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In Which Gneech Whines About Technology

If you don't want to hear a bunch of whining, I suggest you skip down to the Sinfest comic at the bottom of this post, which is awesome, and ignore the rest. If you keep reading past this point, you've got nobody to blame but yourself.

First, a word on whining...



...the little footstamp at the end gets me every time!

Anyway, the subject of today's whine is "to-do lists," and more specifically, the fact that for some reason they seem to be incredibly difficult for software companies to not screw up.

Now, I love me some to-do lists. I have dubbed my personal one the "Too Much To Do" list, but that's because I am notorious for wanting to do everything in the universe, but always forgetting which bit comes next. So I write them all down! Or more accurately, I put them into my to-do list in Outlook.

...which is only useful when I'm at my computer. ¬.¬

Obviously, what's needed is a cloud-based solution for a to-do list that syncs with Outlook. And I thought I had found that in ToodleDo, a web-based to-do list that has iApps and does, in theory, sync with Outlook.

For a while.

Until it stops.

At which point you have to delete all your tasks in ToodleDo, nuke the sync record database, and do a fresh sync to start it up again. Then it works, hurray!

For a while.

Until it stops.

ToodleDo claims it's a bug in the Outlook API, and it may be, but that doesn't help me. I would bet that if, say, Google made a to-do list app, it wouldn't have this problem. But I also notice that Google doesn't make a to-do list app.

Looking around the web for solutions, the only consensus seems to be "use ToodleDo and dump Outlook," which I don't want either. I'm no fan of MicroSoft, but as an organization tool, Outlook is an excellent one-stop-shop for keeping my mail, calendar, contacts, and to-do list together. For e-mail and calendar, I can sync with Google quickly and easily, so why is the to-do list, which seems such a core, no-brainer piece, such a problem?

In other words ... CRIPES, IT'S JUST TAGGED DATA, WHY CAN'T YOU PEOPLE GET ALONG? SERIOUSLY, WHY IS THIS HARD?

Harumph.

So tonight, I get to play "purge the database" again, and try to make ToodleDo work for another week. Until it stops. But in the meantime, I'm going to keep looking around for another solution. There may not even be one, but I gotta try.

-The Gneech

PS: Okay, whining over. Now please enjoy this:

Sinfest, by Tatsuya Ishida, for 2011-07-05

Comments

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rowyn
Jul. 5th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
What does a to-do list app do? Serious question! I am unsure what the functions of a todo list app are that make it better than a .txt file or a calendar entry, sayI am sure there is stuff -- deadlines? Tracking % complete? -- but not having used them much, I am not sure what it is. c.c
the_gneech
Jul. 5th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
It depends on the software. Common abilities are grouping tasks into categories, rearranging due dates or priority, that sort of thing. What I particularly like is being able to assign a date to a task, so that the items with tighter deadlines come up first, whereas something you don't need for months will go to the bottom of the list.

Calendar entries are not all together in an easy-to-see list, .txt files are not easily organizable, etc. A dedicated to-do list is basically like a spreadsheet to help you organize your tasks.

-TG
hallan
Jul. 6th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
For the love of all mercies, how did you get that video to loop... and how the hell do you get it to STOP!?
the_gneech
Jul. 6th, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
I didn't program it, so I don't know how it loops. But stopping it is easy -- there's a pause button right there!

-TG
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