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Need todo and contacts manager

I used Outlook for 4 years, and got to really like the todo list and contacts manager.  I'm at a new job where I don't have Outlook.  I'm using a better mail client (Eudora), a suckier meeting planner (don't ask), mailbox folders for a todo list (inadequate), and a text file for contacts (yeech).

So, can anyone recommend a decent and cheap tool that can help me track my todo items, and my contacts?  System is WinXP Pro.

And sorry Joel, while I think your last editorial is spot on, I don't want my data on a web server somewhere.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

I recently installed the calendering plugin for Thunderbird, and it looks really cool.  It has basic appointment / todo coordination with dates, but certainly not every feature of Outlook.  I don't know if you can easily convert an email to a task like in Outlook, which sounds like something you want, but other than that it seemed to work well.

As for the contact management, it seems pretty much like any other reasonably well featured "address book."

Thursday, June 17, 2004

I have a Palm V (that I rarely use it anymore/just use the laptop).  Anyway I use their Palm Desktop application to manage contacts/addresses.  They have a to do list.  Its free and you really dont need the Palm (and if you have one you can sync up to it).  The link for the Palm Desktop is . (You will need to fill out some info to get a link to the download)


Thursday, June 17, 2004

Ecco. Although development stopped in 1997 because their new owner thought it couldn't compete with Outlook, it still has at least one killer feature that no other PIM has: Outliner. To-do lists that won't allow you to break down tasks into subtasks are a pain. Add the freeware FreeWheel utility to add support for the wheel mouse, and you'll have all the features you're looking.

Free download here:

More infos:

Thursday, June 17, 2004

You can have this (  ) for 40$.

Just me (Sir to you)
Thursday, June 17, 2004

For managing all kinds of lists and freeform text stuff, I strongly recommend TreePad ( It can handle Rich Text Format, HTML, etc.

I use it for my daily work log, task lists, contacts, code snippets, scripts, book lists, etc.

Data Miner
Thursday, June 17, 2004


Sure, it's a webapp (using php and mysql), but you can run it locally without a problem. 

I've been using it now for a few months and I love it.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

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