Giving Evernote a go

by Rob Kitson

I've been looking for a good ubiquitous note taking application ever since I read that Microsoft OneNote had a mobile client that would sync with the desktop app whenever you did a local ActiveSync between your Windows Mobile SmartPhone and your PC.  After taking the time to install OneNote on my laptop and phone, I found out that when they said 'Sync' what they really meant was that any notes that you type into OneNote on your phone will be copied into a special section in OneNote on your desktop, and from there you can sort them into their appropriate categories.  All in all it felt clunky, so I never used it.

I took a step back and asked myself why I was disappointed and what features would make me happy.  I realized that the feature I've been looking for more than anything is the ability to access my notes from just about anywhere: My new work machine, my rapidly aging Dell Precision M90 development box at home, the family Mac Mini, one of the many laptops that the wife-to-be's newly formed company are using, or my new AT&T Tilt.  So, when I came across a post about Evernote on TechCrunch a few weeks ago, I decided to give it a go. 

The fat client has now been installed on all the machines where I spend more than a couple'a minutes per day.  I'm going to be shelving the Moleskine notebook for a few weeks to roll exclusively with Evernote to see how it works out.  I'll post a follow up at the end of the month, but in the mean time I may have a comment about it on Twitter.