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  • How do you store your online reference?

    How do you store your online reference?
    I am having a hard time figuring out how to store them.

    Some possible options:
    - Browser bookmark
    Pros: Easy to sync and access
    Cons: The navigation is horrible
    It will be a nightmare to go through and sort through them
    Furthermore, I will have to be extra careful not to accidentally delete them

    - Offline Shortcut
    Pros: Easy to sync with dropbox
    Harder to accidentally delete
    Cons: Time consuming to sort through (have to manually click each of them)

    - Print Screen and store as images
    Pros: Information available offline
    Cons: Information not up to date
    Time consuming to produce

  • #2
    Another question:
    How do you keep that your online reference and
    offline reference (file on hard drive) in sync (no dupes)?

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    • #3
      Evernote!

      Originally posted by gtdnubcake View Post
      How do you store your online reference?
      One word: Evernote!

      Links point to Internet where things disappear. My Evernote keeps independent copies of stuff.

      I use Evernote Web Clipper for Firefox or Safari.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TesTeq View Post
        One word: Evernote!

        Links point to Internet where things disappear. My Evernote keeps independent copies of stuff.

        I use Evernote Web Clipper for Firefox or Safari.
        I agree, Evernote is awesome for this. I do use browser bookmarks for sites that I regularly use (e.g. Facebook, Gmail) but all the content websites or articles that I want to keep as reference material goes in Evernote.

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        • #5
          Ditto

          Originally posted by TesTeq View Post
          One word: Evernote!

          Links point to Internet where things disappear. My Evernote keeps independent copies of stuff.

          I use Evernote Web Clipper for Firefox or Safari.
          This is exactly what I do. I don't keep sensitive things there due to the possibility of hacking, but Evernote ROCKS!

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          • #6
            I used to print everything and store in file cabinets as I didn't trust that online resources would be there when I needed it.

            Then I stored files as PDFs on my hard drive which was regularly backed up.

            Now I am gradually moving everything to Evernote. Files are searchable, accessible, and secure.

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            • #7
              I do the Evernote-style bucket of everything too. Except that I don't use Evernote, there exist some other good apps for that also.

              If you use Firefox you can get the Scrapbook plugin which turns Firefox into a web page notation tool (and also stores duplicates offline).

              I am a heavy user of a browser session manager, way better than bookmarks. There are also some apps for bookmark management.

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              • #8
                I spread mine out in a couple of places based on what the content is and how fast I need to get to it.

                Articles and text documents that are important but not something I need to look up right away go into Evernote.

                I put my notes from meetings and such things in Springpad and put all my files in Dropbox.

                All are easily available wherever I am on my PC or Android phone.

                Even though Springpad and Evernote do a lot of the same things I find it easier to take notes in Springpad which is why the separation is there. It's easy for me to find what I want because I know if it's a note from a class or a meeting, that's where it is.

                If someone says remember the concept in the article that Bob Smith wrote, I know to go to Evernote.

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                • #9
                  DEVONThink

                  Clip using the Safari clip-in all relevant content stored into my DEVONThink database in folders set up to mirror my hard copy filing system.

                  Internet sources die and get stale and often important information is no longer accessible when I need it months or years later. New information is available but some of the old stuff is also important so I clip what I need.

                  I also review the filing system yearly to weed out stuff I no longer need.

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                  • #10
                    Simply we can save the on display screen by application save or a print screen key for whole screen shot...

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                    • #11
                      Evernote

                      For me, the easy capture via email or web, full text searching on JPG, PDF, DOC, ODT... and access by Win desktop, Web and iThing make it a winner.

                      I tried SpringPad but I wasn't interested in sharing a lot of information, nor its templates for storing different types of information, and found it was just too cumbersome to use for reference / GTD.

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                      • #12
                        Another vote for Evernote - once you've got the web clipper installed it will save everything - a snapshot of the page, the URL, title, etc. It's all cloud synced and works on all the devices I need it to (well except computers running Linux - ahem). You can tag your posts which saves having to create the old folder structure that I remember creating under browser bookmark menus in days of old. Though of course it's powerful enough to do that too if you want. I now use Evernote as my complete reference store for more than just web clippings - but that's beyond the scope of what you're asking here.

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