I am obsessed with software. I have this unhealthy belief (hope? dream?) that there is a program out there that will do precisely what I want. I know, I know, I'm a sucker for that electronic pot of gold.
This evening I've been searching for a Personal Information Manager. I don't like Outlook, not because of any failing in the program per se, but because it's too heavy for my needs. I don't need an email client; all I want is a program that gives me a to-do or task list, and a calendar/scheduler. So far I've been using EssentialPIM, which is small, clean and doesn't get in my way. And it has pretty colours. But it doesn't export data in vCard or vCalendar format, which means I can't port the information to my iPod. And the to-do list isn't hierarchical, unless you want to pay for the Pro version. Tonight's search uncovered a few cool to-do list programs, and a few contact management programs, but as for a single program which manages scheduler, task list and contacts? No such luck. Suggestions and recommendations welcome.
I love planning software. Lovelovelove. Again, this is probably that engineering training, but I really like laying out the steps of a project against an estimated timeline. Helps me focus. (Well, once I get past the cat-waxing that is setting up such purty programs 😉 ) There's a writing management program, Write Again!, which offers this sort of project planning feature, and ever since I've known of it I've yearned. SoftPlanner looks like it might actually let me project-manage, all for free. And, at least on first install, it's small enough to run on a USB stick. Further details when I've spent more time with it.