FaxZero: Free Internet Faxing

A couple of weeks ago, I needed to fax an order form. I haven’t configured my computer to send faxes and my fax machine isn’t set up either. So I searched for a free tool to help. I was so happy when I discovered FaxZero. What a cool thing. You upload a document or PDF to fax to anyone for …

hidetext.net: Turn your email into a graphic

Spammers sweep websites to collect email addresses, so many people resort to formatting their contact info as something like: bziesenis (at) avenuez (dot) net Other clever people create graphics out of their text so they can’t be swept. Ta dah! Hidetext.net does it for you! Just type in your email address or any other text, and Hidetext converts it to …

Screencast.com: Your own online library

Because Screencast.com is integrated into my Jing account, I sometimes forget that it’s a great tool on its own. Screencast.com lets you upload and share documents, Jing captures, video files, etc. into a library of your own. I just created a “playlist” that contained 4 important files for a client, sending him a link to the list instead of 4 …

Three free tools for easy meeting planning

This morning I have to arrange a teleconference for 5 association CEOs. Before I found today’s free tools, here’s what the emails looked like: Me: “Ok, we’ll try for a meeting Tuesday at noon. Does everyone have the  call-in number?” CEO 1: “What meeting?” CEO 2: “Oh, you said Tuesday? Couldn’t we make it Wednesday?” CEO 3: “Wait… what time …

StumbleUpon: Discover new sites

I discovered StumbleUpon long, long before I discovered how it can send users to my site. Indeed — it was long before  I  actually had a site! This is the coolest time waster ever…. err, I mean the coolest way to discover new sites. You fill out a profile that describes the kinds of sites you’re interested in. I like …

LeechBlock : Another productivity tool

  A Twitter friend (dloo) just turned me on to LeechBlock, a simple Firefox add-on that helps you block sites that suck your productivity. I just set it so I limit my Twitter time to 5 minutes every two hours during the workday. LeechBlock :: Firefox Add-ons. Sounds like: KeepMeOut

KeepMeOut: Help your online productivity

I don’t know how I came upon KeepMeOut, but it’s become a favorite productivity tool of mine. You simply enter a URL of a site you tend to frequent too frequently (for me, it’s Twitter). Then you tell it how often you should be allowed to check back in. KeepMeOut creates a URL that you can bookmark in your browser. …

Pixie: Identify screen colors pixel by pixel

Oh, I love this little tool. Pixie is a tiny little program that allows you to identify colors on the screen so you can create graphics and documents that match. I use it all the time to replicate the look and feel of my clients’ web pages in the documents I create. You can keep it running all the time …

Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder

Many people today are recording podcasts, webinars, messages and more via their computers. Audacity is an awesome (and free) audio editor and recorder that takes little time to master. With Audacity, you can record a clip, cut out your mistakes, add in other audio and end up with a professional sound bite (IF you use a great microphone… otherwise it’ll …