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Stuff I use everyday and could not live without

Are you one of those people who like to know what gadgets or software others are using to do their day to day tasks? I know I am. I am always reading on Twitter and blogs about different ways to do things. For those of you out there on the same quest to find the perfect combo of gadgets and apps, here is another one to read.

It may not be as techy as you may think.I will start off with my lifeline or as I often refer to it, my internet enabled appendage. Better known as my HTC Desire Android phone. This may change at sometime, but for the 6 months I have been loving my Android phone. I have tried countless applications and configurations to come up with a setup that works well.


  • Pandora
  • Instant messengers
  • Astrid Tasks to sync with Google Tasks
  • Springpad
  • Jefit pro
  • Dropbox
  • Lastpass
  • Kindle

Google Calendar

I use Google Calendar to manage everything. When soccer season rolls around, it gets pretty hectic. I use the following ways to keep everything straight and in sync on my calendar.

  • Have a different calendar for each part of your life (work, home, freelance, each kid…)
  • Different colors for different calendars
  • Share calendars with others
  • Pop up reminders (these show up on the phone and computer)
  • Sync with Android phone

USB drive (portable apps)

I love having portable apps on my flash drive. I can take it anywhere and have all of my essential applications right there when I need them. The place I work doesn’t really let us install programs on our desktops, so having the portable apps lets me use some of my favorite apps and not get yelled at for installing things on their computer.

  • GIMP
  • Thunderbird portable (work)
  • Launchy
  • Pstart
  • Screenpresso
  • Firefox portable
  • OpenOffice

Gmail (personal and business)

Gmail is home-base for me. Everything goes in and out of the email hub. All of the sent messages, folders and everything are all in one place. I have more Gmail accounts than I can shake a stick at and all of them are managed through one account.

Using widgets, filter and labels make my life much easier when it comes to email. I am not always the most organized guy, but the way I run my inbox would lead you to believe otherwise. I never have an inbox that cant be emptied in less than 30 minutes.

I know some of those you may be using already, others perhaps not. Id love to hear what you could not live without using everyday. Leave a comment and help others out with new ideas to be productive.

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