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Blake Burch

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  1. For the past two years, I've been running a business of teaching private lessons to aspiring young percussionists in the school district that I graduated from. It's an enriching experience to give back to students that are in the same position that I was only a few years ago and it's just one more way to keep music running through my veins. To me, teaching (at it's initial stages) is simply a form of emulation with a dash of experimentation. When you're uncomfortable or unsure about what to do, you pull from your past experiences, all the while looking for new ways to approach issues. When I began teaching lessons, I taught each lesson in a fashion that was extremely resemblant of how my lessons were taught to me, but I started noticing a recurring trend. During each lesson, I would write comments and assignments in a student's notebook and send them on their merry way. Next week's lessons would result in one the following outcomes: The student would bring their notebook. The student would forget to bring their notebook. Two options. A 50% chance of a positive outcome. However, this chance, when mixed and matched on a weekly basis started to lead to a lot of disorganization. The student would bring their notebook. I could reference things we covered the previous week. The next note in the notebook would be in chronological order. The student would forget to bring their notebook. I would have a vague idea about what I told the student the previous week but ultimately have to guess. The next note was written on a loose leaf sheet of paper. The next note in the notebook would not be in chronological order. This meant that halfway through the semester, some notes were in the notebook, some were lost, and others were at home. When I took private lessons, I always had my notebook on me; I never even considered that this could be an issue! Not to mention that this disorganization also made it more difficult for parents to be involved in their child's lessons. As a result of all of this, I transitioned to using Evernote to teach private lessons this year. Using bit.ly and Evernote public shared notebooks, I've made a unique URL for every student with the following format: bit.ly/firstnamelastnamelessons Not only is this extremely easy to remember, it's extremely convenient to use. I have the URL, the student has the URL and the parent has the URL. All of us can view the lesson notes at the same time and all of us have a shared responsibility in using the notes. I can better track a student's progress throughout the year and remind myself of trouble spots to hit each lesson. Parents can question and encourage their child during their practice time. Students can reference my notes and their assignments from anywhere at any time. I'm also now able to be more versatile than ever during lessons. I can take notes on paper, then snap a picture and upload it. I can use an app called DocScanner to turn pictures of music into print-ready PDFs. I can also type out notes on my laptop, and if the battery dies, finish typing on my phone. I realize that my use of Evernote is nothing special or extraordinary, but I must say that the decision to move lesson notes to an entirely digital format has been successful and has saved me from tons of frustration. While some problems will never change (such as not ever looking at the notes), I believe the most important issues have been solved and as a result, I will be able to serve my students even better. If you work with students in a one-on-one environment, I highly recommend making the switch.
  2. IFTTT is an online service, commonly referenced on these forums, that helps automate things between other online services. The acronym IFTTT stands for "If this then that". Basically, if something happens on "Service A", it triggers an action to happen on "Service B". Evernote is one of the many services that can be used with IFTTT, but what sort of triggers or actions can be created using Evernote? If you aren't creative, don't sweat it! You can click the headers to find recipes that others have created using Evernote as either a trigger or an action. Evernote as a trigger: New shared note link - Every time you publicly share a note, IFTTT will recognize this and perform an action. Evernote as an action: Create a note - Make a brand new note with a specific title/body/notebook and with a specified tag every time the trigger occurs. Append to a note - Add to an existing note every time the trigger occurs. This will continue to happen until the note is 2mb. Create a link note - Make a new note that links to the trigger every time the trigger occurs. Create image note - Make a new note containing a predefined image (from a URL). Create audio note - Make a new note containing a predefined audio clip (from a URL). ----------------------------------- Of course, all this information can be found on IFTTT, but I thought I'd try to make it easily accessible for people browsing the forums. Do you have any tips or tricks for using IFTTT? Have a great recipe that you'd like to share? Add a comment below.
  3. This can't be done at the moment (or at least I'm not seeing an option for it). I've updated your title to make this a request so hopefully it will catch a developer's attention.
