My Favorite Things

October 4, 2005

I thought I would list four of my favorite things for getting the most out of the Internet. I’ll try to post similar lists from time to time. If you have some personal favorites, post a reply and let us know all about it. Note that the four things I’ve listed are all free. A couple of them do have beefier versions available for sale if you want more.

First up is Konfabulator. A few months back I wrote up a long post on this handy utility. The news has only gotten better since that post. Yahoo bought the company a couple of months ago and now Konfabulator is completely free. Go ahead and download Konfabulator today!

Next is a great little tool called Trillian. If you use Instant Messaging to stay in contact, then you’ll love Trillian. It works with AIM, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ and IRC. The only major format not supported is Google Talk and I’m sure that will be added soon. There are two versions of Trillian available. Trillian Basic is completely free, though it doesn’t have as many features. Trillian Pro costs $25 and gives you a ton of added features. Visit Cerulean Studios today and get your copy.

How many times have you looked up a map on the Internet? I do it very regularly. I don’t know what I did without MapQuest. Now I’ve found a better tool in Google Maps. I get a nicer looking map. It shows various other places near your destination. Heck, it even tells you where you are going based on the address. It can even show you a satellite view of the earth.

Speaking of satellite views, let’s talk about Google Earth. It is a free program that you can download. Type in a location and it will zoom in on that area and show you a real (but not live) satellite view of that location. Go ahead and type in your home address or some other favorite location. This is definitely cool and will only continue to get cooler. If you want more power now, there are paid versions that add even more features.

That’s my list for today. Give these cool tools and try and let me know about some of your favorites.

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