Looking for some cool online tools? As an IT Pro, tools are what makes us tick. You really can’t do anything without a “tool” of some sort. Whether it’s a disk utility, a network scanner, or a website monitor, tools are essential to getting things done quicker.
Today I found a cool site called iTools.com, which is basically a ever-increasing set of online tools combined and presented nicely in one single interface.
So what kind of tools does iTools.com have available for you to use? Well, a bunch! They have currently broken it down into 5 categories, which will probably grow over time. Right now they are Information, Language, Media, Internet and Money. It’s not all tech-related stuff, but there are quite a few useful tools for techies.
For example, under Information, you can click on Encyclopedias and search multiple sites including WikiPedia, Wolfram Alpha, and Britannica directly from within the iTools website.
It’s almost like a startup page that you have for your browser with links to all your favorite sites. This is kind of a startup page for a bunch of tools that they have integrated into iTools. The queries are all sent to the appropriate sites, but the data is loaded up in iTools.com’s website.
The most useful category from an IT perspective is Internet. Here you have a nice set of tools including DNS, IP Address, Ping, Website Information, and Web Development.
Some of the tools on the site don’t work as expected and I’m not sure if that’s because the site has not been around for too long or what. I’m hoping the developers keep updating it because it’s a cool idea, but there needs to be a lot more tools available in order for me to use it on a regular basis.
However, if you’re looking to do several tasks at once and iTools.com contains the sites you normally use, you can save yourself from having to open multiple tabs to multiple sites and get the job done in one window.
Or even if you don’t care to use these tools via iTools, you can still browse all the different tools since there are many that I had not heard of before, but are very useful. For example, WatchMouse will check the load time of your site from 10 different sites all across the world.
Know of any other sites with links or lists to free online tools? If so, post a comment here and let us know! Enjoy!