OneNote and Evernote Oh My!


I’ll be honest, I’ve always had a good feeling for Microsoft’s OneNote application. The only reason I have used Evernote instead of it was because the copies of OneNote that I’ve had over the years have all been part of MS Office, which I “owned” by way of the company I worked for at the time. Not wanting to be left high and dry should I move to a company that didn’t provide OneNote, I’ve always opted to use the free version of Evernote to keep notes and have them synched up whether I was using my PC, my MacBook, my iPad or just a web browser from any computer.

Now that Microsoft has basically given OneNote the same treatment, I’m tempted to switch. Except, I also really like Evernote. And Evernote already has all of my stuff. Perhaps I can start playing around with both and figure out some way to keep some things in OneNote and some things in Evernote.

That’s the take Computerworld had on it, which I found pretty interesting:

If you’re primarily looking for a tool that lets you easily capture, organize and find content from the Web, you’ll clearly want Evernote, because its tools for doing that are exemplary. If you instead want to create notes from scratch and have them in well-organized notebooks, clearly OneNote is the way to go.

Then again, you may be like me. I’ve been using both of them for years. OneNote is my go-to tool for organizing and taking notes for projects such as books and articles. I use Evernote for research. Given that they’re now both free, it gives me the best of both worlds.

Personally, I’m hard pressed to find a clear delineation. I’m already using Penultimate on the iPad for handwritten notes in Evernote, does ONeNote give me anything I don’t get there? Should OneNote be my go-to for longer form organization? Which one do you use? Why? Would you consider using both at some point?

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This Week’s Links (weekly)

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Facebook Making Pages More Useless

Given recent history of Facebook not showing posts from pages that you’ve liked and actually want to see posts from, the fact that they are coming out now and telling page owners that they are going to be displayed to even fewer fans in the future has me thinking about just dropping my Facebook pages altogether.

Given their response that the best way to reach the same people who have asked Facebook to show you their updates, is to purchase advertising, I’m tempted to not bother with trying to keep up Facebook pages for my blogs any more. Originally, I set up pages there as an easy way for people who used Facebook to follow the blog there, but obviously Facebook has decided that you shouldn’t be allowed to do that as a blog reader unless he blog owner pays for advertising. So, if you really want to follow this blog, check the sidebar for the RSS feed or email subscription. Don’t use FB to follow your online news sources.

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This Week’s Links

The ongoing struggle with XMLRPC led to the weekly blog links not getting posted earlier today, so here there are, manually. Here’s hoping I can get it work next week, this is too much like work. ;-)

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WordPress Sites Being Used in DDOS Attack?

This article caught my interest:

Just in the course of a few hours, over 162,000 different and legitimate WordPress sites tried to attack his site. We would likely have detected a lot more sites, but we decided we had seen enough and blocked the requests at the edge firewall, mostly to avoid filling the logs with junk.

Can you see how powerful it can be? One attacker can use thousands of popular and clean WordPress sites to perform their DDOS attack, while being hidden in the shadows, and that all happens with a simple ping back request to the XML-RPC file:

It caught my interest because for the last couple of months, I’ve been dealing with a problem on this site, tens of thousands of requests to post via XML-RPC, causing huge traffic bursts, time outs, and all sorts of other problems. So much so, in fact, that I’ve taken some pretty drastic measures to re-route requests to that file to null.

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Naughty Gmail App Upgrade

Both my iPhone and iPad prompted me to update my Gmail app recently. Seems Gmail was releasing a new version to fix some bugs and so on. nothing really out of the ordinary there. However, it was right after the app updated, and I launched it that I realized that there was a problem.

You see, I use the Gmail app for two different email accounts. My personal Gmail account, and my companies GoogleApps domain account. When I launched the app, i was prompted to sign into a Google Account. The new version of the app had none of my accounts setup any longer. I had to sign in to one of the accounts, and then go back and add the other account again.

Granted, this is the very definition of a first world problem, taking a few minutes to add a Gmail account, but really Google, can’t you update the app and keep my settings? How difficult could that be when every other app does it?

Speaking of Gmail, there was a much ballyhooed addition of an unsubscribe button to the Gmail web interface. I’m looking forward to using that, especially since there seems to a pandemic of people signing up for all sorts of services using the mikemcbride version of my gmail address instead of their own address. The only problem is, I haven’t seen it yet. Have you?

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Zite Gets Gobbled Up By Flipboard

I’ve been using Zite on my iPad for awhile now. I found it to be a really good way to “discover” news stories and other articles that I wanted to share through my Diigo account, and on Twitter. Given that, I’m a little apprehensive about it being acquired and rolled into Flipboard. Flipboard is a nice tool, but I’ve found it a little bit limiting for that purpose. It’s great for flipping through what others have been sharing on Twitter or GPlus, but much like Kevin O’ Keefe, who shared the news about the acquisition, I’ve found Flipboard to be a bit lacking when it comes to flipping through a specific subject and finding relevant stories.

My theory is that Flipboard’s requirements for publishers make it difficult for bloggers and other sites to get their content into Flipboard’s subject sections. I can’t just feed them my WordPress RSS feed, I have to jump through hoops, add images toe very post and so on. I have a job and a wife, I don’t have time for all of that. This leaves those subject areas to be limited to a few big name publishers, which compared to the rich variety of the web, and blogs specifically, is pretty stale.

I’m hopeful that Zite doesn’t head down that same path, but rather that the Zite technology will help Flipboard make improvements on the subject sections. But I will miss my Zite app when they shut it down.

How do you “discover” new blogs, news, opinions or articles about your areas of interest?

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SEO Question

So, if there are any SEO “experts” out there willing to answer a question for me, I’m seeing some really odd Google behavior from one of my sites.

The site in question is www.childabusesurvivor.net.

The problem is this. Once upon a time my site was in the top three hits on Google for “child abuse survivor”, which would make sense, since that is actually the title and URL of the site. Here in the last few months, that has changed. My site doesn’t appear at all for that search. (It is still number 2 on Yahoo and Bing). That made me think that perhaps I was doing something that was hurting my Google rank, so I started to look more into it. First, I checked to see if the site was listed in Google at all. Searching for “site:childabusesurvivor.net” on Google shows me the site, so I know Google sees it. I can look at Webmaster tools and see where it’s getting some clicks and appearances in search, but none of those appear to be the home page. They are searches for various terms that point directly to a single post. There aren’t any search result appearances for the front page.

So it’s being indexed, but Google has apparently decided to push the home page of the site aside in the search results.

In fact, if I go to Google and search for the URL, “childabusesurvivor.net”, that site doesn’t appear in the results. Continue reading

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