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Posted by PIMfan
Jan 21, 2014 at 07:06 PM


Out of curiosity, do you use TheBrain as a working “now” tool or as an archival system (or both)?  Jerry’s use seemed primarily focused on saving concepts/items for later retrieval?

My (current) PIM tool of choice is Zoot XT, as it does a great job as both a web item capture/archive system and also provides tools (e.g. Task List, calendar, etc) for managing daily activity.

Does TheBrain also work well in both areas? My gut instinct is that thumb-drive usage support will be a higher priority for a daily-use tool as compared to an archival system, but I’m guessing here….

Stephen Zeoli wrote:
I noted in the Jerry Michalski presentation that he said that brains can
>be stored and carried from computer to computer on a fob, which I assume
>is his term for a thumb drive. I don’t know what authority he has for
>saying that, but I assume he knows what he’s talking about.
> >Steve Z.


Posted by Dominik Holenstein
Jan 21, 2014 at 08:22 PM



I am using TheBrain on a daily basis to track the projects and actions at work.

A thought can be a
- Task - Open
- Task - Closed
- Project
- Contact
- Note

Each Task has a log in the notes section where I keep all necessary information and my planning.
Each Task and and each project has jumps to the relevant contacts (people) and contains the links to the necessary files are added as shortcuts.

This is a lot of manual work but you get used to it quite quickly. The longer you work this way the faster you get.

All the best,


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jan 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM



I use TheBrain both as a “working now” and an “archival” tool, though I’d say my use weighs more heavily on the former. TheBrain isn’t necessarily my go to information storage system.

I’ve written a couple of blog posts which talk in more detail about both aspects of The Brain.

In this one, I write about how I use it as a management tool:


And in this one I write about how it serves as my “common place book,” which is definitely an archival application:


Note that TheBrain has evolved some since I wrote these.

Steve Z.


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