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paper to grunting

HAve you switched from paper notes and reminders to using some sort of dictation? How did it go and was it easier to handle volume? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Sep 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Modern Day Commonplace Notebook

I'm looking for ideas to improve creating and organizing notes efficiently. Including analog and digital devices. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Aug 6, 2014 - 11 answers

What is the most effective way to study in law school?

I've been given lots of conflicting advice about how one should approach the study of law. While I know the hoary old advice that one should do whatever works best for oneself holds true, I hope that the collective wisdom of former law students has more insight to offer than that! [more inside]
posted by AtavisticApple on May 25, 2014 - 18 answers

Mr. B♮

In recent years, I've grown uncomfortable with sight-reading lots of flats and naturals, especially in chords, and with reading notes above and below the staves. This is limiting my ability to sit down and play anything on the piano. What are some good pieces and exercises that help a person regain general mastery in this area?
posted by michaelh on May 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Is there an app for that?

I have an urgent need for a way to share a daily journal + notes among multiple people, that is searchable by date and term. Bonus difficulty: it needs to have a very low learning curve. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 10, 2014 - 9 answers

How to take scientific notes efficiently?

What is the best way to take grad level notes that feature tons of text, math equations and diagrams, during class, while reading books, and while reading research? Ability to search and organize a huge plus! Digital or non-digital solutions considered. [more inside]
posted by Riton on Mar 18, 2014 - 13 answers

Add sketches/drawing in real-time to my typed notes?

Lately I've found myself taking a lot of notes. To my surprise, I find that I can type a lot faster than I can write, and this seems to be working very well, because I have the added benefit of being able to quickly search my notes later. Now here is my problem: I often want to include rough drawings like I used to when I took notes on paper. Just a few quick lines to capture the essence of a part or a plan. It would be best if I could add these in "real time" to the same document, but I'm willing to experiment with other methods. What I have: A MacBook Air, running Windows 7, but I still have the original Mac OS partition as well. I have been using google docs to take notes, but I am willing to change. Somewhere I have a several years-old Wacom bamboo tablet which I could probably get to work again (this is a stylus/input device tablet, not a tablet computer). I also have acccess to MS Office (2010, I think?) and I'm pretty sure that includes One-Note. Does anyone have advice on how I could add quick drawings to my laptop-typed notes? I am willing to change software or processes. Thank you for any advice you might have.
posted by seasparrow on Feb 27, 2014 - 4 answers

[academic/reading-geek filter] how to take notes on books within books?

My apologies for this very convoluted question...tl;dr: I guess I'm asking how people deal with taking notes from books, not just on the book's content and structure etc, but mapping bodies of literatures mentioned in those books. I would love to hear if you have a system that works for you. More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Feb 19, 2014 - 10 answers

What is the best calendar, to do, and notes app for my situation?

I have macs, and several iOS devices (including iPads) What would be the best setup for using a calendar function, to do function, and notes? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Dec 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Can I take notes during a job interview? (I'm the one applying.)

Hi! Quick question for people who conduct employment interviews. I have a job interview in two days. I would like to take a small notepad with me and jot down the pertinent things discussed that I will need to consider should I be offered the position, and make a move from my current job. I am afraid I will not remember accurately the important aspects, such as salary, benefit details, and other kind of crucial stuff I will need to consider. [more inside]
posted by Savannah on Nov 26, 2013 - 19 answers

Sending an instant play audio file to a Lotus Notes e-mail address?

I need to e-mail a small audio file to my office in such a way that it automatically plays as soon as the e-mail is opened by the recipient. Can this be done and, if so, how? I can embed the audio into a graphic if necessary or create it in any format. The file wouldn't be larger than maybe 1MB. My office uses Lotus Notes v8.5 mostly on PCs but also a few Macs. Thanks in advance.
posted by Jamesonian on Nov 6, 2013 - 4 answers

145:110... 132:114... 114:101... what does this page of numbers mean?

At the local dog park, someone apparently found two Post-it notes, covered in strange number pairs, and pinned them to the lost&found board because, well, they look like they might be important! Since then, there's been much speculation about what these numbers might be for, what they might mean. Rather then type it all out, I have an image of the notes themselves, here. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Nov 3, 2013 - 86 answers

a free web service I've come to rely on shuts down, part 47

On Sunday morning I discovered with a shock that Catch.com had shut down. So now I suddenly need a replacement for taking simple notes. A complete list is inside, but in short I want to A) create and edit plain text notes on my Android device, B) create and edit plain text notes on a web service and C) have those two stay synchronized. Some more needs are inside. Help me find a new solution! And before suggesting Evernote, see ... [more inside]
posted by intermod on Sep 2, 2013 - 10 answers

i want my evernote!

