Calendar, tasks and contacts acroos multiple units

I have been meaning to write this post for a while, but well time just flies by.

I use a number of different electronic devices and a number of services for email, contacts, tasks and calendar. I’m still in the process of solving this in the best possible maner.

Criteria: I don’t like doing everything in a browser – call me old fashioned but I like to have an application with shortcuts etc.

Overall idea is to be able to:

  • Read & Write email, items and folders should be in sync across units
  • Contacts should be automatically updated on all units
  • Tasks should be possible to add, read and update on all units
  • Calendar, should be possible to add events, edit events and delete events
  • Possible I would like to be share some of these items with families and friends – just an example in my close family we share a number of contacts person for other parts of the family. It would be nice if I updated the contact person “My Father” then it was automatically updated for my wife or childrens address books.

    For business Microsoft has a solution (Exchange), but that would be an overkill for a small family of four.

    Current solution which only solves a number of the problems:

    • Provider which allows imap and enough space
    • Google Calendar
    • Thunderbird as mail client
      • Lightning plugin for calendar
      • Provider for Google Calendar
      • Zindus, plugin for contact sync for Google Contacs
      • Sync Kolab, syncing address book, calendar, contacts and tasks list

    Devices for which this must work:

    • Computers, a number of laptops and desktops
    • Android cell phone (HTC Hero)
    • iPad

    Currently most of this works as intended but I’m missing the option to share contacts person (part of my address book with others, wife). Furthermore my task list only works in Thunderbird however it does work across all the Thunderbird clients I use.

    If anyone have good suggestions on how to solve this or have ideas to share on the subject do leave a comment…