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  1. This was fascinating. Thanks! I have worked on this for years, even before I was a developer. I think especially developers are more likely to invent their own system for (well, for doing anything) as a developers mindset is one that builds. That being said my most recent approach has been almost painfully simple and will be revised: a single .txt file which contains everything. Each new day I start a new line, date it, and then things I want to remember I use a particular syntax for. So, I can search in a particular way to find anything due to this syntax. Maybe someday I’ll write a program against it. But, in the meantime, I don’t have to manage 5000 tools, everything is all in one place, and it is fully flexible (although not very powerful at this point). Also, it severely lacks backup. I’ll be adding that at some point.

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  2. I’m a bit spread out. I use:

    -Pocket for saving web resources
    -Evernote for storing long chunks of information generated by myself or gathered form the web
    -TickTick to manage reminders (Evernote does this but for some reason I’m not comfortable using them), alerts and to-do lists (mostly publishing dates and deadlines), and last but not least
    -A paper notebook to jot down small details and make checklists of detailed stuff that I’ll be making in the same day

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  3. I have a similar method of organizing dev notes except that I use a Free mac app called Notational Velocity (http://notational.net/) to create and organize the text files. You can set the default storage directory to a dropbox folder to so they’ll be synced across all your machines.

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  4. Thumbs up!

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  5. Some great tips there - my methods aren’t so organised, but work for me.

    I use pinboard - awesome service.
    I’ve tried evernote, didn’t like it much.
    I use google drive a lot.
    The biggest failing I have, which I need to fix, is my note system - really old school. I file stuff into a HOWTO folder with various subfolders, but on my local disk.
    On the other hand, I make use of the work wiki a lot and also Jira.

    I’m going to try networked notes ...

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  6. For visual references, I highly recommend Dragdis: https://dragdis.com/

    And another note taking app I enjoy is https://workflowy.com/

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  7. Mark, I was literally wasting time and trying not to look at my open blog post when CSS Weekly came in and offered this wonderful article.

    Me and my buddy run a blog in our agency’s name already but you actually did make me consider to start a second blog or write on Medium or whatever, to share exactly those everyday things. Of which by the way I believe, that the solution to whatever one did sinks better into permanent memory when writing about it.

    Keep it up!

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