I’m not what you’d call a hard-core Milk user, though I do have a paid subscription, in order to synchronize my iPhone with the web site frequently. I have a few Getting Things Done (GTD) contexts, and a large Someday/Maybe list.
Deadline looked interesting, because of their claims about AI and their ‘virtual assistant.’ I’d also seen some talks by their head techie, and he seemed like a pretty smart guy. What really interested me was that the app is an example of an HTML5, fully offline-enabled web site. I wanted to see just how good an offline experience was available.
I wanted to like Deadline, but here’s why I went back to RTM:<ol>
Each of those is a pretty big deal for me.
I use not-tagged-with a lot.
The issue with downloading updated pages is more subtle. Sometimes I use my phone where the signal is pretty weak. The app picks up on the need to update quickly enough, but re-downloading updated pages/libraries can take some time. When the “Oh, I need to capture this task” moment hits, the whole point of capturing it is to get it off my mind quickly. That doesn’t work if I have to wait.
For some applications, that’s not such a big deal, but for a to-do list, it’s a problem.