What online and tech tools do you use daily in your personal and professional life? Have they changed in the last two years? What has failed to ‘work’ for you?
I am having a little tidy – before the New Year – and was thinking about 2011. This is a brief ‘Christmas’ post (a list really) of sorts. I hope you have the time to add a comment.
Firstly, the following are dearly beloved but now departed:
- My iPod(s) are collecting dust. They have been superseded completely.
- Delicious, one of my favourite tools is now a relic and deserves a case study in how to alienate users. #fail
- Internet Explorer. I have just stopped using it completely.
- Yammer was something I’d grown fond of in 2010. I mourn the loss of this great tool from my professional life but hope my employer chooses to use it again in the future.
My new favs:
Adobe Lightroom 3 is a fantastic tool for photographers. I love the plugins for Flickr, Facebook & Photomerchant.
A Macbook Pro became my companion, at work and home, travelling and overseas. It never failed me and is a thing of beauty. I am a convert.
Booko.com.au – is brilliant for ‘real’ books and finding the best price
Browsers – (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) each have different roles and make it impossible to return to IE. I used each before, on and off, but now they are staples.
Diigo – replaced Delicious (allowing me to save to that old fav as well) and I have gradually warmed to it.
Google Plus – is fantastic for photographers who wish to share images and learn from the best creative souls around.
The VPN Witopia – was ‘peace of mind’ while travelling. Highly recommended.
Some old favs:
Email – although much maligned, still is an online workhorse. I seem to have a growing list of acounts – Gmail, Yahoo, DEC, Bigpond and my new photography email address – that are essential.
Facebook – I have to admit that I like it more than ever at the same time bemoaning the ‘one ring’ that rules them all nature of this omniscient tool.
Flickr – I love. Some point out that the company is hardly innovating any more but it just suits me fine. I often use Alan Levine’s plugin to help my workflow when acknowledging creative commons licenses.
Google Reader – has been updated and from my POV continues to work effectively for RSS feeds.
Kindle – I love the iPad, iPhone and Macbook apps that allow the whole family to share.
iPad – cannot really wrestle it from the kids often.
iPhone – and apps. More a companion than a tool.
Skype – kept us in touch with everyone this year. Hope Microsoft doesn’t wreck it!
WordPress blogs, this self-hosted one and the dozen others I have are fundamental to much sharing, teaching and learning. After playing with Joomla this year, I must say how much I prefer WP.