I still have not migrated off index cards

I have computers, all sorts of computer, vmware, redhat centos, winows,  apple as well as a nice little android pad.

I still use trusty index cards, scratch some kind of note down with a pen, put the task in order and throw it away when done.

If my little android pad can take a pen, is there a way I can share, shuffle and throw the "cards" I make using a real computer with a real screen ( perhaps web based )

I am looking to simulate the task I did with index cards before the internet was popular but not to have cards I need to put in the trash


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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I gave up index cards and day timers 15 years ago.

I use Outlook.

Outlook Calendar for Appointments and notes about appointments.
Outlook Contacts for email, addresses and phone. Also notes about contacts.
Tasks (not often because Appointments do this).
Notes for miscellaneous things.

I put the key task for an appointment in brackets in the appointment name.
I do NOT archive the Notes folder because it is timeless.

Then I replicate ALL the above onto my iPhone with iTunes. Works great, the phone tells me where I am supposed to be and what I am supposed to do. Calendar notes give me details. I can easily dial a number by Contact and get my party.

For me, Outlook is truth and the iPhone is the servant of the truth. I do not do it the other way around.

Then for Office 2010 or Office 2013 which I use, I use OneNote to keep essential information by client and subject. This works great as well.

Finally, key documents are kept in proper folders AND in Dropbox so key documents are kept on my iPhone as well.

Everything I NEED is on my iPhone but huge amounts of information sits on my ThinkPad which accompanies me wherever I go.

Much better than index cards.
TIMFOX123Author Commented:
Hello John

I agree in a way for business however sometimes I want to use  a pencil

I am sort of a "onenote" blackbelt myself :)  Sometimes a good old written note such as "pick up eggs from the chickens", vacuum or change the oil in the car just works better with a little hand written "henscratch" on a note.

The intent was to write a note on the android and be able to quickly shuffle them on a real computer.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I do not use pencil for the Outlook stuff.

I do use pencil on documents and One Notes, but I can scan these in.

I do not have a touch computer monitor.
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
I agree that using index cards on computers does not make much sense.
Notes / tasks I want to have on both Android and PC are stored in OneNote sync'ing with OneDrive, but there are a lot of other services and apps (often mentioned is EverNote). Those solutions allhave the advantage to add and keep more info, add icons and colors, and most important to delete.

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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
OneNote can read pen scribbles.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
OneNote can read pen scribbles.  <-- Yes but my computer is not able to do this.

Also, I have found the utter necessity to have my iPhone tell me what is going on and what I need to do. With Outlook at the helm, it does this very nicely.
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
Having single tasks or appointments as in Outlook is great if you need to set up a reminder or due date. Outlook notes however should be replaced by OneNote IMHO. If you use OneNote features to full extend, you create links to appointments and tasks and contacts and other stuff in it, but that will not make it to the (free) OneNote app (yet).
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Outlook notes however should be replaced by OneNote IMHO

They both have their place. I use OneNote more extensively (by a long shot) than Outlook Notes.

But having a door code in the dark, or a bank account issue standing in a line or to make random notes of any kind which get later relocated is a great function of Outlook Notes which are readily accessible on my iPhone.
TIMFOX123Author Commented:
I found the solution that works for me.  I am going to use Google keep, with the optional apps that work with it such as google sketch and handraw on my android cell phone.

If I want to make a note to pick up milk I can write MILK with my finger on the screen and it becomes a note.  An added bonus is I can say MILK and it will type it for me,  if I am in a place I can or say the words.  

Also Keep works with my google chrome browser so I manage / delete my notes. What is even cooler is, if I am in the store and the GPS  knows I am there, it is supposed to alert me to pick up milk.  

I am between jobs and use Linux Mint and a google account for 5$ a month.  For 5$ a month I get most of all I need including dependable storage and the ability to share all my stuff between anything that runs android or google chrome browser.  

My last gig was for a company that considered themselves a start-up.  They taught me a wonderful new way of looking at things such as not needing an office, Microsoft Office, or their own servers.
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