).
As a member of a Data Store you can also choose methods of notification for when new items are added to a Data Store. There are three available methods: 'Email', 'Digest', and 'Add to My Queue'. You can also choose not to be notified of additions. You can set a different notification method for each Data Store. 'Email' sends you a mail whenever someone adds a new Entry or edits an existing Entry, 'Digest' sends you one email a day containing all new Entries and edits to all Data Stores with 'Digest' notification in the past 24 hours. This means with 'Digest' notification for all your Data Stores you can get at most one notification email a day from Queue. To use 'Email' or 'Digest', you must enter a valid email address. For 'Add to My Queue' notification, new and edited Entries will automatically be added to your Queue immediately when added.
You may also choose your method of notification for when other Queue users add you to a Data Store. Three options are available: 'None', 'Email', and 'Add To My Queue'. Of course, 'Email' notification will only work if you have entered a valid Queue email address.
All notification settings can be set here (requires login).
You may want to bookmark the Main Page (requires login). It offers you several facilities for using, searching, and managing your Queue and your Data Stores.
Be sure to check out the Downloads page to explore some of the other ways to interact with Queue.
Queue is meant to be simple to use, if you have any questions or comments, please send an email to the address at the bottom of the page.
Thank you for trying Queue.