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The Biggest Lie I Tell Myself

“I don’t need to write it down. I’ll remember it.”

Last night, as I was drifting off to sleep, I had a fantastic idea for a post. It was so fantastic and obvious that I wondered why I hadn’t thought of it before now. I thought, “I should write this down,” but the idea was so obvious that I knew I’d remember it in the morning.

Right. You guessed it.

I suppose I could blame it on the fact that my mind is always so busy that it gets overcrowded with ideas, each new one forcing out an older one to make room in the limited brain space I’ve reserved for blog ideas, but the truth–as painful as it is to admit–is I’m getting old.

This Post

The idea for what you’re reading now came to me while I was fixing myself some breakfast. This time I didn’t say I won’t forget it, so instead I’m writing it between bites of egg and toast (now THERE’S an idea for a post: my omelet recipe!)

There’s really no excuse for not jotting down my ideas; I never go anywhere without my iPhone, and the last thing I do at night is plug it in to charge before setting it down on the nightstand…within arm’s reach, I might add.

My Advice to You, Gentle Reader

Is quite simple: when you have an idea, write it down! Somewhere, anywhere. Trust me on this: you won’t remember it later.

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Microsoft OneNote

While I’m still not ready to forgive Microsoft for the bug-ridden operating system Windows 10 they have inflicted upon its unsuspecting users downloaded as a free upgrade, still I do have to give them credit for something they did right as part of the upgrade: along with links to MS Office 2013, they installed OneNote 2013.

Why is this work mentioning? Because not only did they fix a lot of bugs in the original version, it’s now free…or at least as free as Microsoft has ever made anything: it’s free to download, free to install, and free to use on all of your devices. Laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets, all regardless of the operating system you use. Well, all except for Linux. While Redmond doesn’t mind if you run OneNote on your Android or iOS devices, they still seem to fear any operating system that is free in the truest sense of the word.

But then again, if you’re a Linux/Unix purist, you probably don’t want any of Microsoft’s offerings on your machines anyway.

Wait, Wait—What About Evernote?

“But Robyn,” you ask. “What about Evernote? I thought you were this great Evernote lover, and it was the be-all and end-all of note taking programs?”

Relax! I still swear by Evernote. There are still a lot of things it does better than OneNote. But I have to be fair and honest and admit that OneNote outshines Evernote in some areas.

Notes comparison

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What I like best about OneNote is that when it comes to editing and formatting notes, it outshines Evernote. If you can format a document in MS Word, you can do the same thing in OneNote, using the same tools. In fact, if you have a document in Word that you’d like to add to OneNote, you can cut and paste it with no loss of formatting. Evernote has fewer formatting options, and not all of your formatting will copy over from Word.

Still, for custom filing that’s more like a database, Evernote is the way to go.

Bottom Line

I’m using OneNote more than I ever did before. I use the Web Clipping tool in Evernote more than I use it in OneNote for the simple reason that it’s available in Firefox, my browser of choice. OneNote’s clipping tool is only available in Chrome, Internet Exploder Explorer, or Edge. And I prefer having clipping supported in Firefox.

So my conclusion: I use both Evernote and OneNote, taking advantage of each program’s strongest points. I doubt that either one will completely replace the other.

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