happy new year and software

Happy New Year!

I am so glad 2007 is over. Call me silly for believing that just by passing an arbitrary date on the calendar, I can start anew, but there’s something comforting about having a start date. Anyway, welcome 2008.

I’ve come across two really nice pieces of software.

The one I have used the most thus far is 1Password. It’s a program that keeps your IDs and passwords available to you for websites, but secure on your keychain (if you haven’t guessed, we’re talking Mac software). It will also generate secure passwords for you and since you don’t have to remember them, they can be really secure. If you get a chance, check it out. I believe there is a 30 day trial period, but beware, once you start using it, you won’t want to be without it. About $30.

The other piece of software that I have just been using for a day or so is Things. It is still in beta and is free until sometime in the spring of this year. It’s a glorified task manager, but the key word is glorified. Well designed and easy to use. I didn’t feel like I had to totally learn the program before getting it to make a difference in getting my life organized. All of a sudden, things did not feel so overwhelming. I’m not an expert on task managers and I don’t have a lot of experience with them, so there may be a program that is better than this one, but I’d pay for this program as soon as it becomes available.

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