Thing 8 was all about Google Calendar. I haven't looked at it. It may be brilliant, but I don't really need another calendar. We use Outlook at work so everything goes in there. At home we use a real calendar - you know the ones made of paper that you can write in the little squares. Good enough for me. Not used yet, but mobile phones have calendars on them as well, which I should use more, then when out and about I can refer to it.
Thing 9 was about Evernote. Never heard of it before. I have signed up for it and found it quite good. I can definitely see it as a good tool for saving things like web pages and other notes. I will have another dabble and see what else I can do with it.