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Best To-Do List Software?

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the small-spiral-notebook-works-well dept.

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JojoLinkyBob writes "Greetings, Council of Slashdot. I am curious what everyone here recommends as their favorite organizational software. Specifically, I am trying to find a simple freeware/open-source todo list manager. In the past, I've dabbled with TreePad, Shadow Plan, Mantis, and various virtual sticky- note apps ..all with mixed success. Currently, I'm back to my old-school ways of scribbling my todo's on the back of each Daily Dilbert Calendar page, which sadly means today is June 23 :)"

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data managers (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9466935)

there really is only one contender for me, and that's Richard Curnow's tdl [] , awesome for programmers and just day to day todo lists.

If you're looking for a structured way to store your random bits of data, there'
s treeline [] , a really simple but rea
lly effective little app.

I'm not really a bells & whistles type of guy, i like my apps streamlined and effective :)

Palm Desktop worth a look (5, Interesting)

KoriaDesevis (781774) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466937)

I am trying to find a simple freeware/open-source todo list manager.

Even if you don't have a Palm Pilot, Palm Desktop [] under Windows isn't too bad. The price - FREE - is certainly right, too. It may not be the best out there, but it meets the basic requirements for a to-do list manager.

Re:Palm Desktop worth a look (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467106)

will somebody please tell me what the fuck is wrong with notepad?

free, creates cross-platform, bloat-free files, no bloat in the program itself.. why bother splashing out on some fancy-pants crap that youll find yourself not using within a week.

win+r, "notepad".. wow, that will take all of, what? 3 seconds, ctrl+s, plonk it on your desktop and your done.

and come to think of it, whats wrong with paper and pen too? dont worry about data-corruption, your comp crashing out on you or anything.. jesus.

yunno, sometimes things ARE faster and more efficient when you DONT use a computer.

"Come on, we need to go shopping before the shop closes!" - "Hold on, i need to boot up my computer, open my fancy $50 program and read my shopping list first"...

Re:Palm Desktop worth a look (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467152)

Many of us do not use Windows. Besides, Notepad does nothing to help in reminding you of what tasks to complete.

Tired of Apple Fanboys? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9466941)

Tired of Apple Fanboys? Use the Apple Fanboy List [] !

I wish I could help you... (1)

Wig (778245) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466944)

My TODO list consists of 3x5 cards on my desk that I usually lose, forcing me to memorize anything I ever want to do :-P

OpenOffice spreadsheet (1)

Muda69 (718162) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466951)

I use the OpenOffice spreadsheet. Cheap and easy to use....

Re:OpenOffice spreadsheet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467129)

Yep, but I have to admit, I use Excel. It really should be a database, but spreadsheets are really easy.
TaskID, Priority, Project, DateEntered, DateUpdated, Title, Description, and Notes ar my headings.
I sort by priority mostly, but by project fairly often. Whenever I've cleared much of the list, I stop using it until I get bogged down again and need to track everything again.

I've tried using Palm, RIM Pager, notepad, and Outlook Task solutions, but keep returning to this for the ability to adapt to answer my current question, "what is most important to be worked now."

What's wrong with Old School? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9466960)

Perhaps we could be of more help to you if you would explain why the 'Old School' approach of using scratch paper is unacceptable to you. What features do you require in a to-do list that pencil and paper cannot provide?

Re:What's wrong with Old School? (5, Funny)

RockClimbingFool (692426) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467061)

the pencil and paper will not remind you when its time to be somewhere or do something. or tell you your busy when you try to set up another meeting.

Re:What's wrong with Old School? (2, Interesting)

carlos_benj (140796) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467104)

Those are aspects of calendaring, not necessarily todo lists.

Re:What's wrong with Old School? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467155)

the pencil and paper will not remind you when its time to be somewhere or do something. or tell you your busy when you try to set up another meeting.

What you are describing is a Planner or Calendar, not a to-do list. IMHO, a to-do list is simply a list of stuff that needs to get done without precise temporal constraints. If this guy really wants the features you list, then he didn't ask a very clear Ask Slashdot question. In any event, I think you'll have to agree with me that his question is pretty piss-poor because he gives NO explanation what features he needs. Maybe he doesn't need any of the features you just listed. We'll never know because he didn't bother to list his requirements.

Re:What's wrong with Old School? (5, Insightful)

tekunokurato (531385) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467156)

the pen and paper does not archive itself and is not back searchable.

Don't name names! (2, Funny)

Marc Desrochers (606563) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466971)

Now that MS has a To-Do list patent, shouldn't we keep quiet about this and not give them people to sue?

