Charles Hamilton is an experienced writer who manages many social media channels, and who writes about technology.

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AANW News, July 2023

2023 Summit and Train Trek Success

Returning Passenger Trains to a Station Near You: Why and How

AANW Hotline, May 2023

A Regional Coalition of Transportation, Environmental, Health Care, Labor and Community Organizations Releases Updated Policy Recommendations Supporting Rail

Comment on FRA Study to Restore Discontinued Amtrak Routes

AANW Testifies before the Oregon Legislature's Joint Transportation Committee

AANW Participates in FRA’s Amtrak Long-Distance Study Workshops

AANW Seeks Volunteer Accounting Assistance


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Rail-Related Social Media

AANW Hotline Sept 2022 - Updates & Tidbits

How Many People Do Not Drive?

Be a Stop on AANW’s Train Trek!

Updates & Tidbits April 2022

Rail.chat and Social Media

All Aboard August: Returning Passenger Trains to a Station Near You

More at AANW website

All Aboard Washington (website, Facebook)

Great AAWA-AORTA-AANW Picnic [post]

AAWA News, August 2023: Pass, Peregrination, and Picnic [post]

Join Us Next Week to Discuss Restoring Passenger Rail Service in the Greater Northwest [post]

AAWA News, June 2023 [post]

Support AAWA This Spring [post]

AAWA Response to WSDOT Blog: Seriously Evaluate Benefits to Society of East-West Service [post]

Meeting Reminder, May 2023 [post]

AAWA News, April 2023 [post]

A Regional Coalition of Transportation, Environmental, Health Care, Labor and Community Organizations Releases Updated Policy Recommendations Supporting Rail [post]

AAWA Submits Proviso for Benefit-Cost Analysis of East-West Passenger Rail Service [post]

New Amtrak Cascades schedule effective March 6, 2023 [post]

AAWA News, February 2023 [post]

AAWA Participates in North Sound Transportation Alliance Meeting [post]

AAWA Testifies to WA Legislature's House Transportation Committee [post]

December 2022 AAWA-AORTA Meeting [post]

Reminder: All Aboard Washington-AORTA Annual Meeting Next Saturday [post]

Senator Jeff Wilson Speaks with AAWA [post]

All Aboard Washington’s 2023 Legislative Priorities [post]

Join Us For All Aboard August (and beyond) [post]

Why letters to Governor Inslee urging an "expression of interest" to FRA for restoration of passenger rail service are important [post]

Senator Liias: Let's Change Passenger Rail from a Vision to Reality [post]

Be a Stop on the 2022 Train Trek! [post]

Successful In-Person AAWA Meeting in Centralia [post]

Upcoming AAWA Events, Support our Work [post]

A Short Update on AAWA's Activities [post]

It’s Time to Expand the Amtrak Cascades Statewide [post]

AAWA Discusses Rail Funding on KING5 TV [post]

AAWA Responds to Proposed State Transportation Budget [post]

AAWA Presents to Spokane Rotary 21 [post]

Transportation, Environmental, Health Care and Community Coalition Releases Policy Recommendations Supporting Rail [post]

AAWA's 2022 Legislative Priorities [post]

Advocates Discuss Strengthening Our Communities with Passenger Rail, Part 2 [post]

Advocates Discuss Strengthening Our Communities with Passenger Rail, Part 1 [post]

The Gift of Rail [post]

Join us for our annual meeting December 11 [post]

AAWA News, November 8, 2021 [post]

Maintain the Momentum! [post]

Kudos to AAWA and Speakers from PNWER [post]

2021 East-West Train Trek Report [post]

Advocates Meet to Discuss Improving Passenger Rail Service for the Tri-Cities and the Yakima Valley [post]

Advocates Travel Statewide to Share Vision for Improving Passenger Rail Service [post]

Improving Passenger Rail Service to the Spokane Area [post]

Improving Passenger Rail Service for Leavenworth and Wenatchee [post]

Advocates Meet to Discuss Returning Passenger Rail Service to Ritzville [post]

Advocates Meet to Discuss Returning Passenger Rail Service to Walla Walla [post]

Advocates Meet to Discuss Improving Passenger Rail Service [post]

Advocates Meet to Discuss Returning Passenger Rail Service to the Yakima Valley [post]

AAWA Submits Comments to USDOT on Transportation Equity [post]

AAWA Presents to the Washington State Transportation Commission [post]

Latest Newsletter Now Available [post]

More at the AAWA website


GigaOM / WebWorkerDaily

Attach a keyboard to your iPad with Incase Origami Workstation

Feb. 13, 2012 - 12:00 PM PDT

The Incase Origami Workstation is designed to be a case for an Apple Wireless Keyboard, which opens up into a simple stand for an iPad. It’s made of a thin material…Read more »

Turn your iDevice into a sophisticated clock with TimeCommand

Oct. 11, 2011 - 12:06 PM PDT

The TimeCommand will turn your iPod, iPhone or iPad into a Chumby-like device, and charge it at the same time. By itself, it’s an alarm clock. Plug in an iDevice, and… Read more »

Kerio Workspace: File collaboration without email

Oct. 10, 2011 - 9:37 AM PDT

Kerio Workspace 1.1, described as “an online file and content sharing platform,” has some features in common with collaboration solutions such as Basecamp, but it omits project management features. It has… Read more »

Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard review: Here comes the sun

Sep. 26, 2011 - 8:31 AM PDT

Logitech’s new Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 for Mac looks a lot like the Apple keyboard at first glance, but adds a strip of solar panels above the function keys. It also… Read more »

Remote access app LogMeIn Ignition gets enterprise management features

Jul. 26, 2011 - 3:09 AM PDT

LogMeIn Ignition, which we’ve written about previously, gives users the ability to access their office or home computer from their smartphone or tablet. Now, the product has added features that allow… Read more »

GoFlex Satellite review: Stormy weather for this personal cloud

Jul. 1, 2011 - 2:01 PM PDT

The idea behind Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite is cool: a 500GB drive and a Wi-Fi transmitter in a small case, which can stream your media collection. So when Seagate sent me a… Read more »

ShareFile offers enterprise-friendly file sharing features

Jul. 1, 2011 - 3:58 AM PDT

For sending, sharing and collaborating on files, there are a huge number of file sharing apps available, including Dropbox, Box.net, Minus, FileShareHQ and Accellion. Another option in this very crowded market… Read more »

Survey finds status meetings don’t help work get done

Jun. 29, 2011 - 4:00 AM PDT

It will probably come as no surprise to WebWorkerDaily readers that a recent survey found that 70 percent of information workers don’t believe status meetings help them accomplish work tasks. Additionally,… Read more »

Harmon.ie adds social collaboration tools to Outlook

Jun. 28, 2011 - 4:00 AM PDT

Harmon.ie 3.0, is an Outlook add-on that’s adding new social and collaboration features. The new “people” tab in the Harmon.ie sidebar lets users see colleagues’ profiles and availability, displays an activity… Read more »

Egnyte adds easy file sharing to Windows, Mac OS X and Outlook

Jun. 21, 2011 - 5:15 AM PDT

Egnyte, the file management, sharing and backup system that I wrote about last fall, has been updated, and has added several ways to simplify accessing and sharing files in the cloud,… Read more »

Clearvale aims to bring together CRM and collaboration

Jun. 21, 2011 - 5:00 AM PDT

Clearvale is a cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service, enterprise solution for Social Customer Relationship Management (Social CRM) that includes interconnected internal and external social networks, which allow customers and employees to collaborate and communicate… Read more »

SocialBase: Social media task management

Jun. 20, 2011 - 11:05 AM PDT

SocialBase “is a team collaboration, tools integration and task management system your social media workflow” from oneforty, the company that started as a Twitter app store in 2009 and expanded… Read more »

The Mill brings an informal coworking option to Seattle

Jun. 16, 2011 - 9:10 AM PDT

When Jana and Keith Harper returned to Seattle a few months ago, after spending a couple of years in New York City, they decided that they wanted to create a coworking… Read more »

Share your music with portable speakers for your iDevice

Jun. 14, 2011 - 10:22 AM PDT

While you’re outdoors this summer, you may want to share your music with those around you. There are lots of portable boom boxes, but here are a few unusual ways to… Read more »

Communication app Convos shutting down: What are the alternatives?

