Yet another year-end Top Ten list, this time a Top Ten list–Top Nine list, actually–of 2009 tech ideas that get a gold star from David Pogue, technology columnist for the New York Times.
I have experience with a couple of his choices and think they are indeed worth recommending.
One is the cute trick found only on WebOS phones, at the moment the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi. The phones can collect. consolidate, and color-code data from various calendars and Facebook events, all on a single calendar, plus also data from your contact and messaging lists. At last a way to bring together much of your data, online and off, into something like a genuine personal information manager for your phone. And you hardly have to exert yourself at all; the process is mostly automagic.
The other fine tool is Readability, a marvel of a bookmarklet for your browser toolbar that nearly always can figure out what text you want from any old Web page and make it simple, handsome, and free of surrounding clutter. You don’t have to use the Select command, and the result is readable–and easy to copy, mail, and/or save to your hard drive. The Readability folks are calling it an experiment, so don’t expect perfection. But they are attentive to your needs. I had a problem using Readability on particular pages, dropped them a note, and in their update they fixed the problem. The only response to that is: Wow.
The Times site is free, but requires registration. Happy New Year! We certainly need one.