Evernote Mobile – Part 4: Seven tips and techniques to use Evernote for college

One of Evernote’s biggest usergroup is college students. While day-to-day use of the service is being done in great amounts everywhere, one of the less talked-about uses is for college.

Use Evernote to collaborate

Evernote’s student ambassador, Megan Cotter, has already come up with a few tips for using Evernote — as the company itself puts it — from a college or university setting. But there we see a lot about using Evernote across devices — desktops/laptops, phones, tablets and so on.

However, in the real world, we are more often with our phones than most other devices, so here is how we can make best use of Evernote mobile everyday for college.

Evernote for research? Read on to find out!

Before we head off, I would like to map out our journey (it is going to be a longer article than usual!) We will start off by looking at a few common questions most students have — and, trust me, having used Evernote at college for 2 years, I realise there are some things you only learn by experience; nonetheless, I will share them with you!

From then on, we will assume certain things for our seven tips: that you are a college student (or are soon going to be one,) that you go to the same human college as the rest of us, where we all just love homework, that your day at college is spent (at least) trying to be more productive than usual, that you are actually interested in college. Continue reading

Evernote Mobile – Part 3: Effective browsing, web clipping and saving with your Evernote

More often than not, time spent browsing the web is unproductive. For some this may be because they veer off course, for others because they go online with something in mind and one thing leads to another and they have too much information on their hands — more than anybody can possibly remember or digest in an hour or so.

Introducing web clipping

Evernote web clipper tipsA quick and self-sufficient way to work around this problem is to use Evernote’s nifty little feature: the web clipper. This tiny browser-bar button sits out of the picture until you want it, and when you do, it swings into action by saving just the area of a web page that you choose.

I say self-sufficient because the web clipper is beautifully integrated into Evernote: once you choose an area of a page to save, it allows you to add tags and pick a notebook to save it into, and quickly clips and stores it away on all your devices. In this article we shall see a couple of ways in which you can make your web clipping better and more efficient, and also some interesting uses for it.

Important! This is part 3 of a 7-part series of articles on Evernote Mobile:
  1. Getting started with Evernote Mobile
  2. 5 tips and techniques for improving your Evernote organisation
  3. Effective browsing, web clipping and saving with your Evernote
  4. Seven tips and techniques to use Evernote for college
  5. Five tips to use Evernote for photography

Why is it better than alternatives like Readability, Pocket or Instapaper?

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Evernote Mobile – Part 2: Five tips and techniques to improve your Evernote organisation

In this age of technology, we all have more things to do than we possibly can. So we need some sort of digital assistant to keep reminding us of those things and making sure we complete it. Now some can afford human assistants to get this job done, but others would rather have safer digital assistants.

Evernote is one such application: it is a note-taking app that can help you keep your day-to-day activities on course, keep a schedule and do things as planned. But Evernote alone cannot make you do your job. There is a certain systematic method in which you need to organise yourself around this wonderful app to make it truly useful and effective to you — and a lot more people need to understand this than is evident at first.

With the five simple techniques we will see in this article, you can learn how to manage and make Evernote a more efficient and effective digital assistant that can actually help you get things done!

Important! This is part 2 of a 7-part series of articles on Evernote Mobile.
  1. Getting started with Evernote
  2. Five tips and techniques to improve your Evernote organisation
  3. Effective browsing, web clipping and saving with your Evernote
  4. Seven tips and techniques to use Evernote at college
  5. Five tips to use Evernote for photography
All screenshots taken on an International GALAXY Note N7000. All Right Reserved. No screenshot may be reproduced elsewhere without prior permission. Also, click on any image to view full resolution version.
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Evernote Mobile – Part 1: Getting started

If you have not heard of Evernote, you definitely are living under a rock. Evernote is a powerful, cross-platform, note-taking and collaboration app. And if you read our recent notes-app comparison, you will see just how feature-rich Evernote is.

