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SharePoint Conference 2009

23 September 2009 Leave a comment

Just received confirmation that I’ll be attending the SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas.

I’m really looking forward to this event and can’t wait to see all the new features of SharePoint 2010.

See you there!

SharePoint Conference 2009

My Productivity Toolset

13 September 2009 Leave a comment

I use a range of devices in a number of different locations and have always found it difficult to find the products to help manage my various sources of content.

My problem is that at home I’m a Mac man, at work I’m a PC man and out and about I pray at the altar of the iPhone.

I like products that focus on a particular job and do it well, I have yet to find a product that covers them all (though here’s waiting for SharePoint 2010 Server 😉 ). I need these products to be able to easily switch between work and home and back again (that’s why SharePoint is not in the equation).

And my last crtieria? It has to have a good old desktop client version. As much as I love “the cloud”, in my world the “the cloud” is were my data lives and not were I do my work.

These are the core areas I need to manage in my life and the products I’ve found best at doing that. Please feel free to add your favorites.

Email / Contacts / Calendar



Thanks to companies now supplying low cost Exchange accounts through hosted solutions, this is a viable way of managing email, contacts and calendar through all devices and locations.

You need to make sure the companies includes Outlook Anywhere / Exchange Web Services and OWA, this will then tick all the boxes. I can access it through Outlook client on my PC, using the Exchange Integration in OSX Snow Leopard and through my iPhone with Exchange Integration. And when I don’t have access to any of this I can access it through OWA.

Task Management



I sort of adopt to the GTD method of managing tasks, I like the idea of having projects and contexts when managing tasks and I like to store all my tasks together from both work and home.

EasyTask Manager seems to tick all the boxes again. It provides a client for both the Mac, PC and iPhone and has a web interface. Some of the clients are not perfect, but they seem to be ironing out all the problems quickly.

Scrapbook



I like to use a scrapbook to pull together all my notes, links and other odds and sods. I had previously used OneNote for this, but it tied all my information down to my PC.

Evernote is my tool of choice now. It provides a client for the Mac, PC, iPhone and web (It also has a Windows Mobile client). It has browser and email addins that allow you to take snapshots of sites or emails (very useful for storing links to sites if the site then disappear).

News Feeds



Using a combination of NetNewsWire for the Mac / iPhone and FeedDemon on the PC and Google Reader to sync, I’m able to keep up-to-date with all my favourite feeds, flag ones that I may need to reference again. This is then all kept synced up between all my devices by Google Reader.

Blogs / Twitter

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I like to use Ecto for the Mac, Windows Live Writer (I wish they did a Mac version) and WordPress for the iPhone as my blog is hosted through WordPress.

For Twitter I’m not really into the over complicated tools like TweetDeck and prefer to stick the simple client like Tweetie which I use on the Mac and the iPhone.

Document Management


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Mesh is my tool of choice for managing my documents and making them available to all my devices. It doesn’t currently support the iPhone, but rumor has it that it’s not too far off.