- A life less complicated

Roseanne Bersten

01 May, 2003

[Excerpt from complete feature on using online storage to get organised]

Mi case es su casa

Not all the information you'll store online will be stuff you want everyone to see. And here's where these online storage systems are different from just having a Web site: generally, you get passwords that let you limit who gets access and how. If your calendar is the sports fixtures for the local under 14s, you probably don't care who sees it. If it's the dates for your personal book club get-togethers, you're more likely to want to limit that to bookclub members only. According to Evelyn Moolenburgh, Chief Executive of yourorganiser (, just about anyone can take advantage of collaborative calendars. For starters, she lists husband and wife, family, a group of friends, a central schedule for an office, scouts, clubs sports teams, churches or schools. "It means groups of people who are not in an office situation can perform collaborative tasks. One group has their entire years golf tournament schedule as reminders in the group diary. These reminders can then be emailed each week to all club members who have enrolled as part of the group. The address book has all members listed if they want to make contact," she says. "We even have a set of divorced parents who use the group calendar and reminder service to organise and remind each other when to collect their child from school." This revolution can be likened to the way intranets and virtual pivate networks are operating in the corporate environment. It's like the personal firewall is moving back... things we once kept behind it are now in open space, at least to anyone with the right passwords. Rather than being limited to your own computer, information such as when you're online can be broadcast and we're opening our lives to more scrutiny, at least where those in our own communities are concerned (think about the online diary trend).

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