Software comes and software goes. Most that fall into the latter category deserve their fate, because either they weren't very good or they were superseded by a better option. Though such also-rans are soon forgotten, some defunct software still holds our affections, whether because nothing as good has come along or because it was our "first love" in a category. Software may seem a funny thing to be sentimental about, but when you use a tool every day, you can grow quite fond of it. We ransacked
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If there's a theme to this nostalgia, it's that people particularly fell in love with products that helped them manage their personal information -- projects, appointments, contacts, and so on. Ecco combined an outliner with a tagging feature that would eventually be familiar to users of Getting Things Done software or Evernote. You could make up any category tag you needed and then apply it to the entries on your list, which could include Web pages and text. You also could clip things to Ecco from other programs. It's still available from compusol.org/ecco -- but it's the 1997 version.
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Nov. 10, 2014Just 30% of respondents to our new survey say their companies are very or extremely effective at identifying critical data and analyzing it to make decisions, down from 42% in 2013. What gives?