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priyabradfield
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Address / birthday / anniversary book
Ok, I'm tired of not having all my information in one place. I have an address book, but hate how outdated it can get so easily. And it doesn't have a place for email addresses (that's how old it is!). I used to use the address book function in my Mozilla Thunderbird and Outlook before that, but that gets saved on the computer, so when we moved and my computer got stored away there, well, so did all the info (why I didn't make a printout of everything is beyond me).

Right now, I'm using Planzo (www.planzo.com) a calendar. It is pretty cool, but it has no address book capabilities. I wish it did because it would rock.

So, I want to start using a web-based address book / birthday & anniversary all-in-one tool. That way, no matter where I am, I can hop on the internet and log in and have everything there. Anyone have a good suggestion?
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wendy_in_md From: wendy_in_md Date: February 6th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
You could use a Yahoo calendar. It's probably not very powerful, but you can have an address book and store tasks, have reminders emailed to you, etc., and it's all in one place (and you can access it anywhere you can get Internet access).
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priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 7th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember when you posted about your account getting hacked. What a pain!

Definitely let me know if you decide to write your own service! At this point, I like Planzo, but there is no address book feature there. But yes, I'll totally give you some input if you get the chance to do your own!

I'll check out RTM, but I'm not really looking for task lists...I have a notebook for that. Mainly because if I get on the computer to look up my task list, I get sidetracked. LOL
meadowflower From: meadowflower Date: February 9th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
ravi - we don't know one another *hi* but Priya suggested that I let you kow about Fastmail.FM. I've been with their service for years and you might want to check out their email service and address book. I'm a paid Enhanced member - I moved up through all the levels because I just loved the service and needed more of it. You can find out more about them on www.emaildiscussions.com.
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priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 15th, 2006 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Chris was totally drooling about Ruby on Rails. He's very excited about the possibilities with it!
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priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 22nd, 2006 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds good! I'll be waiting. LOL

So far, I kind of like AirSet. I need to explore it more though.
shortindiangirl From: shortindiangirl Date: February 6th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't found a web based tool that I like too much. I use Bottin, a small and efficient piece of software I got from www.tucows.com
It works well and I just put the installer as well as my friends file on the web so I can access it from anywhere. The installer and the program are small enough to easily install on any machine even without privileges. It also opens as a text document.

That's the best solution I have found.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wendy made a good suggestion...Yahoo is a good place to check out. I personally use Outlook (not Outlook Express), but I sync it with Yahoo as a backup.

kangmi
www.kangmi.org
meadowflower From: meadowflower Date: February 6th, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK I'm making a strange suggestion but you might want to take a look at this.

Fastmail.fm is an email service. However, they offer one of the best address books out there. It has customizable fields .... everything. I had given them a lot of input into their address book based on this now-defunct package that I used to love. They implemented all but one of my suggestions. You can put in anniversaries and birthdays, but not as reminders.

However, it's kind of weird logging into an email service just to access an address book. :D So that's why I'm going to recommend Airset (www.airset.com). I've been using it for quite some time for phone alerts, but I think it will have everything you need! Very nice interface, calendar, contacts, notes, birthdays, you can make groups, many things....
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 7th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'll look into Airset.

Perhaps ravi should look at fastmail.fm...he was talking about making his own reminder/address book service (see his comment to this post). :-)
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 6th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
ummm ... why not hotmail?

it has email, calendar, contacts, tasks, reminders all on the web. It has a place for birthdays in contacts but not anniv. You could probably use calendar feature for reminders on anniversaries of impt people in your life.

If you do end up on one laptop it syncs up with your outlook or outlook express as well.

Archana..
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 7th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
But, I've resisted Hotmail for so long!
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
now whose problem is that! :)

Archana join the force :)
wendy_in_md From: wendy_in_md Date: February 7th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you want a subscription-based service, or something for free? I saw these while looking up home schooling resources. (I think at least 3 of these are free.)

http://www.familybuzz.com/

http://www.hotdiary.com/toppage.shtml

http://www3.contactoffice.com/

http://ureach.com/help/whysignup.htm
wendy_in_md From: wendy_in_md Date: February 7th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, maybe this was the subscription one I saw:
http://www.calendae.com/

I mostly use a paper-based planner (Franklin Covey), and I also have the Franklin Covey planning software, which is awesome, but I haven't switched over to it yet (and don't know if I will).

I also use the Outlook calendar feature, which is helpful during the workday when I have it open. Outlook has a good address book and calendar (with reminders, etc.). Is that an option?
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: February 7th, 2006 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
The problem with Outlook, which I've used in the past, is that it is a program you have to have on the computer you're using. I used it in LA and when we moved, my computer there got packed away - thus all my info is there!

That's why I want something that is web-based - something I can log into from any computer and see all my information.
wendy_in_md From: wendy_in_md Date: February 7th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can access my Outlook email via web, including contacts and calendar if I sign into "Microsoft Outlook Web Access". My emails on the PC (IMAPed)and Web Access are "sync"ed, but I don't think the calendar and address book are. That could be because of my setup (my husband does all that), but if I only used Web Access for calendar and address book, then I could access them from anywhere, too.

This could all be because it's going through the company's server. Do you have a GoPets email account? Maybe they have a similar setup?

OK...I'm grasping at straws trying to be helpful LOL. Beyond Yahoo, Franklin Covey, and my Outlook PC calendar, I'm clueless. Good luck finding the right package. Let us know what you settle on.
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