Embracing My Geekness: 6 Tools I Nerd Out Over

Geeks may have been the laughing stock of your high school years ago, but they are most definitely a part of the "in" crowd now. With technology and geek culture becoming more mainstream — do you know anyone who isn't building a blazing hot website, app, or start-up form their garage these days? — it's no surprise that technology wunderkinds like Mark Zuckerberg are the poster boys for what's cool.

I, for one, have always been a geek, and wear that label proudly on my chest like Superman's emblem. The beauty is, technology may have been complicated before, but it helps make our lives easier now in ways we never would have imagined 10 or 20 years ago.

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And since today is Embrace Your Geekness Day, check out a few of these tech tools I can't live without that help me stay streamlined, organized, and ready to get down to business from anywhere, anytime.

  • Sony NEX-F3 ($599) — I spent years lugging around a big and bulky DSLR camera to get the best images possible, but once I tried the Sony NEX series (first with the NEX-3), I never looked back. The latest addition to the lineup is the NEX-F3. It's slim, easy to use, and has an interchangeable lens just like the DSLRs use, minus the weight. This means you can really customize how you shoot and get the perfect shot every time. Bonus — it comes with a really amazing swivel LCD screen on the back which makes capturing photos from up high, down low, even self-portraits and videos so easy. Fair warning: you won't be able to live without it.
  • Apple iPhone 4S ($199) — One of the main reasons I keep upgrading my iPhone is for the 8MP camera (can you tell I'm into photos yet?), but you really can't beat the iPhone when it comes to apps either. It's my lifeline and I have it with me at all times!
  • 13-Inch MacBook Air ($1,199) — The Mac-Head that I am I couldn't pass up the latest MacBook Air, which comes with a wildly fast Ivy Bridge processor. The Air really lives up to its moniker, weighing in at just under three pounds, making it easy to tote on my travels.


Learn more about the apps that make my world go 'round after the break!

  • Google Reader (Free) — Keeping up with the latest tech and business news is a 24/7 job, and my preferred RSS feed of choice makes it easy to scan the headlines, group types of news together into folders, and save stories to read later. And since it's based in the cloud, you can access Google Reader from any mobile or desktop interface just by signing in to your Google account.
  • Google Calendar (Free) — Speaking of the cloud, Google Calendar is also a cloud-based client that allows me to access my calendar reminders, appointments, content, and more from my phone or MacBook. And since you can invite others to join, see, and edit your calendars, it's a great collaboration tool (and a good option to keep your editorial calendar accessible at all times).
  • Evernote (Free) — More than one of my most used apps, Evernote has become a way of life. This app allows you to capture and save things you see while out and about — photos, signs, price tags, model numbers, Ikea asiles, even record things you hear — for storage, saving, and organizing. Search your notes by keyword from your phone, or get access to all your notes at home from your computer or iPad. Yup, it's another one of those that lives in the cloud. Information everywhere — a la the cloud — could be one of the most amazing things to come out of this geek renaissance, wouldn't you say?

Geek out with me and share some of your favorite tech tools that help you get business done.