I first started on the Internet in the early 1990s. Access was via a matchbox-sized modem that back then cost about £200 and howled like a banshee when connecting. There was no World Wide Web WYSIWYGism and you interacted with the cyber world via typed in string commands. You could access cyberspace via either AOL or CompuServe and, on the latter, I joined a teleworking forum with like-minded individuals and we eventually formed a four-year project for the European Commission.
Lockdown boredom means that I am always looking around for new apps and services, especially email apps, and that is how I came across Spark which, on the face of it, looked to be very promising. However, as I experimented with it, it became clear that Spark and I were never going to be friends. This doesn’t mean it is a bad email package, just that the way I work with email and Spark didn’t have matching personalities or methodologies.
My brief and a somewhat disastrous fling with TickTick made me reevaluate my relationship with Todoist. I have been a premium member for many years and nothing gives me more pleasure than responding to the alert that my annual subscription is due than to cough up for another 12 months. Next month I shall be whipping out the debit card and for the price of a cup of coffee a month, my life will remain organised and in control
Since my last article on Todoist the service has grown at an incredible rate. I believe Doist, the parent company, now employees more than 200 people in 20 countries, demonstrating that not only is remote working possible but that it is positively productive. The other aspect of Doist that I admire is that it has resisted the urge to sell out for millions of dollars. Let the disaster of Microsoft acquiring Wunderlist be a cautionary tale.