Jun. 13, 2011 - 12:51 AM PDT

Convos, the group communication tool, has notified its customers by email that it will be shutting down as of June 30, 2011. Organizations that have been using Convos have several alternatives… Read more »

MobileMe will transition to iCloud; Apple offers refunds

Jun. 6, 2011 - 1:06 PM PDT

Now that Apple has announced its new iCloud service, which will be available at no charge, MobileMe users who have been spending $99 a year will be entitled to a refund… Read more »

Share documents easily with AirDrop

Jun. 6, 2011 - 10:41 AM PDT

The upcoming OS X Lion will include a new way of sharing documents with friends and family who are on the same Wi-Fi network in a similar manner as other P2P… Read more »

Sales presentation app CrunchConnect adds sharing features

Jun. 6, 2011 - 3:00 AM PDT

CrunchConnect, a web-based sales presentation and web conferencing platform that’s currently in private beta, has added some new features that provide managers with systems for sharing presentations among workgroups for evaluation… Read more »

Enterprise Microblogging App Flowr Gets HTML5 Mobile Site

Jun. 1, 2011 - 4:02 AM PDT

Flowr, the enterprise-oriented social communication web application that I wrote about, and Simon demonstrated, a few months ago, has simplified its interface and added some new features, including a beta of… Read more »

Workers Increasingly Accept Vacation Interruptions, Study Says

May. 26, 2011 - 3:51 AM PDT

The sort of “Let’s Get Away From It All” vacation immortalized in the popular song may be a thing of the past. A new study confirms that web workers are increasingly… Read more »

KnowledgeTree Debuts Android App for Cloud Document Management

May. 25, 2011 - 4:00 AM PDT

KnowledgeTree, a service that lets businesses collaborate on and manage documents in the cloud, is now offering an app for Android phones and tablets, and automatic synchronization between mobile and desktop… Read more »

eVoice: An Affordable Virtual Phone System

May. 24, 2011 - 9:05 AM PDT

j2 Global, the company behind eFax, is extending its telecommunication offerings. For clients who do not need fax, email and web conferencing, j2 offers eVoice, which competes with the likes of… Read more »

Moxie Software’s Spaces Gets New Mobile, Video and Search Features

May. 23, 2011 - 3:00 AM PDT

Moxie Software’s Employee Spaces is a hosted application, developed in cooperation with design consultancy IDEO, that provides integrated social and collaboration tools for the enterprise. The company has announced several major… Read more »

Record and Share Handwritten Notes With Livescribe Connect

May. 23, 2011 - 1:09 AM PDT

As much as I like apps like Evernote, I still take a lot of hand-written notes, which is why I was interested in the new interactive “pencasts” available for the Livescribe…Read more »

Remote Access App HomePipe Gets Enterprise-Friendly

May. 17, 2011 - 7:00 AM PDT

HomePipe is a service that allows you to securely access and share files remotely to Windows, Mac, and Linux machines, through a web app, and through free mobile apps. The service… Read more »

Protect Your iPhone 4 and Add Battery Life With A PowerSkin Case

May. 16, 2011 - 1:21 PM PDT

I’ve dropped enough phones over the years that I’m a big fan of “extreme cases” like the ones that Dave wrote about recently. But if you don’t need quite as much… Read more »

8×8 Virtual Office Solo: A Business Phone Service for Individuals

May. 6, 2011 - 4:05 AM PDT

If you have a one-person office and are looking for an affordable telecommunications package, provider 8×8’s new Virtual Office Solo may be worth a look. Calls may be sent and received… Read more »

Xobni’s Gadgets Bring Third-Party Collaboration Tools to Outlook

May. 3, 2011 - 11:00 AM PDT

Xobni, a popular productivity add-on for Outlook that automatically displays additional information about email contacts, has announced that it is making available “gadgets,” third-party additions to Xobni that will let well-known… Read more »

VoxOx Brings Its All-in-One Communications App to iOS Devices

Apr. 29, 2011 - 4:00 AM PDT

VoxOx, the all-in-one phone, fax, instant-messaging, text-messaging, and file-sending application, is now offering an app for iOS. While the mobile app doesn’t have all of the features of the desktop application,… Read more »

First Look: Google Docs App for Android

Apr. 28, 2011 - 1:32 AM PDT

Google has released the Google Docs app for Android to complement the web version. I’ve taken a quick look at it on an HTC Evo 4G, and it looks like it… Read more »

Note-Taking Apps Evernote and Catch Get New Sharing Features

Apr. 21, 2011 - 4:05 AM PDT

Note-taking service Evernote has released a major update to its Android app. It includes document sharing features that make it possible for web workers to use Evernote as a collaboration tool… Read more »

21 Ergonomic Tips for Traveling Web Workers

Apr. 13, 2011 - 1:02 PM PDT

During my recent conversation with licensed massage therapist Wimsey Cherrington about ways of avoiding repetitive strain injuries at work, she also suggested several tips for luggage handling, neck and back support,… Read more »

RAID on the Road: OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual Mini

Apr. 11, 2011 - 4:05 AM PDT

I need the extra security of RAID while on the road, so I checked out OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Dual mini, a portable RAID storage solution that’s compatible with Mac or…Read more »

Send Sensitive Data Securely With Lockify

Apr. 6, 2011 - 1:49 AM PDT

If you need to securely share data like a password, bank account or credit card number, Lockify is an easy way to do so. Once your message has been encrypted, you… Read more »

SugarSync App for iOS Adds Remote File Updating, Easy Sharing

Apr. 4, 2011 - 1:02 AM PDT

SugarSync has updated its iOS client to version 2.2, and it’s a big improvement. The new version adds some unique features, including the ability to copy, move and delete files on… Read more »

netTALK Duo: Cheap VoIP Calls, No PC Required

Mar. 29, 2011 - 4:35 AM PDT

netTALK has introduced the Duo, a hardware-plus-service option that’s about as simple to set up as anything I’ve seen. Plug it into an Ethernet connection, power and a phone, activate it,… Read more »

Create Simple Diagrams With Shapes for Mac

Mar. 28, 2011 - 12:32 PM PDT

Shapes, a simple diagramming app for Snow Leopard, may be just what the average business user ordered. With a simple interface and a limited, but well-chosen assortment of tools, it avoids… Read more »

CrunchConnect: Sales-Focused Web Conferencing

Mar. 28, 2011 - 3:00 AM PDT

CrunchConnect, a new service from SalesCrunch, is entering private beta today, and it’s worth a look. CrunchConnect’s web conferencing and screen sharing system has some useful features, including the option for… Read more »

Are You Ready for IE9 and Firefox 4?

