« Convert your email to a URL
Apr 14th, 2009 by Beth

The other day I wrote about a site that converts your email address into a graphic so spammers can’t sweep your site.

This tool, with the unfortunate name of, converts your email address into a simple URL, and people who want to write you have to pass a simple test to show they’re human. Kinda cool, pretty clever and, best of all, completely free. « Share your email in a safe way. Get less spam. Update Checker –
Apr 13th, 2009 by Beth

I just downloaded’s Update Checker. In minutes it gave me a list of the 6 applications on my desktop that needed updating, along with links to do so. Handy! Update Checker –

TextFlow: Online document collaboration
Apr 10th, 2009 by Beth

Sometimes I like these Web 2.0 applications just because… well… they’re just so colorful and cool, just like when you splurged on the awesome chartreuse spiral notebook with the gel cover and extra pockets in middle school.

TextFlow is a document collaboration website. You drag and drop your document into their application, and then you drag other people’s versions. The changes and suggestions from everyone are color coordinated, and they slide out and bookmark themselves in cool ways.

As a professional writer, I’ve really never had much trouble integrating changes from multiple people into one document, so I wouldn’t really need TextFlow, but I’m a sucker for a pretty notebook.

TextFlow offers a fully functional personal edition for free (that includes a watermark “Not for Commercial Use”), or it’s $99 per user per year for the full edition.

Another cool thing…. great storytelling in their promo video.

TextFlow. – Free Online Accounting with Contract Template Library
Apr 8th, 2009 by Beth

I’ve written before about Microsoft Office Accounting Express, which is an awesome free accounting tool (and a Beth Favorite) that works like QuickBooks, at least for amateurs like me.

Someone sent me a link to FastDue, which is intriguing as well. It’s got the same kind of invoicing capabilities and also lets you accept PayPal. But the coolest thing is that it contains a library of business document templates, such as contracts, non-disclosure agreements, etc. People are always asking me where to get agreements, and I like that they’re right here in the system.

FastDue is free for now — they pay for themselves with ads. I read they may switch to a standard/premium structure, which I would guess means you may be able to choose not to have the ads. – Move Your Business Online.

Dabble DB: Online databases anyone can use
Mar 31st, 2009 by Beth

I’m a word chick, not a database dame, and the most I can do in Excel is to create filters to see the data I want.

I just watched the 8-minute demo for Dabble DB, and it seems this webware (which is in the running for the 2009 Webware 100 awards from cnet) might solve many of my limitations. You upload your Excel spreadsheets or whatever data you may have, and you can create charts, add fields, sort by time frame… all kinds of fun stuff that will amaze your colleages and increase your productivity.

It’s free to create a public database with up to 100k entries and 15 users, $8 per user per month for private databases. Worth looking into.

Dabble DB – Create an Online Database – Collect, report, and share your data.

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