Sometime it's interesting to see what technologies other people use to get stuff done. With that idea in mind, here are some of the tools I use on a daily basis:

  • Firefox – The best PC browser on the planet. Tabbed browsing and extensions (see below) make building and browsing websites a lot easier.
  • Mozilla Thunderbird – Easy email. Great filtering functionality (Though, "not as good as The Bat" says Zach). And it's fast. Now if they can just get it to sync with more cell phones.
  • Gmail – for personal email. Also using Hotmail, though I'm trying to bag it.
  • Trillian – Chat client that runs AIM, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, and IRC all from one program. GAIM does most of the same things – just less elegantly.
  • del.icio.us and Digg – I mostly use these sites as a place to find links (rather than store them).
  • Bloglines – Web-based RSS reader. It's ok – definitely a cool way to discover new content. Still looking for a decent independent feed reader. Got a recommendation?
  • Technorati – Blog search.
  • ColorZilla – Its a photoshop-like colorpicker extension for Firefox that lets you find the color of anything within your browser. This is particularly useful when working with CSS.
  • Web Developer – Another very useful Firefox extension. Let's you outline Divs, disable styling, edit stylesheets, disable images, and much more. I use DevToolBar when I'm working in IE.
  • Scintilla SciTE – Simple code editor. Dreamweaver is a crutch in the new world of standards – bag it. I hear TextMate is the editor for Mac people.
  • Keyboard shortcuts – Really basic tools many people never use. Ctrl-Z (undo), Ctrl-C (copy) and Ctrl-P (paste) and of course, Alt-Tab. Right-clicking is lame.
  • TiddlyWiki – Been trying this out for note-taking. Not terribly impressed. I have a Writely account too, maybe I'll switch. Main goal here is less paper, more organization.

Got a a piece of software or a website you find useful? Let's hear about it.


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Fred Simmons

As a Partner and the Director of User Experience at Gulo, Fred enjoys making website interactions more natural and improving UX design. Outside of work, Fred enjoys golf, BBQ, craft beer, movies where the bad guy wins, comma-separated lists, and talking about himself in the third person.