Quickly bring organization to the chaos of your life with ShoutDone

I’m all about process. Everything that you do is process oriented – from the simplest things like your morning routine, to service and repair depot activities – everything can be broken down into basic steps and to-do’s that make up a process flow.

Managing process isn’t always easy. It’s very common to have multiple tasks going at once and keeping track of all that can become cumbersome, time consuming and difficult. That’s why I like ShoutDone. It’s a multiplatform task management tool.

ShoutDone allows you to complete a six step process in managing your projects – Capture tasks, Organize, Process, Sync, Review and Do. Once you’ve made it through the process, you should be well on your way to process optimization and a well tracked, well managed process. It’s actually very easy.

ShoutDone allows you to easily capture your tasks. With it you can quickly add all of your projects and tasks to capture absolutely everything that needs doing. Once captured, you can sort through your projects and tasks using ShoutDone’s drag-and-drop ‘inbox’ tool. Here, you can prioritize tasks and identify next steps, ensuring that you’re always progressing toward your goals and milestones.

Once you’re on your way, you can review your progress at any point. ShoutDone gives you a clear overview of your tasks, while its filters generate ‘living’, contextual lists. At that point, all you have to do (other than completing the actual work) is tick off the tasks as they are completed. If you want to take your tasks with you, The Pro version of ShoutDone synchronizes information between multiple PCs and/or Macs.

I am all about the to-do lists. Managing them helps me manage not only my day, but also the projects I’m responsible for. ShoutDone does all of this, AND it integrates with Evernote, giving me the ability to use my notes with my tasks. The Pro version is $37USD as of this writing for a 3 PC license, which is an awesome price. If you’re looking for a task management tool, give serious consideration to ShoutDone, as it may be the tool that you’ve been looking for.

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Microsoft Project Professional the ultimate in project management

Arguably the ultimate in project management, Microsoft Project Professional is the solution for any manager who is tired of trying to get by with whiteboard scribblings, post-it notes and scraps of paper.

Ironically what makes Microsoft Project work so well is exactly what makes a project work: it deals with complexity in a simple manner. While the software has an impressively wide range of capabilities, it’s easy for the user to quickly get it to do exactly what they need.

Some rival organization software suffers from a fatal flaw: the user needs to know exactly what they intend on doing at the start of the project, and changing details such as scope, categories or output is impossible once its underway. Microsoft Project is clearly designed by people who’ve worked on real-life projects and know that things are always changing. As a result, adding new tasks or changing the organization of a project midway through is not a problem.

While there are dozens of neat little touches in the software, such as the handy “Ribbon” menu system familiar from other Microsoft Office programs, or auto-complete functions to save time and repetition, Project really works because it has the fundamentals right. It takes account of the fact that a project is based on juggling several resources (time, manpower, equipment, supplies) to produce the optimum result.

Perhaps thankfully for managers, Project can’t yet make decisions and take responsibility for them, but it does mean human users can be sure they always have a clear grasp of both the fine detail and the big picture and thus can be sure of making fully informed decisions throughout a project.

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Remember things big and small from your everyday life with Evernote

One of the most important things that you can do with your mobile device, your computer or laptop is take notes. If you’re a student, educator, or business professional, then you know what I’m talking about. Keeping track of action items, assignments, lesson plans, etc., is something that everyone has an interest in. That’s one of the reasons why I like Evernote. This multifunction tool has specialized functionality in order to keep you organized.

Evernote makes it easy to remember big and small things from your everyday life, using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. With Evernote, all of your notes, web clips, files and images are made available on every device and computer you use, anytime, anywhere. All you need is a connected device and available bandwidth. Evernote does the rest.

With Evernote, you can remember the things that YOU like. You can instantly save everything cool and exciting you see online. You can snap a photo, record some audio and save it to a note and have that note, with that cool content sync to every one of your connected endpoints. As such, you can take notes anywhere. If you’re always on the move, your notes and important information should be too. With Evernote, those important items are on every computer, phone and device you use.

Since notebooks sync instantly, Evernote makes it easy to work with remote friends and colleagues. You can share your notes and collaborate on projects with friends, colleagues and classmates regardless of their location, time zone, etc.  Evernote can be used to bring project information and teams together regardless of who is working on which parts, and can centralize all your information.

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Project Fiona – the PC Gaming Tablet powerful enough to play the most PC games of today

We’ve seen a huge influx of tablets in the past year. Some tablets have ten-inch screens, others seven, and there are differences in battery life, processing power and RAM. However, none of them are as good to play AAA PC games but this is about to change with a new kind of gaming computer. It’s called  “Project Fiona” and it’s a hybrid tablet and gaming PC developed by Razer.

Unlike other tablets designed for general use and casual gaming, Project Fiona is powerful enough to play the most popular PC games of today with great on-the-go gaming experience.

How powerful is Project Fiona more exactly? Well, check out the specs:

  • Intel Core i7
  • 10.1 inch 1280×800 display
  • Multi-touch screen
  • 3-axis gyro
  • Magnetometer
  • Accelerometer
  • Force feedback
  • Dolby 7.1 surround sound
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Runs Windows 8

Razer worked closely with Intel to harness the power of its third generation Intel Core i7 processor in Project Fiona. As a result, Razer’s tablet is more akin to a fully functioning PC; and yet in a form factor and platform highly familiar to everybody.