Mar. 22, 2011 - 5:00 AM PDT

In the past few days, the final versions of Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4 have both arrived. We haven’t seen any major issues yet, but here is a short list… Read more »

Noteleaf: Quick Info on Meeting Participants, Delivered by SMS

Mar. 17, 2011 - 7:00 AM PDT

Envision this: A few minutes before a scheduled meeting time, you get an SMS that shows photos of the participants, together with data from their LinkedIn profiles, their last few tweets,… Read more »

11 Ergonomic Tips for Avoiding RSI

Mar. 14, 2011 - 9:00 AM PDT

Remote workers need to be especially vigilant about avoiding Repetitive Stain Injury (RSI). I asked licensed massage therapist Wimsey Cherrington, who specializes in treating patients with repetitive strain injuries for low-cost… Read more »

AppSumo Offers Discounted Bundle for “Lean Startups”

Mar. 11, 2011 - 11:00 AM PDT

We’ve written before about software bundles, which have become increasingly popular. Similarly, AppSumo has put together a bundle of SaaS products that will appeal to “lean startups,” timed to coincide with… Read more »

14 iPad Apps to Remotely Control Your Work Computer

Mar. 11, 2011 - 10:00 AM PDT

With the new iPad 2 on the way, many teams may be considering whether iPads can replace laptops as tools for remote workers. That may be possible with one of the…Read more »

GoToMyPC Debuts for iPad

Feb. 28, 2011 - 1:55 AM PDT

Citrix’s popular remote access tool GoToMyPC is now available for the iPad , with a new app that lets users access files, programs and network resources on desktop Macs or PCs… Read more »

Remote Support Tool TeamViewer Gets an Android App

Feb. 25, 2011 - 7:00 AM PDT

Cross-platform screen sharing solution TeamViewer has been updated to version 6, and has added a new Android app. There are many alternatives for screen sharing and web conferencing, but TeamViewer stands… Read more »

Connect to Your Desktop on the Go With VNC Viewer for Android

Feb. 21, 2011 - 10:00 AM PDT

I keep most of my work in the cloud these days, to facilitate collaboration with my remote colleagues. But I have an HTC EVO 4G, so I tested VNC® Viewer for… Read more »

Crocodoc’s New HTML5 Viewer Promises Better Speed and Accuracy

Feb. 16, 2011 - 8:00 AM PDT

Online document service Crocodoc, which Thursday wrote about last year, is rolling out some new features that should make it easier to collaborate on and mark up highly-formatted documents, including PDFs,… Read more »

Manage Office Phone Systems On the Go With AT&T Office@Hand

Feb. 10, 2011 - 10:00 AM PDT

If you have a centralized office phone system with remote workers. AT&T now has a mobile app that allows you to manage your company phone system directly from your iPhone. The… Read more »

14 Tips for Remote Working in Winter Weather

Feb. 8, 2011 - 2:51 AM PDT

Let’s face it, we could still get more nasty weather before the winter is over. If you must work, then you might as well be prepared. So I’ve collected some resources… Read more »

How to Raise Your Prices

Jan. 27, 2011 - 12:00 PM PDT

We all know that it’s better to keep existing customers than to spend the time and effort getting new ones. So when a friend and fellow business owner asked me for…Read more »

How to Hire an Intern

Jan. 26, 2011 - 2:00 PM PDT

An internship can be a rewarding experience for both you and the student. It’s a great way to find out if a person will work well with your organization. And especially… Read more »

Unified Address Book Silentale Will Go Silent, Then Relaunch as Backup for Social Networks

Jan. 25, 2011 - 5:00 AM PDT

Silentale, the “unified address book” that we wrote about last year, has sent an email to its users announcing that the service is ending. It states that “starting January 31st, we… Read more »

High-Quality Calls with Polycom Conference and Desk Phones

Jan. 24, 2011 - 10:00 AM PDT

Just about every business-oriented VoIP phone, and even many cellphones, come with a speakerphone these days. But such speakers are often poor, and I decided to see how much difference a… Read more »

Integrated Online Accounting and Bookkeeping With Zoho Books

Jan. 19, 2011 - 9:00 AM PDT

Zoho, a provider of an extensive suite of 26 web applications, many of which we’ve written about previously, is now offering a bookkeeping and accounting system called Zoho Books. It will… Read more »

Konnect: A Basic, Flexible VoIP Phone System

Jan. 18, 2011 - 7:00 AM PDT

The Konnect office phone system is available in a couple of versions; the version I tried doesn’t require a server. It can be used with many VoIP services, but the native… Read more »

Facebook Apps Can Now Access Phone Numbers and Addresses

Jan. 17, 2011 - 2:48 AM PDT

Facebook has quietly announced to application developers that third-party apps will be able to access the addresses and mobile phone numbers of Facebook users. The easiest way to avoid making postal… Read more »

World IPv6 Day Is June 8. Should You Care?

Jan. 12, 2011 - 2:45 PM PDT

Most web workers have probably heard that “the Internet is running out of addresses.” In response, The Internet Society, together with such major players as Facebook, has announced World IPv6 Day… Read more »

VoxOx “Universal Communicator” Rebrands, Updates to 2.5

Jan. 12, 2011 - 12:00 PM PDT

VoxOx is a great idea: one program that does phone calls, IM, video chat, Skype messaging, conference calling, even incoming faxing. You can select your own phone number. Unfortunately, with an… Read more »

Hamachi VPN Now Available for Mac

Jan. 10, 2011 - 12:00 PM PDT

LogMeIn Hamachi is one of my favorite tools for creating a VPN to connect to my network remotely. I can create and access secure virtual networks across public and private networks… Read more »

Alternatives to Dimdim for Web Conferencing

Jan. 7, 2011 - 2:00 PM PDT

Now that the online collaboration service Dimdim has been purchased by Salesforce and is being shut down, what alternatives for collaboration, conferencing and screen sharing remain available? Here are a few… Read more »

Buffalo CloudStor: Another Option for Remote File Access

Jan. 7, 2011 - 12:00 PM PDT

The Buffalo CloudStor is an external drive that has built-in capabilities allowing you to make its contents available outside your own network. As with Pogoplug Biz and Pogoplug Video, users will… Read more »

Reports: Technology Job Outlook Improving

Jan. 7, 2011 - 7:00 AM PDT

Three new reports suggest that opportunities for technology jobs are outpacing the wider job market. Postings for information technology positions grew by 82 percent over December 2009, and the position of… Read more »

Google Apps Rolls Out More Spam-Fighting Tools

Jan. 6, 2011 - 2:00 PM PDT

Email spam is, of course, a continuing problem, even if the total amount has fallen recently. So Google has responded by adding some new spam-fighting tools to Google Apps. Administrators can… Read more »

Stream Video From Your Hard Drive With Pogoplug Video

Jan. 6, 2011 - 10:00 AM PDT

Pogoplug Video, announced today at CES, will allow you to make videos available to clients more easily. The device will stream HD video and images from your own external hard drive,… Read more »

Co-working Options Showed Major Expansion in 2010

Jan. 6, 2011 - 7:00 AM PDT

The number of co-working spaces has continued to grow in popularity during the last year. According to a recent report, the number of co-working facilities almost doubled in 2010, and there… Read more »

Stuff I’m Still Using: My Favorite Products From 2010

Jan. 5, 2011 - 7:00 AM PDT

One of the fun things about writing here is that I get to experiment with a bunch of apps and devices. Here’s a list of the products I tried in 2010… Read more »

QR Codes 101: Make Links to Your Website from Anywhere

Jan. 4, 2011 - 2:00 PM PDT

If you’re still wondering what those funny black-and-white squares are, here’s an introduction. QR codes are an increasingly-popular way of converting data like website addresses into a form that can be… Read more »

Report: Hiring Up for Workers With Mobile, Language Skills

Jan. 4, 2011 - 9:00 AM PDT

A new report evaluating recent job postings for remote workers found that employers are looking to hire mobile developers. The report also showed an increase in postings for experts in such… Read more »

iTwin: Remote, Encrypted Access to Your Files

Jan. 3, 2011 - 12:00 PM PDT

The iTwin device provides a simple and secure way of connecting to your office’s files while you’re out of the office. You’ll be able to access, move, copy and back up… Read more »

