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Nightmares of Clippy

I’ve been needing a utility to store multiple clippings, but I couldn’t find one that I liked so I asked the helpful people on the 43 Folders Google Group. Steve suggested ClipMate, Eugene liked Ditto, and Ricochet pointed me toward Clipomatic. The other programs that I found on my own that weren’t a complete waste of time were M8 Multi-Clipboard and CLCL.
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Bow down to the rodent

Web Worker Daily asks:

Do we control the mice? or do the mice control us?

Logitech Revolution MXWhat a coincidence that I ran across this post today… I just picked up a Logitech Revolution MX this morning (my previous mouse was a Cordless Click Plus). I had a gift card, so I didn’t have to shell out the whole $99 for it, but it would have been worth it! Although I guess I kinda have a mouse fetish. Having an Office Depot on the corner near my house is like the neighborhood bar for an alcoholic.

The new shape with the little ledge under your thumb is really comfortable. I can’t imagine a mouse getting better than this except if I didn’t have to take my hands off the keyboard. For a long time I had ThinkPad laptops and used the little pointer stick, but one day my index finger started twitching and didn’t stop. I went to the doctor after a couple days of this and he told me to stop using the finger (try not using your index finger; it’s hard) for a while and get a good mouse. After that experience I was more receptive to people’s complaints about uncomfortable keyboards and mice.

A closer look at the Scrybe calendar

It looks like the guy over at “My Uninstalled Life” was one of the lucky ones to get an invite to try out Scrybe. He’s got a good screencast of the calendar, but what I really want to know about is the web clipping part of it. I use OneNote a lot and I’d love to have access to that sort of app online. I tried Google Notebook, but it didn’t really have any good way to organize your notes.

Too Many Windows

If you’ve seen the Expose feature in OSX, you’ve probably been wowed. Well there are several workalike utilities for Windows…

  • Entbloess 2 : Has the most features but seemed kinda slow.
  • Exposer : For me it hosed up Konfabulator, but YMMV.
  • TopDesk : This was another solid contender.
  • WinPLOSION : Worked the smoothest for me.  I thought I was going to keep it but I was just too used to Alt-Tabing between windows.

In the end I went with TaskSwitchXP. It’s not really the same thing as the others, but it works for me.

As a side note, I’m going to give the two monitor thing a try again so I can keep MyLifeOrganized , and a few other things visable at all times. I’m working off a laptop with a 17″ widescreen and for a second monitor I have a 19″ LCD (and a 21″ CRT at home). After some messing around, my resolutions are 1440×900 and 1600×1200.

OneNote Wins for now…

I have been playing around with different note taking (note capturing?) software for organizing snipits from the web and such.  I narrowed my evaluations down to OnFolio, Evernote, and OneNote . OnFolio was good, but I like the added functionalty you could have in “stationary” for OneNote and Evernote.  EverNote was my favorite for awhile, but the chronological scrolling page didn’t seem to work for me too well once I got a lot of notes in it.  I also had problems with the formatting of some web clippings.  The only thing I don’t like about OneNote is that there’s no extension for Firefox.  Now I just read about the coming OneNote Mobile and really sold now.  If you need something free, EverNote or the Firefox extension ScrapBook are both good.