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What's on Sharon Housley's Desktop

I'm Sharon Housley, I've been involved in Internet Marketing since 1996 and I've been in the computer industry since 1989. I currently manage marketing for NotePage, Inc. and am personally responsible for over 100 websites. My introduction computers began in 6th grade with a tutorial program called Step by Step and evolved into BASIC programming in High School. I've always been comfortable with computers, but I have not always been comfortable with the technical aspects of computers.
Published: Jun 19, 2005
Author: Michael E, Callahan
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I'm Sharon Housley, I've been involved in Internet Marketing since 1996 and I've been in the computer industry since 1989. I currently manage marketing for NotePage, Inc. and am personally responsible for over 100 websites. My introduction computers began in 6th grade with a tutorial program called Step by Step and evolved into BASIC programming in High School. I've always been comfortable with computers, but I have not always been comfortable with the technical aspects of computers.

I like to be portable and have never mastered the thumb pad or mouseball on notebooks and as a result my primary computer is an IBM ThinkPad one of the few notebooks that still use trackpoints. My computer is my job and if it doesn't work I can't work. Being a marketer rather than a techie I don't get caught up with what is on our network, as long as my computer is secure and wireless able to work in the office, pool house, or on vacation nothing else really matters to to me. They tell me I'm a technical nightmare, but I like to consider myself an expert beta tester who is very capable of ferreting out pesky bugs in software programs or flakey hardware. I run VMWare which allows for different virtual systems and if there is a hardware failure it is easy to port my desktop to another system, which means little downtime.

I'm somewhat resistant to change and as a result I use the standard windows settings, in fact one of my virtual systems is still running default Windows 98, I guess that says a lot about my personality, nostalgic. While 45 icons cover 1/2 of my desktop I find that I only use a handful of them, hmm maybe its time for a cleanup, ahh but that would mean change. The icons I use the most are not necessarily favorites but they are tried and true programs that are critical to my daily work and make my job a whole lot easier.

The Bat!, by RIT Labs, is my e-mail client I'm able to manage multiple mailboxes and file messages into a number of folders archiving them for later references. The built in keyword search capabilities makes message retrieval easy. The Bat! is also less vulnerable to the viruses that plague Outlook.

FeedDemon is my desktop RSS aggregator of choice. Each morning I scan feeds for news items of interest and get caught up on the daily news and industry information. I've even created feeds for "ego searches" and the feeds update in FeedDemon if any articles appear in Google news that mention our company or product names.

FTP Voyager, by Rhino Software, is used daily to update our various web pages and RSS feeds. FTP Voyager stores all of my setting so I need only drag and drop to transfer files to the various websites that I manage. FTP Voyager stores password and settings for FTP with more than 100 websites it is a definite time saver! While used less the following are some newer programs, that I really like because they also save time, automating something I once did manually.

EZ-Round, by Lansrad creates rounded rectangle tables for websites. If you have tried to do this manually by creating a single graphic and cutting it up into table sections you will understand why this cool little tool is a significant time saver. Managing so many websites a handful are always in need of a new look and I found the rounded tables are quick to do and soften the pages appearance.

TNT ScreenCapture, by EC Software, is used to capture screen shots. I love this program, it allows me to spice up the look of the screen shot, and easily grab a series for customer tutorials. TNT make grabbing screen shots very easy and has made me a lot more productive in building customer tutorials.

RSS Submit, by Dummy Software has allowed me to automate the process of submitting RSS feeds to the various RSS directories. While this may not seem like a big time saver with more than 30 RSS feeds for various websites having a way to automate the submission of RSS feeds to the various RSS directories has been extremely helpful.


About Michael E, Callahan

Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.

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