2010’s Most Popular Posts for Web Workers

Jan. 1, 2011 - 9:00 AM PDT

In case you missed them, here are the top posts of 2010 from WebWorkerDaily. It’s clear that you like our compilations of tips, apps, and other tools, but you also appreciate… Read more »

Create Detailed Contact Pages for Your Website With Formsly

Dec. 31, 2010 - 7:00 AM PDT

Contact pages on websites are usually boring. But Formsly gives your visitors detailed information about your business — the sort of information that you might find on Yelp or Google Places… Read more »

What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Dec. 30, 2010 - 12:00 PM PDT

A recent survey of New Year’s resolutions found that workers want to get organized, stay connected, and respond more quickly to business communications. What are your New Year’s resolutions? How do… Read more »

icloud Adds Mobile Access

Dec. 30, 2010 - 9:00 AM PDT

icloud, a “web operating system” with a growing selection of apps that can be included in a customizable virtual workspace, is now offering mobile apps for iOS and Android that include… Read more »

Study of New Year’s Resolutions: Get Organized in 2011

Dec. 29, 2010 - 12:00 PM PDT

A recent survey of New Year’s resolutions found that the number-one resolution is to get organized. Sixty-one percent of those polled pledged to keep their business more organized in the new… Read more »

QuietWrite: A Minimalist Web App

Dec. 29, 2010 - 7:00 AM PDT

If you find that the busy interfaces of standard word processors detract from your ability to concentrate, there are several options for “distraction-free writing,” including WriteRoom, OmmWriter and DarkRoom. Now there’s… Read more »

Google Tests More Intrusive Ad Placement in Gmail Web Interface

Dec. 29, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

Some Gmail users are seeing ads below messages. Gmail has long displayed ads in its web interface, to the right of incoming messages. But some are complaining that the new placement… Read more »

Study of New Year’s Resolutions: Workers Won’t Unplug in 2011

Dec. 28, 2010 - 12:00 PM PDT

A recent survey of New Year’s resolutions found that workers are not interested in being out of touch in 2011. Less than one in five workers (19 percent) resolves to unplug… Read more »

Sleipnir Mobile and 360: Two New Web Browsers for iOS

Dec. 28, 2010 - 7:00 AM PDT

Sleipnir Mobile and the 360 Browser have joined a growing group of alternatives to Mobile Safari, the web browser that comes with the iPhone and iPod touch. Tabs, data sync with… Read more »

Edit Google Documents Locally with GDocsOpen

Dec. 27, 2010 - 12:00 PM PDT

GDocsOpen is a software program for Windows that makes it easy to edit and sync local documents directly to Google Documents (s goog). I found its small size and simple installation… Read more »

Manage Your Office’s Phone Messages with AnyMessages

Dec. 27, 2010 - 7:00 AM PDT

AnyMessages, an online service designed to replace those pink “While You Were Out” messages, allows coworkers to send an email or text with a caller’s message and contact information. The service… Read more »

A Web Worker’s December Twenty-Fourth

Dec. 24, 2010 - 6:00 PM PDT

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and in my workspace, The tech gear was taking breaks from the rat race. The smartphones were plugged into USB, And the laptops were waiting for… Read more »

Google Voice Continues Free Calls Through 2011

Dec. 21, 2010 - 1:41 AM PDT

Google Voice, which offers voice calling from mobile devices and from Gmail’s web interface, has announced that it will continue to offer free calls in the U.S. and Canada through 2011… Read more »

4 Cross-Browser Testing Tools

Dec. 20, 2010 - 12:00 PM PDT

No matter what other presences you may have on the web, your own website is still a must. Professionally-designed websites should, of course, look good no matter what browser a user… Read more »

Holiday Deals On a Baker’s Dozen of Mac Tools

Dec. 17, 2010 - 12:00 PM PDT

Following the success of the MacHeist offerings, time-limited bundles of software seem to be popular these days. The Fusion Ads Holiday Bundle includes a number of programs that may be of… Read more »

Catch: Note-Taking On the Desktop and On the Go

Dec. 14, 2010 - 2:00 PM PDT

Cloud-based note-taking apps are proliferating. Newcomer Catch has joined Evernote, Springpad, Paprika and Simplenote in this space. Like a lot of my WWD colleagues, I’ve been using Evernote. So does Catch… Read more »

How To Tweak Facebook’s New View for Privacy

Dec. 14, 2010 - 3:09 AM PDT

Facebook can be a great tool for web workers, but you need to be careful about how much information you’re sharing. To stop inappropriate photos being displayed on your profile page,… Read more »

Quick Tip: Report Spam to Keep Your Gmail Inbox Cleaner

Dec. 10, 2010 - 4:00 PM PDT

Most email providers have filtering systems that do a pretty good job of catching spam messages. But every so often, there will be a surge of spam messages that get past…Read more »

Unleash Employees to Remain Relevant

Dec. 9, 2010 - 5:37 PM PDT

For organizations to successfully recruit and retain the best people, human resources departments must move beyond the typical command-and control management structure and unleash their people and processes, according to speakers… Read more »

Virtual Office Pro: Complete Cloud Communications

Dec. 3, 2010 - 2:00 PM PDT

Virtual Office Pro 2.0, from telecoms company 8×8, is a web-based suite of communications services. It includes phone, fax, web conferencing, call recording and chat, and has functions that are standard… Read more »

Must-have Android Apps For Newbies

Nov. 25, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

I’ve recently bought an HTC EVO 4G and have been busy trying out apps for it. So if you or a loved one are in line to get an Android phone… Read more »

Add Interactive Features to Presentations With SlideRocket

Nov. 22, 2010 - 7:00 AM PDT

The web-based presentation application SlideRocket has enhanced its tools for interactivity and collaboration. Users can now incorporate interactive elements — like real-time Twitter streams, widgets, commenting tools, polls and audio narration… Read more »

Egnyte’s Remote File Management System Comes to Android, Just in Time for Working Holidays

Nov. 16, 2010 - 2:00 PM PDT

The folks at Egnyte have released a survey indicating that over 80 percent of small business professionals plan to work over the holidays. For those folks, the company has now released… Read more »

Hands-On With New Social Browser RockMelt

Nov. 9, 2010 - 2:12 AM PDT

Launched at the weekend, new “social browser” RockMelt promises to make it easy to share and keep up with your friends. It caused quite a lot of discussion after Om wrote… Read more »

Adium IM Client Updated to Include Twitter, Group Chats and More

Nov. 1, 2010 - 10:09 AM PDT

Adium, the open-source IM client, has been updated to version 1.4. I’ve been using it in beta for what seems like an eternity, but the delay in its release is hardly… Read more »

Fall Reading for Web Workers

Oct. 29, 2010 - 1:00 PM PDT

I enjoy reading lots of different kinds of books, from fiction to travel to humor to, of course, tech-related books. Here are a couple of books that web workers may find…Read more »

More Secure Browsing Over Wi-Fi

Oct. 25, 2010 - 11:00 AM PDT

In recent days, a new tool called Firesheep has become available to “sniff out” login information that’s being sent over wireless networks. Such tools have always been available, but this one… Read more »

Hosted Community App Vanilla Forums Now Embeddable

Oct. 25, 2010 - 5:00 AM PDT

Vanilla Forums, which I wrote about last year, has added several new features. Notably, forums can now be embedded in other website using simple JavaScript code. The embedded forums can use… Read more »

Better Mac File Management With TotalFinder

Oct. 19, 2010 - 8:00 AM PDT

Much as I like Mac OS X, I’ve never been happy with the native Finder, and for some reason, I’ve never liked the best-known Finder replacement, Path Finder. So I was…Read more »

Bluefire Reader: An iOS E-reader With Adobe DRM Support

Oct. 13, 2010 - 11:00 AM PDT

I’ve really been enjoying reading books using e-book readers. But while many e-readers are good at what they do, they are either tied to a specific vendor, or don’t support Adobe’s… Read more »