Low-tech (4, Funny)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466972)

And by low tech I mean Notepad.exe.


Re:Low-tech (5, Funny)

Skater (41976) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467011)


Notepad...sheesh! You people have it easy!


Re:Low-tech (1)

ixos (789251) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467030)

I'll go one tech lower.. pen and 99 cent notebook! it's portable, never crashes, and data corruption only happens when I'm careless with where I place my drink!

Re:Low-tech (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467038)

you insensitive clod, I can't find any notepad.exe on my 'nux box!

Re:Low-tech (4, Informative)

nucal (561664) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467086)

Using text files is actually not all that bad of an option. A nice alternative to the truly awful Notepad is Metapad [] which is free and can seemlessly replace Notepad. Among other things it has active hyperlinks, auto indenting and can do a lot of simple reformatting (like caps to lowercase, etc.).

Re:Low-tech (5, Funny)

BW_Nuprin (633386) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467094)

I scribble my todo lists in Paint. That way I can draw cartoon characters with it. Its more, I dunno, cheery :)

Program vertex shader
Fix bug in network code
Fix 8 bugs reported by bug testers, 2 of which affect game
*picture of smiling bunny*
Put bullet in head

Re:Low-tech (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467189)

I store everything in something really simple - my mind. Wait, that didn't sound quite right.

Re:Low-tech (2, Informative)

Seumas (6865) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467216)

In fact, this is true. The best way to keep notes and lists is with a giant document with a plain old no-frills text editor. No worries about compatibility or flexibility, easy to search and many people agree that it's faster and less trouble than going with a complex application.

I eventually wanted something that I could add files to, set up categories with and be very dynamic and upgradable and modifiable. So I installed a wiki. Personally, I chose TWiki ( because it's done with perl and has a lot of pre-written plugins. I love it.

Apple's iCal software (4, Interesting)

The I Shing (700142) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466974)

I have experimented with free PHP to-do list software, but haven't found it easy enough to continue with.

What I use for my own to-do list is Apple's iCal, which has the ability, thanks to my $99-a-year account, to put my list on the web and every Mac I use.

I must say, there is nothing quite so satisfying as checking the tiny "done" box next to an item on my to-do list. Sometimes I'm tempted to put trivial items on it like "take off shoes" or "read Slashdot" just so I'll have the opportunity to check off a done item.

Re:Apple's iCal software (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467102)

you can post your iCal calendar to the web with a free spymac [] account and avoid paying for a one. I don't use iCal, so I don't know how the two compare.

iCal! (2, Informative)

sockonafish (228678) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466976)

iCal [] is the best scheduling/to-do software I've ever used. Its not some grand application like Outlook, and thats good, cause iCal's only focus is scheduling and appointments. It's also beautiful, friendly, and easily syncs with any phone that is supported by iSync [] .

Hardware based approach (5, Funny)

jrrl (635743) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466978)

If I don't do something I am supposed to, my wife whacks me on the back of the head. Works great!


Post-it papers on my monitor! (5, Funny)

SpaceTux (453664) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466979)

Perfect for passwords too!

Re:Post-it papers on my monitor! (5, Funny)

Bobzibub (20561) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467082)

Put them under your keyboard you crazy fool!

Re:Post-it papers on my monitor! (1)

SpaceTux (453664) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467119)

That's where I hide my credit card!

Re:Post-it papers on my monitor! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467209)

I set up my dad's office today with a wifi network, and he wrote down the WEP key on a stickey note on his monitor. I stared and said "wow.. I've read about you in a lot of security books"

Found your problem (2, Funny)

ALecs (118703) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466981)

Currently, I'm back to my old-school ways of scribbling my todo's on the back of each Daily Dilbert Calendar page, which sadly means today is June 23

Switch to The Far Side [] - their desk calendars are much bigger and can accommodate many more notes. *grin*

stickies (2, Informative)

chachob (746500) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466985)

stickies [] --freeware, small, many features.

When your to good for Google (1, Troll)

thebra (707939) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466989)

then slashdotgle it! /down I go.... Seriously, just use google, has some free todo software (Windows primarily I'm sure). Outlook calendar?

Re:When your to good for Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467058)

When your to good for Google

Re:When your to good for Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467118)

you're oops!

Bugzilla (2, Funny)

Aliencow (653119) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466991)

Might be a bit overkill but I love it.

Omni Outliner! (3, Informative)

viper21 (16860) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466994)

I really dig Omni Outliner [] from The Omni Group [] . It is, of course, for OS X--My platform of choice.

