Tag: Tools

Wiki on a Stick

I have my notes in regular textfiles, a file per topic, which is easy to maintain. The downside is that it gets blurry where to put a note and it’s not always easy to quickly find what I’m looking for. What I want is something small and simple (no server, no database) yet powerful enough for my notetaking.

This weekend I came across Wiki on a Stick. The name refers to the fact that you can easily carry some wikis on a USB stick. It’s easy, everything is in one single file, and small and so far I like it a lot.

I’m starting with two wikis, one personal and one business, but might add some more later.

Tick Tock Timer

Tick Tock Timer is a very nice online timer. It runs in your web browser, if you can live with that it’s a really useful timer.

It’s useful whether you use the Pomodoro Technique or not. Set the Tick Tock Timer and then focus on one thing. Read your email, read news, write a blog post or what else you need to do. The timer will tell you when time is out.

Wordle, create word clouds

I found Wordle through Lifehacker.

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.

The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

It’s an interesting tool that I will test, could be fun to do for blog posts.

Images, favicons and some text

When searching for images for my blogs I use Flickr Creative Commons (free if source is given) and iStockphoto where you buy the right to use images.

For more sources, see 100 (Legal) Sources for Free Stock Images.

A favicon (also known as a website icon, shortcut icon, url icon, or bookmark icon) is a 16×16 pixel square icon associated with a particular website or webpage. I use FavIcon from Pics to create my favicons, the service is free and easy to use.

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Great when you are more focused on looks than text content andd simply want “filler text” for testing something.

The World Clock – Time Zones

The World Clock – Time Zones is a great tool if you need to check time in other places. The starting page lists many but you can also create Personal World Clock with just the cities you need.

There is The World Clock Meeting Planner.

Need to make a call to someone far away? Need to arrange a videoconference, telephone- or net-based meeting with several people spread around the globe? This utility should help you find a convenient time, so that no one has to be up during the middle of the night.

Another tool is The Fixed Time World Clock.

Have you planned a web cast, online chat, teleconference call or other event where users from all over the world might participate? The Fixed Time World Clock can help tell your users when this event will happen in their local time zone

There is also Time Zone Converter, do time zone conversions between two cities.

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