thanks dave, appreciate all the leg work you've done to date.

wilsonng, i just noticed you're in guam. me too. small world. smile
i completely agree about omnifocus for tasks, as i've been using that for quite a while now. i never though about devonthink about all the notes and attachments, and will give that a look see. and busycal is working good for me at this point (but i miss not being able to format the calendar to my aesthetic tastes).

interesting idea about contactizer groups. this is definitely worth looking at, as the program allows groups and categories. thank you! you may have solved my dilemma. i'll post my findings back here for others who might be in the same boat.

otherwise, the surf sure looks great today (got a window view from my office). hafa!