Open Source / Free Utilities
Collaborative project management and client communication
Open Source fully-featured FTP Client. Server is also available
Excellent SSH/Telnet client
An amazingly handy quick-launcher for OS X.
An essential, must-use Open Source version control program that is way better than CVS. Use with the TortoiseSVN GUI below.
Don’t let the fact that it’s from Microsoft fool you. This is a useful and free file synchronization tool.
Combined with Subversion, TortoiseSVN provides intuitive and powerful controls for the Subversion Version Control system.
Chicken of the VNC
An OS X VNC client that allows you to drive a remote desktop. Use with the OS X version of Hamachi below to control remote computers.
A fantastic tool that lets you create ultra-secure virtual networks that transcend firewalls. This allows you to use VNC (below) to control a client’s computer.
A Windows-based VNC client that allows you to drive a remote desktop. Use with Hamachi (above) to control remote computers.
Desert Island Podcasts
This Week In Tech
Your first podcast of the week is the last word in tech. Join Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, John C. Dvorak, and other tech luminaries in a roundtable discussion of the latest trends in high tech.
Steve Gibson, the man who coined the term spyware and created the first anti-spyware program, creator of Spinrite and ShieldsUP, discusses the hot topics in security today with Leo Laporte.
Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott
A weekly look at all things Microsoft including Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Xbox from the foremost Windows expert in the world, Paul Thurrott of the Super Site for Windows.
One of the many excellent NPR podcasts available on NPR.org. This one hoovers up all of the week’s technical stories from All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and other shows.
Stringer Sites Online Tools
Store pieces of information safely and securely. Access them from any machine. Very helpful for things like passwords, account info, and software serials.
A free, open source, web-based tool for developers who need a visual tool to build MySQL queries quickly and intuitively.
Converts code into formatted, colored HTML code suitable for posting in blogs or in tutorials
An easy way to convert a text block into formatted, ready-to-paste text in a variety of comment formats.
Other Useful Online Tools
Broadband Speed Test
Useful, free, and accurate broadband speed test
Color Palette Explorer
This online tool is a great way to discover and establish color palettes for your project.
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What the Font?
[That's it's name, not me trying to be clever.] Feed it an image with a word or two, and it tells you what font is used.
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Vital Tools & Utilities
OnTrack’s EasyRecovery?¢‚Äû¬¢ DataRecovery
A polished, well-designed tool that makes easy work of recovering from catastrophic data loss.
Public Stringer Sites