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An Evernote Twitter List

I have created a public Twitter list of Evernote users.  If you would like to be on it, please leave me a comment here and I'll add you.

It would be ideal if Evernote created such a list.  I'm dong one myself because a lot of people that follow me, and that I follow, do so because of our common appreciation of Evernote.  Hence the list.

If I added you and you are not an Evernote user or interested in Evernote, also let me know.

Aside : Twitter Lists is great, but Twitter needs a few things :

Show you a list of people you follow or follow you that are not yet on one of your listsHave a way for you to record for yourself why you followed them in the first placeThe ability to send a Tweet to juse those on a given list
Not knowing the latter is why I suspect I've added some people to the list who are not Evernote users.

One Million Users of Google Voice

It is always gratifying to see a service you like gaining popularity.  A recent Business Week article says Google Voice has over a million users now.  And there are hints they are going to roll out to some other countries besides the United States.

As I've said many times before, it is an awesome service.  If you haven't requested an invite, do so.  It's free.

Special Anniversary Today

On this date in 1969, Arpanet went live.  Arpanet later became known by different names, the Internet and the Web.

Three months earlier, man walked on the moon for the first time.  That received a ton of publicity world wide.

Did the hooking together of four computers around the country warrant even a single newspaper mention?  I doubt it.

Yet look at which event triggered the most change in the world, and the most benefit.

I feel like I should send flowers, but where?

One interesting trivia tidbit I found in the Wikipedia entry for Arpanet.  The first time the internet was mentioned in popular TV show was in 1985, on an episode of Benson.

Number Porting into Google Not Yet There

Google Voice gives you a new phone number to hand out.  Many people have wanted instead to have Google Voice features on their current phone number that their friends and customers already know.

Google has said that capability is coming.  It will take, I think, negotiation with the telcoms, and I'm not sure the telcoms will want to give up the customer control inherent in controlling the phone numbers.  Google may surprise me, but I don't expect to see comprehensive number porting anytime soon.

Today, Google announced an almost number porting ability.  In a nutshell, they tell you how to auto-forward your cell phone calls that would normally go to your cell's voicemail, to Google Voice.

Their help system shows that a lot of advantages of Google Voice are lost when you do this. If you already have a Google Voice number, you can choose to have your cell phone routed to Google Voice.  When I tried to do this, they warned me Sprint might charge me for each voice mail until Spr…

When I was a kid

When I was a kid I was fascinated with fingerprint kits.  I wrote Hoover's FBI asking if I could buy one.  I received a nice letter saying no.

If I were a kid today, this kit would be cool.  It has a fingerprint kit and other tools for a young CSI.


The list of cool toys they did not have when I was a kid grows longer.

This is for all the future Grissoms and Abbys out there.

Read about the CSI kit

Your First Day with Evernote

I've written many times before about Evernote.  I love this program.  It is my brain's memory on steroids.  I have over 6000 notes in it now.  And I keep finding ever more uses for it.

While originally written in 2009, this post has been frequently updated.


New January 2012:  If you like what I write about Evernote, check out my 136 page e-book,
 "Get Productive Fast with Evernote".  Just $10.

Sunday October 11, 2009 I wrote about Evernote in my print column, Family Tech. If you are wondering what is Evernote, and why would I want to use it, start with the column.

I promised in that column this post to help new users get efficient fast with Evernote.

I thought I'd write a quick plan for someone's first day with Evernote. This is really meant for after you've installed the client to your computer, so this picks up after you've gone to  Evernote's Get Started Page and created an account and downloaded and installed a client for your primary computer.

The Many Uses of Evernote

I'm even starting to see some specialized lists for particular professions:

DoctorsJournalists (and also this)Surgeons Realtors
Real Estate AppraisersWriters (added 4/12/2010)DJ's and Musicians (added 4/26/2010)Ministers (added 5/3/2010)Students (added 12-17-2010)
The good list is maintained by Evernote itself.
Update 11/5/2009:  Andrew Maxwell posted 100 Different Evernote Uses.  Great List.
This is a list of what I use Evernote for, and ideas I've garnered from the web.  When anyone asks on Twitter what do you use Evernote for, I'm going to send them here.
Here we go...leave in comments all the ones I've missed. 

receipts, both  real and from online paymentsbillsnotes from phone callswhere did I park my car?What is my hotel room?tasks I need to remember to dobookmarksscans  of billsbusiness cardsuser guidescartoons I've enjoyedjokes I've heardinspirational notes to myselfideasrough drafts of blog posts, letters, reports etc.things I

Neat Receipts Scanner $80 today.

I've blogged about my Neat Receipt Scanner before.  It is great with Evernote.  I thought it was a great deal when I got mine for $149.  Woot today has it for $79.99 while they last.

Recommended!

Update 6:30 PM EST : This is not yet sold out.  It's a great value!

Update 11:30 AM Saturday, 10/3 : Woot's only last for a day at most, so this opportunity is gone for now.