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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Microsoft reportedly buys Wunderlist

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft has purchased 6Wunderkinder GmbH, maker of Wunderlist.  Many, myself included, think Wunderlist is the best task manager / ToDo List manager out there.

Wunderlist works with Sunrise, Microsoft's Calendar Program I spoke of in my recent column about Microsoft.

Microsoft is inching its way into my Google dominated personal ecosystem.

Monday, June 1, 2015

A Philosophy, not a list - Things to Store in Evernote

One of my first Evernote posts on my personal blog was my list of things you could do with Evernote from way back in October of 2009.

Most every blogger that uses Evernote has published their own list.  My post cited several from that time period.

Today I was asked how I managed to accrue over 20,000 notes in just over six years, a rate of 285 notes a month.

I started to give a brief list, and then it occurred to me, I can sum up what should go into Evernote like this :

The short version:  If you encounter something you might remotely want to see again, it goes into Evernote.


Of my 20,000 notes, if I ever pull back up one half of one percent of them, that is 100 items I needed and was able find, and find easily.

In practice, that percentage is higher, but probably note more than 2 or 3%.  Evernote:  suggestion, put a read count field into each note, and provide analytics please.


The longer version:  If it comes into your life, and there is the smallest chance you'll want to see it again, then type it, scan it, photograph it, import it, web capture, screen capture, audio record it, into Evernote.


Cross posted with Ideas from Mark Stout


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Software for College Freshman

Every year I write a column about software college freshman need.

Naturally, Evernote is always on that list.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Follow Mark on his Geek Quest Thursday June 27, 2013

I'm going on a all day Geek Quest.

Follow along on Google+ using this link.  You do not have to be a Google+ member.

It will get most interesting about 6 PM, but there will be updates all day.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Very Cool: Evernote Adds Reminders

In what they have said is their #1 request (it certainly was mine!), Evernote has added reminders.

You can specify a reminder date for a note, and Evernote will email you with a reminder for the note.  The reminder also pops up in the app.

Right now, it works on IOS and Web, but the other clients should be getting it very soon.  I hope it is sooner than Reminders itself.  Phil Libin said in one of their podcasts that Due Dates were coming "soon".  That was at least two years ago, maybe three.  Supposing Reminders are what he meant as Due Dates, he has a rather loose definition of soon.

Joking aside, this is an awesome feature addition.

Also the notes with Reminders end up at the top of each Notebook, and you can arrange them by your order of importance.

Read Evernote's blog post, and watch their video for more information.

Cross posted on GetProductiveFast.com and Ideas from Mark Stout.