Aretta Offers Asterisk’s VoIP Features With Easy Setup

Oct. 8, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

Many people like the open source VoIP software Asterisk, but it’s tricky to set up, even for tech-savvy folks. Aretta has developed a hosted version of Asterisk called NetPBX PRO, which… Read more »

Rover Puck: A Mobile Hotspot With Prepaid 4G Service

Oct. 5, 2010 - 11:00 AM PDT

Clearwire recently introduced a pay-as-you-go Internet connection service called Rover. Its plans work similarly to prepaid cell phone services, except that Rover doesn’t sell phone minutes, it sells data, delivered through… Read more »

Pogoplug Biz: Remote Access to Files On Your Own Hard Drives

Oct. 1, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

If you like the idea of having remote access to your files, but aren’t comfortable with cloud storage services, then Pogoplug Biz may be worth considering. The Pogoplug hardware allows users… Read more »

Egnyte: File Management, Sharing and Backup

Sep. 27, 2010 - 8:00 AM PDT

As file storage in the cloud is becoming ubiquitous, Egnyte has chosen to stand out from the crowd by incorporating both old and new technologies to improve the usefulness of its… Read more »

Ringio: Sophisticated Phone and Customer Management

Sep. 24, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

The developers call Ringio a “new approach for call collaboration.” When a call comes in, users are presented with a real-time popup showing data about the caller, so that one can… Read more »

Liaise Exits Beta, Offers Free Licenses to WWD Readers

Sep. 14, 2010 - 7:00 AM PDT

Liaise, an email-based project management and collaboration system, is now available publicly, and its developers are offering 100 free one-year subscriptions to WebWorkerDaily readers. Liaise is intended for heavy email users… Read more »

The New Kindle: An Excellent E-reader, Period.

Sep. 10, 2010 - 1:00 PM PDT

I really like the new (third-generation) Amazon Kindle as an e-book reader. It’s by far the best reading device that I’ve tried. But because it’s focused on being such a great…Read more »

Donating Professional Services in a Crisis

Aug. 30, 2010 - 8:00 AM PDT

Technology workers are often called on to donate our services, which most of us are happy to do so. For example, five years ago, I wanted to help those affected by… Read more »

“Call from Gmail” Now Rolling Out to Google Apps, Too

Aug. 27, 2010 - 7:35 AM PDT

When the new “make phone calls from Gmail” service was announced, I wasn’t expecting to see it any time soon in Google Apps. However, when I logged into one of my… Read more »

Make Phone Calls Directly from Gmail

Aug. 26, 2010 - 1:19 AM PDT

It’s now possible to make and receive phone calls to the U.S. and Canada at no charge directly from Gmail’s web interface. I’ve been testing the new service, and so far,…Read more »

FolderBoy: A Fast, Folder-based Note-taking Tool

Aug. 23, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

FolderBoy is a web-based note-taking app that sits somewhere between the bare-bones functionality of Paprika and the kitchen-sink approach taken by Evernote. As you might expect from the name, FolderBoy encourages… Read more »

New Options for Web Fonts

Aug. 19, 2010 - 7:00 AM PDT

Until recently, web designers didn’t have much control over the fonts we could use. Now, however, there are some very promising options for embedding fonts into web sites. I have been… Read more »

Charge USB Devices On The Go With ZAGGsparq

Aug. 10, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

I’ve been on the road a lot lately, and much as I like my Overdrive hotspot (s s), its battery life is limited. So I decided to buy the ZAGGsparq 2.0,… Read more »

Trade Contact Information Instantly With Bump

Jul. 30, 2010 - 11:00 AM PDT

The idea behind Bump is simple: When you meet up with someone, instead of sharing printed business cards, you can just “bump” phones together, and your contact information will be traded… Read more »

Paprika: Bare-bones Note-taking

Jul. 28, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

There is something appealing about a simple, no-frills, web-based system for creating notes and to-dos. That’s the niche that Paprika is trying to fill. As I worked with it, I came… Read more »

Google Apps Rolling Out More Services

Jul. 20, 2010 - 11:00 AM PDT

It’s always been disappointing that Google Apps accounts (those with custom domains) haven’t had access to as many services as accounts with addresses @gmail.com. That is now changing. Selected Google Apps… Read more »

Sync Browser Bookmarks, History, and Open Tabs to Your iPhone with Firefox Home

Jul. 16, 2010 - 7:00 AM PDT

If you’re like me and still using Firefox, It’s now possible to sync your browser data to your iPhone or iPod touch with the new, free Firefox Home app. There was… Read more »

AwardWallet: Track Frequent Flyer Miles

Jul. 14, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

For web workers, frequent flyer programs and other rewards programs can be a useful way to stretch tight travel budgets. During my recent cross-country trip, I was able to stay in… Read more »

Why I Still Use Firefox: More Add-ons I Can't Live Without

Jul. 9, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

Simon’s recent post about testing Firefox’s speed got me thinking: If Chrome and Opera are really faster than Firefox, why haven’t I switched? Speed is always an issue, of course. But… Read more »

How to Create Your Own Email Aliases On The Fly

Jul. 1, 2010 - 8:00 AM PDT

Simon recently wrote about tempalias, one of a growing number of services that lets users create temporary email addresses. If you want to be able to create your own temporary email… Read more »

Diacarta: Picture Your Schedule

Jun. 30, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

Are you bored with regular calendars? Diacarta, a new app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, has come up with a different way of visualizing your schedule. When you open… Read more »

When the Latest Isn't the Greatest

Jun. 24, 2010 - 8:00 AM PDT

Are you the kind of person who has to have the latest versions of hardware and software? If so, don’t bother to read on; for the rest of us, it’s worth… Read more »

Creative Ways to Use Google Voice

Jun. 23, 2010 - 8:08 AM PDT

Now that Google’s free telephone forwarding, screening and voicemail service Google Voice is open to anyone in the U.S., web workers are finding many creative ways to use it. Google Voice… Read more »

A Web Worker's Vacation

Jun. 23, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

My recent cross-country train trip was a lot of fun. I got to see family and some old friends, and came back relaxed, which is hard to do when flying these… Read more »

FeedsAnywhere: A Mobile RSS Reader

Jun. 18, 2010 - 11:00 AM PDT

Google Reader’s native mobile interface is OK, but it isn’t optimal for downloading items to read offline. So I was interested to try FeedsAnywhere, a new service that promised to improve… Read more »

Goober: IM, Social Networks, Voice and Video Chat

May. 25, 2010 - 11:00 AM PDT

Goober, which is now in beta for version 3.0, is a tool that aims to put all of your communications streams in one place. It’s a busy space. Goober competes with… Read more »

Have Laptop, Will Travel

May. 25, 2010 - 8:00 AM PDT

It won’t be possible for me to disconnect entirely; I’ll need to be on call, and to have access to my work. But I want to carry as little as possible,… Read more »

Soho OS: All Your Business Tools In One Place

May. 24, 2010 - 8:00 AM PDT

I’m often asked to help new businesses get set up with the software tools they’ll need to be successful — from financial programs, to CRM systems, to project management, and so… Read more »

Sign Documents Electronically With Adobe eSignatures

May. 14, 2010 - 2:01 AM PDT

Adobe has had a system for signing documents electronically built into such products as Acrobat for a while, but it is now offering Adobe eSignatures, a free cloud-based alternative. Just provide… Read more »

Silentale: Unified Address Book, Message Searches and Archive

May. 13, 2010 - 11:00 AM PDT

Silentale is a service that works to unify your address books, and gives you one place to archive your messages. It’s similar to Threadsy, which aims to bring together your email… Read more »