  4. I don't have a Mac, so unfortunately, I can't be of much help here. However, if you could provide us with more details of the steps you're taking or the error messages you're receiving, I'm sure that someone would be able to help you figure out the problem. It might benefit you to submit a support ticket as well. The link is in my signature.
  5. Really? This is the result I get from the method I listed. http://www.evernote.com/shard/s6/sh/5d8f7b3f-b126-4f41-a130-583b8170d779/a292169dc7e29b0a15dbe45a01ae2314
  6. Pocket (on a new website)- 3 seconds Evernote Clipper (on a new website) - 1 second (for clipping options) Evernote Clearly shortcut (on a new website) - 4 seconds I'm not seeing a huge speed difference. If you're looking to have the article clipped all the time, I would suggest using the shortcut on Evernote Clearly.
  7. Hmm.. That's strange that it messes up the formatting. Right now, you get the best result if you don't go to the details page, highlight the information and then press "Save Selection". It's not perfect, but it looks better.
  8. I've never experienced this issue but I'm sorry that you had to. I'd be frustrated too! All images that are taken using Evernote get saved under sdcard/Evernote/unsaved_notes. I don't have the stock gallery app on my phone so I can't tell you if this is normally viewable or not. Check there first and if you can't find those images, submit an official support ticket (link in signature). We take data loss pretty seriously.
  9. My assumption is that you are using one note as a sort of chronological journal/diary? This would be better suited for a notebook with each note being a daily entry. However, I may be confused because doesn't make sense to me.As for your other two questions, there is currently no way to jump to the end of a note and also no bookmark function.
  10. As with all software, there are always going to be bugs. Each individual uses a product in a slightly different way - testing all the ways it can be used is nearly impossible. Developers always rely on user feedback to help ensure that future versions will not cause issues.In today's age, most apps and extensions are automatically updated without a trace of the old version. This is, in my opinion, much more convenient than having to continually click a dialog box confirming your desire to update. I prefer to look at "dealing with buggy software" as "learning a new way to do something". After all, if it wasn't for bugs, we'd never learn of workarounds or alternative solutions available.
  11. I'm running the same exact versions as you with no issues. Did you try ending all of the Chrome processes (including right-clicking the chrome icon in the system tray and clicking exit) and then restarting the browser?
  12. Do you mind expanding upon exactly what the message says (via screenshot or something)? The only similar message that I'm aware of is one that notifies you when your upload limit will be reset so you can upload more data again. A free Evernote account is limited to 60MB of uploaded data per 30 day cycle. Regardless, Evernote will never delete all your data so you can be assured that all your photos and notes will still be there.
  13. My submission: Drawn with oversized thumbs on the HTC Thunderbolt.
  14. Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the 1st ever (that I'm aware of) Skitch drawing contest! Rules: Take a good hard look at the picture we present you with and try to replicate it to the best of your ability using only Skitch. When you post your attempt, please let us know which device you made it on! (Those with styluses have the unfair advantage). Judge: gbarry When: Contest ends Friday July 6, 2012 at 12:00AM PST Prize: One month of Evernote Premium, a warm fuzzy feeling, and internet fame. This week's picture is pretty simple. We'll see how you all do drawing the logo!
  15. @jbenson - I saw your recommendation of Xmarks in another thread, but I don't think it would work out for me. It's still based off of a folder hierarchy system. My problem is that I'll compulsively add websites to my bookmarks. Sometimes I won't have the time to organize it and other times I'm not in the same frame of mind that I was when I created the hierarchical structure. Looking back now, I have two sections for programming and no good reason for that! I guess I just couldn't find it initially, so I stuck it somewhere else. From my trials, it shouldn't add any work. The Web Clipper clips all of the page design/text and auto-suggests tags accordingly. I think it'll actually take less time in the long run because I don't have to think about where I place the bookmark. @GrumpyMonkey Text links would probably be a whole lot easier, but my issue is forgetting the purpose or reason behind bookmarking a page. I guarantee that I visit less than 25% of them. It's like my safehaven for "websites I thought would come in handy but never did". Having only the URL and title (a la the current system) requires me to revisit the website to figure out why I saved it.
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