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Not Sure Why I Switched to Evernote
November 4, 2013 - 9:00pm

I’m writing this post on Evernote.  And I’m not sure why.

Are you an Evernote user?

Before Evernote I’d write my IHE blog posts in TextEdit. The reason that I used TextEdit is that it never put weird characters or funny formatting into the web publishing platform that IHE utilizes.

All around me it seemed that the tech-forward folks, the cool kids, are all using Evernote.  Being a great cool people wannabe I decided to make the switch.  

For all I know the cool people have already moved on, and Evernote as passé as Pandora.  (Full disclosure…I am listening to classical music with my daughter’s Spotify credentials as I type this.  Is that cool or dorky?).

There are some things that I think I like about Evernote:

  • Notes are automatically backed up to the cloud.   Evernote shares this feature with every single technology now utilized by humanoids.  But still.
  • Notes are organized in Notebooks, with Notes being shown by month and in the order that they were created.  This makes it fast to find what I was working on.
  • Evernote syncs with my iPhone and iPad, so I’m able to have all my materials in one place.   At EDUCAUSE I copied my itinerary into an Evernote note (is that redundant…is it just an Evernote?), and was able to look on my iPhone about where I was supposed to go.
  • The formatting seems easy to work with, and copying and pasting does not create the weird characters that we get from Word.
  • It is easy to share an Evernote (or Evernote note) by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc….although I never do any of these things.

My sense is that I’m only starting to scratch the surface of Evernote.  That Evernote has lots of features, abilities, attributes, and accessories that I don’t know about - but that would change my life if I did.

The fact that I’m underutilizing Evernote seems to be in line with how I interact with most technologies nowadays.  

Mostly I want simple tools that work reliably and consistently.   

Rarely do I want to be social, and only sometimes mobile.  

A laptop, a keyboard and a web connection and I’m mostly good to go.

What cool technologies are you totally underutilizing?

 

 

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