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Put Away Those Post-its
Compiling Web research just got a bit simpler with Google Notebook. Install the browser add-on and you can clip images, text, and links from Web sites and save them to your virtual scratch pad. Once the material is there, it's easy to organize, add your own notes, share with others online, or print. You can also create multiple notebooks—one, say, for that big research project and one to keep track of vacation destinations. And unlike Post-its, these notes won't clutter up your desk.
Almost anyone who uses more than one computer has had the bookmark blues. Google's Browser Sync extension for Firefox helps eliminate that angst by synchronizing bookmarks—as well as certain cookies, saved passwords, and browsing history, if you choose—across all your computers. The shared data can be encrypted and must be accessed with a PIN number, easing safety concerns. There are other ways to make your bookmarks accessible from anywhere, and the initial Browser Sync setup can be a bit bumpy. But once it's installed, you'll never waste time reinventing how you like to work again.
Three Sheets in the Wind
There's plenty of reason to spread the word about Google Spreadsheets. The Web-based software allows anyone with a Google account to create new spreadsheets online—or to import and share existing
A version of this article appeared in the December 2006/January 2007 issue of Fast Company magazine.