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The Fall of Scrybe; The Rise of Gmail

Note: The title of my blog post refers to my personal preferences in selecting a calendar/time management tool.

As you may have read in my recent posts, I’d been trying the beta version of Scrybe as a calendar tool convinced by it’s very effective 2 minute preview on YouTube. Slowly but surely my interest in Scrybe has waned because not because Scrybe was less useful, but because another tool was becoming more useful:

Cons of Scrybe:

1. It opens in another browser window

2. It takes time to load (as compared to gmail and my GTD plugin — see below)

3. The only reason I continued using it were the to-do lists and the intuitive interface

Pros of Gmail:

4. One-stop shop: Gmail was making it easier for me to add events to Google Calendar, while I crafted the email or responded to an email, thus taking care of my calendar needs from 1 interface.

5. The FINAL NAIL: While I found the to-do lists on Scrybe to be both pleasing to the eye and easy to use, most of my action items originated from my emails (gmail). When I stumbled upon the Firefox/Gmail plug-in for “Getting Things Done” (GTD), I didn’t have further reason to continue using Scrybe.

For those of you, who haven’t yet tried David Allen’s GTD principle, check out 43 Folders’ intro w/ tips. It may just change the way you manage your time & your life.

Also, here are 3 blogs that’ll help you enhance your quality of life/work:

1. 43 Folders

2. Lifehack

3. Zen Habits

Are there any other valuable blogs I’m missing?

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5 Google Services you’ve gotta try & WHY?

Seduced by the Dork Google Side

What started off as an innocent distraction w/ a RSS reader is turning into a case of full-blown Googlitis. After initially, trying out some of the below mentioned services and not liking them, I realize I’m slowly converting — one service at a time, back to Google.

The reason: Google seems to be listening.

Here are the 5 services I’ve recently converted to:

1. GReader

As I’ve already blogged about it – this is the service that started it all.

Why switch to GReader?

2. Gmail

As you can see in the sidebar to your right, I’ve shifted from my email from yahoo! to gmail (as of Christmas 06)! Moving forward, please contact me at:

Why switch?:

* Free as opposed to $19.00 that I was paying Yahoo! for Premium email services
* POP Service — the sole reason I resorted to paying the $19 fee was the ability to access my email via Outlook AND I could get POP access for free on gmail
* Storage capacity: ~2.8 Gb on Gmail vs. 1 Gb for Free Yahoo! Email
* Combined with Google Calendar, you can add an event directly from your email, making your time management more effective
* Labels – opportunity to tag conversations multiple times, so if you receive an email from a friend during the 06 holidays, you can label it under “friends” and “holidays 06”.
* Email threads as conversations — being a blogger I love the idea of viewing emails as conversations as opposed to contents in a folder. Here all back-and-forth email with a particular contact and subject line is grouped together as 1 conversation
* Superior search — sorting emails via folders is so old-school, it makes much more sense to not care how much email you receive and instead just search for keywords. Quite a paradigm shift in the way you process email.
* Speed – loads much quicker than Yahoo! Mail

3. GMaps

I tried Google Earth when it was launched, but after a few trial runs of the slow-loading application, I realized there wasn’t much value add to me personally and moreover it was tied to the desktop. And, at that time Yahoo! Maps offered me the capability to store locations and map from point a-b-c-d.

So, why switch?

* Gmaps has just introduced the a-b-c-d mapping service
* It also has added the capability to save all my locations online. Moreover, when I last checked, Yahoo! Maps restricted my ability to store more than x locations via my Yahoo! account!?
* Integration w/ Google Blog search — Try searching for mario sundar under Gmaps and you’ll see events/locations I’d blogged about!
* Speed — much faster than Yahoo!Maps flash animation

4. GCal vs. iScrybe

I tried Google Calendar and like it’s integration w/ Gmail. However, there’s a new calendar service in town called iScrybe!

So why NOT switch?

1. iScrybe rocks (check out brief demo here — you’ll know why?!)

Sign up for iScrybe beta invite, here


Google bookmarks was my first attempt at web bookmarks (even before delicious) and I loved it except for the fact that I needed to access it via the toolbar. Since then I’ve grown accustomed to delicious’ simplicity and prefer the delicious toolbar to Google bookmarks.

In all the above cases, I initially tried out the Google service and didn’t like it. Much to my surprise — months later, Google is back with a must-try service after having listened to their users. The keywords here are listen and evolve.

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