Related link: http://www.3m.com/market/office/postit/com_prod/psnotes/
Warning: this is (sort of) a review of a Windows program.
If you’re not using Windows, you might not be interested.
Ever since I decided to write a shareware application, I’ve been much more experimental in my use of software. I download more, I test more, I use more programs than ever before.
In itself, that’s kind of strange. It sounds really stupid when I say it out loud, but I never really thought of software as being for end-users (part of the downside of doing server-side software on a daily basis I guess). I used to have a very fast machine with very little software and an empty hard drive. Now I have lots of little programs scattered all over the place, doing whatever it is they do.
There’s a lot of really interesting software out there. Some of it is very cool and almost pointless (the 3D desktops spring to mind). And some of it is very simple, and very useful. And there’s a lot of skill and creativity out there. If anyone can figure out how to build a genuine marketplace for software (so that any three developers can go off and innovate without completely abandoning their safety net), the world is going to change dramatically.
One of the coolest (and simplest) programs I’ve run across recently is from 3M (yep; they do software). It lets me put yellow sticky notes on my desktop.
That may not seem like much, and it isn’t, but it’s a very useful thing. I used to keep 5 or 6 instances of notepad open that I would basically use as transient storage. I would cut and paste into the right notepad, or quickly type something down. And then, later on, I would go searching among all the instances of notepad on my taskbar to find the right one.
Now I just keep my yellow stickies tacked to the desktop. It’s much nicer (especially since some of the stickies have alarms on them).
I like this program. I’m using the free version and it’s convenient.
What small, kind of unknown, programs do you use on a daily basis?