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Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Nov 6, 2011 at 09:32 AM

 

JBfrom wrote:
>Ergonomics aside, I’m not clear on why this would be better than Evernote as part of a
>workflow. 

It’s not ‘better’ in the power sense, but they are not comparable programs. I have personally found that I prefer to allocate different tools to different uses, even if some of those tools could cover several uses. See my relevant post here http://www.outlinersoftware.com/topics/viewt/3097/0/holy-grail-or-holy-grails

Cintanotes in particular is very handy to maintain ready for quick notes, a shortcut-key away from whatever I’m doing. When I get an idea, or remember something, I can just jot it down there without interrupting my workflow for more that 10”.

Thereon I can transfer selected to my relevant scratch file or elsewhere by simple (multiple select) copy and paste. I have the wonders of plain text to thank for this http://www.outlinersoftware.com/messages/viewm/10506

 


Posted by JBfrom
Nov 6, 2011 at 11:11 AM

 

So basically it’s a fast, lightweight staging area.

I can see the use case for that, especially if your secondary staging area is a bit heavier. Evernote is heavier, both in interface and syncing time.

I don’t need it, since my chron tapes and scratch files function well as fast staging areas.

By the way, I started giving my scratch files verbose names like this: scratch10-general-topic-name.org, which makes them much easier to keep track of.

I also started numbering at 10 instead of one so that numerical order equals chronological order, instead of 1, 10, 11, ... 2, 20, 21… etc

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Nov 6, 2011 at 05:38 PM

 

JBfrom wrote:

>I don’t need it, since my chron tapes and scratch
>files function well as fast staging areas.

Indeed, it’s a matter of personal preference. I find that for me it’s faster to write down what I have in mind and tag it as the relevant project, than navigate to the right scratch file, especially since I will then see more on the project and possibly lose my focus…

>By the way, I started giving my scratch
>files verbose names like this: scratch10-general-topic-name.org, which makes
>them much easier to keep track of.

That was one of the things I wondered about when I first read about the scratch file concept.

>I also started numbering at 10 instead of one so
>that numerical order equals chronological order, instead of 1, 10, 11, ... 2, 20,
>21… etc

Why not 01, 02…, 09, 10… ?

 


Posted by JBfrom
Nov 6, 2011 at 09:06 PM

 

That’s interesting. Is it a mental fragmentation issue or simply that navigating to the proper scratch file or chron tape takes longer in TextPad?

In Emacs switching is fast and keyboard controlled, plus I can split screens, so it’s not an issue.

Maybe CintaNotes should be a recommended pre-staging area for Cyborganize users who substitute a text editor for Org-Mode.

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Nov 6, 2011 at 10:47 PM

 

I think mental fragmentation is a good term for it.

TextPad is actually very fast.

 


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