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Showing posts from September, 2018

I kind of hope they went out for a beer afterwards...

A view from Google Street view

And near the same moment, from a Bing car.

Quick Hits - Star Trek, losing your phone and downloading Google Tasks

Yesterday I finally watched the Season 1 Finale of Star Trek Discovery. Fitting activity for the 43rd anniversary of the premiere of the original Star Trek in 1966.  There were two echos of the Original series. I won't spoil the one, but the other was the appearance briefly of Clint Howard.  He has appeared in four of six Star Trek series. He was in the first as a seven year old.My last post, and future posts are about contingency plans for when ultimately Evernote servers are turned off (I wish them long and healthy life, but nothing is forever).  Other contingencies we have to plan for is the loss, theft, or demise of our phone.  Wired has a good article on planning for that horrible day.

Update 9/20/2018 : Irony of ironies, a few days after posting this, phone died. Thankfully I had an extended warranty, and had backed everything up.  I'd even done a factory wipe and restore from my backup a few days prior to that, so I was confident the restore would work again.

Keep backups…

Planning for a post Evernote era - Part 1

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…