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When you’re into software development, a lot of work is involved in building the environment to program the app. It’s not just the hardware; you need to build every block of the software required before starting the project. One economical way to tackle this situation is by using virtual machines. JumpBox provides virtual machines of all types and configurations.

A JumpBox is a “ready-to-use” virtual machine that will run in minutes on any computing environment that supports virtualization. Follow me after the fold to learn how JumpBox could help you save a ton of money and time with their many virtual machines.


File management is key to productivity and collaboration in an organization. Employees can always share files via email, the most common of the methods. However, the inability to send larger file sizes and handling different versions cannot be done with email. That’s when a centralized file management app comes into picture. Upload all files of importance to a server and grant role-based access to them.

Mollify, a fantastic file management tool can help solve all of your woes when it comes to hosting files and images on a remote server. Let’s look at how to install Mollify and serve out files for remote downloads.


I don’t know about you, but I haven’t used Microsoft Office on my desktop in the past year and half. That’s an interesting nugget of information considering the fact that I write for a living and write about 25,000 words a month. So where does all of this writing happen? On a moleskin notebook? No, Google Docs.

Office is Microsoft’s cash cow, a vertical that has seen no real competition for decades. Thanks to Google, your documents have been liberated from the desktop prison and made available anywhere there’s an internet connection. Did I forget to mention the fact that you can edit a document with multiple people from across the globe in real time? Well, I just did.

The slow but steady exodus of its userbase has made Microsoft rethink its strategy and resulted in the launch of After the break let we’ll take a look at how Microsoft Office in the cloud can enhance your productivity.


Live Documents is the office suite for the internet generation — a set of web-enabled, feature-rich applications for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations that increase personal productivity and facilitate group collaboration.

This review of Live Documents will take a quick look at the app(s) and some of the neat features it offers.


I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I’ve needed to be able to easily share my screen or see someone else’s, whether it was for collaboration reasons or simply being the IT guy for family. dimdim gives you the ability to quickly and easily share your screen, collaborate with others and much more.

I’ll take a look at dimdim and how to quickly setup screen sharing for collaboration or other reasons, with a screencast preview.


There’s quite a few invoicing apps out there, many of which do a fantastic job. One of my favorites though, and the one I actually use personally is FreshBooks. It’s arguably the best time tracking and invoicing web app available, certainly making billing far less painful.

Several Freelancers I’ve spoke with say FreshBooks feels too complicated or offers more than they need. Today I’ll take a quick look at just how easy it is to track your time and quickly invoice with FreshBooks and why those extra features should be more than welcome.


It’s 2010 and it’s time to get things done! Okay, 2010 or not, many of us are always looking for a better way to manage our tasks, events and goals. The truth of task management is that there’s no single best way to tackle it for everyone. It will depend on your style of management, your interaction preferences and how the solution integrates into your current workflow.

Personally I couldn’t seem to stick with any Get Things Done (GTD) or task management apps, until I remembered I hadn’t really given Google Calendar a fair shake. After getting it setup and familiarizing myself with it, it was a solution that actually worked for me and I’ve stuck with it. It’s free, it’s flexible and it integrates well with my current workflow.

Today I’ll go through using Google Calendar to manage your schedule and get things done.


A recent move to a new computer was a cause for me to review my list of contacts and do some pruning. As a Mac user, I prefer Google’s price and flexibility when compared to Apple’s Mobile Me. Using Google’s free email, calendar and contact management was always preferable, and with Apple’s support of those services within their own desktop applications, I’ve been more than happy to stick with this setup over the years.

But syncing is always a tricky business — and Address Book in OS X is no different. Although it was set to sync with my Google Contacts, I’ve found good number of duplicates time and again.


There are plenty of types of services that you can offer your clients that result in the need to schedule appointments. Anyone who has had to spend a lot of time organizing these appointments knows what a headache it can be.

But this is one area where web 2.0 has attempted to make things easier. Setster is one such tool.


When it comes to superb web based applications, there is one company that has led the way this decade. Millions of people from all over the globe use the tools provided by the folks at 37signals. From time to time, we’ll look at different apps in the suite. Basecamp, Backpack, Campfire and Highrise — each one is a leader in its genre. But they’ve also been covered a lot and we’re not going to repeat the past with lengthy reviews of each. Rather, I’ll be sharing tips on how to use their tools better — as well as how to integrate them with other great web and desktop tools.


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