I keep hearing about how much the rest of the world is supposedly against the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Ok, then they should stop buying U.S. debt instruments that make it possible! This show would be down in a matter of days!The Bush administration intends to seek about $70 billion in emergency funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan early next year, pushing total war costs close to $225 billion since the invasion of Iraq early last year, Pentagon and congressional officials said yesterday.
When Microsoft OneNote came out a while ago, I thought it sounded interesting... but since I've been trying to lower my exposure to Microsoft products over the years, I never bothered to look into it further.
Well, Microsoft recently distributed free copies of OneNote at the university my girlfriend attends.
I wanted to check it out.
I'm having a hard time keeping track of all the information and research that I'm accumulating for the documentary film I'm producing. I'm sourcing information from books, magazines, websites, video and still images (that need descriptions), audio files, interviews, my own thoughts, etc. My girlfriend is working on a PhD and she has heavy information management needs as well. We decided to install OneNote on her system to check it out.
I hate to say it, but after using OneNote for a few minutes, I was convinced that this was an extremely attractive solution to my information overload mess. Right now, I take notes in Notepad (believe it or not) and a paper notebook. I have browser bookmarks on two different computers. I have all of my images and media files in directories with no descriptions. This is a bad scene.
I need to sort all of this stuff out by topic, regardless of the type of media. I need to access the underlying files from the notes. OneNote can do all of this in a really elegant way.
Fine, so why am I writing about this? If OneNote can take care of these issues, what's the problem?
This is a Microsoft Product! I've seen this before. Things look good on the surface, but then, down the road, BGates finds a way to set you up the bomb.
So I was wondering... Do you use a non-Microsoft information management system? Is there something else out there as mature and intuitive as OneNote? I'm quite happy with Firebird and OpenOffice, for example. Some kind of opensource Notezilla thing would be great! (Watch, someone will suggest notetaking and information management with vi or emacs.) By the way, I don't need any of the Office/Outlook interoperability that OneNote provides, since I don't use those apps.
. I got a runtime error trying to install it under Win2000. I need this to run on 2000 and XP. That thing sounds good, but I can't be bothered with early stage apps that don't install properly. I wish those guys luck, though. This would be a nice opensource tool to have.
Thanks for any input you may have!