Making life easier: new online tools I'm trying

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As always, I'm on a quest to improve my online life with fancy tech tools and shortcuts. Recently, I've found a few I really love, so I thought I'd share. Realize, as always, that I may be years behind here and I wouldn't know it. If I am, feel free to laugh.

1. OverDrive
I think I've mentioned that I recently started using my iPad as an ereader. OverDrive is the software my library (and a lot of other libraries) uses to allow me to download borrowed ebooks (and audiobooks) to my various devices. I love it. It's easy to use and so far works seamlessly.

2. Zemanta
Zemanta is a fantastic blogging tool that you can get as a plugin for your platform or as a browser add-on. It instantly suggests related articles as you write your post, as well as possible tags and images. It also provides the option of creating automatic links in your text, without the need to go to a website and C&P. I've only just started using it, so I'm not familiar with everything it can do yet, but it seems like an absolutely fantastic way to both blog faster and more efficiently and make connections that might be difficult to come up with on your own.

3. Apple AirPlay
My laptop is too old for AirPlay, but my phone and my iPad aren't, and I cannot tell you how exciting I find the ability to send Downton Abbey to my AppleTV wirelessly from Amazon Prime Instant Video. It pretty much makes my life.

4. C25KFree
Everybody has heard of Couch-to-5K, right? Well, I started the program a few weeks back, and I am aided immeasurably by a free iPhone app, C25KFree. It's a super simple to use interface, and it allows you to play your music/audiobook with minimal interruptions for instruction. Love it.

5. Simple Timer
This one is basic, but it does the job. It's a Firefox add-on that puts a teeny little timer in the corner of your browser, which you can use to count up or countdown. I am doing some hourly freelance work right now, and it's the easiest way I've found to keep track of my time, especially since it's dead simple to pause and re-start it when I click off my work window and over to Facebook or my email or something.

Hopefully someone out there will find one or all of those suggestions as helpful as I'm finding them. Please leave me a comment and tell me about your latest tech toy or discovery--I'm always on the lookout!
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I enjoy overdrive a lot, and I was enjoying c25k as well. I will probably get back into that one when I have more access to a treadmill again.

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