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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

meeotch Re:OneNote is very good (92 comments)

Ha - forgot to finish point #3, and renumber point #4. Like I said about editing my notes...

3. There are some stupid hotkeys that I find myself accidentally hitting all the time. Like "New page" and "New Section". I don't believe you can change them - though I assume you could steal them with AutoHotkey.

6 hours ago

Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

meeotch Re:OneNote is very good (92 comments)

+1 for this. Though I'm sure nobody around here wants to hear about M$ products. "LALALALALAproprietaryLALALALALAwalledgardenLALALALALA".

I haven't tried Evernote, but only because I skimmed through the site, didn't like the formatting options, and since I've been using OneNote, I haven't felt the need. It did seem like Evernote had more options for grabbing stuff form disparate sources.

I also haven't tried OneNote 2013, because I don't like subscription software. (LALALALA) But OneNote 2010 has been pretty great. Particularly for my style of note-taking, which involves a lot of page layout, previously requiring going back and erasing when you realize you haven't left enough room, then rewriting all the notes in that section.

Some irritating issues, that mostly have workarounds:

1. You can't edit images (or not very well) once they're pasted in. Workaround: hotkey for screen cliping, hotkey to MS Paint. Ctrl-V edit Ctrl-C Ctrl-V into OneNote.
2. "Dock" mode actually takes over half of your desktop, and shoves all your icons out of the way. Workaround: icon saver program, hotkey.
3. There are some stupid hotkeys that
3. Probably some other stuff I'm not remembering.

The killer feature: With this guy's add-on, you can auto-complete to build up fairly complex mathematical equations pretty quickly.

It also auto-OCR's images in the background, so that you can search for text in images you've pasted in.

Exporting to pdf appears to preserve links, including "internal" ones between pages, as long as you export all the relevant pages together. Exporting to mht is not quite as successful.

Now my notes look like this:

I believe there's a tablet version - but I wouldn't want to use it with a stylus. Particularly if I was trying to use handwriting recognition to enter math equations.

6 hours ago

The Science of Solitary Confinement

meeotch could be worse (326 comments)

restricted to cells of 80 square feet, not much larger than a king-size bed.. experienced symptoms such as dizziness, heart palpitations, chronic depression, while 41 percent reported hallucinations, and 27 percent had suicidal thoughts...

Add in paying rent of $3000/month for the privilege, and you've just described most of Manhattan.

about 2 months ago

'Write the Docs' is a Conference for People Who Write Software Docs (Video)

meeotch how to get there? (24 comments)

I was going to go, but there were no directions, so I posted to a couple of forums. I got two conflicting answers, and one guy who called me a dumbass for not knowing and suggested I start my own conference if I didn't like the one they were having.

about 2 months ago

Google Chrome 32 Is Out: Noisy Tabs Indicators, Supervised Users

meeotch it also breaks startpage.com (141 comments)

If you're a user of startpage.com (google-based search that doesn't track you), you'll no longer be able to use the "POST vs GET" option, which I believe is the default, and which keeps websites from tracking your search terms.

For whatever reason, chrome 32 with POST vs GET will cause startpage searches to redirect back to the startpage.com home page with no results.

To use the previous version of chrome on Windows, look in your %APPDATA%/Local/Google directory. There should be an old_chrome.exe that you can run that links to the previous version.

Of course, when chrome auto-updates again, you'll lose that version. I've disabled the update plugin in about:plugins, but I'm not sure if that's sufficient to prevent updates.

about 3 months ago

CES 2014: Ohio Company is Bringing Military-Grade Motion Sensors to Gaming

meeotch Rotoscoping? (46 comments)

Why does TFS link to a wikipedia article about rotoscoping, which (correctly) identifies it as a manual, 2D process?

But I guess we should be thankful that, if editors aren't actually going to catch such mistakes, they are at least doing us the favor of linking to documentation highlighting their errors.

about 3 months ago

PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

meeotch In related news... (564 comments)

Ford Motor Company announced they will be marketing a car that runs on both steam *and* a giant key that you turn to wind it up.

Seriously - wtf?

about 4 months ago

NSA Drowns In Useless Data, Impeding Work, Former Employee Claims

meeotch Excellent... (120 comments)

...how can I help?

No, seriously - I tried to start discussion in a previous "The NSA is sniffing your dirty boxers" thread about the possibility of an easy-to-use browser / email plugin / app / etc. that would encourage Joe User to increase the amount of "noise traffic" he generated. E.g., something that would tack a bunch of Terror Words onto the end of every email, but more practical and less scary to use. Encourage people to automatically participate in conscientious objection to surveillance the way that they reflexively download mp3's or jaywalk.

