Well 2009 is officially over, and I was thinking about some of the tech that made it’s way into my world during the year. Here’s some of my favorites:
Mozy – I committed to online backup this year having deciding that my time machine wasn’t enough. Mostly because if something happened at my house the chances of losing both were pretty high. I went with Mozy, and after having a harddrive crash while on a trip and I was still able to access my data, I’m sold. It’s definitely worth the $5 a month it costs.
Dropbox – This has become a tool I use daily. Great for online storage and sharing. And it’s FREE!
Teleport – This little bit of software allows you to share one keyboard and mouse between 2 macs without any extra hardware. It’s really cleaned up my desk and I love the way it works. Price: FREE
iPhone 3gs – This is so much more than a phone to me. It allows me to be away from the office but still take care of quite a bit of my daily tasks. I love it.
MacBook Pro Uni-body – My old Macbook Pro was great for almost 3 years, but my recent upgrade to one of the new Uni-body models has been a great one. The power is awesome. To compare, my old machine took 90 minutes to export the SYM podcast that I produce each week, and the new laptop does the same video in 35. I love it. Although if you are thinking about upgrading, I would wait to see if there are any upgrades early in the year.
Flip MinoHD Camcorder – This is such a great little camera. So easy to use and a great picture for what it costs. You aren’t going to produce a major motion picture with this, but to capture camp memory, quick event highlights, and fun family moments, I love it. Read my full review here: review-flip-minohd.
Kindle 2 -I upgraded my ebook reader to the Kindle this year. I really enjoy reading on it. A few things that make it great:
- Battery life
- Amazon Store – so many titles, and great prices.
- Always connected – I can download books where ever I am, and it doesn’t cost any extra
Gdgt.com: Great new gadget site. I do a lot of my gadget research here. I also really enjoy their podcast.
LIVE Curriculum: I think most of you know, I am the web manager for Simply Youth Ministry, and one of the big projects I worked on this year was this online curriculum. I am really proud of what we put together, and when I think of 2009 it was a huge part of it.
Now on to 2010.