Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Quick Review of the Last Two Months

It's been more than two months since my last post on my blog. Why? I've been busy... and I didn't feel much like writing on my blog, of course. Just a matter of priority. It's nice to actually hear people complaining that I never wrote anything.

To catch up a little bit, I'll try writing down chronologically what, most important to me, has happened the past two months.

  1. In the beginning of December Annett visited me, and we celebrated Sinterklaas with my parents. Here are some pictures. Be careful though, there are some pictures of me in my underwear there! I primarily worked on my thesis, and Annett prepared for an exam in electron diffraction theory. The last day we visited the Anna Frank house in Amsterdam. It was really nice...

  2. In the end of December I visited Annett, and we celebrated New Years with friends. From Annett and her family I had gotten ski's as a christmas present, and we went cross country skiing a couple of times. That was really nice, and much harder than I had expected. After that we went down hill skiing with Kanutte and Thor Helge. For people who like to see me make a fool of myself, here are some movies.

Most of the time I've been working at my thesis though, which is going pretty good. Two days ago I got ill, and I've been home so far. I'm feeling much better now, and think I'll be working at my thesis again tomorrow. Until 18:00 that is, because then Annett arrives in Groningen by train...

Online Address Book: Plaxo

Since I'm moving to Oslo in a couple of months, I thought it was time to get my address book straightened out. After searching on the internet for some time I found Plaxo, which is actually a calender and an interactive todo list at the same time.

There are several versions of Plaxo. One is meant for Outlook (Express), one for Internet Explorer, one for Thunderbird and an online version. I choose to make use of the online version because of the same reason I'm using an online email web application (gmail), an online feed reader (T3h Blox0r), an online weblog web application (Blogger) etc.: accessibility.

The privacy and security seems to be fair, as you can read on this page. They seem to make money from the possibility to upgrade to Plaxo Premium, which has some nice but not necessary extra features.

An essential feature is that you can import all email addresses from Outlook, Yahoo!, Netscape, Mac OS X Address Book and from Gmail (and more). Of all the 350 people I ever had an email correspondence with using my Gmail account, there was exactly one person also using Plaxo. This is partly the reason I'm writing something about it on my blog, because if more people I know start using it, I don't have to fill in their information myself. :)

Any comments? What are you guys using?