Favorite apps and sites from The Webby Awards

Every year I adore going through the nominees and honorable mentions for The Webby Awards, which recognizes sites and apps for outstanding awesomeness. Here are a few of my favorites from this year (and last year). Warning: many are highly addicting. Graphics Type to Design (online) Write your name with Instagram pictures with Type to Design. Use a screencapture to grab …

Ad Blocker for Browsers

Just by installing a quick plugin for your browser, you can speed up web pages and stop annoying ads from cluttering up your screen. I’m AMAZED at how fast pages load without the ads. Adblock Plus is an open-source product that works on a whole bunch of different browsers, and starting this week you can download the browser as an app for both …

Google Photos: It’s All That (and a little worrisome)

A couple of weeks ago Google offered a great gift to the Internet universe: free, unlimited photo storage for all. Free. Unlimited. 100%. Free. People keep asking me, “Does that mean I can upload…?” Yep. Everything. All the old family photos, everything on your mobile device, any images you have stored on other cloud services. Free. Unlimited. The Good Besides …

Expense Management and Accounting: Expensify, Shoeboxed and Wave Accounting

(This post goes really well with this one!) OK, ’fess up. Do you have a pile of wrinkled, stained, faded receipts sitting around your office that you’re supposed to do something with? It’s time to take control with these receipt management tools. All things considered, my favorite receipt management tool is still Shoeboxed, even though there are less expensive alternatives …

How Net Neutrality Affects You

This week a federal appeals court said the FCC couldn’t make a rule that regulates what they call “net neutrality,” which is the idea that all internet traffic is the same. That assures that the streaming of a movie on Netflix will be delivered at the same speed as when you surf the internet. Verizon sued the FCC because they …

JotForm: Full-bodied form builder

Google Forms is a quick-and-easy way to embed a form on your site for free, but it doesn’t have much pizazz. JotForm takes all types of online forms to new levels, both with formatting and functionality. JotForm (which also spells its name “Jotform,” driving a former English teacher like me crazy!) has a cool integration with Dropbox that deposits submissions directly into …