They used my TumblBeasts!
The tag line for Evernote says it all, “Remember Everything.”
The wildly popular software that allows users to sync almost any type of information from any device and keep it synced in the cloud could indeed help you remember everything if you are so inclined.
But then there’s the issue that humans are incapable of such a feet and, even if our minds could handle the bandwidth, who wants to anyway?
After using Evernote religiously for several years, I came to label the software the “glove box of the Internet.”
To fully explain this label, I have to paint a picture of my vehicle glove box and console. Both are full of incredibly useful things; Tylenol, doggie poop bags, tire pressure gauge, flash lights, pens, pads, batteries, tissue, cell phone chargers among other things.
Each item is carefully thrown into a gigantic mess tied together by USB cords of some kind. Subsequently, every time I have the notion to open up my console to use one of these useful items, I shut it in disgust. It’s not worth going through all of the crap inside of it to find the one thing I need at that time.
Evernote, over time, became much like my vehicle console. So stuffed full of crap that I thought may be useful that it became impossible to find the bits of information that were useful.
You could counter that Evernote’s search and tag functions make it easy to find information later, but I would say that it depends on how you use the notebook application
For example, I may decide that I’d finally like to hack my Apple TV and jump on Evernote to find that article with step-by-step instructions on how to hack it. But after a search of “Apple TV hack,” I get 400 articles of different lengths talking about various different pieces of software you can use and tips on applications to download after, reasons not to hack it, etc.
Where’s that one article I wanted?
To be clear, I am not the kind of person that is going to sit down at home at assign every article I clip a tag and a label. I go through enough sorting through my photo projects.
The idea of having to organize the information we glean everyday is kind of ludicrous if you think about it.
That’s where me and Evernote first began our separation. Sitting at my desk, I looked up to see a To Do on my calendar that said, “organize Evernote.” Here I am devoting time out of my day to organize information in a piece of software that is suppose to keep my information organized.
That’s the fundamental point I really want to get across in this post, how applications like Evernote have encouraged us to become information hoarders.
Since it’s so easy to clip and save information throughout the day off the glutton of information that is the Internet, we almost feel compelled to store away facts and blog posts, photos and wikipedia articles because we can.
I mean damn, I can take a photo of a business card and send it to Evernote just in case I want to contact the annoying sales guy at the conference that gave me his business card 11 times, but do I actually NEED to?
We have to become our own filter of information, even the info we lack the time to initially consume.
There’s a reason that you didn’t read that entire wikipedia page on John Wayne, or that 32 step home brew recipe. It’s because it became boring or you felt that the information lacked the importance for you to spend time on at that moment. Those same facts remain true once that same Web page sits clipped inside of Evernote.
I can’t begin to tell you how free I felt when I finally realized that, if I wanted to know where to find a Growl plugin for Quicksilver, I could always just freakin Google it. I didn’t need to clip every single useful bit of information just because of some misplaced anxiety that I’ll never be able to find this article again.
I realized I don’t need another glovebox. The one I drive around with wasn’t working out that well anyway.
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Cool, but Sparrow has pretty much become a staple for me.
Around three years ago, sitting at my desk with an old episode of Mac Break Weekly blaring, I discovered what I once believed to be the most amazing OSX application since Quicksilver.
Evernote, the new web-based notebook application, offered a handful of new features that made productivity geeks swoon.
Cloud syncing, hand writing recognition, native and Web-based versions and a free price tag made the application a must have for me.
Notebook, VoodoPad, YoJimbo were all apps I tried out, but Evernote seemed to be the application for me especially after the iPhone app appeared.
With my new-found love for the green elephant, I set out to make Evernote a key part of my work flow.
Like any hot and cold relationship, it started out hot and heavy.
After about three months of use, I was using Evernote for all of my bookmarks, clips I took from my rss feed, a place to back up all of my stories and interview notes and even a word processor at times.
During the pre-Dropbox era (it’s hard to even imagine a world without Dropbox), this worked rather well.
Over time, my Evernote-centric workflow began to erode as I found more efficient ways to get what I needed done.
Today, not only do I no longer use Evernote, but I have gone so far as to delete it from every device I own in attempt to avoid even the chance that my eyes might fall on its bright green icon.
This week I will cover how I used what was once one of the most useful applications in my app folder and how it became a nuisance, something I cringed to open.
To be clear, it’s nothing against Evernote or its developers. The company has done nothing but make great improvements over the last several months and the application is by all accounts of one the most popular of it’s kind.
My anguish in using the application is more of a personal evolution of how I work, and that’s what I find the most fascinating.
Evernote — a breakup story
Tuesday — Evernote is the glove box of the Internet
Thursday—Instapaper kills ElephantsFriday—Where are we with “notebook” applications?
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My weekend project.
When Netfilx first rolled out it’s watch instantly service, there was on category that kept me up at night.
Having unlimited access to hundreds of documentaries made it almost impossible for me to put down the computer and sleep.
But outside of Netflix there is a new app that has come to the iPad that offers hundreds of great documentaries.
It’s called SnagFilms and it offers more than 1,800 awesome documentaries in a sleek application that’s great for the iPad.
The first night I got it I went through three films and I’ve been catching them ever since. SnagFIlms does have a nice web interface as well that has been widely popular, but the iPad app brings the experience to the tablet on a device made for media consumption.
I highly suggest checking this out. Very cool application.
Unfortunately, while the content available has made the free Netflix app a requirement on most iOS devices, its execution and design leave something to be desired. —
Nice point. Netflix on the iPad is awesome, but the app itself does suck.
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