Free Jott Replacement

Well I loved Jott but not quite enough. My needs are very modest. I keep my exercise journal using it and Evernote. (keeps me focused on staying with the program) and I like to be able to note if I have and upcoming meeting or Dr. appt. as well as To do’s, being able to send e-mail and text to a few people is nice.

I understand that Jott has to make money and I don’t begrudge the fact, But for the time being I now have the same services via Reqall and Dial2do. I use Dial2do to send to Evernote, and remenber the milk as well as e-mail notes to myself or others, much as Jott used to. It also handles text sms for me. It can’t do Google Calendar appts. however, so I just programmed Reqall into my phone and use that for that purpose only. Reqall does require a bit of set up to handle the Google calendar interface. As follows:

From Reqall tech support:

Instead of clicking directly on the “Subscribe” icon, please right-click on the icon.


-> Click on “copy link location” for Firefox/”Copy shortcut” for IE/”Copy Link” for Safari.
-> Login to your Google calendar.
-> Click on “Add” and then “Add by URL”.
-> Paste the copied reQall iCal feed url in “Public Calendar Address:” field and click “Add”.
-> That then subscribes you to the unique url that represents your personal feed.

Google calendar processes and supports only Events. reQall treats your To-do as an event, only when it begins with “Meet” or “Meeting”.

(i) “Meet John on Sep 26th at 11:00 a.m. “.
(ii) “Meeting with John on September 26th at 11:00 a.m. “.

Current issue with Synchronization:

reQall sends the updates almost instantaneously. One thing that is happening with Google is that the feeds aren’t getting updated on a frequent basis.

Google says “Currently, calendar feeds are automatically updated by Google Calendar every few hours.”

According to our testers they’ve seen the updates take more than 4 hours.

Google actually says it could take 24 hours:

Reqall does not allow sending E-mails or Text it does have some other neat features that I’ll be exploring over time. But for now I’ll miss Jott but for the time being I’m still free, until these new services start to charge..


Neat Cell phone tricks

Great Article in the WSJ on neat things you can do with a regular Cell Phone Here

These services, TeleFip, (email To and From Cell SMS) Info services at 466453 (“Google”); for Yahoo, text 92466 (“Yahoo”); for 4info, text 44636 (“4info”).

I’d add Jott, and Chacha

Freeware, Free hosting and Web 2.0+

Updated 5/29/2008 to include links to services and my sample pages. I intend to keep updating the sample pages, so check in or subscribe!

Well I think I’m going to start to document my journey to the brave new software world. Wait! you say, its not new, and well you may be right! But it is new to me and from poking around in the process of learning it it seems that it is new to a lot of other people also.

I began by setting up a web site on Microsoft Live. Located at Http:// it hosts information about my Real Estate statistical consulting services. While Microsoft is not normally associated with great web stuff, this product is a wonderful exception. I got it when they were still handing out free domain registration, which sadly they have discontinued, now its something like $14.95 per year. The hosting however remains free. You can get a free subdomain (like and still get completely operational for free. Since, as some have pointed out, search is the most common way to find information now on the web I don’t think the lack of a full domain registration is the handicap it once was.

I also incorporated a Blog hosted here at wordpress, and incorporated into the main site via Iframes.

I’m now exploring Linux (Ubuntu), MySql, Eclipse, Open Office. I’ve got them loaded but I have a way to go to get fully operational. I’m Using a dual boot Dell Win XP pro Machine with the newest Ubuntu Hardy. I’ll pick up some of that next time. I’m striving to create a solid free software development replacement to my entire Windows experience. I need a replacement for MS Access and eventually Photoshop CS3, although If I could get that in Wine I’d probably be ok with it.

Other neat tools/ services I’ve picked up are: Many Items in Google such as my new favorite: Google “reader” the Shared items page, Base, Mail, Docs, adsense, to do lists, portfolio, finance and a bunch of others, something new almost every day.

Jott: great for keeping notes to myself when away from the desk. It is a voice recognition system which I set on my cellphone speed-dial and use to send e-mail reminders as well as to do items and calendar items.

Metadot: A free hosted Wiki that I just started to work on yesterday. My experimental site is here.; A great way to keep bookmarks organized so I can get to them via any computer and not use my browser which keeps them stuck on one machine.

In fact one of my main goals is to move as much as I can into the “cloud” so that depending on a particular machine and location is no longer necessary. So this means giving up on Microsoft Outlook. So far no problem.

One last item for today is getting Firefox instead of Explorer, It has been a great improvement. I happen to be in Explorer at the moment, for no particular reason but I find myself most of the time in Firefox, which seems noticeably faster and much less crash prone, when running exactly the same stuff! Update, Installed the rc1 of Mozilla 3.0 on Windows works great  and the pre release 3.xx version on Linux.