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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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With all the love that...

With all the love that Quicksilver is getting, I had to put forth Launchbar as my killer app. I've used both, but I keep coming back to Launchbar because it's so fast, stable, and (I think I heard this somewhere ;-) "it just works." There's little that I can't do with Launchbar (with some AppleScript thrown in), and I keep getting rid of other utilities once I realize I can do something similar with just this single app. It's the once app I just couldn't live without.




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