What kind of options do I have for a gadget of some kind that can capture bits of text from a book or magazine? I read a lot and always take notes, highlight, underline, note page numbers to refer back to, all these things to use for reference later on. But actually copying paragraphs into a notebook takes time, highlighting and underlining doesn't really help as I have to go back to the book - but rarely do. Since I keep so much information on my computer, I have wondered if there are small devices (mini-scanners?) that can somehow capture a few lines of text and store it as a .jpg or something. It seems as if I have seen or heard of these but I really don't know what to look for. By the way, I have used Jott to read a paragraph and have it in my email as transcribed text. That's nice, but I don't want to make a phone call every time I want to capture some text. As always, thanks in advance!
I want software which will allow me to capture text thoughts at work, to a remote web location - quickly, discreetly and privately. [more inside]
Help me understand US Treasury securities. [more inside]
I'm interested in designing a notetaking markup system for writing & the web. Before I put much more effort into it, does it exist? [more inside]
Is there any way to stop spam protection on Instiki? [more inside]
Are there any unique, cool, and quiet middle-of-the-night note-taking solutions out there? [more inside]
Taking text notes with incorporated image thumbnails: there's gotta be an application that does exactly what I need. [more inside]
I worked at a newspaper for five years. I quit three years ago. Now, about 25% of the staff is getting laid off, including some friends. I don't have a problem talking to those friends about any of this. But then there are other people I liked but haven't kept in touch with (at most, I've seen them at a few gatherings). What do I say to those former co-workers I liked who are now getting the ax? I figure they could use a kind word and a vote of confidence. [more inside]
Does anyone know of a site that can provide me with SparkNotes-like information on the novel: The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham? If not then perhaps one of you MetaFilter members will be willing to share some information on the book :] Much thanks!
My Sis gave me her sax a while back and I have a few hours to fool with it. That leads me to 3 questions. [more inside]
Help me write a mini-note in a holiday card to an influential person... [more inside]
I'm looking for a good way to take notes at work. [more inside]
Who makes the best book notes (Cliff Notes? Spark Notes? someone else?) [more inside]
When you research, how do you notate the book/text for future use? In other words, how do you take notes within the book? [more inside]
How do I manage notes for my dissertation on a Mac? [more inside]
I'm looking for the best combination of online/free software tools to keep notes during class lectures. Visual timeline, web clips, outline formatted text, etc. - the more options, the better. I know there have been similar questions before but hope there's a better answer out there than I've found before. [more inside]
Please help me figure out how to bulk-detach multiple files from thousands of emails in Lotus Notes 6.5. [more inside]
I've taken up the violin. Where can I find the coolest sheet music? [more inside]
What is a good handheld electronic device to replace keeping all of my notes split between my Moleskine notebook and a word doc on my desktop? I need something that I can enter notes into directly and also import information into from my computer (and export a backup copy back to the computer). [more inside]
How do I learn to keep notes and records on the things I'm studying for looking back on later [more inside]
I'm trying to find a note-taking program for OSX that allows a pseudo-Cornell-style of note taking, and some other features. [more inside]
Please help me figure out how to learn the basics of db/app development IBM Lotus Notes 7. [more inside]
There are tons of Mac notes applications out there, but I've yet to find the right one for managing the notes for my book. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places? [more inside]
Free online application for storing quick ideas, notes, websites, etc--like post-it notes on your moniter, only digital and easily organized and searched. Currently I'm trying out Helipad, but what do you use? More functionality needs inside. [more inside]
What other styles are there for silly/affectionate note-writing? [more inside]
I don't know how to take notes. No. really. [more inside]
what is the best way to save written notes electronically for mobile use? i am a physician and i have about 500 pages of written notes from printed powerpoint lectures that i have bound into two volumes. I have attended subsequent lectures and now i don't know what is the best way to encorporate this new info as well as new info going forward. i carry a treo 650 and have access to hospital computers but i do not have an "assigned" computer so i am thinking of a portable mode. making PDF's seems to make sense but then how do i keep them accessible for those quick questions that come up during hospital rounds? How about putting them on those "keychain" portable disks? Interested in suggestions....
