A career as a computer technician typically means lots of time out of the office at client sites.This can make your job more interesting, but can also make it a little more difficult to have everything with you that you need and to stay on top of all your tasks when you’re out of the office. Therefore, people who frequently work away from their offices can use all the applications they can get their hands on to make life easier and more organized. Here are 17 web applications we think every computer technician needs.
For Your iPhone
It’s really quite amazing how useful an iPhone can be for helping you keep up with business when you’re away from the office. Not only can your iPhone help you stay more organized, but it can also help you to troubleshoot at your client locations. Check out some of the best iPhone apps we found for those people who spend a lot of time out of the office.
- Jobs: Creates timesheets with ease. This application is very simple to use. Create a job, track your hours and then bill your client quickly and easily from one simple iPhone application. This application will really come in handy for keeping track of time to bill clients without having to always go back to the office to catch up.
- FTP on the Go: Allows you to log into an FTP server, edit and modify files. You’ll use this application both at client sites and from home to reduce trips to the office.
- PHP Cheat Sheet: This is a dictionary of PHP syntax. This one comes in handy for everybody sometimes.
- OmniFocus: This task management application allows you to create to do lists, as well as sync with documents on your desktop. This application can really help you stay organized, which is especially important if you bounce between office, home office and being on the road at client sites.
- Google Calendar: Check your Google calendar from anywhere. You never have to worry about being out of touch just because you’re spending a few days on the road for business or personal reasons.
- AirSharing: A great way to share files: AirSharing allows you to mount your iPhone or iPod Touch as a wireless drive on any computer, drag and drop files and then view them on your device.
- Full Screen Web Browser: Does just what it says: lets you browse in full screen.
For Your USB Drive
When you’re working on client computers in their office setting, you can take many tools with you on a portable USB drive. These applications will help you when you’re working on a remote computer.
- CodySafe: CodySafe is a mini-launcher for a USB drive. It allows you to install and run apps so you can launch them on another PC while leaving no footprint behind.
- Restoration: Restoration is a free file recovery software. It allows you to retrieve files that were recently deleted and removed from the recycle bin.
- Defraggler: Defraggler is a lightweight and portable file defragging alternative to the default option in Windows.
- FileZilla Portable: FileZilla is an FTP program. This is their portable version.
- SIW: This is a system analysis tool that gathers information about a computer’s hardware and software. Use it to help diagnose issues.
- Portable Mozilla: A portable version of Mozilla’s Firefox.
- Foxit Reader: This portable PDF reader is a lifesaver.
- Open Office: Open Office is a portable version of Microsoft Office. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing package and database.
- Infra Portable Recorder: This is great portable CD/DVD burning software.
- Hijack This: Hijack This is a portable spyware detector and remover. It puts its findings into a log file to allow you to share the results with clients.
Portable applications are, indeed, a lifesaver for people who perform much of their work outside a typical office setting. These applications can certainly make your job, and your personal life just a little easier.