Last Updated Dec 23, 2008 11:49 AM EST
On the other hand, it wasn't all bad. We elected a shiny new president. Gas eventually got affordable again. The Shield went out in style. And Web developers produced some truly killer services. Here's my list of the top 5 of the year:
- Dial2Do When beloved voice-messaging service Jott started charging for all but its most basic functions, I cried. Then I found Dial2Do, a nearly identical replacement that's getting better all the time.
- Dropcard Why bother printing (and collecting) business cards when you can use Dropcard? This ingenious service lets you exchange contact information with others using only your cell phone.
- Drop.io If there's an easier way to share files online, I haven't found it. A few clicks is all it takes to create a "drop," a custom file-hosting URL you can share with others.
- Foxmarks This bookmark-syncing extension for Firefox has been a favorite for many years, but in 2008 it rolled out a killer feature: password synchronization. Talk about making a good thing even better. (How about extension syncing for 2009, guys?)
- Windows Live Sync Formerly FolderShare, Windows Live Sync remains an all-time favorite for making quick and easy work of synchronizing files and folders between multiple PCs. Couldn't live without it.