jamie goode's wine blog: Tecchy bits

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Tecchy bits

I've been thinking about how I can best integrate my online life. It's currently a bit 'bitty'. I have three different email accounts, two of which I use regularly, of which one currently copies into the other. The third is a gmail account which I'm thinking of making my primary one. Then there's facebook et al, which I check regularly, plus some blogs and online fora, as well as the usual news outlets.

Because I use multiple computers and am often on the road, the idea of being able to access my online life through a single portal is an appealing one. I've been having a look at www.netvibes.com, which seems to be a powerful and flexible way of doing this. It's really, really impressive. Does anyone reading have experience of this - or similar - solutions?



At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Cannot understand why you need all these different email addresses,and daft things like Facebook.Surely the latter is for teenagers looking for partners or lost souls with nothing better todo?

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Irish Wine Contemplations said...

Hiya Jamie,
Never used netvibes personally. I'd recommend you have a look at iGoogle. You can track all of the blogs/websites that you read/check regularly through google/reader and then put a widget for this into your iGoogle. Similarly you can put a Gmail widget into iGoogle. There are also a bunch of other things that you can add to iGoogle (have a look at www.google.com/ig), then set iGoogle as your home page and then you can track all of these items much quicker.

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Shaudius said...

I've been trying to do this for the last few months too.

The first recommendation I have is to consolidate to one gmail address.

Its very easy to set up gmail to alias your old e-mails and also deliver any mail that comes to them directly to gmail.

Netvibes is a good solution for what you want to do, as is the above posters comment on iGoogle.

If you use multiple computers and are on the road a lot, you may want to look into Jooce. Which attempts to be a web based desktop of sorts.

If you're into the sharing aspect I recommend a site like Streamy, which allow for widgets like iGoogle and Netvibes, but also the sharing of content though a simple drag and drop process(with support for instant messaging).

E-mail + chat + sharing + RSS all in none place is the current mecca of online life for a ton of people, no one has really conquered the market yet. Netvibes will work pretty well for you if you're not into the sharing aspect though.

At 11:14 PM, Blogger Richard & Catherine said...

I'm with consolidating all into Gmail and Google Calendar...

...but you also ought to look as well at 37signal's products like Backpack and Basecamp - I keep my to-do's like this and can upload files to use elsewhere.

...and get yourself an Asus eee - a stunning machine (and cheap) I'm loving getting to know.

At 10:26 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks for all the comments, which are tremendously helpful. I'm still finding my way - as a pretty much non-important person my diary has never come under pressure before. Of course, I remain non-important, but as I'm entering the freelance world and people want me to come to their events, some more sophisticated means of diary management than my own short-term memory becomes nessecary. But it is hard to commit to any one potential solution. The key is to be able to manage a huge amount of incoming information in the most effective manner that doesn't leave important stuff slipping through the cracks.


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