Inspired by the venerable Mike Arrington of TechCrunch and his post, 2009: Products I Can’t Live Without I decided it would be fun to just jot down a short list of the types of technology I depend on daily to be efficient.
I don’t usually like to do too many of these kinds of posts but I know sometimes people get a kick out of a post that is a bit more personal. I have some posts coming down the line that are going to be more helpful. :)
Here goes. Rough order from most important to least…
|1. Firefox (App)||Best browser period. I have too many plugins to admit to.|
|2. WordPress (Code)||Best blog platform – holds its own as a CMS too.|
|3. Google Reader (Site)||Great feed reader, add a little Greasemonkey and it rocks. Handles the plethora of reading I have to wade through.|
|4. Windows Live Writer (App)||Whoa, hold up. Yes it is Windows but it is a terrific blog editor. I use it linked up to multiple blogs and post directly from it.|
|5. Google Analytics (Site)||Stats for all my sites. Free. Powerful.|
|6. OneNote (App)||I really like Office 2007. I use OneNote with its many tabs to keep organized with all my projects/classes info and to-do lists.|
|7. WinAmp (App)||Good music player, controlled by FoxyTunes in Firefox.|
|8. FileZilla (App)||Show me a better, more lightweight FTP program…|
|9. Meebo (Plugin)||Both allow me to consolidate all my instant message accounts and Facebook chat. Meebo resides in Firefox.. Trying Digsby, not sold yet.|
|10. NotePad++ (App)||Notepad on steroids. Highlights code syntax. Tabbed.|
|11. FireShot (Plugin)||Powerful FF plugin for screenshots. I also use Jing and SnagIt on occasion.|
|12. ColorZIlla (Plugin)||Color picker for FF. Allows quick sampling of a web pages color.|
|13. MeasureIt (Plugin)||FF plugin that lets you measure onscreen elements. Very simple.|
|13. Firebug (Plugin)||Terrific tool to examine a website’s architecture, especially CSS.|
|14. Delicious (Site)||Social bookmarking. I have over 1300 bookmarks and 800+ tags. Handy for tagging a site to come back to as a reference.|
|15. LinkedIn (Site)||I can live without Facebook but LinkedIn keeps me connected to people I need to stay connected with.|
(All of these are free except OneNote.)
Tool I am most excited about, new in 2008: EtherPad. This is like a live version of Google Docs and lets several people work on a simple text doc and see the text instantaneously. It is in closed beta due to overwhelming demand.
If you really want to try it and can’t get in LMK and I may be able to help you.
I decided to exercise some self-control and only bore you with 15. You’re welcome lol.Watch out for 2009. Have any favorites you want to share?