I've had technology on the brain this week. Recently, our server failed us in catastrophic fashion (apparently Outlook doesn't like it when you save all your emails forever and ever just in case you need information later--who knew?), and as the company's liaison to our IT company, it's been my good fortune to orchestrate its replacement and the lengthy process of moving from one to the other. On top of the system upgrade, I've been working on a couple new things for the blog (stay tuned for fun changes coming up!), so I've been thinking a lot about how dependent we are on technology and how tough it can be to figure out what's new and worth investigating.
Finding a new tool can change everything. My mind was blown a couple years back when I found out that you could change existing text from ALL CAPS to various other options in MS Word with the press of two buttons: Shift+F3. And I can't imagine how I managed to regularly read any newspapers or magazines or blogs before I found Instapaper and Feedly.
So I'm wondering, as writers or editors or readers, what technological tools do you find that you couldn't live without? Have you found, say, a trick in a common program that changed your life? Or an app that makes you more productive? What websites make your social networking efforts easier to manage? Any techniques to make editing easier? Let us all know below--who knows how many hours you might save of us!