They also have some teriffic charting software, OmniGraffle [] , that I use to do flowcharts for all of my coding. You guys all do flowcharts, right? :)


I got one... (1)

h4rdc0d3 (724980) | more than 10 years ago | (#9466997)


MS Project (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467000)

We use MS Project to manage our to do lists.

Duke Nukem Forever - Dev Team

Re:MS Project (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467093)

You are doomed!!

DOOOMED I say!! (-1, Offtopic)

T3H_N3RD (788951) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467001)

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what's wrong with (1)

Savatte (111615) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467003)

an appropriately named text file on the desktop?

It's simple and it gets the job done. no need for some fancy software.

Palm Pilot. (2, Informative)

Eric_Cartman_South_P (594330) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467004)

Just get a cheap palm ($149 USD gets you a color screen now-a-days!) and use the todo list in it. Hotsync to backup or use the Palm Desktop also, with a UI somewhat similar to the palm. Super simple and super powerfull at the same time. <p>

Re:Palm Pilot.- better yet (1)

adzoox (615327) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467032)

better yet get a Palm Pilot emulator - there is one for Linux, mac, and PC - they are free too and you can load any ROM from just about any Palm out there + if you have a palm you can even sync between the two.


You could just download the Palm Desktop software - it works too.

KISS (1)

GypC (7592) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467006)

vi todo

Re:KISS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467207)

I prefer emacs todo

Much more powerfull and I can play tetris when I run out of others things to do.

Re:KISS (1)

cos(0) (455098) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467215)

vi todo
The system cannot find the file specified.

What an appropriate sig!

Simple: (1)

deadlinegrunt (520160) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467007)

in plain text ASCII format.

Easy to grep, modifiy, archive, and transport.
And best of all no matter how long my TODO list is overdue I still have a multitude of tools I can use to process it no matter what computer device I use.

It's called a "wife" (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467008)

It remembers birthdays, anniversaries, mother's day, plus when you should do all the chores around the home, and it's instantly updatable without effort on your part.

Re:It's called a "wife" (4, Funny)

winkydink (650484) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467050)

Almost all versions are closed source and very expensive.

Re:It's called a "wife" (4, Funny)

deadlinegrunt (520160) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467146)

And not to mention the vendor lock-in.

Some of the EULA's you have conform to as well, I mean sheesh...

Re:It's called a "wife" (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467066)

Um, this is slashdot. Post something that he at least has access too.

Text editor (1)

bludstone (103539) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467009)

I just use a .txt file and delete finished parts. Failing that, I jot it down on a bit of paper.

Sometimes Occam's Razor is a good guide. Simplicity works wonders.

Simple solution (1)

raider_red (156642) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467013)

I just type mine up in Vim. I'll usually keep three files for high, normal, and low priority. When a task is complete, I move it to done section of the file using "dd;G;p"

Re:Simple solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467151)

I used to use vi for my to-do lists, but quickly outgrew it, as my lists were becoming too cumbersome.

I have since switched to emacs, which I find lets me keep focused on prioritizing my tasks much more efficiently.

It's really not a technical problem. (4, Insightful)

winkydink (650484) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467015)

I've been a student of time management practices for some time, always looking for that perfect app, that will make me super efficcient. I've read many books on the topic. There is no silver bullet. Becoming an effective time manager is more akin to making a lifestyle change.

It really boils down to self-discipline, much more than some specific methodology. I'm a fan of Covey's methodologies, but unless you really, really, really commit to it (or some other one more to your liking), you're no better off with a slick app than you are with to-do lists on the back of a Dilbert calendar page.

Re:It's really not a technical problem. (3, Informative)

Lodragandraoidh (639696) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467208)

The key with any tool - take CRM tools for example - is to actually take the time to use them on a consistent basis. One of the biggest barriers to consistent use I have seen is the variation of standards and interfaces of the tools that I like.

I think the future will see more XML and RSS based tools that allow you to integrate all of your systems (calendars, todo lists, issue tracking lists, blogs, etc etc) into one interface without regard for proprietary formats. Those companies that do put their eggs on the proprietary format basket will either be run around by smart filters, or wither on the vine as people see the lack of interoperability and go elsewhere.

That is the space where information management will reach a new plateau, imho.

Notepad (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467019)

Seriously, why both with all these fancy programs when you can use notepad (it will open in the blink of an eye, no waiting around for loading), theres not much bloat, and it creates files which are compatible on all OS's.