Now, on the other hand, if you have not yet got started with it for some reason, that is excusable. With this seven-part series, you are sure to be an advanced Evernote user (we call ourselves ‘Evernote junkies’) and — here is the real deal — you will be using Evernote not just as a note-taking app, but as one to improve your productivity and (seemingly) lengthen you day!

Evernote Mobile

I will only be talking about Evernote on mobile devices (be it iOS, Android or something else, Evernote is basically the same build-, design- and structure-wise) because its mobile app itself is so plump with features and targeted at several types of users that it is going to us seven interesting articles to cover.

I am going to be putting up  one every two or three days to help you digest the information effectively. So, today, let us start with a quick run-down of what Evernote is, what you can do with it and getting a basic understanding of how Evernote works. Continue reading

On Man: On Democracy and other forms of mis-governance

MAN BELIEVES IN ruling himself although his own realisation of this is flawed, in that he lets others rule him so long as they are men too — at least physically.

Therefore, in order to satisfy his spirit, and (mis)lead it to believe he is his own master, he created a new word that could describe his hope. But men were multiplying as far as the eye could see and man quickly realised it would become futile to have so many rulers and so few followers, because, if his own adage were to be believed, “too many cooks spoil the broth.”

This was how man created the word “Democracy,” solely to turn the tables on this adage; but it was in vain: the broth was still a little too salty to be any good.

Some time later, somebody probably hit upon a brilliant idea and that was how the concept of opposition was born. It was not opposition to the idea of democracy (man was hardly in a position to accept his mistake,) rather, it was an opposition inside a democratic system. However, man often takes things too literally and, with a ruling and an opposition, democracy merely became a slightly more civilised way of fighting — although certain human factions, called countries, are yet to attain that civility.

The workings of a democracy are far simpler than they might seem (the workings being intensified and complicated by man’s depiction of them.) At the lowest, and arguably the least consulted, level are the people that matter. Continue reading

Everything you need to know about typography: Part III

IN THIS FINAL installment of our 3-article series on typography, we are going to get our hands dirty and take up a fairly complicated project and design typesets in a circumstance mirroring the real world.

[hr_padding] [notice type=”red”]Did you know that this is the third article on a series introducing you to the basics and intermediate levels of Typography? Head over to the first article, and then visit the second one too to get a better idea of what we’re doing in this post.
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Getting hired on a typesetting project

It is going to be a hands-on, real-world experience, so do not take the back seat and read through this. Try, instead, to participate every step of the way and go to a step only after you have finished the last. I have coded this article to make that easy for you. To start, click step 1, and once you are done, click step 2 to reveal it and so on. That way you will not sneak a peak involuntarily.

And before we go on, here is a word about our client of today: he is going to need us to typeset a heavily textual, offline work, covering consistency, readability and overall appearance, and he has several demands that we will learn from him soon. But we shall try to handle it in ways that can be used for either an offline or online work — and for you to get a good picture about on-set typography. Continue reading

Everything you need to know about typography: Part II

WELCOME BACK TO the 3-aricle series on the A to Z of typography. This part continues from part I that we saw previously, so if you have missed out on that, make sure you head over to part I and familiarise yourself with all the jargon and basics of typography before continuing with this; you are bound to benefit best that way.

If you have already come through that route, keep going right on! In this part we will discuss several more interesting — and, more importantly, fun — things like I had promised last time. Here is a quick look at the highlights of this article:

  1. Considerations when selecting typefaces
  2. Web-safe typefaces
  3. Standard print typefaces in the publishing industry, and
  4. Some good, important rules and practices when handling typefaces

In this article I am going to make fairly open use of some of the terminology you have learnt in the preceding article, so try to keep up. Any time you cannot, just keep the first article open in a alternate tab on your browser!

[hr_padding] [notice type=”green”] After Part 1 of this series, I got several requests to deal with the problem of the near-infinite scrolling, since these are considerably long posts. (This part, for instance, is around 3,000 words long.)

