I am a big fan of Evernote. Evernote is full featured knowledge repository - you can offload your information for safekeeping to Evernote, and then browse through its searchable database.
Evernote is the solution for several needs:
1. Storage and organization of important information
2. Storage and organization of media and documents
3. Multiplatform availability (Mac, iPhone, Android, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone; not Linux)
4. Information sharing
There are several key features that help me in my life.
Web Clipping is first of those features. There are extensions for web browsers that can clip any web page into Evernote. You can clip the whole page, or just some selection of text. I also use Pocket for similar purpose but there is a difference. I use Evernote for important web pages, such as work-related documentation manuals. In Pocket, I store more lightweight texts, which I am sure I will not need after the first reading.
Folder organization is very straightforward. You create folders, give them names and store realted documents inside. So you can have "Home" folder with your inventory, "Project X" folder where you store work related data, for each of your projects separately. You get the point.
Seamless synchronization is mandatory for such app, and I must say that for all years I had used Evernote, it has not failed me once. It just works, with all supported platforms.
There are useful articles on the web, giving you examples of numerous ways you can use Evernote. There is full GTD implementation method called The Secret Weapon, which guides you step-by-step towards David Allen's productivity method in Evernote.
I have recently started scanning my paper documentation (receipts, paid bills, warranties, ...) and storing it into Evernote as PDF files. I dedicated an hour a week on Saturdays to scan a part of that material and upload. Now my storage for paper files is smaller and I am grateful for that.
1. Very weak to-do list support. You can create tasks, checklists and reminders. Reminders are particularly poorly designed. I am aware that it is difficult to implement full featured task management into such evolved product, and I feel that they should have not implement it at all. It just makes their product more difficult to use.
2. No Linux support. I do not use Linux at the moment, but when I did I know I have missed the native Linux app.
Conclusion: Hands down the very best note taking tool on the market. No real competition. It has free and paid options. In this review I have listed only free options. There are many reasons for you to upgrade to Premium plan, and I invite you to check it out - Reasons to go premium.
I have been thinking about all the pictures I have snapped during the last 12 years, that I have some sort of digital camera. A lot of memories preserved, and a lot of emotions captured in one huge collection. About 15000 pictures lie around on my PCs and laptops for years.
What I realized recently gave me a chill - I do not have a backup of my photos! Actually, I have copied all my photos from my desktop PC to my laptop, but there are some additional photos on my smartphone. I also have some duplicated backup folders with pictures copied from my previous smartphones and cameras, and it's all one big mess.
When I purchased my Samsung Galaxy SIII I have got a free 50 GB Dropbox storage plan, which I have used among other things, for backup of my documents and pictures. Easy to forget, this free plan had two year duration period, and after it expired, Dropbox politely informed me to pay up (120 EUR a year) to continue or move out. I think that giving an user something for free and then revoking it is good way to lose a customer.
Luckily, I have found another service, which backs up all your photos for free, although in limited resolution (1024 pix on long side). It is called Shoebox. They also have a paid plan ($48 per year) to store unlimited original resolution images online.
Holy crap am I a dummy. I love using Evernote. I love online recipes. I love combining two loves. Peanut butter and chocolate, movies and popcorn, flights without children. I love linking this to that and somehow I missed a beauty, Evernote and recipes.
Just like the pilgrims discovering new land, I've discovered a new way to use Evernote, but it will include more technology and less extermination of native people.
To start, grab the Evernote Web Clipper. Connect the web clipper to your Evernote account and prepare to get your mind blown and stomach filled. Navigate to your favorite recipe - maybe Alton Brown's Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe - and clip as a "Simplified Article". Then through the magic* of the internet, it gets saved to your Evernote account. This is level one, the pilgrims landing and unloading the boat in frigid Virginia.
Open up your Evernote program - download this if you don't have it - then highlight all the bullet points, deselect bullet points, and make them check boxes. Viola, you have a shopping list! This is the pilgrims time traveling to today and seeing people surfing in sunny California.
Clipping the recipe like this also includes the recipe instructions, which means I'll be able to make a turkey, so long as I can keep the mashed potatoes off the iPad screen.