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I don't know if I should be all that proud of this, but since July 29, 2013 to now I've added another 1000+ bookmarks to my Diigo account, which means I now have just over 6000 bookmarks.

The sucky part is, I've been so busy with work that a good bunch of the bookmarks are "messy" or unfinished. I haven't included summaries with most of them, and over 350 of them don't have any tags at all.

This also means that if people decide to take their fic down, my links will be dead and I'll have not saved the fic, which I do with a lot of things I find.

Using Evernote has really changed fandom for me. It used to be extremely frustrating when a writer would pull their work from the net. It's their choice to do it, I'm not knocking a writer's right to do what they want with their own fic. It's just frustrating as a reader to lose fic.

So now that I save a lot of what I find in Evernote, that's not an issue anymore. I have things nicely tagged and with summaries that are either personal (summaries I've written from what I've read) or author summaries.

Evernote also allows you to save the URL you've found the information, so even if someone pulls their personal site down, I've got the URL and can use The Wayback Machine


(Crossposted from LJ)
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I've just hit 5000 bookmarks on my Diigo account. I'm close to 1000 tags, though I almost wish I could cut back on the tags a bit. I like that everything is very searchable, but 1000 tags seems like a bit of overkill.

I've read of people having thousands and thousands of tags, but I've looked at their tags, and it seems as if they have doubles (with misspellings or transposing of names) or they forget what they originally tagged something as and just made up another way of saying the same thing.

I'm very anal about my bookmarking, both with Diigo and Evernote, and I'm so glad I've done it this way. Looking things up is extremely easy, and both Evernote and Diigo have fairly good ways of searching.

I just thought I would mark this momentous occasion of 5000 bookmarks by being all geeky and flailing over my geekiness.


(Crossposted from LJ)
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As if I have all the free time in the world these days, I wanted to know approximately how many novels I've read. Well, at least the equivalent of novels.

I added the word count from all the fanfic I've read (and recorded) since late 2008, then divided that by the average number of words in a novel (between 70,000-80,000 so around 75,000 words).

I've read about 410 novels, at least according to word count, which averages out to around 102 novels per year. This includes only fanfic, not the original fiction and nonfiction novels I've read (which I've now started to record as well).

Granted all of this is based off of my bookmarks, which I didn't begin to fully record until 2011. I started back in 2006 to keep more serious bookmarks, after having read quite a significant amount of fanfic in 2004-2006 (due to home circumstances), though I'd been reading fanfic for quite a while before this.

I went with Delicious in 2008, but still I wasn't recording every single thing I read, especially if I didn't like it or if it was a really short fic. I'm sorry I did that now.

When Delicious radically changed in 2011, I spent a huge amount of time changing everything over to Diigo, and it was then that I decided I wanted better records of the things I read. I liked Diigo's feature of letting me know when I was on a page I'd previously bookmarked.

Due to all of the above, my bookmarks are not the best representation of what I've actually read, but it's as close as I can hope to get.

I'm still going through all my bookmarks to update them and also integrate them with Evernote. I didn't start recording word count until 2011, so that makes a big difference too, and I'm slowly fixing that. I've also got a bunch of fanfic files on my PC from 2004-2006 that I'm updating and adding to Diigo and Evernote.

It's still fun to take a look at how much I've read. I was also thrilled to see that I have another 100 million plus words to read.

I comfortably read 275-300 WPM. I can read faster than that and retain things no problem, but I tend to slow down if I'm really enjoying something. When I don't like something, I'll read around 450-600 WPM range. When I'm all excited and reading geeky things like physics on Wikipedia or new technology/computers I'll read faster too.

Using 275 WPM and reading 24/7, it would take me about 260 days to read everything I've recorded but not read yet.

Don't ask how long it took to go through my tags and add all this up. It's sad. But my geekbrain is happy over the whole thing.


(Crossposted from LJ)


Jun. 19th, 2013 02:24 pm
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I'm finally getting caught up on my bookmarks and saving of my fics in Evernote. I use a combination of Evernote and Diigo to save my fics. If only Evernote had the ability to do ONE little thing, I'd switch completely to Evernote.

Diigo lets me know I'm on a page I've already saved as a bookmark by turning my bookmark icon red.
Evernote doesn't have this feature, which makes it a pain to browse quickly through links. I don't remember every fic I've read and/or bookmarked, so this is a huge time-saver.

But I really, really like Evernote for everything else, including the tablet app. Diigo's tablet app sucks.

I'd feel more comfortable if Evernote let me backup my entire account in a format other than ENEX and HTML, but it's not the end of the world. It's better than no backup feature at all.

When Delicious pulled that amazingly shitty move (revamping after the YouTube founders bought it) back in 2011, I was stuck with around 2000 bookmarks that were only partially there.

I save bookmarks in a very anal way. I tag everything very well, yes, but I also write custom summaries for each fic I've finished reading.

When the buy-out happened, for some reason they decided users wouldn't need more than 250 (I think that was the limit) characters in their summaries, even though they actually allowed more than 250 characters, so on transfer, all my bookmarks were cut to 250-character summaries.

I switched to Diigo immediately, and thankfully my previous backup (only one month old at the time) of my Delicious account had the full summaries. I just had to redo the bookmarks from that last month.

Problem was, Diigo only allowed 250-character transfers too, though their limit on characters is
amazingly high (much higher than Delicious ever dreamed of), which I really like! So it took me a while, but I went through every single one of my 2000 bookmarks and used my month-old Delicious backup to update my new Diigo account summaries.

I mentioned I was anal. I really am.

Now I'm nearing 5000 bookmarks, but only close to 3000 are in Evernote because I've been slowly working at transferring them.

I discovered Evernote about a year and a half ago, and within just a few days of using it, I realized I really liked it. When I got my tablet a little less than a year ago, I grew to like Evernote even more.

I'm not the type of person who spends money a lot, so to say I'm seriously considering paying for the Evernote premium account is very telling of how much I like the program.

I don't know as I'll stick with one program ever again. Delicious soured me on putting all my eggs in one basket. But not only is Evernote the best thing I've ever found for fanfic-related notes, it's great for work.

I'm the sole IT person for three small businesses, all with employees who know next to nothing about computers, and some of the employees even fight learning anything about computers.

Evernote makes it easy to do research on my home desktop, access it from my tablet when I'm around the house or my family's houses, and I can access my account and research with my laptop no matter where I am, including at the small businesses.

I'm considering telling the businesses Evernote is a necessity, then getting them to pay for it :)


(Crossposted from LJ)
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I'm not going to get into my new job at the moment, but I'll post in the future about it.

I just wanted to post because I'm geekishly flailing. Because I've got 6 computers sitting on my very large, L-shaped, cockpit desk at home. SIX! And I'm being a geek about how fun it is.

I've got a netbook (which I'm using for the music/sound system at the shop -- my new job), my laptop (which I spent more money on than my desktop PC), my desktop PC with dual monitor setup, and three other computers and monitors I'm setting up for the shop.

I even took pictures of the computers all over the desk. I'm not going to post them, as it's probably exciting to only me and maybe someone else very, very geeky.

I also recently ordered myself a 16gb USB 3.0 flash drive. I've never had a 3.0 before, and now I have a computer that has 3.0 and a flash drive that has 3.0. I love it!! I'm not letting anyone touch it :D


(Crossposted from LJ)

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