Category Archives: tools

Buddhify – an app for the harried

Buddhify is an app I read about on the Swissmiss blog that “teaches you to meditate and relax on the go.” I haven’t tried it yet, but I did check it out and it looks promising. For more,
see swissmiss.

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A nice background switcher for your desktop (with Web 2.0 features)

John’s Background Switcher over at John’s Adventures web site is a really nice tool that easily allows you not only to switch your background, but has links into flickr, Picasa, and more. Lots of great features for the tool, too. I highly recommend it.

Get smarter! Go use some creative tools from CreatingMinds.org

CreatingMinds.org has these great creative tools that can

help you and your organization become even more creative.

I highly recommend them.

Stuck for a new idea? Here’s the tool you need! :)

Go here!

Right now I am working on a “nutritious neon appliance”…I think my kids will love it.

Uber.com – build better personal sites with Uber and take advantage of the web 2.0 facilities

is a site for building your own web site around web 2.0 concepts. It is “alpha” if you ask me, but it has alot of potential to be great.

One feature I really like is the ability to make great slideshows. This part is good. Here’s a few I made as a test

http://berniemichalik.uber.com/SC_parade_2007

http://berniemichalik.uber.com/Dec2007

or go to Uber for more info.

What is the Rasterbator?

What is the Rasterbator?

The Rasterbator creates huge, rasterized images from any picture. Upload an image, print the resulting multi-page pdf file and assemble the pages into extremely cool looking poster up to 20 meters in size.

It could also be useful for technical documents, too.

Zoho Gets better and Better

Over at the blog Compiler from Wired.com is a good review of the latest AND greatest features in Zoho Writer. Key quote:

While it isn’t feature complete just yet, Zoho Writer is getting very close to the ideal in online editing with word processing software that works equally well in offline and online modes. With big names like Google Docs, Microsoft Live and even Adobe all vying for your online office loyalty, there’s no doubt that if offline functionality matters to you, Zoho has the lead.

Like Twitter? Try Snitter!

What is it? Well

Snitter is “Snook’s Twitter”: an Adobe AIR-powered application for twittering

It is really COOL….lots of nice features. You can find it here: Snitter: Snook’s Twitter – Snook.ca

chumby and other low cost computing devices

chumby is just one of latest low cost computing platforms coming on the market, like OLPC. Plus, they are darn cute! Check it out.

Problems with HassleMe

I blogged about this site before: HassleMe

It’s a great idea, but I think they need to make it more timely. Until then, based on my experience, I would recommend others ways to be reminded to do things.

Zoho keeps getting better and better

Zoho is adding new capability all the time. Now with offline features and integration with Facebook. I highly recommend you check it out. See here: Zoho Online Office, Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation, CRM and more

bubbl.us – a good mindmapping tool



bubbl.us is a nice mindmapping tool that is web based. I like it’s export features, among other things. It makes nice jpegs like this:

(Actually, it makes even nicer drawings…I just crunched it down to make it fit. Try it! :))

Your next flashlight is a Blackberry

blackberry

One alternative use of a BB is a flashlight.

When you have the backlight on high, it can illuminate more than you might think.

Something to think about in a jam. (pun intended.)

5min = DIY + YouTube

My friend Jean-Francois told me about this site. People post Do It Yourself videos on the web for others to see. If this takes off, it could be quite something. I wonder if Home Depot knows about this? Beat them to it. See

5min – Life Videopedia

The great Kevin Kelly

One of FM’s author is Kevin Kelly, of Kevin Kelly — Cool Tools

He’s much more than this. He has been doing cool stuff for many years, whether he was working on the Whole Earth Catalog (the Internet in a catalog form :) ) or helping launch WiReD (before it became TiReD). His cool tools section of his web site always has interesting articles in it.

It’s a shame the Whole Earth Review isn’t around anymore. But KK’s web site is: soak it up.

PDFForge

For people who need to produce PDF files for whatever reason, this tool has been recommended to me:

Download | pdfforge.org