A few links and thoughts on some new web-based stuff:
GotVoice.com – With GotVoice you can check your mobile phone voicemail via a browser or have your voicemail sent to your email inbox. It’s free, works well, and I think this is quicker that dialing into your voicemail. Sign up is easy–you just give them an email, your mobile number, and your voicemail pin.
With the current version of GotVoice you must receive voicemail in your email inbox, rather than have the option to just check it youself in a browser. It’d be great if they offered RSS notification so I could plug notification into something like a Firefox Live Bookmark and just check voicemail by clicking on a button in my browser toolbar.
This could be really handy for traveling abroad. Rather than paying big money to check your voicemail outside the US, you could check on the web and possibly make a cheap return call using something like Skype.
One of the best things about Skype is how easy it is to check voicmail by simply clicking. While this tool isn’t as quick as Skype, it’s still pretty handy, and I can’t understand why all the wireless carrieres don’t offer something like this.
Blinksale (Invoicing system) – I haven’t played with this but it looks pretty cool. Blinksale is an web-based invoicing tool. Invoices can be created, managed, and emailed to customers. The cool thing is that you can monitor your invoices via RSS and publish them to calenars too. It’d be nice to have a Live Bookmark in your toolbar and just click on it to see what invoices you’ve got out there. I like the at-a-glance potential of Blinksale.
Trumba Calendar– The more I play around with this, the more I like it. It synchs with Outlook and has a nice calendar overlay feature which gives me great insight into how busy I am in all aspects of my life.
Writely.com – Writely is considered the best web-based word processor out there right now. I’ve played around with it and I think it still needs some work. You just can’t create the same document with Writely that you can with MS Word. I’m a firm believer in the future of web-based applications but Writely still has a way to go before I ditch word. I do like the fact that I can keep all my docs online and not have to worry about backing them up or losing them, but that’s not enough.
Mossberg review MS Live – The WSJ’s Walt Mossberg briefly reviews Microsoft’s fledgling suite of web-based apps. Nothing to really get excited about here but just thought I’d link to it (if you haven’t read it already.)