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Personal Information Software
Just felt like batting this around the bases.
I use something I really like. Won't mention the name until others go to bat - so I won't be accused of "pushing a product" here.
I paid 30 or 40 bucks for it about 4 years ago, when I moved from XP to Win 7.
My old software from Win95 wouldn't run on Win 7. It was a basic address book app.
So I tried a WHOLE BUNCH of what they call call PIMs, and this one was by far the best - for me.
It's a couple versions behind now, but I haven't felt any need to upgrade.
I don't use my PC for business. But this PIM is really the central piece of software on my PC.
Here's the 4 main reasons why.
1. I have a big family, and was always forgetting birthdays and anniversaries. The address panel of the PIM has birthday, and a changeable setting to pop up a reminder. You can set the "time before" to what you want.
I haven't forgotten a birthday in 4 years. Frankly, that was worth the investment right there.
Since each address can contain plenty of other info, I put kids names and other things in there.
Yes, I actually sometimes forget my grandkids names.
2. Appointments. Same deal with the pop up reminder. It just works. As with birthdays, I often set the "before time" to a week or two.
The popup allows you to dismiss or snooze for any length of time.
Also put anniversaries here. Reminders can be set to recur annually, or for other periods.
3. Links. I use the "password" panel to go everywhere on the net. Just click and there you go. Of course your userid, PW are contained so you once entered you never have issues with forgetting them.
Clicking a userid or PW icon copies them to the clipboard.
This is probably what I use most often, though I hadn't even considered it until after I bought the software for the above purposes.
4. Important Data. Also in the "password" panel. Credit card info, software keys, etc, etc. Enter once, forget it, but it's always there.
Another function I hadn't even considered until I bought it.
The PIM I use is basically organized in folder fashion. Has a calendar, which also highlights birthdays and appointments.
Looks somewhat similar to Outlook, which I was looking for after many years of use at work.
But it's a tight app and nowhere near as complex. Outlook is way overkill for my home use.
It backs up instantly to where you select, encrypted, and is PW protected.
The longer I use it, the more amazed I that I ever lived without it.
But the funny thing is, most people don't use them. They just don't.
NOBODY I've recommended this to even tried it.
Kind of reminds me of my attempts to get people to take system images.
Different strokes is all I can chalk it up to. And I never deny "Whatever works for you."
So I don't push, just recommend.
Everybody has different UI preferences. This one works very well for me. There's always a learning curve.
Takes a bit to organize it properly, but once you become accustomed to it and begin filling it up with info, you'll never go back to your old ways.
None of the many PIMs I tested had the core functionality and ease of use of this one - for me.
It's really the most essential software on my PC, aside from my system image software.
So I wrote this basically to say that, and maybe to expose to some folks a tool that can really make your life easier.
Maybe somebody can point out a similar tool they use, that works well for them.
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