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Introduction

Computers can indeed be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand they give you instant access to mountains of information; on the other hand you're the one who has to organize and keep track of all that data. There are a lot of programs out there that claim to help you stay organized, using everything from day-planner software to relational databases. There's only one problem, you have to actually use those programs. That typically means learning new third party software, loading all your data and schedules, and then trying to keep it current, even if you move it to a different computer. The previous paragraph defined the problem; the next provides the solution.

When Apple introduced OS X, they touted it as a digital hub. The concept of a digital hub involves placing your daily schedules and contact data into the system one time. Then the hub would keep the data up-to-date and in sync with any other places the same data is stored. With the release of OS X, and applications such as: iSync and iCal, the folks at Apple achieved the dream of creating a true, easy-to-use digital hub. I have a graveyard of applications that promised to organize and make my life easier. However, the programs were difficult to manage, and they didn't move information easily between systems. In short, the promise was not the reality. When Panther was released, along with improved versions of its syncing and management programs, I was finally able to get control of the mountains of information that make up my daily life.


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