Armen Chakmakjian

Posts Tagged ‘Evernote’

Evernote vs MS OneNote on my Apple constellation of devices.

In apple, iPad, Random, technology, wow on March 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Woah. I just installed it 2 macs, my iPhone and iPad. editing the same doc open on two different devices with only about 2 second lag between checkboxes and text appearing on each device. This is friggin’ awesome.

The free form editing is great on the iPad and the mac, less useful on the iPhone.

Those two features alone make the sharing notebook experience (I assume once a note is shared between two people rather than two of my devices it does the same thing) way better than anything evernote has created.

Now I do have a lot of content in evernote from over the years, so I’m not going to abandon my current processes for things that I’ve already been working on…but the experience is good enough that new things that are unrelated to existing processes might go into onenote.

Very compelling.

Now the one thing I haven’t seen in OneNote is the ability to talk to a bluetooth stylus on my iPad (like the jotscript  works with penultimate).  That would be really cool and easily eliminate my use of penultimate for casual notetaking.  BTW this is a limitation of evernote also, you have to use penultimate with the jot script, and you can see the note in evernote afterwards, but you can’t edit it in evernote.


A small bit of progress…

In Random, technology, web 2.0 on December 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm


Jot script Evernote edition

In iPad, Random, Social Media, technology on December 5, 2013 at 1:30 am



And 6 hours later with Glass…

In Random, Social Media, technology on December 1, 2013 at 3:01 am

In my earlier post today, it was before I went out with glass on my face. My wife and I did a quick trip to Costco at about 5pm today and I went in wearing Glass with the little mono ear bud dongle. For the most part people were politely trying not to stare at me (although I could tell that there were trying to figure out what that was on my head). I was wearing my typical winter getup, leather jacket and black fedora so it was only slightly disconcerting to the people. I walked around the store and did a few “OK Glass, Take a picture” of items and their prices. At a certain point, my wife and I had to back track to an end cap near the entrance to look at something on sale. When I turned around I noticed that the young guy trying to get customers to sign up for Amex was looking at me funny. Kinda had a smile on his face. He said, “Is that..” and I interrupted, “Google Glass”

He said, “That’s so cool, how is it working for you.” I gave the explanation above about the simple utility of taking a picture here and there, although I’d be seen as talking to myself. He chuckled. “I’ve never seen one.” I mentioned that one limitation was that although it was bt tethered to my iPhone, w/o internet access it was basically just a bt earpiece and camera and no more. He said that when he first saw me he was wondering if it was some weird earpiece (because of the dongle of course). A co-worker of his heard our conversation and tried to tell me to go and talk to the phone stand there because I could get a wi-fi hotspot from Verizon. I mentioned I could do that with my phone as is so getting another device wasn’t worth it at the moment.

Anyway, I continued to shop and snap off pictures of potential items we might buy. Then I had an “Avoid being a Glasshole moment. I had to visit the facilities, and immediately took Glass off and put it in its pouch and then into my pocket. It started to hit me that general walking around might be ok, but there are certain places where it wouldn’t be acceptable.

When I was done, I put it back on. of course on the drive to and back I did not have it on also, having something obscuring my 49-year-old eyesight at nightfall (even off) is like having a blind spot on your face.

Finally I came home. I’m coming to the conclusion that the glass is very similar to my Livescribe pen. As you know the Livescribe pens have audio recording capability that synchronizes with what you’re writing for later playback. both the glass and the Livescribe are great when doing research or listening to a public lecture, as a couple of examples. However because they are taking on a normal operation (looking or in the case of a Livescribe pen, taking notes) that are culturally perceived as mostly non-threatening, and then adding the ability to record a secondary track that may or may not be detectable to the people in the environment, you have an ethical privacy situation that you are creating.

Here’s the dilemma that both devices create. people see you doing one thing…and assume that there is an imperfect recording (in the observers brain…or even on paper) of the scene. However, with these devices, there is the possibility of a secondary recording (in this case video or pictures, in the case of the Livescribe an audio recording) that would necessarily need someone’s else’s approval to do (at least tacit).

The difference with holding up a phone and snapping off a picture is that the gesture of lifting the camera and addressing your target is very obvious and someone can ask you to stop. in the case of these extension of the human recording operation devices, one might not know that that is what you are doing.

I also went into the Costco wine/liquor shop for a moment and when I had gathered my purchase and went to the counter the rep was looking at me funny as I handed him my credit card. I said, “Yes, it’s a google glass.” His response was “Way cool, I’ve never seen one, how does it work for you?”