As you can see in this video, Project Fiona can run smoothly Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, a game which requires minimum a computer with dual-core 2.0 GHz processor, 2GBs of RAM, and a 256MB video card.

Instead of relying on developers to work on a suite of brand new applications for Project Fiona, many PC games today run natively on the tablet concept without the need to be ported, optimized, or developed from scratch.

Moreover, Project Fiona will feature one of the most powerful processors integrated in a tablet form factor. Instead of the casual and mobile-only games that run on under-powered tablets, Project Fiona will run full-fledged PC games that have never run on a tablet form factor before until today.

Project Fiona’s combination of high performance Intel-based gaming hardware and innovative tablet design is specifically focused for PC gamers. It will unleash the PC gamer to play their existing and future high-end games in one of the most exciting new form factors – a tablet,” – Brad Graff, Director of Partner Marketing, Netbook & Tablet Group, Intel.

Talking about the user interface scheme for Project Fiona, the gaming tablet features integrated dual game controllers with ultra-precise analog sticks which runs gamepad-enabled PC games right out of the box.

Along with the game controllers, Project Fiona integrates ultra-precise accelerometers and a highly sensitive multi-touch screen. This provides game developers with new game experiential opportunities to develop around the hybrid game control experience offered by Project Fiona. It also ensures current-generation PC games run on the tablet concept, as well as any existing games optimized for the touchscreen interface of a tablet.

Future games developed for Fiona are expected to take advantage of not just the integrated gamepad controls but also integrate core game functionality controls for the touchscreen and accelerometer-based controls.

While multi-touch screens have become the de facto user interface for tablets, they are not the right interface for serious PC gaming.” – Min-Liang Tan, CEO, Razer.

To further intensify the gaming experience with Project Fiona, Razer’s integrated dual controllers deliver full force feedback, so every explosion or gun recoil can be felt in the gamer’s hands and ears thanks to Dolby 7.1 surround sound that has been integrated in Project Fiona.

Project Fiona is a working prototype, not yet released. Estimated price? Below USD $1,000.

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10 top rated open source applications

We have to admit that the open source community brings a big contribution to the software market through its useful and original projects. Many free applications have been strong opponents to similar paid-for products for years, forcing the competitor companies to rise the quality of their products. So I’m bound to present to you a couple of these products that are still remarkable and can make the difference in their category. In randomly order:

CDex

A CD-Ripper, which can extract digital audio data from an Audio CD. Started as a project in 2001, CDex became a very reliable and simple to use CD-ripper with its latest stable version released in 2003. Since then, many are still using this old version, although the project has been restarted in 2006 and several new beta versions have been released. The application supports many Audio encoders, like MPEG (MP2,MP3), VQF, AAC encoders. CDex is supported by all 32-bit MS Windows operating systems.

 

 

Audacity

A very powerful multi-track audio editor and recorder for Linux, BSD, Mac OS, and Windows. Supports WAV, AIFF, Ogg, and MP3 formats. Features include envelope editing, mixing, built-in effects and plug-ins, all with unlimited undo. The only drawback is that many opened tracks will force your PC to the limits making Audacity a real mastodon when it comes to hardware requirements. Of course, you will need to download the lame encoder first, if you want to export your work in mp3 format.

 

 

VirtualDub

VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms. It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video.  It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters.  VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.

 

PDFCreator
PDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, OpenOffice or any other Windows application that supports a printer. Every pdf file that you create with PDFCreator can be encrypted and digitally signed. You can even merge multiple files into one PDF. Besides its main objective of converting any photo or document file into pdf format, PDFCreator can also convert files into PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PCX, PS, EPS formats.

 

FreeMind

FreeMind is a free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has  turned it into high productivity tool. It is said that the operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click “fold / unfold” and “follow link” operations. Do you want to prioritize, know where you are, where you’ve been and where you are heading, then use FreeMind.

 

 

 

BitTorrent

A very popular upload/download manager among that allows you to publish or share your data with the P2P community. It’s easy to install and set-up on your home network because it uses standard UPnP and NAT-PMP networking technologies to prepare your router for torrent access. It can auto-adjusts bandwidth usage based upon your network and the Internet, so that you can play games, stream videos and use instant messaging services without having downtime moments.

 

 

FileZilla

FileZilla is a cross-platform graphical FTP, FTPS and SFTP client a lot of features, supporting Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and more. It features an intuitive interface in order to ease the send/receive data operations. Supports resume and transfer of large files over 4GB, features drag & drop support, configurable transfer speed limits, synchronized directory browsing, and remote file search.

 

 

 

NotePad++

A source code editor and MS Windows Notepad replacement. It comes with an optimized code that results in reducing CPU usage while running. It also supports external plugins which can perform several text editing tasks such as XHTML, XML, and brace auto close, the text to HEX converter, the C++ code re-indent, the trailing space trimmer, FTP support and the case converter. You can set the colors which are used for code highlighting and even record key-presses in order to play them back later.

 

 

KeePass Password Safe

KeePass Password Safe is a free, open source, portable and easy-to-use password manager for Windows. You can store your passwords in a highly-encrypted database, which is locked with one master password or key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).

 

 

 

Eraser

Eraser is a secure data removal tool for Windows. It completely removes sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. It’s important to know that Eraser works with any drive that works with Windows. There is no need to customize the application because all the important secure drive erasure methods are supported out of the box. In order to obtain a definitive deletion, the application not only erases files and folders but also their previously deleted counterparts.

 

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