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This week's best cool internet tools

Send notes, organise meetings and get invites

The internet isn't only for checking stock prices, keeping up with the cricket and wasting time at work (note: we did say only). Find the right tools, and you can send yourself notes, coordinate meetings, get invites and have your favourite blogs emailed to you.

Here at PC Advisor we're swiftly coming around to the idea that our web browsers are the most powerful tool on our PCs. We're big fans of Zoho's online productivity suite, constantly beam out instant messages and VoIP calls, and grab our entertainment online where we can.

But there's still that nagging feeling that we're missing out on the coolest features of the web. So we challenged leading technology author and regular contributor to US website PCWorld.com Steve Bass to guide us through the niftiest and best web applications he used this week.

Over to you Steve:

Every couple of days a new web service pops on to the scene. Some are forgettable, but the ones I've got for you this week are definitely keepers.

Jott: send yourself a note

Say you're driving home or walking the dog and have a gem of an idea. (Not me, of course. I'm thinking of you.) If your mobile phone lets you, you can record the thought as a personal message. But there's a better way.

Use your speed dial to call Jott. Talk for 30 seconds and Jott turns what you say into text, then sends it to you via email. Have others you'd like to send a Jott to? Just add their name and email address to your Jott contact list.

Sadly (for you guys) Jott is currently available only in the US and Canada. Is there a UK version? If not why not? Perhaps one of PC Advisor's readers could start one (and cut PCA in on the profits, naturally).

Use Doodle to coordinate a meeting

Take 50 people and try to get them to schedule a get-together or a meeting.

As my friend Monica said, when she told me about Doodle, "it can be a nightmare of emails, and back and forth phone calls as you try to find the perfect date and time".

The trick, she said, is to use Doodle, a free web-based service that lets participants vote on the best time, date, location - whatever.

Give it a try, and let me know what you think. (And don't forget to thank Monica, if you see her.)


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