Flowr: Microblogging and More for Organizations

May. 7, 2010 - 1:00 PM PDT

Web-based communication systems for companies and groups seem to be all the rage these days. Such systems fall into two groups: the ones that are built around projects, tickets and the… Read more »

Threadsy's Universal Inbox Enters Public Beta

May. 6, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

Like a lot of you, I have way too many email and social network accounts. Threadsy, which has now entered public beta, puts them all in one place. I hadn’t tried… Read more »

Formstack: Easy Web Forms With Sophisticated Options

May. 5, 2010 - 2:00 PM PDT

Formstack makes it very easy to set up forms, and they can be embedded in existing websites by copying the HTML code that it creates. And with a little more knowledge…Read more »

LapDawg Pug: A Portable Table for Laptops

Apr. 30, 2010 - 11:00 AM PDT

Laptop computers are awfully useful, but they’re not easy to use ergonomically. The new LapDawg Pug is a portable table that’s designed to help us use laptops more comfortably. Read more »

Samsung Reclaim: Eco-friendly Cell Phone

Apr. 27, 2010 - 11:00 AM PDT

Since I now have an iPod touch that can get a Wi-Fi signal from my Overdrive hotspot, when I lost my venerable Treo 755p, I decided to see if I could… Read more »

Trailhead: Inexpensive Heat Maps for Web Designers

Apr. 26, 2010 - 8:00 AM PDT

Such eye-tracking research is not cheap, however. For teams who don’t have the research budget to do full usability studies, Trailhead provides a way of creating limited heat maps inexpensively. Trailhead… Read more »

SCOTTEVEST Hoodie: What Has It Got In Its Pocketses, My Precious?

Apr. 23, 2010 - 10:00 AM PDT

Now that I regularly carry a cell phone, an iPod touch, an Overdrive mobile hotspot, a camera, and an e-book reader, I’m beginning to see how having a lot of pockets…Read more »

Socialwok: Project Management for Google Apps

Apr. 20, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

The concept behind Socialwok is a good one: leverage the power of the Google Apps mail, documents, calendar, and instant messaging functions to let companies and organizations create interactive discussion timelines. Read more »

Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot: Take Your Wi-Fi With You

Apr. 16, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

If you’re always looking for a Wi-Fi connection while on the road, Sprint suggests that you make your own Wi-Fi network with the Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless. The… Read more »

"Attract Visitors to Your Site": A Short Guide to Improving Traffic

Apr. 8, 2010 - 8:00 AM PDT

There’s probably not much that’s new to you in this book. But it’s well-written, and at just over 50 pages, it can be read in a hour, and it provides a… Read more »

Ribbit Mobile: Not Yet Ready for Daily Use

Apr. 7, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

The folks at Ribbit Mobile have taken Google Voice’s (s goog) “one number for life” concept and expanded upon it. The service is still in beta, but it already offers many…Read more »

Google Apps Plans Tool for Improving Startup Names

Apr. 1, 2010 - 4:00 AM PDT

WebWorkerDaily has learned that a new service is being added to the Google Apps suite of business tools, which is designed to help entrepreneurs come up with names for their startups. Read more »

CLEAR 4G Mobile Service: Convenience at a Price

Mar. 30, 2010 - 9:00 AM PDT

The folks at CLEAR (formerly Clearwire) kindly sent me their latest 4G WiMAX modem to try out, so I’ve been testing it here in Seattle and on a weekend train trip… Read more »

5050biz: All-In-One Business Tools

Mar. 23, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT

At first glance, 5050biz.com looks a lot like LinkedIn. So I asked the folks at 5050biz the obvious question: if I’m already on LinkedIn, as a lot of web workers are,… Read more »

Why I'm Not Using an e-Book Reader

Mar. 9, 2010 - 9:00 AM PDT

Like a lot of web workers, I spend a fair amount of time traveling. I like to read books and catch up on the news while I’m away, so it seemed… Read more »

Politics and the Web Worker

Mar. 5, 2010 - 1:00 PM PDT

While some web workers have made a niche for themselves by working exclusively with organizations representing one political point of view, most of us don’t have that option. And quite frankly,… Read more »

Internet Bandwidth Is a Finite Resource

Mar. 2, 2010 - 1:00 PM PDT

Today, we’ve become dependent on multimedia, which, in many cases, are a crutch for those who don’t have the time or just don’t want to bother to write effective site content… Read more »

Open Government and the Web Discussed in New Book

Feb. 19, 2010 - 4:00 PM PDT

“Open Government” is an interesting compilation of essays discussing the problems that governments and citizens face as they struggle to catch up with the openness that we’ve come to expect in… Read more »

Find a Mailbox, Post Office, or UPS Location With MailboxMap

Feb. 16, 2010 - 7:00 AM PDT

I do a lot of my correspondence electronically, but sometimes I still need to mail a letter. I know where the blue USPS mailboxes are in my neighborhood, but it’s getting…Read more »

Google Buzz: Not Efficient?

Feb. 15, 2010 - 7:00 AM PDT

There are lots of reasons to like Buzz; there have already been some great tips published on how to use it. But I’m feeling frustrated, not only because of the privacy…Read more »

Improve Productivity by Avoiding Going Online Before Breakfast

Feb. 5, 2010 - 9:00 AM PDT

The early morning hours are a great time to do projects that require uninterrupted effort. But I find that it’s way too easy to get sidetracked. I’m tempted to sit down…Read more »

LinkedIn Offers Users Increased Control Over Profiles

Feb. 2, 2010 - 3:43 PM PDT

As of today, according to the LinkedIn Blog, users of the popular career-oriented social network can rearrange the order in which elements appear in a member’s profile — the page on… Read more »

8 Firefox Add-ons I Can't Do Without

Jan. 25, 2010 - 7:00 AM PDT

When I upgraded from Firefox 3.5.7 to 3.6 the other day, I discovered that a few of the add-ons that weren’t yet compatible were important to me. In fact, they had… Read more »

Using the Web and Social Media to Create More Effective Events

Jan. 14, 2010 - 7:00 AM PDT

When two hundred journalists got together recently for an “un-conference” on the future of journalism, it was hardly surprising that the results were documented, minute by minute, through notes, wikis, photos,… Read more »

Introduce Clients to Social Media With a New Book from O'Reilly

Dec. 31, 2009 - 7:00 AM PDT

“What is Twitter, anyway?” I’ve been asked questions like that many times, as I’m sure most web workers have. “The Social Media Marketing Book” by tech writer Dan Zarrella, attempts to… Read more »

Staying Just Slightly Ahead of Our Customers: How We Survived Tough Times

Dec. 29, 2009 - 7:00 AM PDT

My three-person web development company is celebrating. We’ve survived 2009 — a very tough year — thanks to some good planning, and a bit of luck. As I look back, I…Read more »

Access Computers Remotely With RDM+, Major Sale On iPhone Version

Dec. 24, 2009 - 6:30 AM PDT

The remote access tools provider RDM+ is having a sale, with its iPhone/iPod touch app available for $1.99. This is a significant reduction from the normal $20 price, for a tool… Read more »

Liaise Adds Features, Enters Public Beta

Dec. 15, 2009 - 7:00 AM PDT

Liaise, the project management system I looked at recently, has today entered public beta with several new features. Liaise stakes its niche in the crowded project management field between personal information… Read more »

Deposit Checks Without Leaving Your Office

Dec. 10, 2009 - 8:00 AM PDT

“Excuse me, I have to run to the bank to make a deposit.” How many times have you had to interrupt your… Read more »

Google Apps Adds Groups

Dec. 9, 2009 - 7:00 AM PDT

Google Apps (s goog), the suite of productivity applications that’s a favorite of WWD, has had Groups, a discussion group application, added to its array of tools. In addition to providing… Read more »

