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September 27, 2006



You've missed something REALLY important.

Cozi asks me to DOWNLOAD something but nowhere does it tell me what it is or how it actually works. The site only has a very dumbed-down explanation.

You don't run anything on my PC unless I know what it is. You need a technical FAQ!

Carl Manaster

I like the thought you are putting into this; thank you for sharing your decision process.

Josh Yeager

This is a good point, and the product looks nice. I've got an off-topic question, though: how do you plan to make money? This seems like a product that people would be willing to pay for, but you're giving it away.

Dennis Doughty

In addition to a technical FAQ, how about some machine requirements? And about that FAQ, here are some questions:
Do I need to keep this app running all the time? On a machine connected to the internet? Can I *add* content from my mobile phone or only see it? Etc.


I don't mean to grumble about a v1 product too but I've got serious issues with the setup process. First off, you didn't give me any choice where to install the product. While it made the install simpler, I don't install programs to the program files directory. Don't force your app in there. Second, you took over my screen saver without even telling me! That was just plain rude. I really can't think of any excuse why you would do this. It reeked of RealPlayer...


Cozi looks useful. I couldn't install (probably a firewall thing), then I read the comment above about the screensaver, and suddenly I didn't want to install anyway...

Not telling me the date format to use when entering my DoB was a bit irritating (I'm not from the US).

All the above is said in the spirit of trying to make your product non-irritating and hence successful.


My wife and I looked at this this past weekend - existing feature set is interesting, but the biggest missing feature that would entice us to give it a real workout would be maintaining schedule items in an external store (we both use Outlook on our home machines and track our appointments there). Example: I add a Cozi schedule item for the family. Cozi's back-end generates a standard Outlook-compatible schedule item and sends to each email address we configure for schedule synchronization. Example 2: One of us changes the time or other information for a scheduled item that has already has a sync message sent. Cozi's back-end generates an update email and sends to the list of email addresses configured for schedule sync. Example 3: One of us deletes the schedule item on Cozi. Cozi generates cancel schedule messages and sends to sync email addresses.


That thing looks really interesting, however I have some notes on the demo tour that you provide:
1. I would like to be able to regulate speed of the demo, for not native English speaker it moves too fast.
2. Clicking next button between sections is a bit annoying

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