When was the last time that you forgot something that you wanted to remember? The chances are that it didn’t happen too long ago. All of us are forced to remember more things now than ever before, and because of that, our brains can get overloaded and just give up on us. Keeping good notes is a smart idea, and with the Internet, you don’t need a pen and paper to make this happen. Springpad will help you to remember what you need and want to remember.

This service works in your browser and on your mobile devices, so you’re covered wherever you go. You can enter information directly or grab it from the Web, and since Springpad works well with the Internet, it can provide additional information about what you’re saving and even offer the latest news and deals that are related to that content. Organization is simple and configurable, and custom reminders help you to make sure that you don’t forget what you’re trying to remember when the time comes to remember it. If it wasn’t already, the cloud will now become your second brain.


There should be an image here!If you’ve been to college, then you know that your brain better be in good shape when you start college because it’s about to take in about as much as it can hold. Since memories can’t always be counted on, students take seemingly endless pages of notes to help them remember what they’ve learned. These notes usually only benefit the person who took them, but the knowledge contained within them can certainly help other students as they strive to understand what they’re being taught. GradeGuru is a site that helps college students share and find notes from specific classes.

It’s important to invite your classmates to join GradeGuru so that you can all be connected and learn from each other. The class notes are obviously the main focus here, but you can also be rewarded for good notes. If other students use your notes and rate them highly, then your reputation in the community can be built up and you can even access rewards (money, gift cards, etc.) and job and internship opportunities. This is enough to actually make you start taking better notes, which is a win-win situation.


There should be an image here!I used to have a great memory, but I’m convinced that my work is killing my memory. When you interact with a lot of different people in real life and online, you’re sure to become frazzled because you can only mentally keep track of so many personal details about the people you’re communicating with. Having basic information (name, address, phone number) about people in some sort of contact database isn’t enough – you need more. Noteleaf tries to help you remember the people that you’ve met and keep you in contact with them.

You can use the bookmarklet to write notes about people wherever you may be online, and your notes can be recorded however you’d like. Not only can your notes be searched through, but you can also schedule reminders to help you remember to communicate with people at specific times about certain things. A lot of us could use help in this area, so give Noteleaf a try and see if it’s for you. Your brain will continue to thank you, that’s for sure.


There should be an image here!Have you ever had to work collaboratively with a group and offer feedback on a Web site? I’ve had to do this many times, and whether everyone is in the same room or not, simply talking about a site doesn’t always do the trick. Sometimes it’s helpful to write down some notes and get specific. The next time that you need to analyze a Web site with one or more people, give Bounce a try.

Once you enter a URL, a screenshot is taken of the site and the Bounce interface goes to work. Not only can you leave notes, but you can select specific parts of a Web site to leave notes on. The feedback can be saved and the Bounce URL is available to be shared with your group so that they can contribute. I like the tips that they offer about how to get and give good feedback. The name of the service might not automatically make you think about Web site feedback, but Bounce is useful for anyone who wants to discuss a Web site through text comments.


I used to be organized, but that was before I became really busy. Isn’t it funny how that works? Now I’m trying to get back to the point of organization that I used to be at, but it’s proving to be a challenge. The problem is that a lot of online organizational tools force you into being organized in a certain way, but that way may not be what works best for you. In my case, I’m used to arranging things on my desk in a way that helps me to figure out what needs to be done and what needs to go where, but that method of organized chaos isn’t always encouraged. Spaaze offers users a giant cork board that they can place items on however they want.

When you arrive at the site, you’ll see that you can drag everything around, and that’s the point. Feel free to insert things like notes, links, and YouTube videos and position them where you want. I really like the way you can go anywhere on the board and save the location as a hotspot that can be navigated to at any time. This type of organization works with my thought process, and if other organization tools don’t seem to work for you, give Spaaze a try.


Even with all of the technological advancements that have been made, some old habits die hard. For example, the practice of writing short notes on pieces of paper as reminders still continues even though we all probably have numerous digital devices easily within our reach that can do the job better than a piece of paper can. I say that because I have experience in this area. On my desk you’ll find numerous notes on pieces of paper and sticky notes, and I have no excuse to not use an application to get the job done. Listhings is simple enough that I might start to use it.