Theres a good post-it-note program on planet source code [] , but you'll find yourself not using it.

It's patented! (2, Funny)

Adhemar (679794) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467029)

Specifically, I am trying to find a simple freeware/open-source todo list manager.

You do know that the TODO-list is patented [] , don't you?

All your base to do are belong to MS.

freemind (2, Informative)

freq (15128) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467031)

i happen to be a big fan of freemind [] .

a little more complex than a traditional to-do list, but you can interconnect tasks and lay out projects in a freewheeling yet ridiculously detailed manner.

Omni (3, Informative)

aarku (151823) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467033)

OmniOutliner [] and OmniGraffle [] work pretty sweetly for me.

Talk about overkill (1)

kentrel (526003) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467035)

What's next? People looking for doodling software?

Mozilla Sunbird (5, Informative)

Aliencow (653119) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467036)

Still a bit buggy, but with calendar, shared calendar support, publishing through webdav, it has the potential of being as good as iCal !

Grey matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467047)

I figure if it's important, I'll remember; if I forget ... it wasn't that important after all.

KOrganizer (1)

Nasarius (593729) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467052)

It doesn't have the best interface, but KOrganizer is pretty good if you use KDE. You can even store your data remotely and access it via FTP or SSH through kioslaves.

Booby PHP App (2, Informative)

SlongNY (766017) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467055)

Its great.. and you can view it anywhere with web access...

oby provides Web-based management for bookmarks/favorites, contacts, todos, notes, and news, allowing the user to import and export to common standards (Netscape/Opera bookmarks, Opera contacts/vCards, etc.).

The application is fully themeable (by using phpSavant) and has support for multiple users and languages.

Booby is written in PHP and is database independant (sort of) by using the database abstraction layer 'ADOdb'.

Why not create it yourself? (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467056)

Could be done in any given database/front end language pretty easily. If you're not satisified with any of the applications you've tried, make a list of what you like and dislike about them, and just do it. The basic fields are, ID, Flag, Complete, Description, DueDateTime, StartedDateTime, CompletedDateTime, ProjectLink, and BackgroundColor (for highlighting). Additional fields can be added, compound fields use a child table. Write and compile for your favorite OS, it's not like it's something you can sell, but it's a simple enough application and you don't even really need a relational database to implement it.

With something this simple, I just don't understand why people don't code it themselves. It wouldn't take me much more than an hour- and at the end I'd have an application that has everything I need and nothing I don't.

Re:Why not create it yourself? (2, Funny)

BoRictor (559494) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467169)

That reeks of work. So why don't *YOU* do it and I'll just d/l it off you when it's done. Oh and if you can code this in around an hour.. heck I'll even give you 2, I will gladly donate some money for your efforts! thanksbye!

Re:Why not create it yourself? (1)

Quill_28 (553921) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467187)

I don't believe you could do it in an hour.

Please let me know when you are finished, where I can download the source and how long it took. (3, Interesting)

Craig Shergold (19756) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467057)

This software has completely changed my life. I use it as a TODO list, I use to to manage developers, I use it to manage myself, and I'm now using it to manage the process of renovating my house (will eventually require my contractor to use it). I will never go back to the days of using a TODO list that's bound to a particular phone, handheld, laptop, or desktop.

the best to-do list manager is analog (4, Funny)

Greg@RageNet (39860) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467059)

I find the best to do list manager is a yellow legal pad. You never have to worry about the batteries running down on it; it won't lose your data due to a system crash; accessable even when you don't have internet access; it features an intuitive user interface (dubbed a 'pen'); it's ease-of-use is well documented; and best of all it is compatable with open standards such as english, french, and japanese.

One caveat, it's not freeware; it could be as expensive as a dollar, but you'll recoup that quickly with the electricity savings.

-- Greg

Re:the best to-do list manager is analog (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467214)

other caveat, you have to know how to read and write
why not use a tape recorder

Microsoft has patented that... (1, Redundant)

Lodragandraoidh (639696) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467060)

My understanding is that Microsoft has patented this technology [] - so you might have a difficult time finding a version other than that in Outlook...

Action Outline and Ecco Pro (2, Informative)

Drubber (60345) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467063)

ActionOutline ( is nice for Windows users. It's got a hierarchical view and you can add arbitrary rich text for each node. You can also add hyperlinks and flag things in various ways.

The best, in my experience, was Ecco. After NetManage bought it and destroyed it, it died. Luckily, they still (ostensibly) offer it via FTP, but I haven't been able to access that link for a long time. Plus, it's the last build, so it's a very stale Win16 app now. Still usable, though, if long in the tooth.

