Hard to believe, but I’m not much of a tools guy. I tend to use a text editor, an image editor, an outlining tool and a Moleskine. So, when I use a new tool more than four times, it’s worth writing about.
To all the folks who send me tools for reviews and stuff, please, do not take it personally. I’m a Luddite in geek’s clothing.
Here are the current winners:
- Evernote makes me smile every time I use it. It’s a fantastic note taking platform. If I find a useful web page, I click my Firefox Evernote add-in and bingo, it’s saved and tagged. I can also write notes, upload audio and a bit more with their premium service. Just try it!
- Drop.io is a universal drop box for anything you can deliver via e-mail, voice mail, a Firefox add-in, manual upload or their nifty API. Then I can share the same content via RSS feed, Facebook, e-mail or SMS. Want an instant podcast? Leave voicemails and then provide a link to the Dropcast.
- Smush.it is a Firefox add-in that helps you optimize images for fastest downloads. Visit a web page, click the Smush.it button and get a nice, neat report showing which images can be better compressed. Even better, they compress the images for you.
- The Firefox Web Developer’s Toolbar Add-in lets me test web pages, outline headings and other page elements and test pages a dozen different ways. It’s nerdvana in less than a megabyte.
- Jott.com lets you call and leave voice mail messages. Jott will then e-mail you the message (as text) right away, or as a reminder later. You can also forward the message to Twitter or your blog.
- The Moleskine Notebook goes with me everywhere. It never crashes, doesn’t require batteries, can be fed into a shredder and weighs less than a laptop. Plus, my kids can doodle in it on long plane flights.
- Tweetdeck is what really made me understand the value of Twitter. It makes the service usable, searchable and generally accessible to an old fart like me.
- Google Reader is a great tool to help me manage all the information I have to sift through every day.
- I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my Blackberry. In an iPhone-crazed world, I just gotta point out that this little phone rocks. It lets me handle e-mail, twitter and instant messaging. I can use GPS plus Google Maps and get great directions, too (I now navigate NYC subways like a champ).
Nifty stuff. Together, these tools help me solve problems. Give ’em a look – if they help me, they can help anyone.