How do you organize your work notes when your company security is really tight? I cannot use Evernote or any web-based tool. I cannot install any programs on my laptop or run anything from a USB drive (I can't even plug in my iphone to charge it). I have Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and LotusNotes (which I HATE). Bonus: this is a new position for me and I'm a bit lost. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2013 - 18 answers

Speedy, no-frills notes to email from Android?

Is there a free or cheap android app that will let me touch an icon, type in text, and touch another icon to have the text automatically sent via email to myself, preferably with a predetermined subject line? [more inside]
posted by moira on Apr 21, 2013 - 12 answers

iPhone notes app that shows number of notes on icon?

When I have email on my iPhone, the Mail app displays the number of unread emails on the Mail icon on the home screen. I want an app like Notes that does this with the number of notes - and not through emailing my notes to me. No other fancy features desired, just something that gives me an easy visual reminder that I have notes to check.
posted by capricorn on Mar 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Basic PowerPoint question re: speaker's notes

How does the speaker's notes function work in PowerPoint? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Feb 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for software to catalog work notes

I write a lot of notes for my work, which I type up to keep for my records. My current way to organize these notes is as separate files per day, labeled with the date and a descriptive title. This is decent, but doesn't allow me to easily reference old notes by topic, especially when there are numerous individual references under a single broader topic. Are there programs to help catalog notes and journals by themes, or cross-reference topics, in a vague database format? I'm working in Windows.
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 12, 2013 - 12 answers

How to take notes in CS classes?

I find taking notes in my Computer Science classes challenging. Can you share with me your techniques for taking useful notes that are specifically helpful for CS courses? [more inside]
posted by estlin on Feb 1, 2013 - 15 answers

Sending myself a message

I'm trying to send notes from my iDevice to my Mac, and I'm wondering if such software exists. I don't mean 'Note'-notes. [more inside]
posted by Skyanth on Dec 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Cross-platform (Android and iOS/iPad) annotation of ebooks

Do you have a workflow for cross-platform annotation (Android and iOS/iPad) of ebooks? Is there a particular note-taking app that will work with DRMed ebooks AND sync my notes across tablets? [more inside]
posted by lillygog on Nov 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Recommend a replacement for random Notepad windows

Recommend a replacement for random Notepad windows [more inside]
posted by Capa on Sep 24, 2012 - 14 answers

Transparent notes on your desktop

I'm a big fan of Mac OS X's native application, Stickies. Screenshot here: Stickies on overkill. You can make them translucent -- but is there a way/application to make them totally transparent, so that you'd only see the text, floating on top of your wallpaper?
posted by demagogue on Sep 22, 2012 - 3 answers

How to be a better note taker for meetings?

What do you do before, during, and after a meeting to end up with concise, but accurate and useful notes? Technical/practical and framing advice welcome. [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Sep 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Stalking is so 1975

How to handle weird notes from apartment neighbor [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Sep 4, 2012 - 68 answers

I would like to fit the entirety of my brain into a plain-text database.

Android and Win7 compatible. Tag-based and cross-referenceable. Future-proof. Fast. I have a feeling that my perfect, personal information database solution is lurking right under my nose. But where is it? [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Aug 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Using Apple's Native Notes and Reminders for GTD with Mountain Lion

GTD Question for Apple users: Is anyone using the baked in notes and reminders apps successfully for their GTD workflow? I've used a lot of third party apps, but with Mountain Lion it now seems worthwhile to use the apps Apple syncs automatically. Thoughts? Links? Suggestions? Thanks.
posted by letstrythis on Aug 10, 2012 - 4 answers

What is the best way to digitize all my old notes from school?

What is the best way to digitize all my old notes from school? [more inside]
posted by jModug on Aug 7, 2012 - 8 answers

no digital love

Index card lovers unite! Looking for non-digital ways to manage citations, sources, etc. for academic research projects. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jul 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Ok, it's possible I am just grasping at straws to find an excuse to own an iPad.

