Tools of the Alpha Geeks – and a look at my own tools

Filed as Features, General on April 19, 2008 7:00 am

JD Lasica, who has been in Israel with a group of bloggers – including Robert Scoble, Susan Mernit, and many others, profiles the tools being used by the alpha geeks on the trip.


For example, here’s a look at JD’s tools:

Firefox
Twitter
Google Reader
Facebook
TypePad (blog platform), but switching to WordPress
Gmail
Google Talk
Flickr
del.icio.us
Skype
Ourmedia (video sharing and media publishing)
Veoh
SpinXpress (private file sharing)
ImageWell (image capture and resizing/cropping tool)
iTunes
Activewords (PC-only productivity tool)
Snapz Pro (Mac-only screen and video capture)
Flock
Dopplr
LastFM
iChat

I find these lists pretty interesting because it gives me a chance to see what tools other are using – and some insight into their own workflow.

Here’s a look at the tools that I use regularly:

  • Firefox (Web Browser)w/ several extensions
  • Twitter
  • del.icio.us (Bookmark Sharing) – when I’m away from my Macbook Pro, I use del.icio.us to track things I want to blog or read later. Plus it’s my repository of interesting links for later reference. I tag away like a madman.
  • Skype – our office phone and my personal phone and handled via Skype. Otherwise it’s cell phones for me.
  • Flickr (photo sharing)
  • iTunes
  • BBEdit – Text editor
  • Google GMail – managing multiple accounts via one email box. I just switched to this a few days ago and wouldn’t ever look back.
  • NetNewsWire & NewsGator – Feed reading speedmachine on a Mac. I tried Google Reader and just couldn’t do it. My workflow is much nicer under this combination.
  • WordPress – I used to be a Movable Type fanatic, but in 2006 I switched and haven’t looked back. Both are good products – but WordPress is the right one for me.
  • Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge, Dreamweaver, and more – best damn graphical tools around. Nothing else compares.
  • Adium – Instant Messaging tool – Mac only, but cross-API messaging. Love it.
  • Transmit – SFTP/FTP client – for moving images and other audio files around.
  • YouTube – my place for uploading videos.. for now
  • Quickbooks – Financials. Definitely my least favorite part of all of these.

I’m deliberately excluding my podcasting tools since I’ll be discussing those in an upcoming post.

Those are my tools (and JD’s above) – what are your tools?

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  1. By drivewind posted on April 19, 2008 at 8:30 am
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    I like skyper~

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  2. By Barbara Ling (aka Owlbert) posted on April 20, 2008 at 4:37 am
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    Add to that

    Photoshop
    Ksh (unix scripting language)

    Can’t leave home without ‘em.

    Enjoy,

    Barbara

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  3. By Sam Hall posted on April 20, 2008 at 10:02 pm
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    Safari (tested FF3b but switched back)
    Journler: Great PIM and project manager.
    TextMate: I use this for everything. (Combined with GeekTool, it is my daily organizer as well.)
    Mail.app (Won’t switch to Gmail because of biz accounts)
    Transmit
    NetNewsWire (like you, tried GReader but switched back)
    Adobe Suite
    Quark Express (at times)
    Pixelmator (for quick, easy graphics. Love the interface.)
    CSSEdit
    iChat
    Facebook
    Twitter
    iTunes (Must. Have. Music.)
    iBank (personal) and iBiz (business)
    SnapzPro
    Scrivener (for my writing)
    Numbers (don’t ask, but I do…)
    QUICKSILVER (how anyone on a Mac gets away without it is beyond me…)

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