- Google Apps – Branded E-Mail, Shareable RSS Calendars, Collaborative Document Editing, Easy Web Forms, and much more. I finally gave in and just made this the page that opens with my browser, because I probably go there 30 times a day. (Disclaimer: we resell Google Apps.)
- Evernote – Whether you’re using a smartphone, a web browser, or the desktop edition, Evernote will keep you organized and increase your productivity. It’s free, and it is amazing. Full text search within images and easy screen capture pair with smart indexing of photos I take on my Android phone. I use this as a CRM, recipe book, notepad, and task list.
- Google Navigation – I would waste so much time and gas if I didn’t always have the fastest route with real time traffic updates in my pocket. All the time. I don’t know what people did 20 years ago, but I vaguely remember something called a Thomas guide, and that it was much more difficult to use.
- Tweetdeck – Like drinking from a social networking firehose, this tool combines twitter, linkedin, and facebook elegantly so that I don’t have to keep up with three different websites. Easy cross posting, too.
- Passpack – As a technology professional, I often need to fetch confidential information, such as passwords and configuration information. Passpack provides a way to store and recall high value data collaboratively with minimal effort and maximum security. Everyone should change their passwords frequently, use a VaR!3ty of characters, and use Passpack to lock them down.
- Adobe Creative Suite – This software can accomplish just about anything in the creative realm. It’s expensive, but worth it for people who make things on computers.
Have a great week!