In May of 2005 I released an online time-management tool called tasktoy. I mostly did it because I was learning Zope and wanted to build something that would be useful to me and my friends. A couple of days later it was mentioned in Lifehacker (back when they talked more about things like time management and life skills and less about how to encode movies in Ubuntu) and it took off from there.
Although it’s been called “not much to look at” and “badly in need of a redesign” (I was never a graphic designer, but was particularly unskilled at CSS back then), it’s continued to gain in popularity over the past couple of years. It’s been mentioned in many blogs and in the Boston Globe, thanks to my friend Jeff who was interviewed about the ways he manages time as an independent consultant.
I’m writing this because I still get emails thanking me for tasktoy and, given the nature of the application, expressing concern that I might not continue to run it. I just want to reassure everyone that it continues to run with no maintenance on my part, and I have no plans to stop running it unless you all move on to something else.
Also, I make no money from tasktoy (those little ads return an average of about 10c/day) and I’ve consistently refused donations, but I really enjoy getting the thank-you emails.