Is there a way of tagging paper? [more inside]
I've been noting down ideas for a potential novel for over a year. Problem is, I now have so many that it's tough to keep track of it all. How can I organise and consolidate them into something workable? [more inside]
What are the alternatives to exporting emails from Lotus Notes client to text files in order to share information. Is this best practice anyway? [more inside]
OK, I'm looking for the name of a modern technique popularly used to organize notes, tasks and projects. It's been discussed many times here and there are a couple of popular books that discuss the techniques. I believe it may be known by an acronym or initials. [more inside]
I am an ESL teacher, and I have several types of classes; however, I have one problem, my handwriting looks as if I were a five year old scribbling with a crayon. So I am curious if anyone might have any suggestions on getting better at handwriting and printing for someone who doesn't have time to go to a course. Also, a second related question, are there any ideas for making conversation corrections? When my students are speaking, I write down various things that they are saying, and make various corrections, or simply offer alternatives, or local dialect. What are some of the most effective and useful ways to do this? If there are any people who have spent any time learning other languages, what ahs helped you most? Thank you all in advance.
Can someone explain French lycée-level notetaking to me? Is there some kind of secret system? [more inside]
How can I automatically create a table of contents in MS Word? There's got to be a better way... [more inside]
So I've tried a few apps that allow me to take large chunks of text and import them to my iPod, making an "eBook" of sorts. The first thing I tested it with was the Mcsweeny's big old page of funny food reviews, and I liked it... [more inside]
Writers, artists, and general note-dashers: how do you carry your notebook? [more inside]
Is there any Wiki-type software that will run on a Pocket PC? [more inside]
DorkyStudentFilter: Looking to see if anyone else has used a tablet to assist in taking notes in class, and other ideas for note taking. [more inside]
Please teach me how to use a notebook. Yes, the paper kind. I've tried to go paperless, but I find that there are too many constraints to taking notes on a computer. I like the advantages of using a notebook: freedom, doodling, portable, easy to page-through and review. Ideas just flow when I use paper and a pen. I find that I don't review notes kept on my computer. With a notebook, I can page through a find ideas and thoughts from last month. With that said, I have a hard time sticking with using the notebook. [more inside]
Is there a class that I can take in Los Angeles on taking notes in shorthand? maybe at SMC or Valley College?
I used to concentrate during lectures, seminars, and meetings by taking copious notes on what was said. While this worked well, I now have a wrist injury that makes doing so undesirable. What are some good ways to keep concentrating?
I need a program that will allow me to input notes and play them in a timing I define. [more inside]
How do I read a winmail.dat file? [more inside]
I am looking for a note taking software with the ability to tag documents...for mac... [more inside]
Researchers, academics, and readers: how do you deal with taking notes, recording passages, keeping a common-place book, and reading long books? What is your note-taking workflow? [more inside]
SONGFILTER: need people who can read musical notes to help me find the name of this opera-esque song! [more inside]
I need a good Windows XP software for taking and organizing quickie notes ? Something that will stay on the desktop but not look too intrusive. I have used "post-its" software and SyncNotes. A freebie would be nice. [more inside]
beautiful color embossed blank cards - do they exist somewhere? I got some lovely gold-yellow (pumpkin? goldenrod?) blank cards, with embossed borders, at Staples a year or two ago, and they looked great with a simple one-color picture printed on them, but now I can't find anything like them. [more inside]
I need a way to keep track of small bits of information. This pertains to BOTH my virtual world and “meatspace.” Here is a typical scenario that explains what I mean. I am an I.T. Manager and sit at a desk for many hours throughout a day. However, I also walk around a moderate sized manufacturing plant as well as a remote plant frequently. Many times in my travels people stop me and ask for things or give me information, “Hey, my printer’s not working…” I say I’ll get back to them but then end up forgetting by the time I get back to my desk. Little pieces of paper get bunched and mangled into my pocket so that hasn't worked well. Small notebooks get left behind, or I forget to take them with me when I go make my rounds. I have written notes on the side of my hand…and that works great, but I don’t want to have to write notes on the side of my hand! I have tried using an IPAQ thinking it would allow me to hand write my notes and then sync them with my pc but the perceived fragility of that thing made me not want to use it and risk breaking it ($$$). I ended up selling it. I liked that idea…just wasn’t cost practical. What has worked best has been a combination of many Post-its scattered about my desk looking like a big salad along with a notepad for those other occasions when I need more space than a Post-it. Then I email myself at home or back to work with information that will carry me between both places. This works but it is far from perfect and does not cover making rounds. Ideally, I would like to find a way to merge both worlds so that I can have the portability of the paper solution and the technology to merge the two …but obviously in a practical way. Thought of using a voice recorder but again, I am concerned about the cost/fragility ratio unless it was small and maybe wearable…plus, speaking into a small device would make me feel awkward with a bunch of manufacturing gorillaz looking at me. I am definitely willing to sacrifice technology to achieve my objective as the need to track this information is more important than my desire to play with toys. I would use a paper-based solution if I could keep track of all the confetti (which is basically what I am doing). Is there something out there that you guys use that works?