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I always found the lists (and there are many) of the SMM tools amusing because it's easy to put 100 company names on a page, but the variance between the products showed how early the space was. There was rarely much differentiation between enterprise-grade SMM platforms and lightweight/free twitter influence or analytics tools. Indexers, consumer search tools and enterprise apps would end up on the same list. We hit a point of consolidation prior to segregation by the analyst community (SCRM as a label being the notable exception).
2011 will be interesting here - will we see more consolidation? Will we start to see some smaller vendors fold? Will some go narrow and deep to find a profitable niche?
I'd still consider Tesla a start-up, FWIW.
Dropbox for file sync to the cloud and locally. Haven't tried to map it to a network share at the same time however.
Quicksilver for keyboard shortcuts and app links - super helpful
Install both iWork and Office 2008 - some stuff just does't translate right (mostly PPTX files) and its good to have both. I still prefer working in Pages and Keynote but sometimes you just need the MS stuff.
Apple Mail & iCal - its a love hate thing but it does work reasonably well with Exchange which I know you are on. Some folks use Entourage for calendaring and native apps for everything else.
MobileMe - yes, sign up for this so you can have the 3 way push-based sync between the native apps, the cloud, and your iPhone. Great insurance policy and backup solution for address books, calendars, etc.
This all goes back to the systemic damage UAL did to its company after 9/11 w.r.t its staffing. Been a terrible place to work/fly since. Now they are making record profits on our backs to boot.