As mentioned previously.... (1)

FerretFrottage (714136) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467064)

a wife (and/or significant other , well if it's an "and" don't let the wife know about it) is one of the best to-do list reminders. As in "remember how you wanted to have....well you better first remember to cut the grass, take out the trash, recompile to the 2.6.7 kernel, bathe the kids, gas the car, rotate the tires...."

Next thing I know, it's morning.

Ecco (1)

nukey56 (455639) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467072)

If you want to format your notes into a hierarchical outline, ecco [] is awesome.

Disclaimer: I've used the old version, which is no longer available from normal distribution channels. No idea if this one requires the mouse or not.

Wikity Wikity Wak: Emacs Wiki, MegaWiki (2)

Brian Dennehy (698379) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467076)

I just discovered MegaWiki [] for Palm OS and EmacsWikiMode [] for Emacs. It essentially allows you to create hyperlinked documents with ease. Basically, it's a private Wiki. If you don't know what a Wiki is, check out for an example.

This software allows you to type text documents with minimal formatting, and the real beauty is that when you WriteSomethingLikeThis (i.e. CamelCase), it automatically turns that string of text into a link to a new entry. Click on that link and you can fill in the details for that new entry. I've found MegaWiki on the Palm does a great job of keeping my thoughts organized. Check it out.

This is great if you're a scatterbrain like me and come up with a new thought while you're writing one thought down.

Wait a minute... (1)

mrbarkeeper (560018) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467087)

...a story on Slashdot and no chance to make a joke about melting servers?

At least you get a chance to slashdot your Dilbert calendar. :-)

I use a nifty little freeware program, ATNote (1)

Howler (17832) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467091)

Personally, I have a tendency to forget the small details. You know, the ones that come back to byte you in the ass in a BIG way.

I had been trying to get organized at my new job and I was looking for something as well.

I came across a Post-It like solution for the computer, much like whats currently in Gnome and I am pretty sure KDE. Its called ATNote [] and its freeware. Its a nice little program with alarms and sticky-like windows that stick to your Windows desktop if thats what you use (I have to at work like most people out there). It has some nifty features. Alarms, changing colors for different stickys, translucency, and resizeable.

Its really helped me remember things. I just have to have that type of stuff right in my face or I will lose the note or forget about it.

It may well be worth the look.

Wiki (4, Insightful)

mcbevin (450303) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467107)

I simply use a private wiki. The advantage being I can access it from work or at home or when travelling. Flexible enough to store a to-do list or store some bookmarks or whatever information you want to store. Lots of easy-to-install wiki software out there. I had previously quickly coded a simple PHP todo list but using existing wiki software is simpler and more powerful. Its not like a todo list requires some specialised software.

Re:Wiki (2, Informative)

truffle (37924) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467180)

Excellent recommendation, a great wiki for this purpose is
TWiki [] . Makes for a great Web accessible todo list.

The interface may not be as fast as dedicated todo list software, but it has the benefits of being good for taking notes, colaborative document editing, file upload, definable users lists for reading and editing documents.

I dont know about you... (1) (673283) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467109)

... but no matter what app I use my big problem is to force myself to actually DO something about the growing list. ;/

Sex (2, Informative)

Silvers (196372) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467120)


Yay Nullsoft.

I use ToDoList (4, Informative)

telstar (236404) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467121)

ToDoList [] ... currently on version 3.6.4 is a great To-Do list manager. Incidentally, the site it's offered through ( is a great resource for Windows developers as well.

Re:I use ToDoList (1)

Xiberk (749260) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467174)

I second this. Very solid app. Saves all data as xml so it's easy to publish in an intranet-centric environment.

Please, somebody have a good answer to this! (1)

fisternipply (215177) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467122)

Please, I neeeeed something that *works*!

Very easy...already on your computer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467123)

Very few people know this, but it is already installed on YOUR computer right now. It just isn't easily accessible via the desktop Start icon but it was installed during the upgrade process from your cable modem provider.

Here are the instructions that I will tell you now (are you ready?):

Take your keyboard, right click on "date/time" flow off from the ALT key (which appears to be a new invention :-) and voila you have launched the Best To-Do List Software it is call Anser Albifrons and is available on all modern versions of the OS especially the Wintel Mac OSX classic version of Linux BSD. Make sure your graphics card has TV-out or else you will not be able to take advantage of all of the advanced features such as keyword lossage or bitstream saving to 19.2k (used by all modern DVD players)

What appears on my particular screen is that it is currently Friday afternoon around 3 or 4pm and all week I have been hacking away at this &*(@#&* database application which has now killed off all of my brain cells so all I can do is make up crap which I now type into the screen as a random flow of words but my To_Do List software can record up to the maximum length of the input field.

