Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Backpack – Free Information Storage Locker

You are bouncing from your home computer, laptop and school computer. You have notebooks, textbooks and pounds of paper. There are team members and projects to coordinate up the wazhoo. Not to mention the ideas and brainstorms that you’d love to keep in some kind of order.

Backpack is cool. And for library students it is double cool. Here is the deal. You are given a free space to keep track of lists, research, shopping notes or whatever you want to monitor in you academic or personal life. Or, if you have team project, each member can post what they found in a simple centralized place.

You don’t need to know a lick of code or HTML. If you can type and get to a web page you can use Backpack.

You can keep your list private, only allow team members to view or contribute to a project or you can share information with all who stroll by your locker. It gets better. With Backpack you can send email that will appear on your page. Another option you have is to upload information from your cell phone or from a Personal Digital Assistant device.

What is the catch? There really isn’t one. You sign up at the web site. Then you are given space on the Backpack web site. For most people the free space is enough to manage a single project. If you need more space then, yes you would have to pay for it.

It really is a neat tool you can access anywhere - http://www.backpackit.com

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