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Open Thread: What's your killer app?

The other day I was talking with someone about the novel and non-obvious ways that people use Excel in their work and home life. Gotta say, I've personally seen some pretty amazing stuff happen when people take a favorite app, get really good at it, then bend it to their will. (And Excel is perfect for this.)

This tracks to Danny's Life Hack concept by which the alpha geeks were achieving lofty heights of productivity partly by mastering 1-3 "killer apps" -- then using them to solve most of their information and functional problems in fairly novel ways.

So my question for you: What's your killer app? Is there one place where 80% or more of your activity takes place (by choice)? Vim? Excel? Perl? Firefox? Post-it Notes? What's yours and when did you realize you'd become a badass at using it?

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Omni Outliner - I've been...

Omni Outliner - I've been using OO for years, but I started living in the program since kGTD came out. All my projects, actions, and other GTD items are in OO. I use it to keep checklists, brainstorm ideas, create project plans, take notes at meetings, and lots more.

Yojimbo - I'm convinced that this is what the Finder will look like in the future. Yojimbo is my big digital reference filing system. Everything I need for reference goes in here, and Yojimbo makes it easy to both add things and find things.

Launch Bar - I've tried Quicksilver, but it just doesn't do it for me. Launch Bar helps me keep my hands on the keyboard and do things quickly. I feel lost on a computer without it.




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