At its essence, Listhings is a service that provides you with a blank page to create and store notes on. Sure, you can change the color of the notes, resize them, and move them around, but the key point is that you can just come here to write and see all of your notes instead of having to track down a pen or pencil, find the right note, etc. Since you won’t be using any paper, you’ll also be helping the environment, which is always a good thing.

Meeting Minutes 101

Meeting minutes provide more of a purpose than just capturing discussion points. The minutes provide a formal record of the meeting, the individuals who participated, official topics discussed, decisions made and potential actions. In addition, participants can refer back to the minutes if they need to recount any of the specific information from the meeting.

Capturing the minutes does not entail writing down everything that is said during the course of a meeting. Minutes should only include essential elements.

If you find yourself having to take meeting minutes, here are a few pointers to ensure you capture the important information.

Before the meeting:

  • Note the meeting type, date, time, location, and name of the individual chairing the meeting.
  • Prepare an agenda in advance, leaving space to take notes.
  • Prepare a list of invitees. As people join the meeting, you can note who was or was not in attendance.
  • If you are also participating in the discussions, do you homework concerning agenda topics in advance and come prepared with your questions and comments. Otherwise, you will have to focus on understanding the topics and issues while capturing minutes.

During the meeting:

  • Choose the method of recording that best suits you. Some people find it easier to take minutes on a laptop while others prefer to capture them on a note pad.
  • Do not try to write down everything that is stated. Instead, write down the key points made during a discussion, decisions made and any potential action items.

After the meeting:

  • Prepare the minutes as soon as possible after the meeting while the information is still fresh in your mind.
  • Provide the meeting chair with a copy of the minutes for review prior to sending out to all attendees.
  • Send out a copy of the minutes to all invitees once it has been reviewed by the meeting chair person.



When I was in elementary school, the only thing that I used to keep myself organized was my trusty Trapper Keeper. Boy, that brings back a lot of memories. These days, one of those classic Trapper Keeper’s just doesn’t cut it. Students in elementary school are being burdened with more and more assignments, and this workload only gets worse as they get older and advance through the grades. If you think regular public school is tough, just think about the pressure that college students face. Yeah, not fun. TrackClass won’t make the work easier, but it will help students organize it.

With TrackClass, students can enter in all of their upcoming assignments and exams and view them on a calendar to see exactly what’s happening at any given time. Even with this help, you may still need reminders, and you can create and customize them through the service. Files may be uploaded, notes can be recorded, and grade averages are updated for you. If you’re not in school, then share TrackClass with someone who is.


You’ve probably seen a movie or cartoon that featured self-destructing messages before, and if you’re like me, your inner spy can’t help but think about how cool it would be to deliver and receive these sensitive messages. As hard as kids may try, they soon discover that they can’t get their notebook paper from school to self-destruct like they wish it would, but that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. Although digital message destruction isn’t nearly as impressive as physical message destruction, Privnote will satisfy your desire to destroy things.

If you’re wanting to send private information to someone, it might make sense to use a tool like Privnote. All you do is write your message, send the provided URL to the person that you want to read the message, and as soon as they read it, the message self-destructs and the URL becomes inactive. Senders can also choose to be notified when the note is read. Privnote may provide a false sense of security, but it should be sufficient for most people.


Do you remember when you were in school and your teachers returned your finished tests to you with notes scribbled on them that told you what you did a good job on and what you needed to work on? Yes, even from a young age we have been trained to accept feedback on the work that we produce. As a writer, I understand the value of receiving notes on my work, and I’m used to it now. Whenever I receive annotated documents, they always come to me through e-mail, so this means that a series of e-mail messages are sent back and forth. This isn’t exactly the best and most efficient solution, and that’s why A.nnotate is an interesting service. 

A.nnotate brings annotation online, and the service supports documents as well as Web pages. Once the content has been established, notes can be made on specific parts of it and other users can reply to these notes in order to create discussions about them. Tags may also be attached to the notes, which makes finding them through searches even easier.

IBM To Offer “Microsoft-free” Personal Computers

At a press conference yesterday at LinuxWorld,  IBM announced that it has partnered with Red Hat, Novell, and Canonical to offer “Microsoft-free” personal computers. IBM’s main goal is to offer Lotus Notes and Lotus Symphony software as an alternative to Microsoft office. So why is IBM making this move now?

