Tag Archives: software

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Like Evernote? Be Aware of Pricing Changes

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Evernote is a fairly widely-used tool for corralling and then exploring information. There have been numerous posts about Evernote here at ProfHacker, such as Shawn Miller’s introduction to the tool, Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s testimonial as an Evernote convert, Amy’s account of teaching with it, and a variety of posts about using Evernote on your phone, with Markdown, or in web browsers.

There is a long tradition of speculating on Evernote’s business model–although it has a lot of users, most of …

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Write in a New Way with Gingko

gingko logo When I work with graduate or undergraduate students on their writing skills, I often ask them to tell me about their writing process, from the note-taking stage through pre-writing, writing, and final revision. I often ask whether they outline a paper before beginning to write, as that’s often a useful way to begin exploring how a particular writer thinks and organizes ideas. I don’t believe that all writers need to outline, nor that all outlines should be done in a certain way. Unfortunately, …

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Google Now: Switching from iOS to Android, Part 3

In my first post about switching from iOS to Android, I noted that Google Now was one of the reasons I decided to try Android:

I read over and over again about Google Now’s superiority over Siri. I’m not sure how important this will actually be to my mobile experience. I didn’t have a Siri-capable iPhone before, and I don’t know how often I’ll want to talk with my phone. But its does seem like Google is pulling ahead of Apple in this new area of voice-driven interface, and as a geek I wa…

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Tinker, Android, Why: Switching from iOS to Android, Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my choice to switch from iOS to Android. In this post, I want to focus on the final reason for switching that I listed in that post:

I’m a geek and was lured by the customizability of Android. The great benefit of iOS is that it just works, and works pretty well. But Android has become a very attractive and stable platform in its own right, but adds to that the ability to customize nearly every aspect of the experience, down to swapping software keyboards and oth…

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Open Thread Wednesday: What Software Do You Refuse to Update?

A comic titled, 'An update is available for your computer.' A Linux user says, 'Cool, more free stuff!' A Windows user says, 'Not Again!' And a Mac user says, 'Ooh, only $99!'

I’ll be honest: there’s not much I like more than a good software update. When I get a pop-up telling me that there’s a new version available, I tend to click “Install and restart” faster than our new puppy hops onto the table when my back is turned. My general feeling is that new versions of things I like will be even more likely to be likable. And for the most part, I tend to be right.

But there’s an exception. I’ve been a huge fan of the screenshot tool Skitch ever since Jason reviewed it in…

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Sync Your Meeting Notes with Audio with Pear Note for iOS

A pear sliced horizontally and stackedTwo and a half years ago, George posted a review of Pear Note, “a $40 Mac-only software application from Useful Fruit designed specifically for taking notes while watching a presentation.” Now, you could arguably do that with a text editor or even Word. So what makes Pear Note special is that it records the presentation’s audio while you’re typing notes, and afterwards you can click on a portion of your notes and hear the audio that was happening right as you typed those notes. So if you can’t q…

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Toshl: Reorganize Your Financial Life (with little Monster Gnomes)

It’s that time of the year when taxes are in the air. You’re probably irritated, wondering: where are my receipts? Why didn’t I document my finances better? If this rings true, it might be time to look into some personal finance software. Heather has blogged some reviews of applications that she has used earlier, and today ProfHacker reviews a fun little application called Toshl.

Toshl is a multi-platform app that allows you to keep track of your spending. When you pay for something, you can enter the expense either on its web-based application, or on your mobile phone. Toshl is multi-platform (iOS, Android, Symbian and the Windows Phone) and syncs smoothly across different devices.

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The Wizards of Vim

I met a Vim wizard for the first time in 1994. Two of them actually, a married couple. They really were wizards, at least in that mysterious internet gaming environment known as a MUD. That meant they had powers to build and transform the online world that the rest of us plodded through, one “north” or “south” command at a time. They had the power to bring objects into being and banish players from the realm. They told me that someday 3D graphics would allow us to wander through digital worlds w…

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eNotations: Produce Your Own Critical Edition In Class

Can students produce their own learning content? Cathy Davidson (@cathyndavidson) thinks so, and has been challenging educators to make this happen. Last semester I modestly attempted answer her call by asking my students to create their own annotated critical edition of a literary text. This assignment was part of a “Literary Research” seminar, a gateway course that introduces students to research methodologies for the literature major. One of its pedagogical goals is to train students to …

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Simplify, Simplify!

I have confessed before my appreciation for Henry David Thoreau—an odd thinker, perhaps, for a ProfHacker to esteem. Nevertheless, I think Thoreau can be a useful antidote to unbridled techno-lust. As I wrote in that earlier post, “I want to use gadgets and software that will help me do things I already wanted to do—but better, or more efficiently, or with more impact.” I don’t want to acumulate things for their own sake.

In one of my favorite passages from Walden, Thoreau recalls, “I had three …