Here’s a grab bag of work / life sites and tools that we’ve found handy:
Dimdim – an online meeting, web conferencing and webinar tool that bills itself as “twice the power at half the price of WebEx or GoToMeeting.” Host meetings, video chats or web conferences; broadcast audio or video; share a desktop or a whiteboard; pass control to any participant; record your sessions. There’s no software to download and some services are also made available free.
Return to Work Knowledge Base – an ongoing project by The Foundation for Research into Injury and Illness in the Workplace Inc. to collect and present global research on the subject of returning to work after an illness or injury. The articles are written in an easy to read format with perspectives on the evidence presented for Employees, Employers, Health Professionals and Insurers.
The Awesome Highlighter – do you ever want to send people to a website, but want to point out only one section of the page? Awesome Highlighter lets you do just that. Highlight the text that you want share on a web page, then get a link that will display the page with your highlighting which you can then share.
2010 Workers’ Compensation State Premium Rate Ranking – Oregon’s Department of Consumer & Business Services compares workers’ comp premium in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia as of January 2010.
10 Obscure Google Search Tricks – Lifehacker says, “Dozens of Google search guides detail the tips you already know, but today we’re skipping the obvious and highlighting our favorite obscure Google web search tricks.”
Pidgin – a universal chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on MSN, talking to a friend on Google Talk, and sitting in a Yahoo chat room all at the same time.
Communicating With and About People with Disabilities – the Office of Disability and Employment Policy offers a chart with affirmative and negative phrases when speaking about people with disabilities, as well as general communication tips when interacting with people with disabilities.
StillTasty – this site, which bills itself as “the ultimate shelf life guide,” will provide information about how long a food or beverage will stay safe and tasty, and recommendations for the best way to store foods. They also offer ideas to help you eat better, save money, and help the environment. You can even download an iPhone app to crate grocery lists or be notified when your food items need to be used up.
RightSignature – allows you to create and sign legally binding documents online, in a way that is faster and more secure than executing paper documents. Upload your document and enter recipient(s) information. RightSignature emails recipients a unique link to a page where they can review the document, fill out any necessary text fields, and sign. Recipients may sign online with a mouse in seconds. Other signing options include Type-to-Sign, sign on iPhone, sign on BlackBerry, and sign on a faxable signature page. Plans start at $14 per month and include unlimited documents sent each month, unlimited document storage, reusable templates, and other additional features.
7 Collaborative Online Diagramming Tools to Draw any Diagram – “Though these tools you can draw, edit, save and share your diagrams like flowchart, network diagram, wireframe, Organizational charts etc. Most of them have free basic option or free trial that you could use and experience these tools.” Timer – a free and simple online countdown timer.
29 Semi-Productive Things I Do Online When I’m Trying to Avoid Real Work – There’s procrastination and then there’s procrastination. This great post offers links to a lot of useful, fun, and inspiring sites and resources.
100 most common English words quiz – Quick – you have 5 minutes to name the top 100 most common words in the English language. OK, its a time waster – but a fun one.


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