Organisers and Portals Links

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These are links to various sites and software that can help keep you better organised


  • Plaxo – synchronizes with Outlook mail and will keep addresses up to date by merging updates mailed out to your contacts. It can now also synchronize your calendar, notes and tasks online as well. I use it it and recommend it
  • LinkedIn – Find the people you need through the people you trust. Creates a free network of contacts, piggy backing on your contacts’ own contacts. Use this if you are looking for job or want to extend your network.
  • Birthday Alarm – will request your friends to add their birthdays, will remind you, and allow you to program it to send cards automatically. Also allows you to select various national and religious holidays to add to your list of reminders
  • Password Corral – freeware program that keep track of all your passwords in a 128-bit encrypted file that you can synchronize between home and work, or else safely carry it on a memory stick with you.
  • KeePass – free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. Has more import / export options than Password Corral.
  • RoboForm – a free password manager and one-click web form filler with some serious Artificial Intelligence. Multi-identities, multi-language, integrates with IE and Mozilla/Firefox browsers, synchs to Palm/Pocket PC, country-sensitive, etc.  Once setup it remembers all your passwords across the different browsers. Can also run off a memory stick as a portable application. I have moved to LastPass now as it supports the iPhone, Google Chrome Browser, etc.
  • ShirusuPad – free sticky notes that uses very little resources.
  • Chore Buster – ChoreBuster is an easy way to automatically create fair chore lists, or chore schedules.
  • Billshare – Create receipts to divide shared expenses. Track spending habits with detailed statistics. Email alerts keep you updated on amounts owed. The group wall and messaging allow group members to communicate effortlessly. It’s easy, simple and free!
  • Portals:
  • Pageflakes – new portal based on Ajax. Allows RSS feeds and custom widgets
  • Netvibes – really slick portal. One of Time Magazine’s best 50 websites.
  • My Yahoo – portal allowing RSS feeds, custom widgets (weather, bookmarks, etc), shared calendars. With calendar, e-mail and custom toolbars.
  • Yourminis – flash based browser portal with some really nicely crafted widgets (may be discotinued now)
  • Google Personal Home page – can set RSS feeds (including 1000’s of widgets) and change layout.
  • Google Calendar – online sharing, etc.
  • Rainlendar – great free standing Windows desktop widget to display Google Calendar events
  • Desktop Sidebar –  freeware and has quite a lot of panels. Supposed to be equivalent of Vista Sidebar.
  • ScheduleWorld – synchronise to/from various applications to this online service.
  • Meebo – browser based access to IM’s such as Jabber, Google Talk, MSN, ICQ, etc all in one place.
  • Yoono – also browser based or desktop based integrator of some IM’s as well as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn all in one.
  • Pidgin (was called GAIM) –  A multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client. Connects to most of the IM’s from this single program.

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