Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I Want Sandy. Your Personal Assistant

Perhaps this is a little out of the realm of usual recommended Websites, but a recent workshop participant suggested a site that offers a Personal Assistant. The site is http://iwantsandy.com/
The home page touts:
Hi! I’m Sandy, your new assistant. I'll remember the details so you can focus on what's important.
-Kick off your morning knowing what's on for the day.
-Keep your day moving forward with reminders right when you need them.
-Books to read, people to call, your cousin's birthday — I'll remember it all.
-Stay organized with everyone in your life — effortlessly.
I work with your friends (and their productivity tools) too.
-I'll help you stay organized with everyone in your life — effortlessly. Simply Cc: your friends, family, and coworkers on email you send to me (or Cc: me on email you send to them).
-Set shared reminders (the movie premiere Friday night)
-Add stuff to each other's calendars (the dentist appointment)
-Share a to-do list (get those to-dos done together)
-No more fussing with different organizing systems and calendar applications — just bring me into the conversation and I'll take care of the rest.
-All without leaving your email inbox.
It is a free service, and it can be useful for those who are overwhelmed by the details of life (which includes probably everyone). Reminders, appointments, to-do lists, contacts, bookmarks, lists and notes are all included in this service, and it is nice to have them all in one place. There is also a 'Sandy Cheat Sheet' to help you remember the key words you need to have Sandy remember the rest. It will access your mobile phone, email or SMS text message as you prefer. If you've always said 'I need a personal assistant!' then Sandy might just be the ticket.
Also added to the 'Tech Tools Recommended' list on this Blog

Monday, February 25, 2008

Tech Tools: I-Lighter


2/26/08 update: Please check out i-Lighter 2.1, our new release. 2.1 includes upgrades, enhancements, is now totally web based and includes a few features that are particularly beneficial to the Adult Education community:1. Folders and Notebooks: i-Lighter 2.1 allows you to organize your i-lights and iNotes (annotations) into Folders. Notebooks allows users to save i-Lights from various folders into one location.2. iNotes which are annotation notes that you can add to any i-lighted content.3. Export to Word: Export allows you to export your collected data into word documents. With 2.1 you can also print or email your i-Lighted data as well as post to a blog.

They read my mind. Or at least highlighted the important sections. Anyone who knows me and knows how often I hit the Internet would understand why I am making this my tech tool of the decade. Maybe longer. When you spend a lot of time on the ole www highway, you tend to get overwhelmed not just by by the number of Web hits (like 8,943,632...and counting...) but by the fact that you only need portions of the hit pages found. Enter I-Lighter...a free cool tool developed for Internet Explorer and Firefox, that lets you mark content on any Web page and automatically store it, with notes (be still my heart) for access from any location.
I used to print out the salient pages and then use the trusty yellow markers to indicate information I needed, but this allows me to highlight and store said information on the Web, and then access it wherever I go. Why, I was even able to view them off my cell phone browser. Trust me, this is a truly cool tool.

(originating source: Technology and Learning, Vol 27 Number 8)
Also added to the 'Tech Tools Recommended' list on this Blog