Well it seems that Big Blue sees an opening in that the company feels there may be some disillusionment among the masses with Microsoft Windows Vista.The article aslo states:

The Linux and Lotus bundle will give consumers a low-cost desktop productivity option that is built around open standards from the ground up.

IBM’s Jeff Smith describes the desktop as “one of the last bastions of proprietary technology” and notes that it is “disproportionately dominated by one vendor.”

He says that IBM aims to change that and he believes “bring[ing] openness and choice to the client and desktop side of the [IT] environment is one of the next things to explode in the march for Linux.”

Improvements in desktop Linux usability and broader support for interoperability with Windows client systems in mixed environments are making Linux an increasingly viable option, IBM contends. Another major factor is growing awareness of the need for open technologies and open standards.

I certainly wish IBM and the Linux software companies all the best in their endeavors. But there is only one thing that I have to say. Haven’t we been down this road before? Every few years someone writes about or makes an announcement about Linux whipping Windows.

I guess my opinion is that I will believe it when I see it.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



By no means am I obsessed with making notes, but I do have a few documents and online services that I use to record bits and pieces of various thoughts and ideas that I have. It’s important to jot this information down for future reference, and the way in which you record notes is immaterial as long as you are able to record them. After all, some people still prefer to use a pen and paper, however, I left those days behind years ago. I thought my way of storing notes was more than sufficient, but now that I’ve seen what Luminotes is offering in the way of a personal wiki notebook, I’m not so convinced. 

It may seem like overkill to use your own personal wiki for your notes, but Luminotes is so simple to use that it won’t even feel like you’re using a wiki, and the added features are a nice touch. You can easily format your notes like you would in a word processor and link them together, and since Luminotes is a wiki, if you use one of the paid subscriptions, you’ll be able to invite people to not only view your notes but edit them as well. 

YUDU Freedom

I create and view a number of documents each day, and I have to say, sometimes I get tired of viewing documents in the same way each and every time. If you’re not messing with documents very often, then you probably won’t be bothered by this, but people like me are exposed to documents so much that we want a different experience. I’m a big fan of books and magazines, and I like the format that they’re presented in. Even if your documents aren’t like books or magazines, you can certainly make them seem like they are with YUDU Freedom.

To get started, select a PDF to upload, enter your e-mail address, and provide some additional information. When your online publication is ready, a link will be sent to you, and you can then view it and share it with others. Your readers can add bookmarks and notes to the publications, and they can also view the content in a variety of ways. Don’t get me wrong, a boring document is a boring document, but YUDU Freedom will make viewing these boring documents a little more interesting.


When you’re in class, listening to a presentation, or even reading something, sometimes you might write down some notes to help you recall certain key points at a later time. This is a habit for many of us, but even the most avid of note takers probably scale back their note production when it comes to the Internet. Why don’t more of us jot down thoughts while we browse the Web? Well, for one thing, it’s not always the easiest thing to do. For example, you could write your notes down in a separate document, but by the time you reviewed the notes and sent them to others, the context would likely be lost or difficult to interpret. Fleck is a service that makes the process of annotating the Web simple and integrated.

You can either use the Fleck Web site or the browser extensions and bookmarklets to get started, and once you do, you’ll find that these notes are truly like sticky notes for the Web. One of the nice things about the service is that you can position the notes wherever you’d like while still being able to use the Web page like normal. These annotated versions of Web pages can be linked to and shared with others so that they can add their thoughts as well. Right off the top of my head, I can think of a large number of ways in which Fleck would prove to be useful.


How well did you take notes while you were in school? Some of you were probably scribbling away without letup while another group of you may have been getting your beauty sleep during that bothersome thing known as education. The act of actually writing notes definitely has its place, but as someone who’s misplaced notes and spilled things on them, I know that handwritten notes aren’t always the best solution when it comes to taking notes. Internet access is a standard thing in many classrooms, and it’s just begging to be used to help you improve your notes and do things with them that you can’t do on paper. Give NoteSake a try to see what I’m talking about.

Whether you’re in a class and need to take notes or just want to take notes for any other reason, NoteSake is an interesting solution. Not only can you organize your notes, but you can quickly search through them, too. The service is simple and all about the notes, which is great. This means that you won’t have to go through a lot of complications just to find what you’ve written and saved. The notes are easy to format and tag, and you can even invite others to your group so that they can view and edit the notes with you. In other words, put down the pencil and grab the keyboard.

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