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Mar 21, 2008

10 Tools That Are Less Trouble Than They’re Worth

Thank god for my wife. Really. If it weren’t for her patient, gentle fashion influence over the last four years, I would probably be wearing a utility belt today. Or worse, a Utilikilt. The two of us will go into a store and I’ll see, let’s say, a cool vest with lots of pockets, or […]

Sep 19, 2007

Mint: A money management tool that doesn’t suck

Hate spending time keeping track of where your money goes? Check out Mint, a new and free money management tool for people who hate managing money. Mint allows you to view all of your banking and credit card transactions side-by-side, making identifying all of your transactions much easier and faster than ever before. How does […]

Apr 24, 2007

Coda: One-window web development

The boys at Panic have done it again. Coda is a new web development tool that combines a text editor, FTP client, css editor, web browser, terminal, and reference library into one killer app. I haven’t had a chance to fully play with it yet, but this looks like one beauty of a program. If […]

Nov 29, 2006

Kuler: Create and share color themes

kuler is Adobe’s spanking new web-app for exploring, creating and sharing color themes for your next design project. Or just for fun. If you’re color-challenged like me, you’ll find inspiration in kuler’s growing library of user-submitted themes. Better yet, you can create your own themes for others to rate, download, and critique. A well-designed interface […]

Nov 21, 2006

The fast and easy way to pick and convert colors

Need a quick way to pick and convert color values without opening Photoshop? Check out the free widget with funny British spelling, ColourMod. This handy widget lets you pick colors and automatic convert their values into CYMK, RGB, HSV, and Hex. All at a glance. It’s available for both Dashboard (Mac) and Yahoo! Widget Engine, […]

Oct 18, 2006

Kiss your boring dry erase markers goodbye!

If you’re embarassed by mundane office supplies, check out [TUL Dry Erase Markers.](http://www.tul.com “TUL home) Part of OfficeMax’s new brand of affordable designer writing tools, these markers are surprisingly cute and clever. Each marker has a magnetic body that sticks to most whiteboards, a comfort grip, and a built-in eraser cap. I get weirdly excited […]