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I have to say, I have *NO* affiliation with the folks at Backpack or Basecamp.  I *have* been using Backpack for a while and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. 

I had on my personal to do list, for some time, a web app that would serve as a catch-all for my ideas, to-dos, files, links, and other misc. debris, bit never was able to find the time to even start planning it.  Maybe if I had a place on the web where I could store my ideas and notes on the app, I would have. 

Enter Backpack.  From the folks who brought us Basecamp comes another great idea.  Backpack is basically a catch-all for my ideas, to-dos, files, links, and other misc. debris.  There is a “reminders” feature where you add reminders to yourself and the app will email the reminder to you when you specify it to. I love it.  You get to organize your backpack into “pages” where you can store to do lists, notes, links, and even files and pictures (files and pictures require a very very reasonably priced paid account). 

There isn’t enough room here to list all the things I like about backpack.  They have a developer API where you can write code against web services for retrieving, updating and adding content to your backpack.  You can also email stuff right into your backpack, they give you a random email address for each page that will add the body of your email to your page.  If you want, you can even specify in the subject line of the mail message that the email be added as a to do item, reminder or a note!  Wow, great stuff. 

I have one page in my backpack for links I want to look into further when I have time, one for links that I want to share with other people or clients, one for myself with general notes and reminders that are business related, a similar one for personal stuff, and individual ones for a few of the projects I am working on. 

The interface / presentation is awesome, the app makes it very easy to add, edit, and delete content, as well as re-arrange and re-organize it.  The whole experience is very comfortable and intuitive.  I also have to say that pretty regularly, on their backpack blog, they are announcing a new change or feature. 

And the feature list continues…  You can share your pages out and even include a list of email addresses of people you want to be able to change your page, great for interaction with clients or partners!  The sharing option has a cool “changes” feature where you can see, and even subscribe to via RSS, all the recent changes. 

There is nothing new about any of these tools or features, but the idea / presentation / implementation of backpack makes for a very portable “home away from home” for me and I see myself using it for a long long time.  Check it out today.  They have a free version that is very useful.  I love having all the “stuff” I want and need just a few clicks away; at home, work, on the road (if you want to get at your backpack from the road, point your mobile browser to your backpack address with /mob appended to the end and there you go, a lightweight, functional mobile version of your backpack. For example: http://whatever.backpackit.com/mob Note: You may need to add /mob/login if /mob alone isn’t working.

For the first time in a while, I found a product that I can’t actually say “hmm, is good, but it would be great if they only added…”  I love it, check it out and you will too! 

Again, I have to say, I have *NO* affiliation with the folks at Backpack or Basecamp.  I *have* been using Backpack for a while and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. 

Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005 9:37 PM | Back to top


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