It appears our blog has been neglected for a few days so I decided to write a brief blog about some tools I use on a daily basis that increase my producitivty and can’t imagine living without. I’ll break the list down into two categories: programs and FireFox Extensions (yes, I’m a junkie).
- Launchy – Launchy allows you to index your start menu, program files, and other common places programs / files reside and run them with a quick hotkey. For example the default settings have it set to where you hit “space + alt” and a little search comes up. Type in a common program such as “firefox” and hit enter – tada FireFox launches. My description doesn’t give it justice – this program is an absolute must.
- Pidgin – Pidgin is a multi-protocol instant messaging application that is open source and light-weight. The reason I’m including it in this list is because its simple to use, no ads, and the UI is nice and quick so it won’t distract you (yea I know a bit iffy for the list but I love it :)).
- ZendStudio (Eclipse) – Tony turned me on to this – it’s a wonderful IDE created and maintained by the crew over at Zend (PHP). If you’re a PHP programmer this IDE will save you time from simple auto completion to built-in documentation. It also has other useful features such as built-in SVN support, error handling, phpdoc inserts, and much more.
- ColorZilla – This is essentially an eye dropper tool for your browser. This allows you to select any color on screen and capture the code to use elsewhere. Extremely useful if you’re a web developer / designer.
- RSVP Reader – RSVP stands for “rapid serial visual presentation” which basically allows you to speed read by displaying single (or a couple) words at a time. Basically it takes the difficulty out of the speed reading technique (read more about it, my description stinks).
In hindsight this is really just a quick post of some applications I can’t live without – I may post a followup with a few more I use on a daily basis in the near future.
Until next time,
I had the formatting all pretty but WordPress’ WYSIWYG editor is insisting on it being ugly. Who am I to argue?