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Apr 18, 2007, 06:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Ever since the dawn of computing, us poor oppressed users have been asking for just one thing. It seems such a small thing: a shared calendar and contacts manager. Oh I know, a plain text file set to mode 0666 was good enough for grandma, but these days it's OK to want more. Just a simple way for us to easily share calendars and addresses with our simple, humble friends and co-workers.

"But what did we get? We did not get our simple shared calendar and contacts, oh no. We were punished for our effrontery for even asking with awful punishments like Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange, and Novell GroupWise, which were larded with so many Features and Productivity Thingies they couldn't get out of their own way. But we were not silenced, and continued to politely clamor for what we really really wanted..."

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