Connections

A Blog devoted to all things Crusoe

Crusoe Connects

Crusoe lets you connect things and see how things are connected. And that’s a really big deal. Your train of thought is built on the connections you make, and Crusoe uses those connections to retrieve and present your notes in context, the way you remember them.

Since we’ve started using Crusoe, it has become a tool as fundamental to us as pen and paper. And Connections is our blog devoted to all things connected to Crusoe.

Evernote for Research

Evernote for Research, Big Ideas, and Deep Thought I believe Evernote is underutilized as a tool for long-term research and big ideas.   In part, this is because a lot of people don't have a system to retrieve notes that aren't project related with specific due dates....

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Can’t remember what you read? Then quit reading. (Okay, don’t quit reading. But there’s a world of difference between storage and recall. Evernote is storage, Crusoe is recall.)

Can you remember what you read?  I have a large library, but looking at it I often feel like the speaker in the opening lines of Billy Collins’ poem Forgetfulness: The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking...

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Crusoe Day 1: Remember what you read

You've heard of speed-reading.  Here is how to enable speed recall with Crusoe so that you can always remember what you read. I have saved thousands of online articles, book highlights, PDFs, etc. into Evernote since its 2008 release. Every time I saved one of those...

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Getting Things Done with Crusoe

Last week at #ABATechshow, I spoke to David Sparks and Ivan Hemmans about David Allen's immensely popular book, Getting Things Done (GTD).  It occurred to me that GTD is an excellent model for understanding how Crusoe works. In the first chapter of Getting Things...

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Wikipedia vs. Knowing what you know

Crusoe is the difference between looking things up on Wikipedia vs. Knowing what you know Do you really need an application that saves how you think?  Why not just look everything up on Wikipedia? Writing in The New Criterion, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger...

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Organize your Evernote notes with Crusoe

You save a lot of notes in Evernote, and that's the problem.  Organize your Evernote notes with Crusoe. How often do you read, see or hear something, and you think to yourself, "Wow, I want to remember this!" But then what do you do? What can you do? If you are an...

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I apologize for this boring, but useful video…;)

To explain Crusoe to a colleague, I made a quick video that follows everything I did in the Louis CK post.  It's me babbling on, going through Crusoe tap-by-tap...I know...yawn.  Maybe it'll be better when watched at 2X speed? But the Louis CK posting is not boring,...

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Steve Jobs: “Creativity is just connecting things…”

Crusoe does something new in the field of information management: it saves and retrieves notes based on how you personally think about and use those notes. As one of our advisers told us early on: “Crusoe is a little unusual.  To succeed, productivity apps usually...

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Reading with Evernote

I can’t read a book without a pen in my hand.  With certain thought-provoking books I honestly wouldn't even open them up without a pen at the ready. I litter the margins with stars, brackets, exclamation points, whatever.  I mean look at this mess: Anyway, when...

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Evernote for Research

Evernote for Research, Big Ideas, and Deep Thought I believe Evernote is underutilized as a tool for long-term research and big ideas.   In part, this is because a lot of people don't have a system to retrieve notes that aren't project related with specific due dates....

Crusoe Day 1: Remember what you read

You've heard of speed-reading.  Here is how to enable speed recall with Crusoe so that you can always remember what you read. I have saved thousands of online articles, book highlights, PDFs, etc. into Evernote since its 2008 release. Every time I saved one of those...