Category Archives: Software

24 Must-Have, Everyday Workhorse Apps

Top 24 apps (logos shown clockwise from 7 o’clock): Timely, Accuweather, Gmail, Podcast Addict, Google Voice, Google Hangouts Dialer, Hiya Caller ID & Block, Google Keep, SimpleMind, MindMeister, Floating Stickies, Google Docs/Sheets/Slides, Wunderlist, Google Maps, Feedly, Puffin, Xodo PDF, FBReader, Pocket, Google Photos, Fast for Facebook, Twilight, Atmosphere

[Many of these apps will help you learn more stuff, consume training content better and generally upgrade your productivity! So while they all aren’t exactly training, many will be a great help in your quest to be a better self-directed learner. Enjoy!]

If you’re like me, your mobile device (phone, tablet, etc.) is loaded with apps. In fact, I’ve just checked and discovered that I’ve got hundreds installed! And that left me wondering, “How many of these things do I need? Which of these do I depend on every day?”

After some reflection, I came up with a list of my “24 must-have, everyday workhorse apps.” And, to the extent that they keep me personally productive, they help me be a better project manager and team member.  Most are FREE or have free versions available. See the complete list with brief descriptions at my WORTH SHARING site.

Coming Soon! Free Webinar on Agile Deployment of Project Portfolio Management (PPM)

Trying to develop a project-based organization? Check out this latest listing at my Project Management FREEBIES website:

Linked Image: Project Mgt. FREEBIES listing: "Webinar: ITM-Agile-Deployment of PPM"

Worth a Second Look: My Favorite Articles & Videos from 2014

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New on my WORTH SHARING website:  Some of my favorite articles, blog posts, and videos that I posted during 2014.  Some are important. Others were merely fun or gratifying to create and I want to share them again before they disappear beneath 2015’s posts. Check them out!

FREE Virtual Event: Conscious Software Development Telesummit

Go to "Conscious Software Development" website for info & FREE "instant access" pass.

I’m proud to be one of the speakers in the Conscious Software Development Telesummit scheduled for November 10 – 21, 2014. This FREE virtual event will harness the perspectives of 21 speakers as they focus on some of the secrets used by top companies to improve their software development projects!

From the website:
Consciousness = Awareness + Choice 

Conscious Software Development means you apply Awareness and Choice to all areas of application creation. [Are you…?]

  • Fed up with scope creep ruining your delivery schedules?
  • Exasperated when your development team’s software turns to “shelfware” by your users?
  • Afraid of project death marches where deadline after deadline is missed?
  • Worried about more subtle forms of failure that you might not notice until it is too late?”

21 speakers will tackle the issues behind these frustrations and help you figure out how to avoid them. For more info… and your FREE “instant access” pass… go to: http://conscioussoftwaredevelopment.com/

Turn Any Ebook into an Audiobook with FBReader & Ivona Text to Speech (TTS)

This video shows how to set up and use the free apps FBReader & Ivona TTS engine to turn ANY ebook into an audiobook! You’ll learn how you can kick back and close your eyes, while your tablet or smartphone reads that ebook to you through your headphones or speakers. Which means you can “read” with your ears while bouncing around on a bus, driving to work, standing in line at the bank or supermarket or just hanging out in your favorite recliner. How cool is that?

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Winter Blues? “Spit on Your Hands & Get Busy!” Learn Something New!

Learn something new!! Create something new!In one of Brian Johnson’s Philosopher’s Notes, I came across this quote from Dale Carnegie’s How To Stop Worrying and Start Living:

“George Bernard Shaw was right. He summed it all up when he said: ‘The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.’ So don’t bother to think about it! Spit on your hands and get busy. Your blood will start circulating; your mind will start ticking—and pretty soon this whole positive upsurge of life in your body will drive worry from your mind. Get busy. Keep busy. It’s the cheapest kind of medicine there is on this earth—and one of the best.”

In another of Brian’s Philosopher’s Notes, he shares this quote from Sonja Lyubomirsky’s The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want

“In 1932, weighed down by the sorrows and agonies of his self-absorbed and aimless clients, an Australian psychiatrist named W. Béran Wolfe summed up his philosophy like this: ‘If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert.’ He was right. People who strive for something personally significant, whether it’s learning a new craft, changing careers, or raising moral children, are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations. Find a happy person, and you will find a project.”

So how about you? What “personally significant” goal have you set for yourself lately? And if you happen to be housebound by this brutal winter, why not take on the challenge of learning something new?

Follow the links below to find some amazing free learning opportunities. Then “Get busy. Keep busy. It’s the cheapest kind of medicine there is on this earth…” to drive away those winter blues!

GCF LearnFree.Org: Learn Life Skills, Job Skills & Computer Skills!


This video provides an overview of the Goodwill Community Foundation’s LearnFree.org website. Our quick tour highlights a few of the great free resources at the site, including training on Google Docs, Pinterest, Windows 8, and much more.  

From the website:  

“GCFLearnFree.org creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life…. delivering over 750 different lessons to millions of people in over 200 countries and territories ABSOLUTELY FREE…”

Enjoy! 

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