After Evernote

The news about Evernote had been bad for a while, but when they raised their prices this summer, that was it for me. I don’t mind paying for services, but $70 a year is too steep. Plus, I’ve always had a problem with having my data scattered among lots of different platforms. Ideally, I’d like […]

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Time-proven faves

A couple years ago, when I started blogging, I reviewed a few apps I use to stay as paperless as possible. I think it’s time to revisit them: the technology has changed quite a bit since then and so have (some of) my habits. Some apps I’ve replaced altogether. For instance, I used to have […]

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A fan girl’s two cents

When the apple announcements dropped on Tuesday I was busy working with Martha Burtis. More specifically, I was watching her show off the incredible work she’s done with the surveying the burg site. I’d match it up against professional CRM apps any day, and will have more to say about it soon. Anyway, I missed […]

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Impatience and clouds

I’m not exactly the patient type, so after last week’s rant I decided to do something about my cloud storage/filing conundrum. First, I needed to brainstorm, and lucky for me Ryan Brazell came over for dinner and very graciously let me bore him to death. Then, I looked at many, many reviews and finally pulled […]

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Some ‘splaining tools explained

Pictures are worth a thousand words Also: tl;dr Also also: videos I’m all for a good read, but let’s be honest: pretty often, you just need to learn a skill or follow steps or something. And then, the instructions being written isn’t actually a good thing. It’s boring, and doesn’t necessarily emphasize the important parts. […]

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Infographics ad nauseam

I wanted to bring together the stuff I learned from the infographics course I taught this semester and the workshop I led earlier this week. But then I realized trying to bring it all together in a blog post would make it way too meander-y, aside-packed, and also likely perpetually unfinished. So instead I’m going […]

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Infographics, qu’est-ce que c’est?

I’m teaching infographics this spring. I’ll probably say quite a bit about it in the months to come, starting…. Now. Background (the boring stuff) I teach a senior-level preservation planning lab every spring. It’s a wide-open course: as long as it builds on what students have already learned, and teaches them useful skills, it can […]

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Conferences galore

This October is insane for me: three conferences in a month. So this means I’m reminded of how cold it is in amtrak trains, how terrible institutional coffee is, and how all conferences are so similar, even when the topic is different. Nothing like the fifth or sixth session at a conference to help your […]

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A Cautionary Tale

Less than two weeks before my comprehensive examinations, my computer died. Those of you without PhD’s may not know what comps are. Let me tell you about that special brand of misery: After you’ve taken classes but before you’re allowed to embark on your dissertation, you have to take an exam that covers, well, everything. […]

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You get what you pay for

I’m an organized, neat-freak, hyper to-do-list user of epic proportions. I highly value the apps that help me stay on top of everything. Fantastical has been worth every penny, for instance. OK, but a calendar app is only part of the battle. You also need a good GTD (“get things done”) app AKA a “To Do” […]

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