rjbull, if I understood your question correctly, you are asking what I use for notetaking?
I meant that as the ideal notekeeping program doesn't exist, what do people do in the real world, so yes, you did, thanks.
If I come across something that I want to save (random text, internet article), I'll usually just dump it in evernote. I don't organize at all beyond this point, just dump it in because I know it's easy to find later
That's interesting because I have two situations: my personal-interest stuff contains lots of notes that have little relation to each other, so structure is largely irrelevant. And at work, I have lots of notes that contain very similar keywords, so there, I really need good Boolean search features. Being able to find your notes is somewhat important
That's what I currently do. I don't have a problem using several applications. I'd rather use 3 very good applications than one sort of good application, even if it means spreading out the information.
I just find myself wondering which application I kept a given piece of information in. In some cases, I could get round that with a desktop search engine, but not if the applications are encrypted.
If it's something more important that I know I need to keep long-term (passwords, software license details, important information about music, etc.) I'll stick it in my favorite tree-hierarchy program.
I tend to keep passwords in KeePass
and software license details in an archive, but, I suppose I should keep a separate back-up as well. In which case, you might like to check out Horst Schaeffer's freeware notekeeper MemPad
(go for the beta, big improvement) or the cheap shareware JBLab Secure Notes
because they're both encrypted
and both portable
. I'm not suggesting you'd use either as your main notekeeper, but those two features are worth thinking about.