Stacy's Favorite Freeware: IMified: notes, todo lists and reminders
Here's a neat little freebie you might be interested in knowing more about. It's such a unique solution, yet it's so simple that it begs the question "Why didn't someone think of that sooner?"
IMified is a pluginless-plugin for your instant messenger that offers access to a number of helpful productivity tools like notes, todo lists and reminders. There's nothing to install so there's no download. You don't even have to sign up with your email address or jump through hoops to set up an account. You don't have to memorize a lot of hotkeys, in fact, there's only one you need to know. It's as easy as chatting with a friend! It won't take up valuable system resources either... Sound like a perfect solution? Just wait till you try it.
If you're the type of person who leaves your chat client running in the background, you are the most likely to appreciate the geeky-goodness of this wonderful little tool. It works across the AIM, MSN and Google Talk/Jabber networks, it even works on mobile phones and PDAs! I literally had it up and running in seconds flat!
IMified launched earlier this year in February, so they are still growing and working through some bugs. One of the draw backs I've discovered is that the service goes offline from time to time, which means you cannot access your information for the duration. It would be nice to have some sort of local backup that the user can access even when the bot is down. I'd also like a way to combine my accounts so I can have the same information across several chat networks. That way, if the AIM bot goes offline, I can still access the same information using Google Talk. I'm sure that with time, they will iron out all the kinks. The development team is already hard at work, preparing to release the new IMified API which will let anyone develop IM widgets in any language!
Stacy Reed is Tucows' resident software librarian and editor. She has been reviewing PC and mobile software as well as web services for over a decade. Helping developers improve and promote their products is only one of her areas of expertise. Stacy is also an advocate for Open Source, Creative Commons and freeware, taking special interest in educational resources, social media, cloud sharing, and mobile technology.