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If you are a fan of ReminderFox, I have some bad news for you. Also, how do you know where your packages are?

Reminders

Last week, I mentioned the new version of Firefox was rolling out and judging by the email this week, lots of you have already upgraded.

The overhaul to Firefox resulted in a sleeker, faster browsing experience, but it also broke some extensions.

I find myself missing Shareaholic, but by far the most mentioned extension in my email is ReminderFox, which many of you love, but none of you can use any more.

The authors made it quite clear that they have no intention of updating ReminderFox.

So, what now?

People are desperate to be reminded of things. If you use a reminder browser extension, what is it? Why do you like it? If you have another reminder program, please write and share what you use and why you like it.

Send email to [email protected] and I’ll let everyone know.

In the meantime, although I never used ReminderFox, I have a great reminder/calendar system that I use. Google Calendar is excellent for calendar appointments and for reminders.

I like it because I access the same calendar in my browser and on my phone, and I add/change/delete events from anywhere I can use the internet or on my cellphone.

If you were a ReminderFox fan because it ran in your browser, you’ll be happy to hear that Google Calendar does that, too. You can pin the Google Calendar tab in any modern browser, so it’s always there, one click away.

If you want a calendar that’s a computer program rather than on the web, there’s a lovely calendar app built into Windows 10.

Click on Start, then on Calendar to begin using it. Someone made an informative video tutorial, available here.

If you like the idea of a built-in, always available desktop app, but you use Google Calendar (or another online calendar) you can easily import that calendar into the app. I wrote about this earlier this year.

Packages

It’s the time of year when we send and receive packages. Wouldn’t it be great to know where those packages are?

If you have a community mailbox as I do, it can be very handy to know your stuff has been delivered to that box when you need to answer the question, “Should I stop and check the mail in the driving rain/swirling snow on my way home tonight?”

Of course, you can track every package that has a tracking number by visiting the website of the company shipping the package. But it’s more convenient to visit one website and track all your stuff from there.

Packagetrackr is the one I like best. When you create an account there (It’s free.) you can list all your packages and Packagetrackr remembers them.

You can set it so you receive an email when things are delivered. You can also mark outgoing shipments to keep track of stuff you’ve sent or ordered for someone else.

I’ve been using PackageTrackr for years, but I have to admit it stumbles on some carriers. I tried ParcelMonitor, and it was better at tracking a package being shipped from China.

As I write this, I am wearing the boots that Packagetrackr thinks are still in Edmonton. ParcelMonitor not only knows they were delivered, it knew when they were on the truck.

ParcelMonitor isn’t as full-featured as Packagetrackr, but when timeliness and accuracy are important, it’s great to have this site bookmarked.

As the Holiday Stress Season approaches, please take care of yourselves and one another. It’s important. Maybe set a reminder!

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The Technology Shaman, Cate Eales, has been helping people make online computing safe, accessible, and fun for over 30 years.

Cate lives in Kelowna with her husband, Eric. She owns and operates Computer Care Kelowna, a mobile computer business providing on-site service for home and small business customers.

Cate is here to help you and your home or business computer get along.

E-mail Cate at [email protected] with comments, suggestions, or questions.

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