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Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Nov 7, 2008 at 07:16 PM

 

With the festive season not too far away, I thought I’d post my wishes for the software we discuss here, i.e. information managers. (It’s not much, and quite a bit is actually already available one way or another, but the integration is still missing).

1. I want my information managers to be cross-platform. Personally, I use Windows and am switching to Linux, but I wouldn’t mind it running on Mac as well. (Ideally, I’d prefer it not to be in Java, as I find many such applications too lazy for comfort). In this context, I’m currently trying out Notecase Pro.

2. I want my information managers to be Web 2.0 aware. I don’t want to have to choose between the ‘cloud’ and local storage. I’d like the best of both worlds please. Evernote is nice in this regard.

What the software actually does, and how its features are presented, may be a question of personal preferences altogether; some like outlines, others mind maps.

But the two abilities noted above are, IMHO, what many of us will eventually come to expect. The software I mentioned as examples is far from ideal in terms of overall features, but it is moving in the right direction.

Is it much to ask?

alx

 


Posted by quant
Nov 7, 2008 at 08:23 PM

 

Alexander Deliyannis wrote:
>2. I want my
>information managers to be Web 2.0 aware. I don’t want to have to choose between the
>‘cloud’ and local storage. I’d like the best of both worlds please. Evernote is nice in
>this regard.

web 2.0? What is it? It is that thing that no-one really knows what it is and how it’s defined? Isn’t there already web 3.0?

 


Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Nov 7, 2008 at 09:35 PM

 

quant wrote:
>web 2.0? What is it?

Well, if you prefer, you might use the term ‘webware’ which is perhaps more descriptive. The original web (“1.0”) was a global evolution of hypertext, in short a collection of interlinked documents. This has now evolved to a collection of interlinked applications, hence the “2.0” or webware term.

You are right that nobody really knows what it means, because it is still evolving. Nevertheless, an additional factor is clear: the original web enabled users to become publishers; the enhanced web enables them to become programmers.

In any case, my main point is that I don;t want to restrict myself to choosing, say, between Outlook and Gmail; I want a desktop mail client that syncs with the webmail and, through it, with other desktops.

alx

 


Posted by quant
Nov 7, 2008 at 09:52 PM

 

aaah, ok, I see what you meant

Alexander Deliyannis wrote:
>In any case, my main point is that I don;t want to restrict myself to
>choosing, say, between Outlook and Gmail; I want a desktop mail client that syncs with
>the webmail and, through it, with other desktops.
> >alx

 


Posted by Tom S.
Nov 9, 2008 at 05:47 PM

 

Alexander Deliyannis wrote:

>1. I want my information managers to be cross-platform. Personally, I
>use Windows and am switching to Linux, but I wouldn’t mind it running on Mac as well.
>(Ideally, I’d prefer it not to be in Java, as I find many such applications too lazy for
>comfort). In this context, I’m currently trying out Notecase Pro.

Amen.  For this reason I’ve started using web applications more.  Google Notebook shows promise but, of course, it isn’t there yet.  It might not be there for a long time.  They have a lot of work to do on those apps.

Tom S.

 


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