I bookmarked the various leads provided by the esteemed panel here. Thank you! But I've yet to read 'em. So am still naive.
Maybe the sites mentioned will answer a new question I've come up, but I'll ask it anyway:
Dr_andus earlier mentioned a "lifetime" of notes possible, that it would be nice to have saved all, somewhere. Well, I totally agree. An entire life's worth of notes and 'snippets' would likely fit on one of our 'thumb drives', together with lots of programs for slicing and dicing, mixing and matching, analyzing, synthesizing, creating all sorts of output.
Then, supplemented by the Internet, multitudes more possibilities spring forth for our expression, manifestation, whatever we want to do with the collection.
I'm setting up the question....
In my humble opinion, every paper -- scientific, academic, etc. -- and book I download and add to my Library really deserves to be in my grand personal database as well. Yeah, I didn't type it in, or even copy a 'snippet', but still. It all deserves to be included.
Just as with my 'notes' being in a single shoebox (=folder), thousands of pdfs, epubs, etc., are in a single shoebox as well. A huge mass of carefully selected (cough) pdf files, all jammed into my Library folder. Each item chock-full of valuable insights, findings, information.
At some point soon the technology of personal indexing and instant-searching capabilities will allow us ready access to all that information we've accumulated. We're not quite there yet. But soon. Suppose: a dedicated hyper-fast solid state drive for Library and huge index -- probably at least a terabyte in size..., twelve gigabytes of memory, a screaming multi-core CPU, 64-bit operating system. And incredible indexing/retrieval software.
The question is: (let's just say) If we include all of our lifetime of notes, plus all our carefully selected literature, and have truly instantaneous access to all of it (by way of super-indexing/retrieval), how will that affect our creation of output?
Getting back to my original question at the outset. With the above being said, no need for Cadillac of Clipboard Managers. Skwire's Clipboard Trap is fine -- one long text file of heterogenous snippets is not a problem. Don't bother parsing out into various categories and topics. Keep all notes in one single shoebox (=folder). The Grand Indexer, regularly run, and the Info/Data Manager would be the way to go.