As I fight my usually losing battle to use my computer tools to get better organized, I’ve come to understand that the major enemy is information fragmentation. My world consists of emails, web bookmarks, calendar items, blog postings and comments, forum threads, to-do items, bugs, notes, files, contacts, projects, etc., etc., and each of these have a variety of often mutually exclusive applications to manage them. Each clever new idea – Facebook, Twitter, whatever – adds a new dimension to an already overwhelming problem.
And so far, I have only mentioned one dimension of information fragmentation, that of application fragmentation. […]