I just got high-speed wireless access at my house. (Yes, you may now express your amazement at my productivity on a mere dial-up connection!) The arrival of a high-speed connection has prompted a downloading frenzy. I had no idea there were so many cool things to make it even easier to get around on the Internet. Well, I knew about a lot of them, because I've spent many a day at the local coffeehouse on my laptop, using their high-speed connection. But still, there's a lot of cool stuff that I'm now using on my desktop, and I figure this is a good time to share some of it:
- Performancing Firefox Extension: You may very well have seen this one already, but it's great. If you're using Firefox and blogging, you've gotta have it. And if you're not using Firefox (and you know who you are), you need to get it and download this extension. It allows you to split the browser screen at the touch of a button and immediately blog a website without logging in at your host site. You know all those times when you see something interesting and think to yourself, "I'll blog this later?" You know you never get around to blogging that stuff; now you don't have to wait.
- Sage: This Firefox extension is my new RSS reader of choice. It just pops up in a sidebar when you want it, and it's completely integrated with the browser. I like the layout of RSS entries, making them easy to scan quickly and read. You can search for RSS feeds at new sites with one click.
- Del.icio.us Firefox Extension: If you're using Del.icio.us, this makes it simple. Right click on a page you want to save, and a box pops up allowing you to add your own notes and tags. It even gives you a list of the popular tags for that site at Del.icio.us.
- Writely: Easton at BusinessBlogWire notes that this online word processor has been upgraded. And that reminds me to add it to this list. What's so cool about Writely? It's not just an online word processor. It's interactive. So if you have a group of folks spread across the country, working on the same project, they can get into a document and edit it, and their changes automatically appear to the other members.
- TechnoBar: Man, I love this one. Yet another Firefox extension, tied to Technorati's search engine. Every time you visit a site, you can immediately see all the blogs linking to that site in a sidebar. So you don't have to scurry around looking for related information with a bunch of searches; it's all right there on the screen as you scan/search/blog.