So there’s been lots of new stuff I’ve been able to fiddle with recently. I started a Twitter account, so if you have an account there, let me know so I can follow you. The reason I went with Twitter, over something like Facebook’s status message is that it’s able to be plugged into the rest of my online life. You know the old mantra: one life, one status message? 😛 For example, by updating my status on Twitter, it also updates: my Facebook status message (via the Facebook Twitter application), my buddy status in Pidgin (which controls my status for AIM, GoogleChat, and more) (via the Pidgin Twitter Status plugin), and even my blog (see the box “Poo-Tee-Weet?” on the right) (via Twitter For WordPress). I still haven’t convinced myself how much I’m going to use Twitter, but for the unfamiliar, it’s a way to share a brief message with your friends online. It might be the answer to “what are you doing?”, “what are you thinking?”, or even just a quote or a link. You can even update your status via text message so that things can stay current if you’re doing something interesting away from the computer. We can’t ever get too far away from the net, right? Previously, I didn’t use the FB status messages very much, but I’m hoping that I’ll keep up with Twitter at least somewhat regularly.
Also, Sadie liked using Google Chrome, but found it a bit buggy still. It kept freezing on her and/or becoming really slow. So I suggested trying to use Firefox regularly in lieu of her usual IE 7. She really enjoyed that Chrome’s home page had a visual listing of all your most regularly viewed pages, which was an interesting twist on Opera’s Speed Dial. I found that a plugin by the same name for Firefox and I think that’ll work out pretty well for her. I’ve actually been using this for the past day, and I like it as well. It’s nice to be able to program your commonly used websites in for a nice quick shortcut. And even better, I like that similar to a phone’s speed dial, it’s easier to access these bookmarks with a keyboard shortcut. Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, etc. now gets me to my most commonly viewed sites.
To keep myself organized now that school’s started again, I’ve picked up a nice little to-do list manager called Remember The Milk (RTM). It can be used via a web interface, but I really enjoy using it with a Linux-only tool called Tasque. Tasque can be plugged into Do, so that adding tasks to my to-do list is as easy as a few button presses. The Do plugin is great because you can even add a task to your list by highlighting some text in a document, email, or webpage. For users on other operating systems, there’s a variety of RTM clients available if you don’t like having to use another website to manage your to-do list.
And then there’s Dropbox, which finally came out of private beta recently. They’ve got a freeware Linux client available, but I have yet to actually download and install it. Dropbox is a great little program that will keep a folder synchronized between all your computers. Ryan Paul of Ars wrote up a great review of it recently.
So all-in-all, just what I need. A bunch of new things to fiddle with! 😛