Works For Me

I suppose the ratio of trial to keep is about 30:1. Shareware, freeware, even paid-for programs often bite the dust when, in real life (as we know it) a piece of software is more trouble than it’s worth.

Just this week, I’ve started actually using Jjot–a simple, lightweight website for jotting down notes— and find it fills a real need for me. You might find the same. It’s very fast. Especially nice is that I can send a Jjot note instantly to my GMAIL account, though at first, these got trapped in the spam filter and a prompt tech support response clued me in to look there.

I really hope you have an ambitious plan to develop Jjot. I see all sorts of possibilities.

I currently wish and wash back and forth between Ecco Pro (love the outline abilities but it’s ancient), Notezilla (resident note on desktop and easy alarms) and Google Docs or Notebook or OneNote or BackPackIt (info share with laptop) as means of having common place to dump to-do, url, calendar, and idea items.

Jjot could become the best of all those worlds some day. I’m already using it regularly after I would have uninstalled or otherwise abandoned most other Web2 or downloaded programs I’ve tried.

Thanks for getting back to me. Support also ranks up there with usefulness and usability.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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