Note-taking

Evernote: In the Classroom

This semester at Grinnell College, I have integrated Evernote into all of my classes. In this post, I explain how I have gone about doing it. Organization for Students and Teachers First, a note about my target audience. I have…

Evernote: Using Markdown

There are many benefits to using plain text, but why would you use plain text in an app like Evernote, which has a rich text editor? Maybe you want to avoid odd quirks that you occasionally encounter in the app.…

Evernote: Add Fonts on the Mac

On the Mac, Evernote users have a paltry list of just 11 default fonts, which include some “inspired” choices such as Comic Sans and Andale Mono, even though we have about 300 available on our computers. Fortunately, it’s easy to…

iPad: The Best Stylus and Handwriting App

I’m pretty opinionated about my tech gear. You may not agree with my conclusions here about the “best” stylus and handwriting app for the iPad, but hopefully my use case and experiences will give you some food for thought. Developers…

Dissertation Advice: Take Notes

Previously, I’ve written in this blog recommending that graduate students give some thought to the importance of reading, writing, and attending defenses. For all of these activities, you will need to take notes. If there is one thing I wish…

Evernote: Getting the Most Out of Handwriting Recognition

Evernote has collaborated with Moleskine to offer “smart” notebooks that are designed to provide the best character recognition (see this blog post for details). How do the Evernote branded Moleskines work in the real world? How can you get the…

Plain Text Notes with Images

What’s Azog from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug doing here? Besides reminding us that another Tolkien movie is coming out soon, he is here to demonstrate that writing in plain text doesn’t mean you have to give up images.…

Don’t Forget About Flashcards

There are a lot of books available that describe systems for developing a phenomenal memory — Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein is one of my favorites from the bunch. What they mostly forget about, though, is the plain old flashcard…

Textifying Your PDFs

There are several reasons why you might want to textify your PDFs. For example, if you textify everything (including your emails), you can have all of your data available at a tiny fraction of the original size. The process of…

On Stage at the 2012 Evernote Trunk Conference

The Evernote Trunk Conference in August went off without a hitch, thanks to my crucial contribution (47:48-55:01). Seriously, though, I enjoyed participating in the presentation, and I thought that Jamy Ian Swiss gave a thought-provoking talk. I especially like how…