After being interviewed by SMH for a story on how technology is assisting people work from home, I thought I might share with you some of the tools that are making my life easier.

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  • http://www.dropbox.com
    Drop box is a great file sharing service and is elegant in it’s implementation. Each user connected to your dropbox “sees” the same folder on their desktop. They can manipulate files directly and when they save, all other users files are automatically updated.
  • http://www.google.com/calendar/
    I use google calendar a lot.  I share it with people I work with so that they always know where I am and I can check in what my staff are doing.  You can even sync it with most desktop applications and smartphones.
  • http://www.google.com/analytics
    Google analytics is a fantastic free service to monitor traffic on your site(s).  There is a great tool within it that allows you to monitor how people navigate through your site.
  • http://www.skype.com
    Skype is VOIP (Voice Over IP) made easy, video and phone chat over the internet.  I use Skype and GoogleTalk when I want to have a face-to-face with someone and can’t directly visit them in person.
  • https://www.zoho.com/
    A swathe of tools, the one I’ve just started using is their project management tool.  A friend of mine (who lives on the other side of Australia in Perth) and I are collaborating on a Twitter project and are using this to share ideas
  • http://www.dimdim.com/
    When ever I need to give a presentation or demo of a piece of software to someone quickly in a remote location I setup a DimDim meeting. I can share my desktop with them, setup video conferencing and take them through an application.  It’s great for post sale support too and the best thing it’s free and web-based.

What tools do you use?

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