Tuesday, August 16, 2011


A main use for my iPad is for note taking in meetings. I've looked at a few applications and have come to like Evernote.  The killer feature as I see it is that it automatically syncs notes via the cloud between my iPad, MacBook Pro, and iPhone.   Your notes can also be viewed online in a web browser.  This way I can access my notes pretty much wherever I am, since I always have at least my phone.  You can also have notes that are local-only, i.e., not synced across the Internet.

Among other things, I plan to start putting my technical reference notes into Evernote so I can easily find them, and so I can access them no matter where I am.

One caveat is that notes are not encrypted, so be careful about putting sensitive data on synced notes. Evernote does allow you to encrypt text within a note, but not the entire note.  Even so, I do not plan on putting online the spreadsheet I use to keep track of my accounts, usernames, and passwords. That will stay inside a TrueCrypt volume.

Another feature with which I'm experimenting is sharing notes.  This can be useful for groups.  So far, the one shared note I've created is Black Powder Revolver Notes, which I've shared with a friend who just picked up his first caplock revolver.

A basic Evernote account is free, while a Premium account is $5/month or $45/year.  Both allow you an unlimited number of notes in your account, but the free account is limited to 60 MB of uploads per month, and the max note size is 25 MB.  The figures for Premium accounts are 1 GB uploads per month and 50 MB per note.  The free version also has some limits on the types of files you can upload. You can see the full list of differences here.

Evernote is a handy program, especially for tech professionals. I recommend giving it a look.


Anonymous said...

I've used Evernote for about 10 years now, frozen to version

The killer aspect is that the notes themselves are linear/timelined, but the tags you put on them (and therefore the notes) can be organized into a tree structure. This neatly solves the problem that most outline programs have, that of each note residing in exactly one leaf node.

The version I use is that last non-cloud version, which as you suggested, lives on a truecrypt volume. IMO, the cloud is a fundamentally dumb place to keep my stuff, until the underlying cryptographic infrastructure gets sorted out. My position is that unless I generated and have the only copy of the private key, any privacy assurances offered by other parties are rightly viewed as nothing more than easily revokable courtesies.


Anonymous said...

BTW, I've been experimenting with dropbox, for cloud storage, and boxcryptor, which gives file level AES encryption.

I had also briefly drop boxed a truecrypt volume, but then I thought better of it when I considered how simultaneous access would not be properly managed.


Dave Markowitz said...

I've been using a TrueCrypt volume on Dropbox for awhile now with no problems. However, the TC volume is only accessed from one machine at a time.