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Comment Re:Requirements (Score 1) 286

Then you probably want Onenote. It can do 1-8 no problem. I'm not aware of encryption (#9) for it, but you can password lock pages/notes. It doesn't do Markdown, but there's really no need. If you want bold, just do ^Bsomething bold^B (like any other MS-Windows program) and you're good ... all the MS-office shortcuts work. For #3, you didn't say what devices, but I do use it on phone (android), tablet (win8.1), and desktop (win7 & winxp in a VM on Linux). It also has a browser interface if required. Onenote is the best thing MS sells, IMO, and perhaps the only thing from them that I like. It also works on Macs if you swing that way. :) ... HTH

Comment Re:Don't subscribe (Score 1) 286

I've researched OneNote and EverNote before and neither of them have any features that would be worth losing all of your personal notes when you don't pay your monthly ransom.

Onenote is a program on my local machine. That's not going to away so there's no ransom. When I decide to ditch Onenote, I'll export all of my stuff to HTML and then suck it into my new note program. But for now, Onenote is the best electronic notebook I've found, bar none, and I've look at a lot of them.

For me, Onenote is 1 of the few programs holding me to MS-Windows. Games? They're fun but I can give them up and most of the games I'd play anyway are older and can be found for SteamOS. I just want a good note taking program that will sync between devices and will run on both MS-Windows (for my tablet) and Linux (for my desktop).

I recently found Turtl and NoteCase Pro, 2 tools that didn't exist when I did my big survey a few years ago. I'm looking into them now and am hoping 1 of them will do the job, putting me that much closer to kicking MS-Windows out of my life (except for work).

Comment Re:On What Spectrum? (Score 1) 74

If it's like what I have now, it comes in basically on the 802.11 spectrum. The antennae sit on water towers (cheaper than the rent on cell towers I'm told). I live in a semi-rural area and the tower I point at is like 3 miles away. I'll also point that that you must have line of site to the tower or it's a no go. I can get 5Mb down on a good day. During the busy 6p-9p I'm lucky to get 1.5Mb which makes Netflix rough. Yes, our area is oversold but they won't upgrade. :( They say they have equipment that can do 15Mb, but until the towers support that higher speed, what I have on my roof doesn't matter. FWIW, that comes at $45/month.

So if Google can come up with a way to compete with this, I would welcome our new wireless overlords. ;)

Comment Re:Things Do Not Want (Score 1) 123

As others have pointed it, it depends on what's going on as to whether this is a good thing ... e.g. if you only need to the place to sleep because you'll hardly be in the room but must have a "base" while you're somewhere.

I first ran into something like this about 10 years ago. In the bottom of the Helsinki airport, there is a Scandic Hotel and each room is about 5m by 3m (probably about double what's in the summary). It's actually a great place to stay when you have a flight before 7am (which would require you to be in line by 0530 or earlier). You can check in the night before, all you really need it for is to sleep and the basic bathroom needs, and you have no travel time to the airport in early morning so you can actually sleep a little longer. I wouldn't want to stay a week there, but in the circumstance I used it for, it was a great thing.

Comment Re:New Feature for LibreOffice? (Score 2) 39

Perhaps this will spur the Libre/Open office (Apache foundation for openoffice) to add EPub export the way Firefox got tabs as a standard browser feature. ...

No need, there's a great tool for EPub generation called Calibre. It will take a variety of inputs and produce an EPub doc. If you want to edit, Calibre can help there too, but I prefer Sigil. The point is there are other and better tools to work with EPub than LibreOffice. No need added a lot of extra stuff to that behemoth, instead use a tool made for the job.

Comment Re: The future looks good. (Score 3, Interesting) 264

The future's good and the present is nothing to sneeze at. I've used Audacity as my primary audio editor for years. Admittedly, my requirements are pretty lightweight, but it does what I need.

I've done some audio editing in the past where I take raw inputs, clean them up, add effects & other work as needed, then produce a final track. While I can do that with Audacity, I find it harder to do than with SoundForge (an MS-Windows only program). I'm sure some of my preference is what I'm used to, but it's always felt to me that Audacity just makes things a little harder than they need to be, or is missing something I'm looking for (it might even have what I want but is called something else that I don't recognize so I think it can't do what I need). I appreciate what the team has done in giving us Audacity, and it's fine for when I need to take a recording and trim the ends or something else dead simple, but for real editing I'd *much* rather have SoundForge.

