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Saturday, February 21, 2009

More Cool Stuff For Free

I blogged the other day about free services and websites that I love. It was awesome to see that I introduced a few of you to Pandora. Hey, Pandora is awesome. It makes me sad that there people out there who don't know about it.

Anyhow. My friend Lauryn reminded me of a few more free things that are awesome.

Google Calendar. I've used Google Calendar for personal appointments for a couple of years now. At my previous job, we had for a long time the mini-version of Outlook that doesn't include a calendar, so I ended up using Google Calendar for work too. Then at the new job, I did have the Outlook calendar, then they moved to some crappy generic email program with a calendar I despised, so I'm back to Google Calendar for all my needs. It's great except when I forget to check it before making plans. My coworker has learned to ask me to check my calendar before I agree to anything...

Open Office. I have not personally used this, as I have managed to finagle connections and avoid paying the full price for Microsoft Word (I hate to brag but because hubby works at a college, we paid $25 for the entire Office Suite). But if I had a choice between Open Office (free) and the regularly priced Microsoft Office ($100+), I'd go with Open Office.

Flickr. I've used this one and I know it is supercool. I don't currently use it. But that doesn't detract from its supercoolness.

Facebook. In Lauryn's words, "The cheapest and easiest way to stay in touch with everyone! :)" There is a backstory to Lauryn's comments. Lauryn likes Facebook. I do not. I do acknowledge that it is great for planning events. I keep foiling Lauryn's event planning by not ever checking Facebook. For a while, she would send me an email along the lines of, "Ummm... we're planning a scrapbooking night and you haven't responded, because you're not on FACEBOOK." And everyone has to accomodate my non-facebookness, because I am a dork like that.

Lauryn, I hope you haven't given up on me. I just checked Facebook a month ago! Speaking of, when was our next scrapbooking event?? Seriously, I forgot to add it to my Google Calendar.


Trish said...

I just signed up for FB. I have to admit that for a few days I was checking it frequently, but I haven't had much of a desire since then. I'm not into the whole--let's search the HS database to find who I haven't seen in 10 years bit.

Alice Teh said...

I like Facebook a lot but I'm not addicted to it. :)

tanabata said...

You and me both about Facebook. I still don't get the appeal, and rarely ever remember to log in. I think my friends have simply given up. :P