30 Apps to Run your Business By

I’ve been a Mac user for many years now and a business owner for just as many. I’ve needed apps for everything from invoicing and time tracking to contact and money management. I’ve used literally hundreds of applications over the past few years and know how frustrating it can be to find something that works for you.

So to help with that I’ve compiled a list of some applications I’ve used over the years including the ones I think are the best. There are certainly more applications out there that aren’t listed here so if you’ve used something that has worked well, definitely let me know about it.
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OQO Model 02- 2 out of 3 ain’t good

The coolest mobile device on the market today is definitely the OQO Model 02.  I played with one at the CES early this year and while I don’t know if it would serve me as a daily machine I would still love to get one for a good look.  I had been following Hugo Ortega (GottaBeMobile & Uber Tablet) since he first got his OQO as I know his insights will help me figure out if the OQO will work for me.  Hugo’s blogging about the OQO fell silent a few weeks ago and I was about to reach out to him to ask him (anxiously) why when I saw this post on his blog:

So I posted a video about the OQO model 02 and had thousands of hits – literally. I was lookingforward to a great experience. When my first OQO 02 died (just beofrethe Video) I received the replacement and got back on the road quickly(kudos to OQO) when the second one died OQO did the right thing and gota new one out to me again – I was upset but looking forward to a greatseason ahead, and then when the third one arrived I lost all motivationand it is in my garage unboxed.

Iwas upset and have decided to move away from it for a little while.Sorry guys. We’ll see what happens in the future. Migration of all mydata – twice – has been a headache I do not want to deal with on athird occassion.

Hopefully this is just an aberation but I remember hearing these stories over and over again when the first generation OQO shipped.  I corresponded with more than a couple of early OQO adopters who were on their 3rd (or 4th) unit.  Ouch.

Recent Office 2007 docs: the gadget

Recent_docs_widgetNeed a Vista gadget that shows your recent Office docs? Have no fear: the gadget is here! Eric Charran picked up on it (I found his post via The Hive) and it works very well provided you’re using Office 2007. If so, you don’t need to rely on Start, Recent Items, which doesn’t just limit itself to docs in the first place. A useful gadget to save some mouse clicks or pen taps if you’re a heavy-duty Office 2007 user.

Apple still bothers Gates

“You can always tell whether you’re on a Mac or on a PC…Just stick your applications in there and see whether they’ll run.” Bill Gates in a chat with Dawn Chmieleski, of San Jose Mercury News. How about if we change it to: “You can always tell whether you’re on a Mac or on a PC…. just check for a spyware clean-up program…. oh wait you don’t need to do that on a Mac.”