My Top Tech Tips

October 23, 2006  

In running my business, I use a number of cool technologies — technologies to play audio and video on my websites, for blogging, for desktop productivity, and more. Today’s blog entry is a list of my favorites — many of which are free. Please leave comments with your favorite technologies (no spam, thank you). You can download this list as a pdf by clicking here.

WEB – This blog uses all three
1. Goal-Free Living Free WordPress.com blogging or WordPress.org for download (I use the download version)
2. Goal-Free Living Value Aweber for autoresponder, newsletters, webforms and more ($20/month or less and very powerful)
3. Goal-Free Living Value 1and1 for hosting – relatively cheap and reliable. Inexpensive domain registration. Free newsletter and website builder software, plus much more

VIDEO AND AUDIO
4. Goal-Free Living FreeWindows Media Encoder – Converts various video formats to WMV format. Free from Microsoft.com
5. Goal-Free Living FreeRIVA FLV Encoder – Software that converts video (except WMV) to FLV (flash)
6. Goal-Free Living FreeWeb Audio Plus – converts MP3 and WAV files to flash audio with buttons for website. Free from CNET.com. This was used to create the audio message above.
7. Goal-Free Living FreeFlowplayer – Software for playing flash videos on your website
8. Goal-Free Living FreeAudacity – Audio editing software
9. Goal-Free Living FreeWindows Movie Maker – Simple video editing that comes with Windows XP
10. Goal-Free Living Value Total Recorder – Records streaming audio, microphone input, line-in input, as well as CDs and DVDs. Extremely useful! (highcriteria.com)
11. Goal-Free Living Value Yasa Video Converter – Converts videos to any format. Useful if converting unprotected DVDs (VOB) to editable video.
12. Goal-Free Living Value DBPowerAMP Music Converter – useful for converting from one audio format to another (e.g., from WAV to MP3) — $14 from DBpoweramp.com
13. Dazzle analog to digital video converter – allows easy transfer of VHS to computer for editing or DVD creation
14. Xilisoft DVD ripper – converts copyright protected DVDs to MPEG files – xilisoft.com ($35)
15. Radio Shack Phone Recorder Controller (Model: 17-855) allows you to record phone conversations on your computer or on any recording device. $27

BUSINESS GROWTH
16. Goal-Free Living Value PRLeads.com – inexpensive PR opportunities from journalists who want to interview experts
17. Goal-Free Living Value PRWeb – cheap and free press release posting which landed hundreds of newspapers hits
18. The National Publicity Summit – Landed the Oprah article here (nationalpublicitysummit.com)
19. Google AdWords and Yahoo Search Marketing – pay per click web advertising

DESKTOP PRODUCTIVITY
20. Goal-Free Living FreeSharpReader – Free RSS software for aggregating feeds from blogs and news (sharpreader.net)
21. Goal-Free Living FreeSkype – speak to friends around the world for free
22. Goal-Free Living FreeDownload Accelerator Plus – useful for quickly downloading lots of files from websites – free from speedbit.com
23. Goal-Free Living FreeLookOut email search engine for Outlook (free from http://tinyurl.com/46shl).
24. Goal-Free Living FreeGoogle Desktop – Free desktop searching engine
25. Goal-Free Living FreeTrillian – Instant Messenger integrator that is free
26. Goal-Free Living Freepdf995.com for free software to convert any document into a pdf file
27. Datadepositbox.com – remote back-up of data. Recently saved me when my hard drive crashed
28. instantpublisher.com for easy book publishing directly from Word documents

MOBILE
29. BlackBerry Pearl (8100) from T-Mobile (just got it and LOVE it)

USEFUL WEBSITES
30. istockphoto.com for inexpensive images
31. Goal-Free Living Freespeakeasy.net/speedtest for testing your download speeds

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  1. Rosario on December 7th, 2006 3:58 pm

    Steve,
    Although your favorite technologies are free, it is very generous and giving from you to share them. Just searching for them, or even knowing what to search for, involves lots of time and learning from others -and your own trials and errors. You must be aware that there are people out there that would charge for what you share as part of their “expertise” and knowledge/experience gained. Your orientation will save me lots of time, and perhaps mistakes once I’ll enter the phase of choosing technology for my business. I’ve started to see for instance audio and video services, but just the beginning…
    I wish from my heart for you that you receive in life and work in fair correspondence with all that you share with others. You deserve it and deserve to rejoice in witnessing how it comes to you effortlessly -some of those metaphysical laws in the universe…
    With gratitude,
    Rosario