Nimbuzz: Voice, Social Networking and Instant Messaging in One

Dec. 3, 2009 - 11:00 AM PDT

There are many apps available that try to bring together various communication protocols. I’m always interested in programs that manage multiple services, since for me, Adium on the Mac (s aapl)… Read more »

OnSIP Hosted PBX: A Business Phone System With Lots of Options

Nov. 30, 2009 - 11:00 AM PDT

OnSIP, from Junction Networks, offers professional, flexible, business-oriented Internet phone systems for business that could be a good value, depending on your needs. What You Get OnSIP offers most of the… Read more »

"I'm Out of the Office Today…"

Nov. 24, 2009 - 7:00 AM PDT

A new study suggests that almost half (45 percent) of the workers at small- and medium-sized businesses spend most (75 percent) of their time out of their offices. In fact, only… Read more »

Must-have iPhone and iPod Touch Apps For Newbies

Nov. 23, 2009 - 1:00 PM PDT

It’s WebWorkerDaily’s fault that I’ve bought an iPod touch (s aapl). (That’s my excuse, anyway.) As I looked at potential subjects to write about, I kept seeing cool apps, and I… Read more »

Ribbit Mobile Enters Beta; Invitations Available for WWD Readers

Nov. 9, 2009 - 11:00 AM PDT

The folks at Ribbit Mobile are offering 100 invitations to WebWorkerDaily readers for the beta of their new communication service. Just sign up on the reservations page, and enter the invite… Read more »

Beta Roundup: Social Networking, Twitter and Messaging Clients

Nov. 5, 2009 - 7:00 AM PDT

Internet-based communication is changing so quickly these days that there seems to be an endless stream of beta releases. Yesterday, Simon wrote about some of the latest browser betas; let’s look… Read more »

How to Access Facebook When You Can't Log in

Nov. 2, 2009 - 8:00 AM PDT

While trying to log into Facebook a few days ago, I got the message, “Your account is temporarily unavailable due to site maintenance. It should be available again within a few… Read more »

What Is Google Wave, Anyway? New e-Book Explains

Nov. 2, 2009 - 7:00 AM PDT

Google Wave (s goog) has generated a lot of interest in the past few months, despite most people I’ve talked to being unclear about what the service is, and how to… Read more »

VoxOx: Voice, Video, Texting and Instant Messaging In One Package

Oct. 30, 2009 - 2:30 PM PDT

I spend a lot of time each day communicating with colleagues and clients, by phone, email, on social networks, and via the occasional fax. But when I need to have a… Read more »

RingCentral Office: Comprehensive Internet-based Phone Services

Oct. 28, 2009 - 6:00 AM PDT

A few days ago, Aliza provided some excellent planning advice on how to pick a company phone system. I’ve written in the past about three options for incoming service: Google Voice… Read more »

Keep Your Address Book in Sync With Google

Oct. 26, 2009 - 8:00 AM PDT

One of the reasons that I recently upgraded to Snow Leopard (s aapl) was the new ability to sync the Mac OS X Address Book with Gmail’s (s goog) or Google… Read more »

Twitter and Facebook Updates to Show in Search Engines — Are You Prepared?

Oct. 22, 2009 - 12:00 PM PDT

Now that Bing and Google will be displaying tweets from Twitter and status messages from Facebook, web workers will need to consider how much, and how publicly, we wish to interact… Read more »

Use Facebook Friend Groups to Specify Privacy Settings

Oct. 22, 2009 - 8:00 AM PDT

Facebook gives users many tools for controlling what personal information is displayed to friends and others. But if you have lots of Facebook friends, you probably don’t want to create privacy… Read more »

Why Professionals Still Need Their Own Web Sites

Oct. 16, 2009 - 10:00 AM PDT

Yesterday, Darrell wrote that he is discontinuing his personal web site. Yes, designing and maintaining an attractive and effective web site takes time and money, but even in today’s environment where… Read more »

Climate Change and Transportation: A Few Things Web Workers Can Do

Oct. 15, 2009 - 8:00 AM PDT

Transportation is the second-largest source of U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions, accounting for 28 percent of the total. As web workers, many… Read more »

Is It Time to Update Your Operating System?

Oct. 13, 2009 - 6:10 AM PDT

I spent the weekend updating my Mac (s aapl) to OS X 10.6.1 Snow Leopard. It went well, thanks to a little planning and a lot of patience. Windows (s msft)… Read more »

LinkedIn Cracks Down on Profile Names

Oct. 6, 2009 - 5:00 AM PDT

Web workers who use LinkedIn have been known to be creative with their names. Instead of just listing themselves as “Jane Doe,” for example, one often sees “Jane Doe (jane-doe@domain_name.com)”. LinkedIn… Read more »

Google Voice Expands

Oct. 2, 2009 - 6:29 AM PDT

With all the hoopla about Google Wave, another set of invitations coming out of Google (s goog) seems to have been overlooked. After months of waiting, certain Twitterers are reporting that… Read more »

Diigo Adds More Research and Collaboration Features

Sep. 29, 2009 - 1:30 PM PDT

When Mike reviewed social bookmarking, research and collaboration service Diigo last year, he liked its simplicity, its connections with other services, and its wealth of features. Since then, the social bookmarking… Read more »

Tgethr: Simple Group Emailing

Sep. 29, 2009 - 10:00 AM PDT

Tgethr aspires to replace listservs, Google Groups (s goog) and Yahoo Groups (s yhoo) as a way of managing email groups. It scores over Convos (which I recently wrote about) with… Read more »

Share Emails With Moomeo

Sep. 24, 2009 - 12:00 PM PDT

Have an email that you want to share on the web or on a social network? Forward it to “[email protected]” and you’ll receive a return email with a web link. The… Read more »

Get More from Your Email With Liaise

Sep. 22, 2009 - 7:18 AM PDT

By positioning itself between traditional project management apps like Basecamp and personal relationship management apps like Gist, Liaise thinks that it has found a useful niche, which it calls “business interaction… Read more »

More Than Half of Computer Users Now Run Firefox

Sep. 17, 2009 - 3:00 PM PDT

Statistics from the exo.performance.network indicate that over half of computer users (50.6 percent) are now using the Firefox browser, InfoWorld reports. Despite this, Internet Explorer is still widely used, with 84… Read more »

Ubidesk: A Rapidly Evolving Project Management Tool

Sep. 14, 2009 - 6:00 AM PDT

Project management seems to be the 21st century’s “better mousetrap.” There seems to be an endless supply of new project management services; the latest addition to the ranks of this huge… Read more »

New Facebook Features: @Mentions, Browse Friends by City

Sep. 11, 2009 - 9:00 AM PDT

Facebook is rolling out “@ mentions” similar to those found in Twitter. According to the Facebook blog: Now, when you are writing a status update and want to add a friend’s…Read more »

NutshellMail: Social Network Updates Delivered by Email

Sep. 2, 2009 - 3:00 PM PDT

Many organizations block access to Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn and other social networks. NutshellMail can deliver your friends’ updates to you in an email digest, which neatly sidesteps corporate blocking software,… Read more »

Vanilla Forums: The Name Says It All

Sep. 1, 2009 - 10:00 AM PDT

If you’ve ever wanted a “plain vanilla” online discussion forum, Vanilla Forums might just be what you need. It’s a hosted discussion-forum solution (based on an open-source product) that’s quick and… Read more »

Convos: Online Communication for Groups

Aug. 31, 2009 - 3:00 PM PDT

Everyone has a different way of doing things. Fortunately, there’s a huge number of web services that offer groups different ways to coordinate their activities. Convos occupies a middle ground between… Read more »

Team Effect: Visual Project Management

Aug. 31, 2009 - 10:00 AM PDT

Team Effect jokingly calls its competition the “the vast swathe of online task lists…and Basecamp clones” that make up the current market for project management solutions. The claim is that, unlike… Read more »

