Web Services I Use
Continuing with the theme of my last post, below are the main web services i use on a regular basis or sites I'm a fan of. I don't have a lot of time to research and find new tools, so I hope I can get some useful suggestions from others.
ToodleDo: This is the best online task management system I've tried. It has a mobile app which syncs, supports tasks with complex recurrence patterns, and is pretty easy to use. I put all my life's tasks in here, even small ones, just to get them "out of mind."
Google Calendar, Docs, Gmail: These are sort of no-brainers. They sync nicely with my phone and allow me to share my data with my family and classmates.
Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook: I check these once a day and use them just for networking/contact info and keeping up with my friends. I'm really not a power user of these yet.
Delicious: Nice site for bookmarking with tagging and private bookmark capabilities. I rarely remember that I have a Delicious account when I run across something I like, but when I do, I'm happy about it. It'd be nice if it could save a snapshot of the page in case it gets taken down, but I'm sure other services out there do that.
Flickr: I've been trying to get into photography more, and I host some of my work here. I generally just upload completely raw/unedited files that I'm proud of. I have a good friend who is an inspirational photographer who puts up TONS of photos on Flickr; maybe one day I'll be as cool as him. The site is easy to use and their desktop uploading app is pretty handy. I haven't played much with the social features of Flickr.
SoundCloud: Only used this once for my own mix, but it was a breeze to set up, and browsing the site had a really nice UX.
Issu: This is a site that lets you "publish" your own high-quality, full-screen readable documents/magazines (a bit like Scribd). I've used it a couple times and enjoyed it.
DropBox: I've started using this to collaborate on files a lot since starting at UCLA. It's much more easy to use than Google Docs for files that live on my computer and across computers, like Excel and Word files that I don't want to convert to Google Docs yet.
Kindle, Audible, LibraryThing, Netflix: These are my "entertainment" sources. I've had the pleasure of reading my Kindle books across a number of devices and enjoy the page syncing across them. I've recently been trying out Audible and have been impressed by how many books I could potentially "read" in my car (especially on double speed). I only wish that one "purchase" of an Amazon book allowed me to read it (in sync) across Kindle and Audible together. I use LibraryThing to catalog the books I own and need to read and the books I want to purchase/borrow and read in the future. Netflix is what I use for movies on DVD and streaming (though I love going to the theater too). I wish on-demand films came out day-in-date with the theatrical release and feel that will eventually happen. I don't really watch TV or play games anymore, hence the lack of those on my entertainment roster.
If there are sites or services you think I'd find useful or interesting, definitely leave a comment.
Feeds on my Google Reader
To change up the topics a bit, I'm going to write a few posts about the sites and services I use on a regular basis as well as the content I read. I'm doing this for two reasons. First, some of these took me a bit of time to find and may be useful to people who read this post. Second, I feel like I'm not very knowledgeable about what lesser known services and sites are useful, and I'm hoping my readers can comment about that and share their insights.
This first post will be about the feeds in my Google Reader. Seems like a concise enough topic that I hope others can find something interesting in and hopefully contribute to. I'm not sure if there's already a mechanism to learn about what feeds a person reads online; that could be an interesting thing to use.
Below, I list the feeds I read, their RSS URL, and perhaps a comment on why. If you're a friend of mine who has a blog that I'm not following, I probably just don't know about it, so email me or leave a comment. Also, if you know of a blog that you think I'd be interested in, let me know as well. Thanks.
BankersBall (finance/investment banking)
Bootie Blog (mash-ups, DJing inspiration)
Both Sides of the Table (entrepreneur/VC in SoCal who is extremely knowledgeable and experienced)
BrandonK.com (entrepreneur friend of mine from LA)
Can Sar (CS friend of mine from Stanford)
DJ Earworm - Music Mashups (mash-ups, DJing inspiration)
dotgrex dsp (CS friend of mine from Stanford)
Dustin's newborn blog (UCLA MBA friend)
Embark Entrepreneurs (CS friend of mine from Stanford)
Eric Sornoso's Cave (LA tech/social media friend)
Feld Thoughts (entrepreneur/VC from Boulder who is a great writer and gives excellent start-up advice)
FX Week (currency trading mag)
Jim Stengel (UCLA marketing prof)
Kaizar's posterous (UCLA MBA friend)
Kukhahnyoga's Blog (one of my yoga teachers)
lalawag (LA tech scene)
Master of 500 Hats (VC)
Noah's Big Adventure (high school friend)
Private Equity Wire
Steve Blank (VC, good start-up advice)
The Gates Notes (Bill Gates)
The Good Men Project Magazine (cool mag/blog on modern manhood issues)
The Happiness Project
The MBA Insider's Blog (UCLA MBA blog)
The MBA Student Voice (UCLA MBA blog where my classmates write)
The Smooth DJ (DJ friend of mine)
xkcd.com (funny nerdy cartoons)
zero hedge (finance news/crazy conspiracy theories)
The Bond of Trust
In the midst of an in-depth lecture on intellectual property and contracts with talent, my entertainment law professor went on an aside about doing business properly and ethically. It was a captivating few minutes that really rang true to me and echoed a lot of the principles that I've written about here before. Below are the suggestions of my prof; let me know what you think.
If everyone stood behind a set of principles or advice like this, I think business would operate a lot more smoothly.