Get the Right Tools to Conquer Your Day and Seize the Night!
By on October 26th, 2012

Hey you! Yeah you, the one burning the candle at both ends. Between homework, friends, family, and the occasional party here and there, you barely have time to grab a meal. What you need my friend are some tools to help you out. With the innovation of Lenovo® IdeaPad U Series Ultrabook™ laptops and some cool apps, we’ll have you ready to conquer your day and seize the night!

Take Copious Notes with Evernote

Let’s face it, your life is moving fast. You don’t have 30 seconds for your laptop to boot up when you’re 5 minutes late for class. The professor is well into their presentation by now. With an IdeaPad Ultrabook™ that resumes from sleep mode in less than 2 seconds, you’re in business. Now all you need is a good note taking program. My favorite note taking software is Evernote! We have mentioned this software numerous times on this website and it is worth mentioning again. This software transcends the boundaries of the PC by being available as a desktop download, iOS or Android app, and also on the web from a browser anywhere in the world. Evernote is free with certain data limits per month. I have yet to hit any limitations. One of my favorite features is the ability to create notebooks so I can divide up my notes into categories. You can also take a picture of handwritten notes on a paper or whiteboard and Evernote will translate the written notes into searchable text. You can download Evernote for free at http://evernote.com/evernote/.

Evernote

Avert Disaster with Dropbox

Dropbox is another must-have application for the person on the go. The last thing anyone needs is to lose a critical document. Dropbox is a great way to protect your important files and make them available to you on any of your devices. You can download Dropbox simply by going to http://dropbox.com and downloading their free software. You get 2GB of free storage and if you refer friends, you get an additional 500MB per user up to 18GB. What I love about Dropbox is its simplicity. It creates a folder on your computer. Any file that you put in that folder is synchronized to the web and stored on Amazon’s secure servers. Those files are now accessible via a web browser anywhere, or from your smartphone or tablet as an app. You can share folders with other Dropbox users or utilize a public folder option to share a link to a file with those you don’t want to share an entire folder with. A really nice feature is the ability to restore previous versions of a file. This is great if you accidentally overwrite an important file. Just go to your Dropbox website and restore previous versions. Crisis averted!

Dropbox

One thing that has to be considered when you’re on the go is connectivity. We live in a connected world and we like to have instant updates. Even the aforementioned programs are at their best when they’re connected. That is another reason to consider the Lenovo IdeaPad Ultrabook™. They have a smart technology that syncs your email, IM, and social networks even in sleep mode.

The Art of the Invitation

The day is almost done, but there is so much to do tonight! The party starts at 7PM, but you forgot the invites. No problem, just download the FREE image editing software Paint.net. You can download it at http://getpaint.net. This free image editing software rivals the extremely expensive photo editing suites, with all of the familiarity of the Microsoft products you’re already familiar with. Pictured below, you can see the invitation I created, complete with a silhouette of an image I found on the web. It took me about 5 minutes. OK, so I am not a graphic artist, but I think you get the point. You can have a lot of fun with this software and it is free.

paint dot net

Make Sweet Music with Audacity

Audacity is another free program that I wouldn’t do without. You can use Audacity to record tracks and edit music. This is perfect for making music clips to go along with a presentation, or to make a remix of some of your favorite songs. You can also import audio files from your smartphone when you record meetings or class discussions. Audacity is extremely robust with all kinds of effects and filters for your music.

audacity-windows

Be the Life of the Party With VirtualDJ

Now that you have the crew together, you’re going to want to blast the music. You can have the power of a club DJ right at your fingertips with VirtualDJ. Free for home use, VirtualDJ is a cool way to DJ your party. It too is a very robust software with a lot of capabilities. There are paid versions of this software as well for the more serious DJ. They will integrate with turntables and projectors.

Virtual DJ

Get the Right Tool for the Job

For Those Who Do

You’ve seen the apps, now get the right tool for the job. Being highly mobile and connected requires a good laptop. The IdeaPad® U Series Ultrabook™, at Lenovo.com, has all of the right tools to keep you productive by day, and have fun at night. The IdeaPad weighs less than 2KG, so it won’t weigh you down. Depending on the model you choose, you get up to 9 hours of battery life. I encourage you to take a look at all the IdeaPad has to offer. See what you can do with the Book of Do, the IdeaPad® U Series Ultrabook™, at Lenovo.com.

Full Disclosure: This post contains sponsored content to promote the Lenovo IdeaPad Ultrabook campaign. Please feel free to visit their  website to learn more about their products.

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Darrin is an IT manager for a large electrical contractor in Louisville KY. He is married and has 3 kids. He loves helping people with their technology needs. He runs a blog called Say Geek!

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