A Virtual PA for Your Travel Plans – So where was TripIt the last couple of times I needed to pull together a trip and ended up with a pile of emails printed out and stuffed in my luggage? Their idea is pretty simple: you forward all your miscellaneous confirmation emails (from places like AAA, Expedia, Orbitz, all the major airlines, hotel chains, rental car outfits, and even OpenTable) and they go to work parsing them. Then they take all the info out, arrange it chronologically, and mix in stuff from Eventful, NOAA, Google Maps, and so on.
The result? A single unified trip itinerary with all of your trip details, plus information about the places you’re visiting. You can print it out, but you can also use its built in links online to do things like check flight status or add notes. Pretty nifty.
Another Way to Track Your Time – Harvest is the latest online time-tracking service I’ve run across, and they’ve got a fairly impressive list of features. This includes online or desktop widget based time entry, integration with Excel, Quickbooks, and Basecamp, and tracking of actual time vs. estimates. Paid plans start at $9 a month for small shops.
Five Bucks for Free – TextPayMe uses the Amazon Payments infrastructure to let you send and receive money using a mobile phone and text messaging. For a limited time (I can’t see that it says how long), if you sign up and add a mobile phone number and bank account to your TextPayMe account, they’ll credit you with $5.