Evernote

Despite having half a dozen computing devices within reach at any time (Eric Schmidt was right in 1995 when he said "In the future your body will have 5 IP addresses; where you put them is your business"), I'm still a stickler for sticky notes, notebooks, scribbled thoughts on the back of tear-off calendar pages, and literally back of the envelope calculations. At one point I had two "work notebooks" (one new, one old), a collection of stickies on my home iMac, another set on my ancient TravelMac, and an assortment of things that seemed to accrete in the reporter's notebook I keep in my car's center console.

I crave simple. I still use vi for editing text files, and I send email without capital letters (this is because of a long-standing belief that "chording" on the keyboard contributes to carpal tunnel syndrome, so I attribute 28 years of healthy paws to my devolved typographical style. Thanks, pep). At the same time, I am constantly tearing items out of print materials or bookmarketing them for later blog ideas (not at all obvious from the lack of recent writing) and need to be able to sort out work ideas, the "honey do list", and a pun waiting for a blog to congeal around it.

Enter Evernote. It combines the text editor like functions that us habitual list makers crave, with a web clipping function, tagging for easier search and organization, and it has a variety of mobile interfaces. Voila. I can start an idea at home, finish it in the airport, edit it or review it on my (somewhat despised) iPhone, and even print off an old-fashioned hardcopy for the close-paren function of the habitual list maker: ticking things off when they're done.

In ten days it's become a top-five application along with Firefox, Thunderbird and OpenOffice.

Comments:

I too still use vi, or vim on my Mac. I assumed that you started sentences lower case to follow our hero Bill Joy, who seemed to type so fast that he didn't have time to reach for the shift key :-)

and so many vi commands do not require capital letters!

Posted by Bill Petro on September 01, 2008 at 04:15 PM EDT #

I love Evernote, especially since info is available on all my Macs and iPhone, the sync is very good. The fact that you can include pictures on iphone and text recognition opens possibilities unheard of before.

Posted by Alain Geenrits on September 02, 2008 at 02:05 AM EDT #

Speaking of Thunderbird, here's a comment from Rich Burridge on automatically loading images in emails:

http://blogs.sun.com/richb/entry/getting_thunderbird_to_automatically_load

I need to find out what browser my cousin is using, because she says I send her blank emails when I send her an email with an embedded picture.

Posted by Carolyn on September 02, 2008 at 04:25 AM EDT #

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