While I am on the subject of making software recommendations, I thought I would throw this one out there too. I have been using a program called Remember the Milk for about two months now and it is great. By it's self, Remember the Milk is unamazing. RTM is basically a to do list that you can create and manage online. If all you want is a to do list, then there are many different places to find those. However, if you want something a little more powerful, check out RTM. If you currently use Gmail and Google Calendar, RTM integrates easily with these two services to keep you on task. RTM has created a plugin for Firefox that displays your to do list beside your email. It gets better: You can add tasks from an open email. The RTM plugin for Firefox creates a new option in Gmail's menu. From an open email, you can select "Create Task" and RTM will automatically add a new task to your list and link it to the email that you created it from. I have tried dozens of ways to keep myself organized, all have failed, some have failed horribly. I have been using RTM for a few months now and there are many things that I know I would have overlooked or forgotten to follow up on if not for this program. http://www.rememberthemilk.com
I don't know about anyone else, but my desktop is too cluttered. At home and work I have dual monitors and I always seem to have too many icons on each desktop. Often I think I have created a shortcut to a program and spend a minute or two looking for the icon before finally giving up and searching the start menu. Apparently, I am not the only person in the world with this problem. Josh Karlin has created a free, open source, keystroke launcher for Windows called Launchy. This little program is amazing. After you download the software, the program automatically indexes your programs and allows you to launch them without locating the icon. Most of the time, Launchy locates all programs without any help, but you may have to tell the program to search in certain locations or have it look in subdirectories to find all your programs. Anyway, once it has indexed your programs, all you have to do is press "Alt" and "Space" and Launchy opens. You start typing the name of the program you want and once you see the full name, simply hit enter. The program automatically opens. This many not seem to groundbreaking, but I was able to delete about two dozen icons from my desktop computer and I have deleted all the icons on my laptop. The program is so efficient, you will not even notice it running in the background.
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