Useful Computer Tools and Software
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Asana -- Shared task list and project management
I had six paper lists in three notebooks, several concurrent email streams relating to those task lists, and no easy way of reconciling them or maintaining my sanity. Then I discovered Asana, a web interface project management and task list interface with iOS and android apps as well. You can have tasks, comments streams regarding tasks and updates on progress, set due dates, sync with iCal interfaces like google calendar and more.
Dropbox — Online file storage for free
I was a failure at synchronizing files on my desktop, laptop, netbook, and mobile device until I met dropbox. It continuously and securely syncs your files, which proved key when my computer gave up the ghost while I was finishing up my talk on a flight out to the West coast for the 2012 ESA meeting. I was able to get all my files, and only lost a few hours of work.
NOTE: While I've found these to be useful and safe, please check them out on your own before diving in.