As a lover of travel and all things tech, I can’t imagine living in a time when there weren’t cell phones, laptops, tablets and, most importantly, the Cloud.
I love what I do. I probably have the coolest job in the world—telling people about how to simplify one of the most annoying and time-consuming tasks known to the Internet world, deploying applications to the Cloud. To be honest, this one part of the application development cycle really took the joy out of creating applications.
The tools that I consider essential to my very existence—I mean this quite literally since I sleep with my laptop at my side, my cell phone under my pillow and require Wi-Fi wherever I go (true story: I wrote a blog post once from the top of a small mountain in Kruger Park, South Africa)—most of them didn’t exist even 5 years ago.
- Gmail (in the last month or so, I have spent over 81hrs on it! That doesn’t even count mobile usage)
- Google Docs (everything I write, document or jot down ends up here)
- RememberTheMilk (my favorite task reminder)
- Skype (if I am on my laptop or table, why would I use a cell phone?)
- Facebook (I don’t want to know how much time I spend here…)
- Twitter (where do you get your news? And how do keep in touch real-time with people?)
- Reeder (RSS reader for Mac)
- Jelastic (obligatory name drop for my company, but it’s true: I use this pretty much every day)
- DropBox (my favorite automated file-Hoster)
- RapidShare (my go-to for sharing large files)
- Ge.tt (fastest, real-time file sharing service that you should give a try)
- Instapaper (if you aren’t using this, you need to: take advantage of down time to read things you didn’t have time for during work)
- Pandora (best music discovery engine I have yet to use–US only right now)
- SoundCloud (all my fav DJs drop their latest tracks here)
- Tumblr (easiest way for me to blog and stay consistent)
- Tungle (scheduler)
- Bing Travel (where I start all my flight searches)
- TripIt (how I keep track of where I am, what’s next and not missing the train)
- Write.fm (the coolest little online notepad ever)
While this list is by no means complete, it is what I use pretty much every day. My lifestyle, if you want to call it that, would not be possible without these tools, and the Cloud enables them all.
Most of these tools/solutions are IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, or a combination of one or all of these. The evolution of Cloud computing has allowed for the always-on, high-availability, scalable, no-learning-curve Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) to become a reality. Part of the reason that I love my job so much is that it is at the cutting edge of what Cloud computing is.
If you aren’t taking advantage of tools like DropBox, Google Apps and Jelastic, you need to: they will make your life easier. And they may even free you from having to go into an office every day; or, at the least, save you some serious time.
If you were already using these tools or other good ones, I would love to hear about them. Feel free to drop your ideas, suggestions, and comments in below.
Judah (currently in Mexico)