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    Good productivity freeware?

    **Note: I think I should've termed it 'Organizational' instead**

    We're talking about PC based, sync-able apps that run the range from contact management to calendars, but not so much expense trackers.

    I've spent too much time with my head in the sand over the past couple of years and need to take back control.

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    Since I got my Droid I just use Google stuff for calendar and contacts. Synced up from any computer I choose to sign in to google on and my phone.

    Well, actually my contacts are on phone only, but with backup, ATM but I think you can sync contacts with google+.
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    Not a smart phone user. Have a Tracfone, it works, and I'm done paying extra just to be able to use a phone to make calls on. But thanks anyway

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    You can still use google calendar without a phone. I reckon gmail for contacts.

    As for phones, I'm glad I waited 'til smartphones came out and never fell for those silly laptops or netbooks.

    Up until last September or so I had ancient fone too. Didn't even have a camera. I was using pay as you go phone and using about $15 per month. Now on the family plan with smartphone and it's only a little more per month but does WAY more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    You can still use google calendar without a phone. I reckon gmail for contacts.
    Already have it, just the UI doesn't appeal to me. I've got GVoice set up on my laptop to cut down on air time. Freaky stuff, that.

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    I haven't used this:

    http://lookin.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/index

    but it might fit your criteria.
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    For some reason I'm guessing the OP does not have a hosting plan or a server running at home.

    I could be wrong, though.
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    Never mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Not a smart phone user. Have a Tracfone, it works, and I'm done paying extra just to be able to use a phone to make calls on. But thanks anyway
    You don't need a phone, google has a contact list, a calendar (you can overlay lots of calendars if you need to), and a to-do list (multiple lists so you don't need everything all on one). All online so log into your google acct from wherever and there it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Already have it, just the UI doesn't appeal to me. I've got GVoice set up on my laptop to cut down on air time. Freaky stuff, that.
    Oh. I believe the UI can be edited but I have chosen not to get sucked into that, I just let it steer me around.

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    If you can still find it, you might want to look at the last version of Palm Desktop for Windows (or jPilot for Linux... same UI). It used to be free with a Palm device or downloadable from palm.com. I exported the whole thing to CSV and imported the calendar into Google and the contacts into a MySQL database.

    ... but you should tell us what you mean by 'sync-able', too.
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    For contacts, I haven't seen nothing better than google. Maine because you can use from web, pc, smart phone, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    If you can still find it, you might want to look at the last version of Palm Desktop for Windows (or jPilot for Linux... same UI). It used to be free with a Palm device or downloadable from palm.com. I exported the whole thing to CSV and imported the calendar into Google and the contacts into a MySQL database.

    ... but you should tell us what you mean by 'sync-able', too.
    By sync-able, I guess it would be web based, like Google.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    By sync-able, I guess it would be web based, like Google.
    Hmmm... what's out there other than the big webmail/calendar/contact vendors (google/yahoo/hotmail)?
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    The one ahsposo posted, but you need to have a server to install it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    The one ahsposo posted, but you need to have a server to install it on.
    It said it was web-based. I assumed it was on their server.

    Here in the asylum I just push a button for my contact and time is meaningless. What do I know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    Hmmm... what's out there other than the big webmail/calendar/contact vendors (google/yahoo/hotmail)?
    That's what I'm discovering- there really is no all inclusive suite of productivty/organizational apps other than Google and Hotmail/Live. Yahoo just blows and lacks the office tools that Google and MS with their Skydrive brings to the table. Apple probably does, but I'm unable to sneak onto that course, let alone pay for the full club membership.

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    I talked with guy once who spend almost a year programming something like this. He had a smartphone app (android), and a pc app. When he finally had something that could be released as beta, he placed the app on the market and had to take it down in less than 3 weeks. He got letters from different companies claiming to hold patents for the different sync methods he used in his apps.

    I guess this is part of why there's no much out there besides the big guys (google, ms, apple). Is not so much about making the apps, but rather making something that doesn't violate already existing patents.
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    Could be, but I'm aware that Opera and Mozilla offers products that sync as well.

    MS and Google both offer mail (that is both web and client based), calendars, to do list, office (word processing/spreadsheet), VoIP (Google Talk and MS now has Skype).

    As much as I'm leery of the Omnigoogle, I like their mail and office products better, plus Voice is currently free. It's just I don't like the UI when it comes to contact management and calendars. I think I'll pop over to the Mozilla site and see if Thunderbird will work for my purposes.

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