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Need a robust database software for a PDA...

Because in business, it's not what you know.

12:15 am on Apr 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Some background so you know where this is coming from:

One of my friends I work with was making the point the other day that in business, you get more in this world by knowing the right people. Basically the 'It's not what you know, it's who you know'arguement. I answered "Yeah, but I don't know that many people."

My friend pulled out a piece of paper and made a list of people (business contacts) she knew were people that A) I had met, B) who thought favorably of me (or at least not unfavorably of me) and C) with whom I had something in common that we could talk about instead of the weather.

I was astounded: in 30 seconds, she had a list of 10+ people who met all of those criteria. I got to thinking about all the people that I do know, or have talked to at one time or another, and couldn't believe the number of contacts I have.

Unfortunately, my problem is that I seldom remember names: almost all of the time, I can remember a trait or a story about them.

Here's an example:

G- to Mivox "What's that guy's name? From Iowa, runs that Webmaster site...talks endlessly about about lawnmowers if you get him started...?"

Mivox: "You mean Brett Tabke?"

G- "YEAH!"

I started to make a list of people I know, and soon realized that it is an overwhelming task to keep track of it all. I'd like to keep all this in one place, so the PDA was the most logical answer.

Ideally, I'd like the software to:

A) Be an address book on steriods: not only contact information, but fields which allow me to put input information I know about this person so we have something to talk about..

B) Every field be searchable: most of the time, I don't remember someone's name, so I need to be able to search on "Iowa" or "Lawnmowers" or webmaster to get to the name "Brett Tabke"

C) Have a place where I can put the last time I spoke with that contact and nag me to 'keep in touch' at certain intervals..

D) Be able to be dumped into a text only delimited file so when my PDA poops out or the sofware is no longer made, I can put the information into another database in the future.

I'd appreciate any help you can give: I don't even know what this type of software, if it exists, is called Address book on steriods ... ? *shrug*


12:26 am on Apr 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Wow... I just saw a download of a database for that. It's a free add-on for ThinkDB (which I beamed to you at BarCon... ;) ). Hang on... where is it...

<added>Here (description from thinkDB's website):

AcquaintanceReminder - Looks like a contact list but allows users to recall someones name based on their appearance.

Spend some time with thinkDB in general... You'd probably figure out how to build a contact database even better suited to your needs.</added>
8:34 am on Apr 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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There must be something in the air this week. I was just heading to ThinkDB's site to purchase it - for the exact reasons grnidone pointed out (contact management).

Are there any others worth considering? What about DbNow?

ps: my yard is the first one on the block to green up! And yes, I'll be tracking my lawn care this year in a database. Just got the soil tests back last week - so I'm primed. Can you get a gps unit for a Snapper mower?

7:21 pm on Apr 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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LOL... Good going g., you've got him started on the lawn care stuff EARLY!

I haven't used any Palm DB programs much besides ThinkDB, but once I started playing with it, I couldn't find anything I wanted done that it couldn't do (had to add one free plug-in for a home improvement project tracking database I created, but other than that...).

I'm sure any of the "big name" Palm DBs would do a fine job, but knowing Heather had a copy of tDB v2.0 (haven't updated to 2.5 yet myself), it seemed like the most obvious recommendation.


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