Sunday, November 6, 2011

Take note: Evernote beats Microsoft’s OneNote

When it comes to notes, you never know when you’ll have to write a down a line, save an email, or archive a web page. Also, you may not necessarily be in your office sitting with a computer when such needs arise. That’s where Microsoft’s OneNote left much to be desired, which is a very powerful note-taking software yet it worked only with a computer.

Evernote changed all that. You can use an iPAD, iPhone, the desktop application, or the web-based interface to record your notes. Plus, all your notes are in the cloud, so that if you add a note, it gets updated on all platforms that you use. Furthermore, at fewer than $6 a month, the subscription for the service (software is free) is affordable even for the penny-pinchers. The free version of the service and software are also extremely helpful and equipped to handle the needs of an ordinary user. It is only when someone is in heavy-duty info archiving on the fly that one would need the pro version that requires a subscription.

The graph below shows that Google-based searches for Evernote bypassed that for OneNote in early 2009. The popularity gap between Evernote and OneNote has widened since then.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Where the 1% Live - Jobs & Economy - The Atlantic Cities

From the Atlantic Cities:

Only twenty metropolitan areas — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, San Jose, Seattle, Minneapolis, San Diego, Detroit, Phoenix, Baltimore, Bridgeport (Fairfield County, Connecticut, is the center of the hedge fund industry and home to many corporate headquarters), and Denver — have at least 1 percent of all the nation’s very high-income households. Collectively those areas account for 56 percent of the highest-income households but for only 37 percent of all households.
Courtesy Brookings Institution
Unsurprisingly, the New York metropolitan area has the largest number of very high-income households. Nearly 12 percent of top-income households live in the New York region, compared to about 7 percent of all households. Second-place Los Angeles is home to about 5 percent of the very rich, compared to about 4 percent of all households.

Where the 1% Live - Jobs & Economy - The Atlantic Cities

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The misguided priorities of Pakistani academics | Blog | DAWN.COM

When one thinks of the grave challenges Pakistan has faced in the past three decades, Chemistry, Zoology and Urdu literature do not come to mind. One sees poverty, income inequality, food security, water shortages, infrastructure deficits, illiteracy, violence, wars, religious fundamentalism and sectarianism as some of the challenges that threaten the survival of the society and the State. It is hard to comprehend why academics in Pakistan would avoid focusing on the immediate challenges, but instead focus on subject areas where their impact will, at best, be marginal because researchers in Europe and North America have significantly more capital, infrastructural, and other intellectual resources at their disposal than their counterparts in Pakistan.

The misguided priorities of Pakistani academics | Blog | DAWN.COM