Getting organized, what organizer to use, & what’s next from Palm?

by Fred

palm announcementStaying organized, its a difficult task that all of us are involved in, one way or another, EVERY SINGLE DAY.

There are a ton of options: Moleskine, Palm Pilot, Blackberry, Online with Google Cal, Yahoo Calendar, Scrybe, Plaxo, the old standby Outlook, Highrise, and many more.

As I began writing this article I found this note (and this one), indicating Mr. Hawkins and the team at Palm are releasing a new product tomorrow morning (11:30 Pacific Time)


It’s a very vexing list with many different routes to go. You may remember I’ve discussed planners previously and, since the death of my palm pilot data, (still a little angst ridden about that one) I’ve been using Scrybe.

It doesn’t do anything wrong, but simply put, it has not been a better solution than the Palm Pilot was. Who knows what Palm will bring us tomorrow! The advantage of the pilot is simplicity. It is always with you, lightweight, and fully featured. I think the only real close option to it is the blackberry.

In terms of software after my Palm debacle I’ve been using Scrybe. It has been functional, effective, and while still in beta, a truly effective tool. There are some definite drawbacks that I have noticed, (hmm, maybe I should write a full missive straight to the Scrybe people). Anyway, it does its job effectively, but I really haven’t been able to make it sing to me like I always could with my pilot.

I found the Yahoo links to move my pilot data online as well, however, I hadn’t been able to get it to sync correctly to date. I think I may wait to see what Palm is bringing out. Hopefully they won’t pull an Apple and just tease us for months about an impending product’s rollout. I’d be up for an iPhone, but there’s no way I can switch phone companies, and buy a $500 phone, even if I’d be the target market.

The big questions here are: Palm,, what’s coming down the pipe? What’s the organizer plan to go with for personal use, small business use, and for big business use? Hmm, two big questions split into 5. Comments away!

4 reviews or comments

Marc Says: May 29, 2007 at 3:26 pm

I’m using a TMobile vario, which is a carrier-branded HTC wizard. It’s a windows mobile 5 device, with a nifty slide out QWERTY keyboard. As a phone frankly it’s not great, but as an integrated device with PDA functions that happens to make phone calls it’s superb.

I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who’s not tech-oritented though; the concept of rebooting the phone is a bit too much for some people, and you do need to do that occasionally!

Neagle Says: May 29, 2007 at 7:46 pm

Palm needs to get over it’s closed source policy if it is going to keep up with windows mobile.

Gary V Carter Says: March 3, 2008 at 9:12 pm

There are a dizzying number of options available. All of them work when they work and when one works them!

I have a BlackBerry but my thumbs still prefer a real keyboard so I avoid depending on it.

Here are a few great add ons I have found … (my fav!)

I try to avoid any system that locks up my information in case I want to move on to something new.


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