I'm trying to figure out if a iPad is what I'm looking for to help me reduce my physical books, particularly cookbooks and printed (from the internet) recipes. I want to know first whether iPad is the way to go for my specific needs (details within) and then, if an iPad is what I want, which generation iPad & apps would help me do what I want. Or maybe there is a better solution? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Jun 9, 2012 - 22 answers

Where can I find studyblue alternatives?

My favorite study website removed its note-taking feature. I want to find another virtual backpack service with as many options as studyblue used to have. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mekko on May 11, 2012 - 5 answers

I want to write-up, but Academic Research has re-wired my brain!

The way I research (academic or otherwise) is increasingly incompatible with the tools I have. Reams of handwritten notebooks, and hundreds of word docs vs a highly tagged website only add to my self-created confusion. I'm drawn to Tinderbox software as a possible solution, but as an adamant PC user I'm locked out. How do you order your research? / How to write-up my PhD now my brain is fried? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Can someone identify this paper currency?

Can someone identify this paper currency? [more inside]
posted by parrot_person on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Notes with pics, please?

What's a good Android App that will allow for inline picture additions into a text document and does not require an internet connection to work? [more inside]
posted by deezil on Feb 23, 2012 - 1 answer

How do you track & use ideas from your previous sketch books, journals & diaries?

For those that keep a journal/diary/sketch book: When you start a new book, how do you continue to track and use the good ideas and projects in your old books that you'd like to pursue? [more inside]
posted by ooklah on Jan 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Dropbox-backed note apps for iPhone/iPad

Can anybody recommend a good Dropbox-backed text-based notes app for the iPhone? I'm looking for the following properties: [more inside]
posted by acb on Jan 13, 2012 - 17 answers

How to thank estranged relative?

What do I say in a thank-you note to a relative I am on the outs with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Keyboard Log Me Please

Looking for something almost like a keylogger that can be invoked with a hotkey. [more inside]
posted by panoptican on Dec 1, 2011 - 11 answers

Publishing a 50 page summary of a textbook?

Does producing and publishing a free "Cliffnotes" type document sound legal? [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Nov 10, 2011 - 9 answers

I want a typed document, but I don't want to type it.

Recommend an electronic method of taking notes in meetings that doesn’t look like I’m emailing or texting. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Nov 7, 2011 - 21 answers

Best Mac program for taking notes?

What's the best Mac program you've found to take notes for school lectures? [more inside]
posted by demagogue on Oct 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Should I get a Thinkpad x120e or do I want something else?

I want a small, lightweight, Windows-based computer that's cheap, durable, and a pleasure to use. I need it for basic productivity, in-class note-taking, and web browsing. Am I looking a Thinkpad x120e, or am I missing something crucial? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 5, 2011 - 11 answers

What to draw/write on kindergartner's lunchbox notes?

My son is 5 years old, in kindergarten, can read. I'd like to start leaving notes in his lunchbox for him to discover - I'm after ideas. I did some googling and found an industry of pre-printed lunchbox notes, but I want something more personal. After ideas for now, and for when he gets bigger as well. I was thinking: Pictures of monsters/trucks/stuff, silly sentences, jokes, Codes/Ciphers. What else? Any good resources on drawing simple monsters?
posted by antiquark on Aug 16, 2011 - 27 answers

Help me learn to love (or at least tolerate) Lotus Notes.

Help me learn to love (or at least tolerate) Lotus Notes. Are there any features as a user or administrator you like? [more inside]
posted by GPF on Jul 21, 2011 - 20 answers

Making Books Work

How do you read? [more inside]
posted by vecchio on Jul 9, 2011 - 34 answers

Just for Funsies ...

Let's say the Congress and the President are unable to reach a deal on raising the debt limit by August 4th. And let's just say, among the things that happen is that buyers of U.S. Treasury notes, bonds, Tbills, etc. on the August 15th Treasury sale demand a much higher interest rate to compensate for the fact that the "full faith and credit of the U.S." has been tarnished. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Suicide notes from Foxconn employees

Where can I read some of Foxconn employees' full suicide notes? [more inside]
posted by querty on May 16, 2011 - 1 answer

What can I learn?

What are my rights concerning notes taken at an interview for a potential job? [more inside]
posted by amodelcitizen on Apr 5, 2011 - 28 answers

How to sync notes across devices securely?

Looking for a secure way to sync Evernote (or other not-taking service) among multiple devices including at last a droid, iPad, and laptop [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Mar 29, 2011 - 3 answers

Not just for sniffing

How do I use a highlighter? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Mar 27, 2011 - 29 answers

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