October 12, 2003

Blogger's Tool Kit

I recently had the chance to give a little demo to a future blogger of how a weblog entry is created in Fragments. In the process, we looked for info in several software 'storage bins' that I use often during the day as I browse and compile and cogitate. I sent him the list by email so he could take a look and see if any of these programs suited his organizational style. Since it was already in link format, I'll just post them below for you.

I'd like to know what you consider to be software you "can't do without" in the information gathering, writing and organizing that happens from your desk. Please send links! (Real men tinker with engines and machinery; geekguys fine-tune their 'puters. What can I say.)

Ecco Pro PIM ~ Free

Clipcache ~ Super Clipboard and Organizer

NoteTab Pro ~ HTML and Text Editor and More

TurboNote ~ Sticky Notes and link launcher

Netcaptor ~ Multitabbed Browser

Posted by fred1st at October 12, 2003 05:41 AM | TrackBack

I maintain my list of "Essential Software" at http://odonnellweb.com/software.html

Posted by: Chris at October 12, 2003 09:30 AM

Information gathering? Organizing? Guess I just don't do this stuff right.

Posted by: bogie at October 13, 2003 06:26 AM

Gees...me neither.*G*

I am lucky enough to have more than one machine...so I keep my web machine clean and lean. My other machine is a troubled, overburdened beast stuffed with all the MS and Adobe goodies to edit, design and create.

I use the browser history to "tab" links chronilogically and Notepad txt files saved to folders to store material. I burn them off to CD weekly. I map keys to retrieve commonly used tags and drop txt files with chunks of MT formatting onto my desktop links bar for instant retrieval.

I added various plugins to increase MT's functionality so that it is a more full featured tool.

I use Notepad for HTML and DZSoft's Perl editor...very lean interface and The Bat for email.

I store web based items in source code, not as notes. I avoid a word processor like the plague. only using Word when pressed. If I plan to use stored pages or excerpts, the code is already written...hit a couple of keys and I'm done.

Text files are lean and I don't have to worry about portability, OS incompatibilities, learning curves or security holes in 3rd party software.

After years of help desk duty I tend to avoid elaborate software if it can be done simpler.*G* You couldn't pay me enough to use MS's mail programs or PIMs.

I am not a list maker. IMHO-List makers should be shot immediately after the lawyers. *G*

Same simple approach to my paper files...all goes into a colored folder by month, bank statement fastened to the inside of the folder (makes it very simple to cross index bank statements to folders as a master index)...the folder naturally complies chronilogically. Files are boxed by year and stored.

I learned ages ago to organize at root level and let God sort out the details. *G*

Posted by: feste at October 13, 2003 02:03 PM

I suppose I'm predisposed for respecting your words since my Dad's name was Floyd...and in a comical sort of way...I as an individual could be rationally thought of as "a fragment of Floyd."

Being the critical type that I am, if you want to communicate with me you will need to stop writing posts in Greek. Most of what you said was Greek to me.

I have never been, nor do I see a time in the near future when I will be anything like as organized at yourself. The mechanics of Blogging is a great mystery to me. I have a long list of Blogs that I check in with each day but I don't have the first clue how to "Blog Roll" them. Actually I can't imagine anyone else being interested in my particular taste when it comes to what is an interesting Blog. If they did, I would have more "hits" than I'm getting.

Posted by: Clarence at October 15, 2003 05:20 AM

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