BudURL: URL shrinker with tracking

Way back in the day, tinyurl.com was the first well-known service that allowed you to turn a monstrous web address into a short, cute little URL. In the Twitter world, where all you get is 140 characters, these URL-shortening sites have popped up everywhere. My favorite has been is.gd, both because it’s so dang short and because it makes me …

FormSpring: Build web-based forms for free

FormSpring is a handy service that allows you to build online forms. You can either host it on your site or let FormSpring host it (for free). It’s great for contact forms, event registrations, feedback, job applications, surveys and sign-up forms for newsletters. With the free version, you can create 3 forms with up to 15 fields each. The next …

Gliffy Online Diagram Software: Create flowcharts with ease

  Sure, you can try to create a flow chart with a word processing program such as MS Word, but you’re going to get angry. Your boxes will be different sizes, and your arrows won’t line up. It’ll take you too long, and screw up your diet when you visit the vending machine for a chocolate bar to get through …

Jing: Screen captures for free

Have you ever done a screen capture by pressing Print Screen, pasting it somewhere, editing it and sending it off? One of my favorite new (free!) tools is Jing, a little application from TechSmith, which makes the screen capture process insanely easy. Jing sits on your screen at all times in the form of a little yellow sun. You can …

WorkTime: You need this tool, but you’re not going to like it

I’m on the hunt for new free and low-cost tools to update my best resource document. Yesterday I found WorkTime from NesterSoft. WorkTime tracks every single activity on your computer. It shows you how long you surf the web, work on a document, spend writing emails. I can’t imagine a better tool for understanding where your time goes so you …