Monday, October 27, 2008

How To Review Memiary in 5 Easy Steps

This is how to review Memiary in 5 easy steps:
  1. Forget what you did yesterday. Check!
  2. Decide that all problems can be solved not just with software, but by adding new software just for that purpose. Check!
  3. Get written about on the popular ReadWriteWeb so people find you. Check!
  4. Be nifty enough to grab someone's attention when they try out the new service. Check!
  5. Surpass a plain text file in convienience, flexability, privacy, and install base. Damn! Maybe next time.
The best way to solve a problem is to avoid needing to solve it in the first place.

2 comments:

Sid Yadav said...

So, you're saying, text files are so ahead in 'convienience' ('spell check' might help, btw, if you've heard of such a thing), 'flexability' (again), privacy, and install base, that Google Calendar, Remember the Milk, Microsoft Outlook, IWantSandy, and the hundreds of tools which have resulted in millions of hours of productivity saved should cease to exist?

I'm sorry, but I'm one of those who believes that innovation should exist at any cost. If I feel that I can come up with a solution to my problem, or better one already there, it is my job to make it happen, for me. If you don't want to use it, that's fine, but there is no reason something should 'not exist' in the world if you don't.

I think text files are great, I have used them all my life, and I can tell you now that for this purpose, they suck. Where is my 'oranize by month' option? Can I skip to a date? Do I have one big file with 10,000 lines of 'memories', or one for each day? Where do I put them? What can I do with this data? Do I really have to put the 'date' at the top each day? And does that really require me to click on my system clock and copy it out?

Read: whether you like it or not, the world will continue to innovate and come up with better solutions. That is what makes it all tick. If it were for you, I would be surprised if even the typewriter would have its day. After all, we can all use a pen and paper, can't we? :-)

Calvin Spealman said...

Sid Yaday,

First of all, It doesn't bother me that I misspell anything. Spell checkers have trained us to think if there is no red squiggly line, everything is golden. Don't think you point out some flaw in my intelligence because I didn't memorize the same sequences of letters you did.

You might be right about text files and searching, if I didn't know grep so well. The thing is, how often am I going to look back? I'm going to write new things every single day. What is most convenient for what you do most of the time is more important.

Of course, a text file doesn't solve everything. This little "5 things a day" problem is teeny-tiny and Google Calendar, Remember the Milk, and Microsoft Outlook provide you with facilities you can use often and get more value from. Don't pretend they're in the same basket.

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