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Yet another Wright Brothers site visited
We found ourselves driving through Dayton, Ohio on I-70 Sunday, so I couldn't resist the urge to see Huffman Prairie, where the Wright Brothers tested airplanes where, according to Wikipedia, the brothers "made about 150 flights at the field in 1904–1905, leading to development of the 1905 Wright Flyer III, which they considered to be the first practical airplane."
The Wright's leased the property outside Dayton so they could take the streetcar out to the site.
Replica's of their workshop and the catapult they used to get the planes in the air are onsite.
Note : April 2016: Frankly I don't know if this works anymore. It is 7 years old.
I stopped using this when Google Now became useful on my phone, and I could dictate reminders using it.
I found a way a while ago to use Google Voice to record a personal note, transcribe it, and email it to me. A recent Lifehacker post "Five Things We'd Like to See in Google Voice" lists that need as their #5 request, so I realized what I'd figured out is not common knowledge.
In GV's Contacts, create a Group "Special Transcription"
To avoid listening to my standard voice mail when I call, I recorded a short voice mail greeting for this group simply saying "Record note now"
I added a contact with my own cell phone number as the only number, and made it the sole member of this group.
In GV's phone settings, I edited the settings for my cell phone. In the section "Direct access to voicemail when calling your Google number from this phone?" I se…
The Evernote world is aflutter this week after Tech Crunch said that following the departure of several key high level people, Evernote might be in a "death spiral".
While I hope that does not happen, even if they do survive, we should all plan for their demise. No app and no company is forever. Indeed, for every piece of software we use, we should ask ourselves, "Is any of the data managed by this program something I would need if this program no longer was being updated?" And in the case of software like Evernote, if its back end servers were turned off forever.
If the data is required, we need to figure out how to get the data out of the program, and readable without the program. One should actually ask and answer the question before they begin using a new piece of software and loading our precious data into it.
I'll be writing more about this topic and Evernote. For now, know that even if Evernote shut off its servers tomorrow, your data remains in your…
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.
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…