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Evernote's New Logo

Evernote gave itself a new look for their tenth birthday.  To read more about this, and their focus going into their second decade, check out their latest blog post.

And there is Harry McCracken's excellent piece in Fast Company about the founder of Evernote. I can remember trying out the early paper roll user interface of the first Evernote.

Microsoft Access - Track who and when records are created and updated

I'm using Microsoft Access for a project for the first time in over a decade.  The functionality is not all that different from the 2007 version I used then.  Creating tables, queries, forms and reports came back to me quickly.

The devil is, as they say, in the details.

There are a couple things I wanted my Access application to have :
Track each records date and time created, and who created itTrack each records date and time updated, and who updated it Figuring out how to do each of those things took some research and effort to figure out. 

I wanted to share in make research for others a bit easier.

This post assumes a basic understanding of Access and assumes you know how to create a table, use the Form Wizard to create a form, switch between design and standard views.

We'll also delve some into Visual Basic for Applications some, but you do need to know how to program in it, beyond typing in some short code bits.

I may have some other Access tips in the near future. Check…

Ten Years of Evernote

This blog post was set to publish exactly as the day begins on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

That is ten years to the day after my first Evernote post.

With my second note, I was already getting down to business; recording the agreement I'd come to on the phone on a minor business matter.

My affection for Evernote has not dimmed since that day ten years ago. Since then, I've accumulated about 7.8 new notes a day.
Ironically, I have needed to pull up only a few notes a year. Yet, when I need them, I need them badly and am glad to have Evernote all over again.
My philosophy of what to capture is simple : If you encounter something you might remotely want to see again, it goes into Evernote.from a blog post June 1, 2015
I've written here about Evernote than any other topic.  Even wrote a now horribly out-of-date book.
Don't get me wrong. If something better comes along that imports my Evernote notes well, I can be enticed to move.  But in ten years nothing yet has come close.
I …

I haven't forgotten my Note taking review plan

Way back in August I asked readers to help build a list of note taking apps other than Evernote that had both phone clients and a web and/or PC clients.  I intended to write an in depth review of each.

I still want to do this, but life...

I can add one new one to the list that excited me at first.

And, it has something I've always wanted: a self hosting option.

True long term survivability of our notes requires self hosting. Otherwise, we are just betting on the solvency of a software company; one of the most fragile of institutions.

With rushing excitement I signed up for Standard Notes.

Only to discover it is notes only.  No attachments.

A big use case for Evernote is as a digital filing cabinet of online receipts, copies of documents and such.  I was greatly disappointed.

I did find they want to add the feature, but will not until at least 2019.

I'll add it to this list, but can say right now unless the attachment feature is implemented when I do, it will suffer in the rati…

Google could let any developer make the next Evernote

After trying loads of Task apps over the years, I have settled for now on a combination of Taskary and Google Tasks.  What they have in common is they both use Google Tasks to save the tasks.

If a new task app catches my eye tomorrow, it likely will not receive room on my phone or desktop unless it too uses Google Tasks to store its tasks.  That way I do not need to re-enter my tasks for the new app.

This is possible because Google has an API for Google Tasks.  An API or Application Programming Interface lets an app send tasks to Google, and get tasks from them.

Google has a huge collection of APIs into their services.  I just wish they had one more.

I wish for an API for a note taking application.  They may or may not let it be part of Google Keep.  Even if they did not have an app themselves using the API, it would be nice to have an API any programmer could use to develop their own image of what a note taking app looks like.

The data would count against your Google storage. With th…

Harry Anderson, magician, actor, geek

Tonight I learned Harry Anderson, star of Night Court and Dave's World, passed away at age 65. 

I met him once, and we talked geek for about 45 minutes.  It must have been sometime in 1985. I was working in the store-within-a-store that was Macys Computer Store in San Francisco.

Back then, companies like IBM and Apple did not let just any store carry their products.  There were expectations of marketing and properly trained staff.  We were one of those stores. The year before, we'd been one of the few stores to have the Macintosh on its opening day.  I have written about how Steve Jobs came by that day to gauge public enthusiasm for his new baby.

One afternoon -- it was a quiet weekday -- I saw a guy wander into the department. Tall, skinny, wearing a dark suit and a 1960s style men's businessman's hat.  "Who does this guy think he is," I thought, "Harry Anderson?"

Then I realized it was.

I approached him and he wasn't looking for anything.  We…

Now I am a TV broadcaster!

Audio version of this post
One of the reasons for this blog was to share my absolute delight with technology.  Let me share my most recent delight.

First, a little of my background is relevant here.  I earned a BA in Broadcast Journalism back in 1978 yet within two years embarked on the career of selling computers, other technology and enterprise software.  Broadcasting becanme a memory.

About twelve years ago we bought a couple consumer grade video cameras and Adobe Premiere. I was astonished at the product I could put out. It was comparable to what I could in 1978 with access to a TV station.  I used the capability to shoot a couple of friend's weddings and make a couple of documentaries.  Some are at my YouTube Channel.

Last night, I fooled around with a free software product called Open Broadcast Studio, or OBS for short.

For those who know video production a bit, OBS is basically acts a video switcher.