So I sat down, and, with a handful of code and a slightly altered design around that region, managed to break down this post into three pages.

Once you reach the bottom of this page, you have a direction-link to the following pages. Continue reading

On Man: On Education

MANKIND BELIEVES IN educating itself although nobody has yet got to clearly defining what that is. It is, however, clear that to some extent, man measures himself by several numbers and papers and decides if he is the intellectual superior of another or not. He hardly ever uses the same comparison with other animals, because the answer to that question is fairly obvious.

Man has decided that there are only certain things he needs to learn, and do so over a limited period of time. This is a unanymously approved definition of the term, education.

Education often starts when a child throws his, or her, first tantrum at home. It is clear that education alone can rid the Earth of more tantrums — hence the appreciable lack of violence between educated grown-ups. Alas, over time, this was mistaken for a trend and children were sent to begin their formal education regardless of how quiet they remained at home.

The term formal education is quite befitting here, because, like all formalities, formal education too is highly limiting: it is limiting on creativity, thinking, independence, creativity, self-confidence, originality, creativity, imagination and several other unimportant characteristics in a human.

By the age of fourteen, children have usually learnt enough to be halfway through their so-called senior schools. The more intelligent ones, by this point, although no better advanced in terms of age, may have sped to college. In spite of this practice appearing awkward to many, it is often expressed as awe.

By seventeen, children no longer wish to be addressed as children, and are therefore, instead, addressed as youths. Continue reading

Everything you need to know about typography: Part I

[dropcap1]I[/dropcap1] AM A self-confessed type-nerd and hobbyist typographer. To me, typography is more than a subject and typefaces more than designs. And I believe the choosing right typefaces can convey a powerful message, and — unfortunately — choosing the wrong ones can be devastating.

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But choosing fonts is more than just liking one and picking it: there are factors to consider, from legibility to atmosphere; and technical details to pay attention to, such as the ones we will see in this post series. And that is why I choose to write this quick, three-part series on how to choose typefaces for any work you take up in the future: in particular, the ever-growing population of websites, web designers and the like; and alongside them people whipping up their own ebooks or, equally importantly, to those looking to bring out books offline (particularly my good friend, Raghul Selvam, who I hope is benefited by this post as much as I intended.)

The point is that one needs to know quite a lot about typefaces and typography before they are able to take a good enough decision and make their work look professional.

[hr_padding] [notice type=”yellow”]Did you know?

Contrary to popular belief, there are a handful of sentences containing all letters of the English language. Here are some of them:

  • Grumpy wizards make toxic brew for the evil Queen and Jack.
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On Man: On the spirit of competition

[dropcap1]M[/dropcap1]ANKIND, BY AND large, has an urge to compete over everything — possibly over every step of the way. But man’s urge to compete is a lot harmless than it might appear at first, so long as it does not also include an urge to win, for with this urge comes a convenient loss of the sense of boundaries, and one often goes to too great — and, perhaps, to very near fatal — a length to achieve what one wants. And that signifies a misplacement, not of one’s limbs, not of one’s ability to reason — which is faint at best — but of one’s sense of competition.

The cycle of competition seems not to be etched in stone, so one might circle through all stages of life and still not find where it stems from. Does it, for instance, stem from the elders of a tribe (often known to the outside world as one’s family, or to those inside as (hopefully) the first ones to — to use the common human phrase — kick the bucket) as they force youngsters to compete with other youngsters for material laurels; or does it stem from youngsters who force their elders into an early death, the more forceful among whom is the inheritor of a large fraction of a small estate?

Man’s inclination towards superiority — a neanderthal concept created to drive one’s self out of depression — has not only led him to exploit his competitive spirit to win himself praise, but also force his pet — be it a dog or a cockroach —  too to compete in a variety of colourful contests, which are, of course, judged by other men — rather than dogs or cockroaches — owing to their superiority over said animals. Continue reading