This is turning out to be the common question now 🙂

24 hrs with glass

In Random, Social Media, technology on November 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm

No I haven’t left the house yet with it.


General observations:

  • Snapping off a quick picture of the family at the table for leftovers was easy.
  • Once I got Evernote hooked up, saving a quick note to myself is easy (speech to text).
  • Sending a short email was ok once I got a couple of contacts added to the glass contact list was predictable and easy.
  • Because I’m an iPhone user I don’t get text messaging/sms or directions which stinks.
  • Sharing a picture to any service, email, Evernote wasn’t too bad, although not having the ability to annotate the picture with text (using text to speech for a caption) seems like glaring dumbness…Or the ability to do so is so non-obvious that it’s a massive usability miss.
  • Googled a few things and it is ok.
  • I did figure out how to use glass to send a message via ifttt email to my wemo outlets. I’d have used sms to do this, but for the iPhone limitation. The truth is that I don’t need glass to do this, but it was fun for a demo. The time delay for email processing is significant though. I say “send a message to kitchen light…Hashtag kitchen off” and glass figures out I mean #kitchenoff and sends it. 30 second later, the wemo reacts to the command.
  • I haven’t yet figured out how to send a text tweet or a Facebook status update, even though I can share a picture.

Will keep experimenting…

Livescribe Sky Pen and Evernote

In Random on January 27, 2013 at 3:23 am

This is friggin awesome. I have a livescribe Sky pen which syncs over wifi to evernote. while I’m sitting here taking notes in my livescribe notebook as I’m reading articles for class, every few minutes the pen syncs and I see that the pages I’m writing are appearing in evernote. Voi La.

So far though I’ve only been able to get this to work at home. When I’m at work or school (or panera bread), the network authentication isn’t handled by the pen (because they require extra dialogues). In those cases I can hook my pen up to the USB on my MBA and use a “helper” utility which syncs to evernote on my request.

This new capability really makes taking notes useful. Alas if this was available 3 years ago when I bought my first livescribe pen I’d have had all my notebooks in the cloud. Unfortunately the pre-existing 9 notebooks of info are all my MBA in the old desktop app. Livescribe mentions that they will eventually add the capability to move those notebooks (including the audio) to Evernote.

I love convergence. I write on paper, it syncs to the cloud, my notes are available on all my devices (either through apps or the evernote web client). Especially cool on my iPad.

Anyway, back to my homework. (Porter’s 28 page treatise on strategy).

Follow up: Pulse Smartpen and Livescribe Software (specifically handwriting recognition)

In Kindle, Social Media, technology, web 2.0 on January 9, 2010 at 5:36 am

So as I wrote in my last blog post I was hoping that the files generated by Livescribe were searchable via text (aka OCR my handwriting).   @philbog told me that Evernote does OCR of pdfs and images and then @macktucket said from across the room that the livescribe had an app you could buy.

Anyway, I loaded the evernote for mac client, and saw it sync my documents from the web and there were my pdfs and no ocr no search.  I googled livescribe evernote and searchable and got advice that I needed to upgrade to premium to get that feature on evernote.  A possibility, but I haven’t got enough content up yet that I’d want to search that that would have been worth it.  While I was pouring through the search hits, I saw a reference that said that livescribe desktop searched the uploaded docs…hmmmm….so I went back over to the desktop and saw the search box (in a new light) and typed in something. Suddenly instead of 25 thumbnail pages of notes in the panel, I see 2 thumbnails with a tiny yellow glow emanating from the middle of each of the thumbnails. I expanded one of them and Voi la it had found the word highlighted it in the written text (Cursive, not printing…cursive…yes I know how to write cursive…yes, old school).

I was so excited by the fact that it could read my writing I called my wife and sons over and cackled endlessly.  I then had them pick out words from the text just to see if it could find them.  9 out of 10 were found.  the 10% failure seemed to be due to the the fact that some of my capital T’s are being mistaken for lower case and the search is evidently cursively case sensitive (HA!) and those T’s were written badly.

Anyway, this makes the thing REALLY useful to me for both school and work.

Not so useful for sharing because the pdfs that are generated don’t seem to be searchable, but that may be another thing that I’m just not doing correctly.   if I got search working correctly in pdfs, I’d load the searchable pdfs onto my kindle and see if it could find text in them (if the kindle allowed you to search pdfs of course).  Anyway experiments and features for another day.

Thanks to @philbog and @mactucket for their inspiration.

Oh my droid just made its wonderful DRRRROIDDD sound…I’d better go check to see if it is something important…