I think the only response was "emacs spook mode", which is funny, but not really the discussion I was hoping for.

about 4 months ago

Percentage of Self-Employed IT Workers Increasing

meeotch Employers of Record (138 comments)

How many of self-employed (or non-self-employed) out there have to deal with "employers of record"? I'm not in IT, but I am in an industry where predatory third-party employers act as a means for companies to pass their payroll taxes, workers comp insurance, etc. on to their employees. My understanding is that this sort of thing is prevalent in IT as well, so I'm curious how many slashdotters who are in IT have to deal with this.

For those who are unfamiliar, the grift is this: Company A, rather than hiring worker W, instead contracts with Evil Employer of Record E. E "hires" W, and "loans" them out to A. Since W doesn't work for A, A doesn't pay payroll taxes, workers comp, etc. (A significant amount - something like 10-20% of salary.) This is where it gets fun: E, which is now responsible for those costs, passes them through to W by deducting them from W's pay. Often, they'll charge a 2% fee on top of this for the privilege.

All of the costs of being a 1099 contractor, with vastly diminished opportunity for tax deductions. Plus you pay the max % for unemployment tax and workers comp (those costs are on a scale, and self-incorporated person would generally come in at the bottom of that scale instead of the top).

In my industry, a lot of foreign visa workers and the less tax-savvy are caught in this scam. And the gov't (specifically, the state gov't) does nothing to stop it, because they're getting unemployment tax that they wouldn't get if the same workers were 1099.

about 4 months ago

Little Miss Sunshine Screenwriter Gets Nod For Star Wars: Episode VII

meeotch I was in Star Wars (321 comments)

In fact, I had the titular line in the film. I wonder if I'll be asked back for Episode VII?

about a year and a half ago

Ford Tests DIY Firmware Updates

meeotch alt firmware (164 comments)

Screw official updates. I installed Cyanogenmod on my 2012 Fiesta, and now it goes ONE MILLION MILES AN HOUR.

more than 2 years ago

Details Of FBI Surveillance In Lulzsec Takedown Emerge

meeotch Re:Lesson for other hacking groups (278 comments)

ECHELON? Is that where the UKUSA searches for words like bomb, jihad, plutonium, assassinate, and anarchy?

Oh my God! Beardo - did they make you post that? Are you o.k.? Did they hurt you? Type "first post" if you want us to call the cops.

more than 2 years ago

Last Day To Tell Google To Forget You

meeotch Re:YouTube (238 comments)

I'm using Windows Firefox v10, and this is not true for me. Open google tab, sign out, open youtube tab, sign in, refresh google tab = it's now signed in.

However, Chrome will allow you to open an "Incognito" window with Ctrl-Shift-N. The cookie-blocking feature of which seems to keep google signed out, even if opened from a signed-in window.

more than 2 years ago

Virtual Reality Helmet Designed For Deep Space Surgery

meeotch even better than earth surgery (83 comments)

Because with the latency, by the time they get around to actually cutting you open, you'll already be healed, and won't have to do the surgery at all!

more than 2 years ago

Downloads of DoS Attack Tool LOIC Spike

meeotch Re:Stupid idea. (267 comments)

Legally... You mean like this?

about 2 years ago

The RMS Tour Rider

meeotch noise filter (373 comments)

Please don't be surprised if I pull out my computer at dinner and
begin handling some of my email. I have difficulty hearing when there
is noise; at dinner, when people are speaking to each other, I usually
cannot hear their words.

Isn't this a symptom of autistic spectrum disorders? I know it's trendy for everyone in the geek world to claim Asperger's these days... But I know that I personally can have trouble filtering signal from noise in crowded environments, and that such environments make me particularly anxious.

more than 2 years ago



Information Wants to be Free (for the Government)

meeotch meeotch writes  |  more than 5 years ago

meeotch writes "El Reg is reporting that a federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. Air Force can't be sued under the DMCA. The case in question involves software written by and Air Force sergeant, which the senior brass decided that they liked. When the sergeant couldn't be coerced into turning over his source code, the Air Force demoted him and hired an outside company to crack the binary, rather than license the software. The appeals court found that the Air Force couldn't be sued, due to the principle of sovereign immunity, which says that a sovereign power can't be sued unless it consents to be (and the government has indeed consented... but apparently not in the case of the DMCA.) A similar case was discussed here previously — involving copyright infringement and state sovereignty. Now if I could only get someone from the military to download all my warez for me."
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