Re: You agree (was RE: Favorite note taking application?

Subject: Re: You agree (was RE: Favorite note taking application?
From: Mike McCallister <workingwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:41:54 -0500

Mike McCallister
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Notes from the Metaverse:

On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin <
Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:

> Sounds good.
> I might take a look if...
> Is it the kind of tool that you would have to disclose that you
> normally use it in your work, if you offered your contract services
> to certain companies or government entities?
> Not so long ago there was a certain "i" authoring application that
> came with "you agree to these terms" fine-print that said
> Apple owns what you write in their app, and the only place
> you can try to sell it is via their store, and if they don't approve
> of your masterpiece as a good fit for their store, it gets shelved
> forever, etc.
> Not that I think that's specifically applicable with Evernote, but people
> who didn't invoke a lawyer, with a magnifying glass, were dismayed
> when they found out what they'd agreed to, with Apple.
> But generally, since you use it, you must have agreed to their
> terms. Anything in there about protection and about them
> sharing with third parties?
> OK, I'm not really trying to get Tony to do the work. If I'm
> interested, I'll read the contract for myself. But so many
> people blithely click-through Terms-and-Conditions these days
> that I thought it worth highlighting a possible hazard with any
> online or cloud-ish service.
> Here's another thought. Users of Google Docs and of Microsoft's
> cloud-based Office apps, as examples, pay attention:
> It might be worthwhile to SAVE a copy of the agreement text
> at the time that you agree to it. Then occasionally save a new
> copy and run a "dif" comparison, to see what might have subtly
> changed.
> My reasoning is that many such agreements give the provider
> license to change the terms of the agreement at their whim,
> often without need to tell you.
> "Your continued use of The Service constitutes your agreement
> with the new terms when they come into force."
> So what they are allowed to do with the output (and source?)
> of your work might be perfectly acceptable to you on the
> day you sign up, but might be modified to inflict crushing loss
> on you a few months later when the provider's revenue model
> changes, ever-so-slightly.
> Don't just think about "greedy capitalists". What if the service
> was taken over by evangelists, and the terms changed to make
> all material that passes through the service public domain?
> Or CopyLeft. Or...
> If your comparison of the new agreement with the version to
> which you agreed shows some uncomfortable changes, then
> you can pull your source docs down to earth and continue
> working without using the service.
> <Giant-service-provider> could have no claim, because no new
> work was done via their service after they put their new agreement into
> play.
> You'd think that such possibilities could never come to pass, but
> just look at the recent history of screwball policy blunders by
> certain giant social-network corporations that had them wearing
> plenty of egg on their faces.
> Just sayin'...
> -kevin
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Tony Chung
> > Sent: September-13-12 11:38 AM
> > To: Mike McCallister
> > Cc: TechWhirl (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)
> > Subject: Re: Favorite note taking application?
> >
> > On Thursday, September 13, 2012, Mike McCallister wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > extensions and mobile apps (I'll note that you need the premium
> > version to
> > > allow the iOS app to work wirelessly).
> > >
> > >
> > Michael means, "to enable offline note synchronization". Evernote
> > free is
> > all about connecting to the net. The iOS app stores notes in the device
> > you
> > create them on, and uploads them to the server when the device
> > connects to
> > the network. However, notes created elsewhere won't automatically
> > download
> > to your device. You have to download them.
> >
> > The $5/month premium model increases your storage and
> > bandwidth, and
> > synchronizes notes so they are available on your devices. It also
> > indexes
> > text stored in images.
> >
> > If you need a tablet note taking system, Evernote bought Penultimate
> > earlier this year, so we can expect improvements to the seamless
> > integration between handwritten notes and Evernote.
> >
> > That said, I use free, and am blown away by the flexibility of note
> > taking,
> > photos, and audio. Notebooks can be organized into stacks, and
> > individual
> > notes can be tagged in ways that make sense to you.
> >
> > I wrote my blog posts and Techwhirl articles in Evernote. I would have
> > shared the notes for editing and collaboration if more were on board.
> > Instead I copied the notes into Google Docs for working with others.
> >
> > -Tony
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