I do fear it is time to go home and start drinking heavily now...

Simple Yet Elegant Solution for Windows Users (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9467125)

For all of you Windows users, check out this OS ToDo list : []

Very simple to use and the author is very responsive to suggestions.

Jim []

the cutting edge of TODO list technology (4, Insightful)

mboedick (543717) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467130)

My TODO list is ~/TODO. I edit it with vim. Sometimes I grep it. When I get things done I dd that line.

I can access it anywhere with ssh.

Active Desktop (1)

JKDguy82 (692274) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467135)

I use active desktop(on my Windows machine) and use it to access a simple page on my webserver, and voila, a to-do list.

If I need, I can even access it at work, on the road, etc...

daily planner (1)

jokach (462761) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467170)

I know people who use a daily planner as their to-do lists instead of using any type of software. They live and die by it. I myself use the small notebook with scribbles all over it. I experimented with many different pieces of software in an effort to be more efficient, and found that filling it out, then updating it, then making sure you delete entries you've completed seems like just another task on the list and more work than its worth,

Sticky Notes! (1)

ejaw5 (570071) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467172)

It comes included with most Linux distros under Gnome. KDE has KNotes.

Not exactly what you are asking for but ... (1)

pavon (30274) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467176)

my favorite tool for todo-lists is my palm. I have tried many different task list programs, and even with a good one (like omni outliner for OS X), I find myself rarely using them. Having something that is sitting right there on my desk where it is always visable and I have instant access to it all day long is far more usefull than an application than I have to start up. When I don't have my palm I end up like you, resorting to sticky notes (which are too small) or notebook paper (which gets lost in all the rest of my papers).

Furthermore, unlike a desktop application, I can take my palm with me to lab, the field, the other lab across the street, the grochery store... you get the point. The only complaint I have about the palm is that I wish it let me have more catagories. I have about 10 catagories for home use and another half dozen for all the projects at work, and some of those could really be broken into sub catagories (one of the reasons that omni-office rocks: nested todo-items). But still, the palm is the most used todo tool I have ever had.

hehe I just read all of that and realized I could be talking about writing notes on my hand, and everything I said would still makes sense.

Write your own (1)

spiffy_dude (762559) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467177)

If none of the recommended pieces of software fit your needs, why not just write one? You will be able to fulfill your exact needs and end up with what you want. For something basic such as a ToDo list it "should be" fairly simple.

HNB - hierarchical notebook (2, Informative)

JuliusRV (742529) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467190)

I'm currently using HNB as my calendar and TODO-List. HNB is a text-mode app:

HNB Screenshots []

A Wiki? (1)

mikeboone (163222) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467191)

I use a wiki to keep track of my to-do list. I document all of my projects on separate wiki pages.

I currently use Twiki [] , which is sort of a pain to set up, but has a lot of features. One plugin for it is called the Action Tracker [] , and it can be used to auto-generate a single to-do list from the action items on various wiki pages.

Sometimes I get lazy about the action lists, and a simple wiki page with a text to-do list works fine.

Palm-OS Syncable Solution (2, Informative)

Angry Black Man (533969) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467192)

I use this, Agendus [] a powerful to-do list solution for a palm if you've got one.

I know you wanted a PC solution but let's face it - they all mostly suck. I need something super-portable and syncable if it's going to be my to do list for the entire day. That's why I prefer the PalmOS software.

It costs a bit of money but you know, who pays for these things anyway? Well it should be you.

Alternatives (2, Informative)

TheCodeFoundry (246594) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467199)

A couple of task apps that I've used in the past are Postive-G's Task Tracker [] or Dev Planner [] .

What I've resorted to now is using Microsoft's OneNote and creating sections for the products I'm working on, with pages for TODO lists, Wish Lists, R&D, code snippets, etc. Easy to use and probably one of the best applications Microsoft has released in years.

Software? (1)

rafael_es_son (669255) | more than 10 years ago | (#9467206)

Don't know how much good would software do for that, I feel I can always rely on a HB2 dead-tree-meat-enclosed graphite shaft and a nice wad of dead-tree-flakes, of course periodical persistence of task states to any available neuron-driven state persistence machine does help also with few notable exceptions.
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