Every day, we wish iCal could do something that our Palm IIIx did in
1997. There’s a Palm calendar app called DateBk, and it has a feature
called Floating Events. The idea is that incomplete to-do items would
“float” to the next day, so if you forgot to do something, it wouldn’t
get left behind on your calendar as the days marched on. The fact that
BusyMac’s BusyCal brings that crucial feature to our calendar makes us
do a little happy dance, and that’s only scratching the surface of this
Even though tons of us use Google Docs or some other cloud feature,
there's always that annoying moment when you want to work on something
and realize you created it and saved it to your work computer. Or you
stayed up late working on something at home, then get to work and
realize you don't have access.
LogMeIn solves that problem and
with the launch of LogMeIn Pro2 for Mac Beta, they've made it a snap
for those of us on the Mac end of the equation.
Bento 3 aims to organize your personal life into tidy, neat
compartments. Essentially a database application geared toward
real-world situations, you can use the software to track expenses,
compare vacation destinations, keep tabs on your company’s customers,
curate car maintenance records, and otherwise organize nearly anything
that concerns your personal life or small business. Bento deeply
interfaces with Address Book and iCal and also connects to iPhoto,
Mail, and other Mac mainstays. You can even share databases on a local
network, like you might share iTunes or iPhoto libraries.
There’s being prepared as in “I’ve got a bottle opener on my keychain,”
and then there’s being prepared as in “I’ve got a pallet of bottled
water and two backup generators in my basement.” Somewhere in between
lies InfoWallet, a piece of shareware designed to keep your secret
personal information protected yet accessible in case of emergency.
I once appeared in my high school’s production of The Pajama Game,
a musical about labor strife at a pajama factory, of all things. One of
the songs is called “Think of the Time I Save,” and I still get the
chorus stuck in my head occasionally: “Tick-tock, tick-tock, tempus
fugit. Tick-tock, tick-tock, time goes by.” It’s a super-cheesy
musical, but a nice reminder to manage my time well.
So when I recently went looking for a versatile timer app, I was
relieved to find FlexTime. This light utility lets you program timed
routines, making it a great choice for repetitive tasks.
Every day, life presents any number of problems that need solving—from
settling bets to knowing which fish are OK to eat to remembering where
the soupspoon goes in a formal table setting. Your iPhone or iPod touch
can act as a digital Swiss Army knife, offering up the right tool to
get you through almost any dilemma. We review and rate a collection of
handy helper apps and ass-saving accessories that are sure to boost
your rep as the consummate boy scout, always prepared for anything.
Judging by our desk, you’d never guess that we try to be highly
organized. And we’ve tried everything, from David Allen’s nerd-famous
Getting Things Done (GTD) dogma, to complex Mac apps, endless paper
notebooks, and iCal’s built in to-do features. We have yet to find the
perfect system for managing not only our work tasks, but also all the
other stuff we have to do in the course of our daily life. But Remember
The Milk, a Web service also accessible via iPhone, is helping us
become more organized than ever.