My love affair with technology is no secret. Heck, I make a living on the internet so it’s tough not fall prey to the glitz and glamor of new tech and services, “Ohhh, shiny!”
Truth be told, though, I’m actually more of a low drag operator. Word processor? Too bloated. Yeah, I have one but you’ll always find a text editor open on my desktop. High-tech, low drag, no bloat. They do one thing without unnecessary bells and whistles.
Anyway, thought I’d share some of the essentials that I find myself using every day:
- Evernote – an awesome service. While it’s great for taking notes, I tend to use it more as a swipe file – come across a headline, button, page layout, or ad that I like I save and tag it for later reference.
- Mindjet Mindmanager – This program makes it into my videos quite a bit. It’s a great mindmapping software for laying out ideas, articles, etc in a graphical format. Mindmanager easily makes the best mindmapping software out there.
- Firebug – I can’t imagine developing websites without this Firefox add-on. With a click I can see a page’s CSS code and layout making it easy to troubleshoot that WordPress theme.
- Roboform – Click a button and you’re automagically transported to your website of choice, your username and password entered, and automagically logged in. Killer password/bookmark manager. I introduced my wife to it, who then got her entire company hooked on it.
- Notetab Pro – I write everything with this full-featured text editor. Seriously, everything gets written in this program. Client commissioned sales letters, emails, articles. This is my tool of choice.
- tr.im – a url-shortening, link-tracking service with a pretty decent interface (sorry cli.gs but you’re ugly as hell.) Great for sharing URLs on Twitter or in emails.
- Read It Later – Like most online workers I click over to a a bunch of cool articles without the time to read them at the moment. This killer Firefox add-on makes it easy to save those articles for later reading. Just be sure to clear it out 😉
- Blackberry – This little thing is a big essential. It lets me handle my email, twitter, google maps and more. Ipod, schmipod. I dig my BlackBerry.
- Moleskine Notebook – okay, not high-tech but this is a low-drag essential for me. This is in my back pocket everywhere I go. I can whip it out and take a note quicker than with my BlackBerry, it never locks up, and doesn’t require batteries. It’s my main tool in daily planning and provides a great tactile feel when crossing something off “the list.”
This stuff gets used daily. Check ’em out and let me know what high-tech low drag essentials you rely upon.
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February 2, 2009 at 3:27 pm
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February 2, 2009 at 4:55 pm
9 High-Tech, Low-Drag Tools For Daily Use
February 2, 2009 at 8:11 pm
Mark, you mentioned some I have not tried, always good to get advice on what makes us more productive in our business. I’ll have to check out NoteTab Pro and Read it Later.
February 3, 2009 at 2:11 am
I used to use Roboform until last year; I found “lastpass” (https://www.lastpasss.com) and it’s every bit just as good as roborform, not limited to a certain amount of passwords, able to be used with Firefox and IE, and best of all, FREE! I never liked Roboform because even when you pay for it, if you install over a certain amount of times, the program cannot be used anymore unless you either buy more or send them an email asking them to “reset” the installation counts..
You didn’t mention Openoffice?
February 3, 2009 at 6:44 am
Google is going after paper … but I’ll stick with my Moleskin.
1Password – for mac users only, though. It’s awesome.
For my “read it later” I have a “readlater” tag in del.icio.us (not that I actually ever go back and “read” said pages)
Blackberry – Check.
Moleskin – Check.
February 3, 2009 at 10:38 am
Mark- I hadn’t heard of https://tr.im and have been testing it out…definitely an awesome tool to have-Thanks!
February 3, 2009 at 10:44 am
Are you guys deleting comments?
Instead of Roboform, I use Lastpass. It’s free, has NO ridiculous “limited Installs” (paid version), and works with IE and Firefox..If there’s one piece of software I can’t stand, it’s Roboform.
February 3, 2009 at 10:56 am
Read about OpenOffice here
February 3, 2009 at 11:04 am
I don’t know why I couldn’t “see” my first comment.. Now I see it with no picture of me.. Sorry, wasn’t intentional.
Maybe I typed something wrong?
Benn, thanks for the OpenOffice link. That’s the only software I use now for the tasks it does..
February 3, 2009 at 11:12 am
We have to visually verify every link that’s placed in a comment and will be held in moderation (active or not) until we can- sometimes it takes a bit for us to get to it, sometimes it’s within seconds.
I’m not sure why your gravatar isn’t showing up, it’s automated by them so I can’t speak to it.
February 3, 2009 at 11:30 am
@jim duncan: when i was with franklincovey it was interesting to see how many folks prefer paper over digital when it comes to tasks. there’s something fulfilling about actually putting a pen to paper and scratching a task off. moleskine FTW
@jim gatos: ever find openoffice slightly varies the formatting of word documents? i had that prob a few years back but haven’t explored since then. i really only use Word when i have to… i simply prefer to write everything in NotePad Pro. aside from style formatting, i actually think it’s a more powerful editor.
Chad A. Johnson
February 9, 2009 at 5:39 pm
I have been using Firebug for several months now and don’t know what I ever did without it. Working on WordPress themes is tough since the code is dynamic. By using Firebug to see the actual code, it is easy to fix problems.
Read It Later looks like a real gem. I just created an account and installed the Firefox plugin. Thanks.