I've been enticed into sharing a little bit.
What I'm going to list here might be a outside your normal box
, that's deliberate.
to check emails across mail agents.
For regular and really boring tasks I run processes on a schedule
. The tasks are unique for me but the techniques can be used by anybody. I run them under the system scheduler. They used to be built in script but are increasingly being done in compiled assemblies. I'm using .NET but whatever suits you. I find that LINQ and F# are astonishingly productive.
I have some custom logging
on web sites. It gets to me via automation above. The things you can have auto reported to you are very powerful!
Various online services
to store stuff.
for simple publishing jobs.
, combine it with Google (or whatever) custom searches
(that give you an RSS feed) and you have a tool that some CEO's pay a lot for. Free if you want it to be.
Coming and maybe's.
I use about five browsers. (So I maintain an understanding of what others see.) None of them actually do what I would like.
(I want to transition seamlessly to working on my projects from any browser that I use.) I have some ideas along those lines. If I can make time I know what I'd like to do. Currently it's a bit too hard, and I don't like the programming models. Maybe I'll end up with a programmable browser/s that actually do what I want, within 5 years.
Some people are doing stunning stuff with the cloud
. Look at what Pete Warden managed here http://bit.ly/aJvtuZ
. Unbelievable if you've never thought about it before. Individuals using AWS, Azure, the new Rackspace open source thingy... can do awesome jobs at low cost already. Big corporations used to spend mega-bucks doing that sort of thing, now you can do little jobs for dollars. It's here it's today. Wow.
I'm looking at something called Tabbles
. It breaks away from the heirarchical storage ideas. Essentially you tag your whole filing system with whatever labels make sense to you. Maybe a bit like what WinFS aspired to be. This might be my future. Not ready to say yet.
An MS product called OneNote
looks interesting. The online version is free. A curiosity until I gave it a spin. An extremely promising idea. I haven't the time to give it a good workout at present. I hope to get a chance.
I see a slow rise of aggregators
that one day might tame your Forum, Linked-In, Facebook etc. life into one coherent whole.
If even one of those sparks enough interest to look deeper I'm pleased.