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Personal Information Management Systems

Christopher Browne

Table of Contents
1. Android
2. Palm Computing
3. Interoperability of PIMS with Unix/Linux
4. Linux Scheduling Tools and vSchedule
5. Various Conceptual Approaches to Personal Information Management
6. Scheduling and Project Management
7. GTD - Getting Things Done
8. Hipster PDA
9. Moleskine
10. Other Links/Info

1. Android

With the death of my Palm Treo phone, I have migrated "to the cloud," initially using an HTC Dream/G1, running a customized version of the Android platform called CyanogenMod .

My further upgrade path has been thus:

  1. CyanogenMod

    CyanogenMod is a free, community built distribution of Android which greatly extends the capabilities of relevant phones. This includes both minor and fairly major "tweaks" and extensions to the software built into the platform, substantial efforts on performance optimization (so that it has worked fairly well, even on an ancient HTC G1), and inclusion of interesting free software into an overall software distribution (not unlike the way the Linux kernel is assembled, along with a cast of supporting software, into a Linux distribution.

  2. Run Android on Your Windows Mobile Phone

  3. AppBrain Manages Your Android Apps on the Web

  4. QR-Code Generator

  5. QR Code

  6. ThinkingSpace

  7. secrets-for-android

  8. Free Up More RAM on Your Rooted G1 or MyTouch 3G

  9. Booting Debian on NexusOne with X11/Wifi from SD card

  10. Android Libris

  11. I have gone through several Android-based tablets to provide something bigger than a phone and more portable than a laptop. Nice, particularly for reading PDFs and books, though my latest tablet has probably been hidden under clutter, and I haven't seen it in nearly a year...

  12. Run Android on Your Netbook or Desktop - How-To Geek

  13. Best Android Apps

    I don't agree with all the choices, but there are a lot of interesting apps listed here.

  14. Root-friendly Android Devices

    Some Android devices are easy to customize to run your own firmware. Others, not so much. (My HTC Legend turned out to be in the "not so much" category, sadly.)

  15. Linux On Android

    This project has the purpose of letting you run a chrooted Linux distribution on your Android device. It works on a number of rooted devices, and if you have a portable device that can connect to a large screen (generally via HDMI, these days), this could give you some of the best bits of several worlds, namely a tremendously portable device that still has a huge screen and keyboard and such.

  16. I have a "SuperBook" laptop-like device (produced as a way-late Kickstarter project) which has screen and keyboard, using a USB connection to a phone (or tablet) to give a large screen and keyboard, exactly as described above. Unfortunately, it left a lot to be desired in terms of reliability, as the connection to screen would periodically lock up for a few seconds, and tend to also periodically lose connection altogether, which is extraordinarily inconvenient.

1.1. Notes

A somewhat peculiar thing about the newer "PDA" platforms is that the built-in capabilities for note-taking are rather limited. This contrasts, for instance, with the PalmPilot platform where "Notes" were a basic built-in feature.

Some interesting web services have emerged.

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