This is a guest post by Glenn Taggart of The Crazy World of G, who brings a background as a high level super user, to the Blogging world.
As Glenn explains “Even though I spend most of my day at a desktop or on the road (in the Pacific NW), with my laptop, I have an insatiable thirst for leading edge computer technology that helps me get my job done faster.
I firmly believe we are on the verge of an open source cloud computing world. The company I work for is making great strides in making our software web accessible (which is no small feat!) I am excited to share my cloud research as it evolves”.
Take a look at some of the Cloud applications Glenn has discovered, and has put to good use.
iGoogle – I love all things Google and this is my first stop when I enter The Cloud. Check out the Radiohead theme to customize iGoogle.
Gmail – integrates nicely with pretty much everything. It’s also the consummate beta so if you are a geek wannabee, you can make sure to tell everyone you are testing beta software.
Google Reader – The best RSS news compiler.
Google Docs – Word processing, Spreadsheets, calendar, etc.
Mediafire – Unlimited file hosting for all types of files. I use it to back up my media and it has an excellent photo album view that lets you share files and folders. Highly recommend.
PERSONAL DATA / PASSWORD MANAGER
Clipperz – I’m still a little weary of putting my bank account info in The Cloud but Clipperz uses a pretty strong encryption method which is fine for storing your other passwords.
Delicious – Does an excellent job managing your web bookmarks and integrates nicely with Firefox.
Rondee – I use it and it works great.
Calliflower – I use this service as a backup. Haven’t had to yet…
Shrinkfile – Compresses/Extracts files to zip, etc.
Zamzar – I use this to convert open office docs to Microsoft doc formats. It will pretty much convert any file you throw at it to a compatible format.
Rapidpik – I use this to host image files for my blog on occasion. Very fast and no sign up required.
Photofunia – Uses face recognition technology to insert your mug in a variety of different poses.
Face In A Hole – Another face recognition site. Just upload your favorite face photo and choose the pose.
PixiFX – Online image editor. I like the various borders they offer (among other effects). Once again, upload your photo and choose your effect. User friendly.
Diarised – I haven’t had the opportunity yet to use this but I’m anxious to. Very nice layout.
Ecalc – This is the daddy of all things calculated and converted.
LARGE FILE SENDER
Filemail – I use this every once in awhile when I have to send a large file(s) to someone who’s email won’t accept large files. This happens to me frequently.
Drop.io – Online fax machine. It’s a pain to use but it works in a pinch.
Another promising cloud technology that I’m keeping my eye on (I already registered, it’s not yet available) is Grand Central which has just been purchased by Google. Check it out, it looks pretty cool.