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Last week I wrote about new-to-me technology that I just didn’t understand. This week I’m going to write about new-to-me (and not new-to-me) technology that I love.

Evernote: Evernote is what I want Pinterest and starred items on Google Reader to be. I first heard about it on Rachel’s blog and it was love at first sight. When I first started using Pinterest I figured it was somewhere I could organize different stuff like things I wanted to buy and recipes, but as I explained last week that hasn’t been my experience. And, while I absolutely love Google Reader, I hate how I can’t organize my starred items. I’ve spent so much time scrolling through my starred items attempting to find that recipe that I know I starred a few months ago and either not being able to find it or having to spend so much time searching that it’s hardly worth it.

But with Evernote everything is just so easy. I have folders for all the different courses I cook (appetizers, main courses, desserts, side dishes, etc.) and I have the recipes there all tagged, which makes finding what I need so easy! I needed to bring a dessert to my friend’s pool party last week, bam! I searched and found the frozen peanut butter pie. At the same party we wanted to know how to grill corn and bam! I looked under my corn tag and there was the recipe. I seriously love Evernote.

Runkeeper: I first heard about Runkeeper on That Wife and when, a few weeks after first hearing about it, my Garmin broke I decided to give it a try. (You can check on my full review on my Tumblr.) I love how I can do different coaching workouts, I frequently use the target pace coaching and the interval coaching, and I love that I can play or not play my own playlists. I also really love that it automatically syncs so there’s no work for me to do. The one thing I need to do is explore more of the social aspect of Runkeeper, but for now I’m pretty happy.

Pandora: Ok, this isn’t remotely new, I’ve been using Pandora for years, but, after my experience with Songify I appreciate Pandora even more. I mainly listen to Pandora at work (through my phone since they blocked it through work internet, boo!) and my office mate and I have carefully curated stations. For a long while we had a Mumford and Sons station that was great, but, after we did our holiday station at Christmas time we needed a change. So, for the past 7 months (hmm, maybe it’s time for a new station…) we’ve been listening to a Decemberists station which we absolutely love. I get so many great song suggestions from Pandora.

Anyone agree or disagree with what I love? Anything you’re loving?

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Darned Technology

Lately there have been several new and new-to-me things on the interweb that other people seem to be all about, but I just don’t understand. Can anyone else me out?

Pinterest: I was dying to try Pinterest, I kept hearing people on blogs and Twitter talk about it so I was so happy when I finally got my invitation. I expected to be addicted to the site, but I just don’t get it. Maybe I haven’t found my niche yet? I would say my main things I do on the internet is look at Twitter (where I follow tennis, soccer, and healthy living people and some news and cultural organizations), read blogs (healthy living, cooking, tennis, soccer), and then read the news.

It doesn’t seem like Pinterest covers any of my traditional online interests. I do think it’s fun to look at the very creative home improvement or craft projects people do or to check out fashion trends, but I’m just not into home improve, crafts, or fashion enough to want to spend time looking at them.

Spotify: This one really confuses me. I first heard about it last week when people started posting on Twitter how they got an invitation. I requested an invitation and got one a few days later. I excitedly downloaded the program and started listening to music. But I don’t get it. To me it seems like a combination between Grooveshark and iTunes. Basically you can make playlists and stream songs from the internet (like Grooveshark), but it also incorporates all the music you already have on your computer (iTunes).

Maybe if I was more into making playlists I would find Spotify more useful? The only thing I make playlists for is working out and the free version of Spotify doesn’t include streaming to your mobile phone. So if I wanted to make a Spotify playlist to workout to I would have to pay $9.99/month. I suppose if I was already spending $10/month on music it would be worth it, but since I don’t it doesn’t really make sense.

Goodreads: I heard about Goodreads a while ago, joined, and then never really looked at it. Then I saw the site mentioned on Eat, Live, Run and since I’ve been in such a reading groove lately I thought I’d revisit it. I joined and added some books I’ve read, what I’m reading now, and what I want to read. I also liked a few authors. But otherwise I’m at a loss of what to do. Maybe because I don’t know anyone on it? I was particularly annoyed when I clicked on recommendations and I had to “request” a recommendation. What does that mean? Why can’t it just recommend things based on books on my shelves?

Those are the three things I don’t understand. Anyone else? Anyone want to argue for the usefulness of any of these? Anyone else confused by anything?

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