10 Must Have Digital Business Tools For The Online Enthusiast, Technology Buff, Or As A Cheap Gift For The Computer Geek In Your Family (Just Because)

If you’re anything like me, you get geeked out on some of the smallest things that make life easier. For example, I still remember when I finally learned how to use Microsoft Excel. I couldn’t get enough of it and I was so mesmerized by all the little things it could do when it first came out. For example, create charts for better presentations, make graphs from tables using fake data just so I could test the speed of the SUM function and compare the time it took me to do the same thing on my scientific calculator only to discover that bigger screens and bigger buttons were better. Then I’d take even more time trying to come up with other ways to use Excel for more than just solving math problems. And that’s how I started learning about programming macros. Now those were the early days of automation and its obvious to me now that my curiosity and love for new toys and technology would prepare me for building websites and lead me into a life of analytics. But, I’m old school, so I’m going to just go out on a limb here and just use the word statistics. Yeah, I’m that old kids.

Anyway, before I start to go too deep into my past, and mostly because I don’t want to bore you,  I really can spend all day talking to you about  some of the more exciting nerdy stuff like formatting, pivot tables, conditional formatting and so much more. But the one thing that really took me to the edge and blew my mind was my first encounter with the third kind, watching a man in an office type 65 words per minute without looking down and seeing for the first time how the keyboard is more powerful than the mouse. Hence, keyboard shortcuts! Mic drop.

Before it gets any later and I really start to lose you, I wanted to share with you my honest opinion about some of the new tools available that I would consider game-changers.