Meet April Bresnahan, our support specialist. Whenever any of our clients need content or design updates on their website, April is lightening speed in responding and making sure those updates are implemented to our client’s satisfaction. April hails from New Jersey. Here’s a little bit about her:
If you could have any super power what would it be?
The ability to not need sleep. Why? Because life is too short and we spend about a third of it, sleeping. Imagine how many more things you could do, the goals you could accomplish, the extra time you could spend with friends and family, if you didn’t have to take a 6-8 hour break every day to lie down and do absolutely nothing.
What are you most passionate about professionally?
I love helping people. I like solving their problems. Anything I can do to make a person’s life easier or happier, makes me happy. This isn’t just professionally, it’s a way of life for me, in just about everything I do.
What apps, software or tools can’t you live without?
Firefox: I love all the add-ons that are available and how you can customize the layout for maximum productivity. There is very little this browser can’t do, and some of the add-ons have even replaced desktop applications that I used to use.
DClock2 (something I wrote): It’s my dream clock, everything I ever wanted a desktop clock to be. It was also the first piece of software that I wrote that wasn’t a book project from a tutorial.
Trout: Clean, simple audio player. Definitely not no-frills, though. The developer (a friend of mine) is very responsive to feature requests from users, so it has some very unique features that we dreamed up, that no other player has.
Notepad2: It’s everything the Windows Notepad should have been, without being over-bloated with useless features. It’s my tool of choice for hand-coded html, and a whole lot more. (This text file was written in it.)
Screenshot Captor (also written by another friend of mine): Best screenshot tool available, at any price, and that’s saying a lot, since you get to decide what that price is. (donationware) The annotation features are quick and easy to use, and better than opening up a photo editing application to add in arrows, text, captions, croping, resizing, and so much more. I love this application so much, I volunteered to create a whole new set of clipart for it, which is now included in the official collection that comes with the application. There were even some new features added to it to work with the new clipart, that extends its usefulness.
Notezilla: I keep the rest of my brain stored in there. I’d be completely lost without it. I am pretty sure I would forget to pay my rent if it didn’t remind me.
Filebox Extender: It’s a must for working with folders, especially when you have a lot of folders like I do.
Paintshop Pro: Probably the first application I ever became addicted to. I prefer the old v7, not the latest version, though. It’s lighter and faster and can do everything important that I need, except for running the occasional Python script for specialized macros and batch processing, in which case I use v9.
KeePass: I have too many passwords to remember, and it’s a good way to securely store them.
What do you like to do on your free time?
I build websites and blogs (sometimes for little or no reason); write software; create art; a lot of social networking; and I do volunteer community relations work for a non-profit, community based, donationware, software company…DonationCoder.com. I also spend a good chunk of my time reading and learning new skills.
What do you like most about working remotely?
I don’t have to commute! That means I don’t have to deal with rain, snow, or public transportation. And I get to have visits from my cat. I also get to work for great companies that I would never otherwise have the opportunity to work for, companies that are located nowhere near where I live.
What does your workspace look like?
Here’s a screenshot of my desktop, which everyone that sees it says it’s either the most amazing thing or most frightening thing they have ever seen, regardless of the OS they run on their own computer. I have the nickname of “That Scary Taskbar Girl” in the DonationCoder.com community.