Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Personal Organisation Software

It wasn't so long ago that essentially everyone was using Microsoft Outlook for their email communications. Since then Microsoft appears to be becoming increasingly irrelevant. The software giant has been displaced by Google and its range of online applications. The Google platform includes:
1. The google search engine - which is generating much greater revenues than Yahoo
2. Gmail - this chat software is not special,
3. Gtalk - this software too is not special, except that I dropped Skype in favour of it when I noted that it would run on an slow telco connection
3. Google Maps - This is a useful tool if you want to show people where something is, eg. Where to meet for a picnic, where your new house is, or the business location.
4. Google Documents - this document sharing software is not very powerful, but it has applications for some
5. Google Calendar - Surely the best feature is the ability to email yourself and to share calendars
6. Google Blogger - The acquisition of the Blogger business and its integration with Google is a comfort to Gmail users.
7. Google You Tube - The acquisition of You Tube seems like another canny decision by the Google management since video adverts might be a spin-off from this, quite apart from adding to its member base.

There are still a few things that Google doesn't allow me to do:
1. Google Mail for mobile devices: The mobile platform has very limited functionality
2. To do lists: The Google service does not offer a 'to do' listing, though I was able to track down an alternative - see http://tadalist.com/.
3. Backpackit - This website provides an outline space for you to write notes. See www.backpackit.com. If you cant afford a smartphone, this might be the next best thing...assuming you are often at a loose end and have internet access. Personally I prefer to use a smartphone and always carry it with me.

I will update this posting in coming weeks.

1 comment:

Andrew Sheldon BIO said...

This posting has since been rendered obsolete by Google, which has released an add-on called Google Notebook. You can find in on their website or search for it using their search engine. It has some better organisational advantages or features over Tadalist.

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