Mobil Data With TrueSynch

TrueSynch

for Excite and Yahoo by StarFish Software Inc.

www.excite.com or www.yahoo.com.

Free

High on the list of Information Age curses is the need to keep personal computer data always at hand during the daily rounds of life. Now StarFish Inc. has developed a product that, in essence, makes the World Wide Web your mobile personal database.

Available at the Excite and Yahoo Web portals, TrueSynch makes quick work of taking the data in just about any major Personal Information Manager and storing it in a secure file on the Internet that can be called up on any Web browser. The browser displays a screen that looks much like the display of your PIM (Microsoft Outlook, Act, Lotus Organize, etc.), but with your own data included after the first TrueSynch session.

Users first download TrueSynch from either portal and install it on their PCs. The software calls up a display showing the Web site on the left and the PIM on the desktop on the right, with the TrueSynch icon of circular arrows in the center. A click there and the data on the PC is synchronized with the PIM display on the Web and ready for remote access.

-- James Coates, Chicago Tribune

Managing Calls Online

Internet Call Manager

by Infointeractive Inc.

1-877-463-6426 www.internetcallmanager.com. $5 to $6.49 per month, depending on service level. For Windows

Your home may have one phone line, on which you go online and make calls. If you have the popular "call waiting" service, you must disable it when making a Net connection.

One new option to get around this inconvenience is Internet Call Manager. You download the program that automatically loads each time you start your computer. When you go online, ICM watches for incoming calls. If one comes in, ICM displays a caller alert window -- you see the caller's number.

You now have various options, depending on which ICM service you subscribe to. For example, you might click on a button to send a recorded announcement saying you will call back later. Other options let you advise the caller that you wish to take the call. Your modem drops the Internet connection and the call is redirected to your phone line.

-- Craig Crossman, Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service