Grasshopper: A Business-oriented Virtual Phone System

Aug. 27, 2009 - 10:00 AM PDT

With all of the fancy technologies we use today, it’s easy for web workers to overlook the importance of the telephone. I communicate with my two colleagues at our home offices… Read more »

PositivePress: Archive and Share the Web

Aug. 19, 2009 - 12:00 PM PDT

The folks at Iterasi (covered previously on WWD) launched a product today that combines tools for archiving web sites with some slick ones for sharing the contents of your archive with… Read more »

Connect Names and Faces with Address Book Photos

Aug. 17, 2009 - 12:00 PM PDT

I used to wonder why real estate and insurance agents put their photos on their business cards, even though I’m not good at connecting names and faces. Then, a couple of… Read more »

Peago: Flash-Based Project Management

Aug. 17, 2009 - 6:00 AM PDT

We cover a lot of project management apps here on WebWorkerDaily; it almost feels like we’re inundated with them, with a new option being launched practically every week. So I confess… Read more »

Google Reader Adds Easy Sharing, Other Features

Aug. 13, 2009 - 3:00 PM PDT

I read a lot of online publications, and I like to share interesting articles with clients and friends on Twitter. If you use Google Reader (s goog) to browse RSS feeds,… Read more »

3jam: An Alternative to Google Voice?

Aug. 7, 2009 - 6:00 AM PDT

I’ve been using Google Voice (s goog) since it was GrandCentral, and have been quite impressed. But it’s still in beta, and while invitations to the beta are finally becoming available,… Read more »

Is It Time to "Just Say No" to Internet Explorer 6?

Aug. 6, 2009 - 7:00 AM PDT

As web workers, sometimes we have to walk a fine line between keeping clients happy, and providing the best possible services. For web developers like me, the issue of whether to… Read more »

How to Evaluate New Applications and Services

Aug. 1, 2009 - 5:00 AM PDT

It’s a great time to be a web worker. Almost every day, a new site, service or product comes on the scene that promises to make our work more efficient (or… Read more »

WizeHive Upgrades to Compete in the Crowded Project Management Arena

Jul. 31, 2009 - 10:00 AM PDT

These days, there seems to be a new product aimed at managing projects every week. Just in the last month or so, WWD has reviewed MissingLink Project Center, Zen, Zoho Projects… Read more »

Personal Lives vs. Electronic Communication: The Battle Continues

Jul. 29, 2009 - 12:00 PM PDT

Managing the flood of electronic communication — phone, voicemail, email, SMS, IM, micro-blogging and status updates on sites like Facebook — is an increasingly difficult task. It’s being reported that Bill… Read more »

Check Out Pending Connections on LinkedIn and Facebook

Jul. 27, 2009 - 5:00 AM PDT

As Meryl wrote a few days ago, LinkedIn and Facebook are excellent business networking tools. Both sites offer useful ways of connecting with people you know, who you can ask to… Read more »

Customer Service at the End of the Line

Jul. 22, 2009 - 6:00 AM PDT

As web workers, we are at the end of a supply line that brings together Internet connections, software, services and operating systems produced by large multinational corporations. We’re the 21st-century equivalents… Read more »

Get Onboard With Twitter Promotions

Jul. 15, 2009 - 12:00 PM PDT

As a web worker, I’m always looking for interesting ways to market my products and services. I was impressed by a recent Twitter promotion here in Seattle. It was simple, effective,… Read more »

Use Social Networks Effectively

Jul. 9, 2009 - 8:00 AM PDT

In the current economy, business networking is more important than ever: We need to use lots of different techniques for finding clients. Social networks can be a great addition to our… Read more »

Preparing for News About You on the Web

Jul. 6, 2009 - 6:00 AM PDT

In the astonishing time surrounding the news of Michael Jackson’s death, there were several false rumors that other celebrities had died. I started wondering how I would react if someone posted… Read more »

What to Do When the Dot-Com You Want Isn't Available

Jun. 30, 2009 - 12:00 PM PDT

As web workers, you’ve probably had to purchase domain names, or been asked to get them by clients. Most people prefer a name ending in .com, since that’s the “top-level domain,”… Read more »

Using Spaces to Manage Information Overload

Jun. 29, 2009 - 6:00 AM PDT

Everyone has their favorite tricks to keep focused while working at the computer. Mine can be summarized as “out of sight, out of mind…but easily accessible.” The Spaces function is one… Read more »

Standing Out in a Flood of Web Applications: An Open Letter to Developers

Jun. 24, 2009 - 8:00 AM PDT

Dear Friends, On behalf of web workers everywhere, I’d like to thank you for the wonderfully creative ideas you’ve come up with. But since it’s becoming such a crowded field, you… Read more »

Google Improves Flash Indexing: Bad News?

Jun. 22, 2009 - 10:00 AM PDT

Google (s goog) has recently announced that it can index external files called from Flash sites (s adbe). While I understand why Google wants to do this — it has been…Read more »

Google Voice to Offer Phone and Messaging Services

Jun. 19, 2009 - 7:00 AM PDT

Google Voice wants to be your phone manager, SMS and voicemail provider. The service is rumored to be almost ready for public access. Google Voice germinated after Google (s goog) acquired… Read more »

Simplifying Email

Jun. 18, 2009 - 10:00 AM PDT

As web workers, we are often asked to help friends and relatives fix computer problems. For me, the majority of these problems seem to be related to email. It’s ironic, as… Read more »

Gist and Social Minder Remind Us to Contact Clients

Jun. 15, 2009 - 3:00 PM PDT

There are all sorts of ways to stay connected with current and potential clients: social networks, Twitter, blogs and the like. Of course, nothing beats good old-fashioned face-to-face contact, so chambers… Read more »

Options for Managing Many Online Identities

Jun. 15, 2009 - 10:00 AM PDT

As social networks have proliferated, it’s sometimes hard to remember where one’s online identities may be found. And if you have a common name, as I do, people sometimes can’t tell… Read more »

Facebook Offers Vanity Addresses

Jun. 12, 2009 - 6:00 AM PDT

Facebook users have probably seen the notices that from 9:01 pm Pacific Time tonight, the site will offer personalized addresses, like this: http://www.facebook.com/your.name.here If you have a fairly common name and…Read more »

Who Has Access to Your Address Book?

Jun. 11, 2009 - 10:00 AM PDT

I had two friends complain that they received Facebook invitations from me today. I don’t remember sending those people invitations, and I never invite anyone to a social network without talking… Read more »

Why I Haven't Bought a Palm Pre Yet

Jun. 10, 2009 - 6:00 AM PDT

Editor’s note: With this post we welcome Charles Hamilton to the WebWorkerDaily team. Charles is the founder and co-owner of CHCS.com Web Development in Seattle, where, since 1994, he has developed… Read more »


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Salon.com: Google Apps Adds Groups | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: Liaise Adds Features, Enters Public Beta | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: Is It Time to Update Your Operating System? | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: Keep Your Address Book in Sync With Google | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: Simplifying Email | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: Use Social Networks Effectively | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

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Salon.com: Customer Service at the End of the Line | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

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Salon.com: Using Spaces to Manage Information Overload | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: Get More from Your Email With Liaise | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: Google Reader Adds Easy Sharing, Other Features | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: What to Do When the Dot-Com You Want Isn't Available | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

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Salon.com: Vanilla Forums: The Name Says It All | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: PositivePress: Archive and Share the Web | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: Deposit Checks Without Leaving Your Office | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: 3jam: An Alternative to Google Voice? | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: Peago: Flash-Based Project Management | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

Salon.com: Share Emails With Moomeo | From 2009 Added 2010-03-10 |

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