To use an analogy that is somewhat apropos, I actually prefer MS-Word over LibreOffice-Writer. Sure, I can use Writer to get the job done, but I always seem to have to hunt a little harder to find the task I need, or Writer randomly renders the document incorrectly occasionally (displaying into the margins is the most annoying one but it screws up in other ways too). I use Writer for simple tasks like viewing only, but for heavy editing I prefer Word.

In both cases, I'm discussing ease of use to get the job done and not about which is "freer" (which maybe be more important to some poeople ... me, I just want to get the job done so I can move on to the next job).

Comment Re:Don't know if you'll see this... (Score 2) 89

When I truly *need* to write, 1 thing that is important to me is environment. It may still be hard to get started, but once you take the first few minutes to make yourself start, a good environment can help you stay in "the writing zone". Of course, that will be an individual thing that you may have to hunt for.

For me, it means no interruptions (from people, phones, etc), good music that is slightly energetic but not overly so and no words/singing. I also do best in blocks of 2-4 hours so I have time to get into the zone and stay there long enough to really produce something but not so long as I become uncomfortable -- your brain needs breaks too occasionally. Also, don't overlook your sense of smell; generally that means avoiding distracting smells, but perhaps there are also smells that you find pleasant and puts you in a good (or relaxed or whatever) mood. There are times a good beverage is a positive, but not too much as that causes bathroom breaks at inopportune times. ;)

There's a lot of trial and error, but that's life sometimes. :) Rewards don't work for me, but I could see how they might for some.

HTH and that you find what works for you,
Kevin

Comment Re: Right. More than right. (Score 1) 172

and getting a job impossible

Bollox. Getting a job is still very well possible, ...

Absolutely. A couple of months ago I started looking around. I had 2 interviews in about 3 weeks. Neither company asked about social networks during the interview, as is "do you have one?". I received an offer from the 2nd company and took it.

Perhaps they checked on their own and didn't tell me, but my lack of presence on Facebook and Twitter didn't seem to hurt me at all. I do have a google+ account, but I hardly use it. It's hard to be less into social networks than I am and I didn't find getting a job hard.

I could see where maybe there are a few jobs that would almost require it, say if you were in marketing or something, but for those of us in the tech fields, this isn't an issue.

Comment Re:Google Keep (Score 1) 227

I would second the use of OneNote. It is the standard by which I measure all other note taking apps, and IMO, none come close ... but it does depend on what you want in said app. :) I say that after having done a survey of about 40 products, all of which think they can be used for note taking. If you can get the 2010 version, I find it better than the 2013 version.

OTOH, I can understand wanting an "open" tool for this. As much as I love OneNote, it's hard to use on Linux and I do feel the "lock in". There is a browser version of OneNote that can generally get the job done, but it's not as nice as the real app. I just bought Crossover Office, so we'll see how well I can get it running there.

My most recent attempt for going open with note taking is a tool called Tagspaces. It will run on all major platforms and you can put whatever files into it that you want: text, html, pics, etc. Then you can add "tags" to it to mark what it's for. It has search. It can show the file with a native app, or for simple apps show it in the tool and allow you to edit it. Combine that with a syncing tool like Dropbox and I think it will be what I want, or it will be when the next version comes out I believe (I need 1 more feature to make the syncing better, but if you don't need to sync between multiple computers then you won't have my problem). If I can get Tagspaces whipped into shape, then I'll migrate from OneNote to this.

Comment Re:You like our work? (Score 1) 167

Great post, I'd mod you up if I could.

One more thing with many jobs is that when a person walks out, they can take irreplaceable information with them. Most of us probably aren't given time to really document what we do, so when we leave, all the "whys" and "designs" go with us. Where I am now, I'd love to know why several things were done like they are because I think they need to be changed but we don't dare for fear of breaking something important; but we'll never know why as the people who coded it are long gone. If I and a few others like me leave the company, they will be in a very difficult spot as it could take our replacement well over a year to come up to speed and as the 3rd generation of coders to work on this product they'll know even less than I do. So yeah, it's far cheaper to keep your current employees happy.

Comment Re:None of them (Score 1) 889

"People pay for Office because it's better."
> No, people pay for Office because they are sheeple and don't know any better; and because Micro$oft has a stranglehold on the market.

Some people are sheeple, but some of us want/pay-for Office because it has programs that there are no equivalents for on Linux. Someone above mentioned Outlook (personally I hate Outlook with a passion). For me, it's OneNote; nothing in the OSS world comes close and I've looked. Even Evernote, which is about half of what OneNote is doesn't even have a native Linux app.

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