Friday, April 22, 2011

Hangar One is being dismantled

For most people their sole knowledge of giant, rigid airships is the Hindenberg and the fire that destroyed it.

How many know that the US Navy once had a small fleet of these giant cruisers of the air?  They are all gone now.

The one tie we have had to this unique facet of aviation history is a few former hangers.  I had the pleasure a dozen years ago to go inside Moffett Field's Hangar One.  Before that I loved driving by on 101 and seeing it standing open.

Now sad news that it is being torn down.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Family Tech: Your car is a gadget

Ford Touch, GM''s OnStar...  Cars are turning into high tech gadgets.  Even Ford now attends CES.

This week's Family Tech column.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Family Tech: Backing up your photos

With digital photography, all of our photos are in digital form.  Do you have a more important digital asset than your photos?

Are you backing them up regularly?  If the worst happens, are you going to lose all those memories?

This week's Family Tech column is about backing them up.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Thoughts on Organizing Evernote Notes

In Evernote Podcast #26, their CTO Dave Engberg answers a question about organizing notes in Evernote using Notebooks and Tags.  If you listen to the podcasts, it starts at 31:03.

He makes the point there are really two ways to organize notes.  One is to be scrupulous about segregating like notes into notebooks, and religiously using a a tag system.  The other is to dump everything into one notebook and use no tags, and just search for data.

To this long time user, his remarks harkened back to the days when Yahoo was the first, best search engine.  The two methods compare the Yahoo of then, with the Google of now.

Back in the day, Yahoo had a staff of people who would look at a web page and categorize it.  They maintained  a list of topics, not unlike a Dewey Decimal breakdown, and the associated web pages.  When web pages were numbered in the thousands instead of billions, this was a great system.  Of course the explosion of web pages doomed that model.

Then Google appeared which worked on indexing the words in a website and using their Page Rank system to determine which were the more relevant web page for a given search.

I tend to use the Google system in my Evernote use, but that is just what works for me.  Unless I am sharing a note with the public, as I do with my Public Bookmarks, everything goes into a Default Folder.  Then I use search to find items.

Now, if I were a college student I could see using it differently.  All notes, web pages, document scans etc. pertaining to a current class I would put into a notebook specific to that class.  That way I could easily see all the material when I was preparing for a Final Test.  If I kept current on my scanning etc. I could study for a intermediate test by sorting that notebook by Date Created.  The limit of 99 notebooks should give me enough notebooks for a four year degree.

When my college degree was completed, I might want to reclaim my Notebooks for future use.  I could tag all the notes in a given Notebook to show that it was a college class, another for the name of the course, and perhaps a third for the overall subject matter.  Then I would move those Notes to a Default Notebook and then reclaim those 48 notebooks or so I'd used for classes.

For the way I use Evernote now, capturing random data off the web I might use in a blog post or column, I do tag with tags regarding the subject matter and intent to use, (i.e. column idea or blog post).  For capturing the documents of my everyday life, I just dump them in and am able to find them with searches.  For example searching on the name of my bank pulls up relevant data, or searching on the name of my insurance company gives me all the information I need on that topic.

How do you organize your Evernote data?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Family Tech : The New Curation

What single concept is behind most of the disruptive influence of the web?  How are we gong to find the best new books, musicians and restaurants for that matter?

It's all about the new curation, and it is the topic of this week's Family Tech column.