Category Archives: Science & Technology

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.

Teach Yourself How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep!

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My latest post at my WORTH SHARING website is loaded with links that will help you learn all about the field of sleep medicine, some free apps that can help you assess the quality of your sleep and some other tools to help you improve your overall sleep quality. Check it out!

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/

Smart Gardener Supercharges Your Organic Gardening! (Plus Our 2014 Gardening Guide)

Are you an organic gardening newbie? … A “green thumb” wannabe? Then Smart Gardener is for you! It provides a powerful, online dashboard to guide you through the process of setting up, nurturing and maintaining a customized, location-specific organic garden that is sized to meet your family’s needs. It’s loaded with powerful tools and references in the form of videos, worksheets, interactive layout guides and links to additional resources!  But instead of overwhelming you like a big, fat organic gardening book might, the online interface gently guides you through “just enough” information to meet your needs so you can get to work immediately and start growing!

Image: My "Dashboard" at the Smart Gardener website

(Above:  A couple of screenshots from the Smart Gardener dashboard.)

Specifically, the Smart Gardener website and personalized dashboard provides:

  • Interactive online tools, worksheets, planning tools and videos to help you brainstorm the layout and contents for your in-ground garden, raised bed garden, or on-deck garden container.
  • custom garden plan for your location/growing season & household requirements
  • Personalized help selecting plants and finding seeds
  • A unique garden layout based on sun orientation, etc.
  • Customized To-Do lists with weekly email, mobile reminders of what to do when
  • Links to deep details (more info on specific plants, organic gardening techniques, etc.)
  • An Interactive journal to document progress for record-keeping, year-to-year (You can also add notes, photos, etc.)
  • “Signature gardens” (i.e., pre-designed gardens that can serve as “templates” for quickly making your own garden) created by chefs, celebrities & Smart Gardeners

Check out the quick (3 min.) video tour above, then visit the Smart Gardener website yourself and start gardening! 

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2014 Gardening Guide: Links to Reviews of More Great Free Resources to Help You Learn Gardening & Landscaping

Click here to learn more about Tower Gardens!

(Click here to learn more about Tower Gardens!)

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Didn’t find what you’re looking for?  Check out our video tour to see how to find more:

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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