You won’t believe how many free and low-cost tools and services you can find on the Internet. I found so many great tools that I decided to collect them in a blog of their own.
The driving philosophies behind the tools I share:
- This site is not for your IT department. It’s for normal folks who want to make their lives easier. My goal is to share tools that I would use. If I don’t understand what they’re supposed to do or how to use them, they’re probably not going to make the list.
- The posts are short summaries you can read in seconds. I want you to be able to glance at a tool and determine whether it has an application in your life.
- The tools truly are free or low cost. Companies have approached me with products that cost hundreds if not thousands a year. The salespeople think the cost is a great value, so they consider the price low cost for what you get. Sorry, but those kinds of tools don’t usually make it to the list. I may add a category called “Worth the Price,” which will list tools and services that you should splurge on.
- I evaluate each tool. When I find a new tool, I try to download it or register and try it out to make sure it’s not buggy or spammy or the like. You should see my applications list! Sometimes I use a throwaway email so I don’t get caught in a scam. Note: Just because it works on my computer doesn’t mean it will be great for yours. And you may piss off your IT department if you download a bunch of tools, no matter how cool they are.
- I’m always on the hunt for new tools! Feel free to send me your suggestions for the wonderful tools you’ve discovered. These are the tools you find on a Friday night when you’re surfing around, and you can’t wait to share with your colleagues at work. Ok, you may have a life that doesn’t involve Friday night surf-fests, but you get the picture.