My name is John Colon and I work for Better Questions Better Answers. I’m amazed by what is available, for free, for my computer. Here are some of my favorite, can’t live without, better than sliced bread tools.
Rad Resources: I’d like to share 9 tools that make my life easier.
10: Gantzilla: Free version of this online service (still in Beta but in good shape) creates great looking and sharable Gantt and PERT charts.
9. Jing: Make short, sharable, voice-annotated screen screencasts (videos of what you are doing on screen) in a flash with this free little cousin to Camtasia. Fantastic for providing instructions.
8. Twitter: I’m careful about what/who I follow (rarely people, mostly news sources) and use it as a way to create my own live news feed focusing on just my interests. AEA’s @aeaweb is a good start for evaluators.
7. Stickies: This free pc utility works like electronic post-it notes on overdrive. Great for reminders. Can stick to sites, desktop, etc. Can set to pop up as reminders.
6. Remember The Milk: I make lots of lists. Even the free version of this lets me make lists, track lists, share lists, checkoff lists. I’ve upgraded to support the developers ($25) and now can use it on my phone too.
5. AutoHotKey: Automates any set of repetitive keystrokes on your computer and can be set to automatically expand abbreviations when typing. I type “tfi” and it writes “Thank you for the great idea.”
4. Bubbl.us: Makes mindmaps online for free. Easy to use, printable, can be exported as jpg.
3. ManyEyes: Very useful, free, suite of data visualization tools. Comes with great credentials – used by the New York Times and developed by IBM.
2. DropBox: Download dropbox (free). Create a folder in dropbox. Share that folder with a colleague. Now, drop any files at any time into that folder and your colleague can access them from anywhere.
1. ??? I left the number 1 slot open, hoping that you would share your favorite tools via the comments. So that I can learn from you and make life even better.
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