Staff Favorite: Plume

Trying to keep up with your Twitter feed? Plume is a client for Android that comes in both free/ad and paid versions, and it’s really customizable. plume logo and iconography

The thing we like best is that Plume fixes the problem of returning to your timeline after an absence and then having to scroll down to the last tweet you’d viewed. Everything’s still in chronological order, but Plume automatically starts where you left off so you don’t have to dig for it!

Have you found other nifty apps for Twitter or other social media?

Excel to Wiki Converter: great online tool

At Matrix Group, one of my tasks is to help keep up our internal documentation in our staff wiki. We use MediaWiki, which is a great tool, however, after more than a decade of hand-coding HTML, some of the wiki coding made me crazy.

MediaWiki has some great help pages, but when I had to transfer a huge spreadsheet from Excel into the wiki, I nearly tore my hair out. The wiki coding is a bit clunky and doing it by hand would have taken me days.Excel-to-Wiki screenshot 2

Thanks be to Google! I found a great online converter tool that is both simple and free: excel2wiki.

It’s dead easy – just copy your cells from Excel, paste into the text box and submit.

Voila! The result displays on the screen and all you have to do is cut and paste into your wiki page. Simple, right?Excel-to-Wiki screenshot 2

This has saved me hours of coding!

What nifty time-saving tools have you found recently?

Staff Favorite: Chrome Experiments Stars

This is quite literally epic. If you want to spend lots of time on a bit of science, beautiful imagery, and addictive interactivity, visit http://workshop.chromeexperiments.com/stars/, a visualization of the stellar neighborhood created for the Google Chrome web browser.

The disclaimer is the best: “Warning: Scientific accuracy is not guaranteed. Please do not use this visualization for interstellar navigation.”

Got any nifty science sites you like?

Staff Favorite: Manage your budgeting with LearnVest

Have you ever used Mint.com? LearnVest.com is similar in that it helps you manage your  Piggy Bankfinances. You input your current information and choose specific goals you want to achieve (pay down your debt, prepare for retirement, save up for that awesome honeymoon). LearnVest gives you guidance on spending choices so you can hit those goals. Something great: There are paid and free versions!

What’s your favorite budgeting tool?

Staff Favorite: Lifehacker.com

Need to know how to destink your house or maybe you need to remove your Google Voice account without losing your numberlifehacker

Head on over to Lifehacker.com, a great blog that includes tips, tricks and all sorts of daily life hacks from code to kitchen and beyond.

There’s not a day goes by when I don’t bookmark a relevant post. One of my favorites: Keep an Emergency Photo Album on Your Phone To Quickly Provide Information in a Crisis.

What’s your favorite Lifehacker post? What other tips & tricks sites do you like?