#255 Apps To Be Thankful For

This time of year we have many things to be thankful for. Among the things in the computer world that I’m thankful are these that have saved me innumerous hours and more than a few grey hairs. So without further ado, grab yourself a leftover turkey sandwich and piece of pumpkin pie to enjoy as you peruse the list.

File Sharing & Backup


Simple and easy to use option backup files as well as to synchronize files across computers and devices. You get 2 gigabytes for free with additional space available.



Another easy way to manage, share & collaborate on your files and documents.


Contacts & Bookmarks

Google Contacts Sync

Great for backing up your smart phone contacts…or moving them to the new shiny one on your Christmas list.

Google Sync


Easy way to keep all your bookmarks online, publicly or privately. Great way to keep all your bookmarks when you get that next new computer. I used to recommended Delicious.com for bookmarking but their recent acquisition and resulting debacle have sent me to Diigo.




LastPass is an online password manager and form filler that makes web browsing easier and more secure. Just remember the LastPass password and it remembers all the rest.



KeePass a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you, like LastPass, you only have to remember one single master password.


Screen Sharing / Online Meetings


Free and “ridiculously simple” screen sharing tool for meetings, training, tech support, or anything else that requires seeing somebody else’s screen.



With a few more features, but still free, Vyew allows you to meet and share content by uploading images, files, documents and videos.


Show Us Your Apps

What are the things you couldn’t do with out on your computer? Share all that great stuff with the rest of us by leaving a comment.

9 thoughts on “#255 Apps To Be Thankful For

  1. Jason Krantz says:

    The Join Me website is so easy to use and works great when trying to help a friend or family with a computer problems. No more field visits!


  2. Michelle Leedy says:

    Thanks for the update on Diigo and the recent Delicious challenges. I’ve not been updating my Delicious account for awhile and had been meaning to get back to it. After reading more on the recent changes and checking out the Diigo site, I plan to switch over. I was glad to see the instructions to import my old Delicious favorites so that I don’t have to start over.


  3. LeAnn Unverzagt says:

    I used Box.net at home with my kids when they were away at college. It was good for our family ledger – bills received at the home address that I was paying until they were home to settle up, etc.


  4. Stacy says:

    You sent out some really helpful App tips. I shared with my Mom and I alos saved this email to have for future reference—–in January we upgrade our home computer with a “fancy” new one.

    Thank you so much!


  5. Gary Fabian says:

    I recently had field services assisting in an issue on my workstation, they saw I had ‘Dropbox’ installed and mentioned that it should be removed from AEP computers. Just thought I would mention it.
    Have and use KeyPass, the USB version that does not require any software install, wonderful application !
    Keep up the good work.


  6. Laura Piazza says:

    I still use Delicious, but have been considering Diigo for a long time. It’s on my New Year’s resolution list to make the change!


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