Zoho Notebook

Remember my last post about Zoho Mail? Turns out, Zoho Corporation does a lot of other awesome web services – and one of my current favorites from them is the Zoho NotebookAs usual, there’s no catch! It’s 100% free and can be synced to multiple devices for free!

Notebook, Unbound.

Notebook, Unbound.

Okay, TBH I wouldn’t be trying this out if it weren’t for Evernote updating its plans and also limiting their free users with 2 synced devices – I understand not everything free lasts forever, but it was just too much and too shocking. I gotta say though, their prices are pretty much okay for those who are in PH. It’s very hard to look for a note-taking app to replace it seriously but..

That aside, while the Notebook does not have all that Evernote offers, it almost covers most of what you need in a much colorful way. Here is a screenshot:

Notes/Stacks

Notes/Stacks

As you can see, the ‘notes’ or what they refer to as ‘cards’ are colorful. You can group them up, and you can make your check list easily just by checking the little check with square around it (bottom right)

You will love their notebook designs as well! They’re original and meticulously chosen. Rather than the boring green, gray and white this is definitely something. Here are some of those designs I liked in particular.

Notebook Designs

Notebook Designs

Definitely, Notebook is doing good but still needs a lot of improvement!

I decided to start from scratch with Notebook, rather than waiting for their tool to import Evernote Notes. It is said to be in the works already (importer). However, I started from scratch because I wanted it organized and I have tons of notes in my EN (last time I checked, 1000+ or so!!) Some are pretty much unorganized.

Another thing I noticed is that Notebook still has some obvious bugs, such as when syncing. Syncing is not not smooth yet but it does work.

As seen in my screenshot above there are times that a note appears as blank so you’ll have to go in it and re-edit for it to appear. I contacted them regarding this bug and apparently there’s something going on with their server or something..and I could try re-logging in to have it fixed. I did it but same issue appears in both devices I’ve installed it.

Web App please!

One of the main reasons I liked Evernote is because I can access it almost anywhere, even my old tablet (managed to install it via other market apps)

Although this is something they’re working on so we shouldn’t wait too long, I hope! I’m trying to go online my Mac again recently so I hope it will definitely be available soon. Plus, it’s a pain copying tons of text!

Overall..

Notebook has the probability of replacing Evernote in your life, but not totally. For me it still lacks the following:

  • Web App, Mac App and Windows App
  • Reminders/Setting Dates on your Notes
  • Handwritten Notes/Pen Notes (notes created with your pen stylus, i.e. for SG Note phones)
  • Profile Settings/Account Settings Options (Can’t set a picture for my profile or check my usage data that will display number of notes used, diskspace used etc.)
  • Sharing a Note directly via email (I think sharing a Notebook is possible but not an individual note yet. It’d be cooler if it will provide a link they can access, which I guess can only be possible once Web App is available!)
  • Grouping notes needs improvement, I’m confused how to access my notes separately after making them as a group.

A couple of bugs I have trouble with:

  • As mentioned, with syncing, some notes appear as blank for some reason.
  • Sometimes show cards’/notes’ groups incorrectly (ie. displays them in wrong Notebook). Only experienced this once but I remember reading this as an experience of one user on the reviews in the Google Playstore.

Finally, the things I love:

Notebook favorites features!

Notebook favorites features!

I’m looking forward to what they still have to offer for us users, and I’m pretty sure they’re working on it very hard. Thanks to them, I am slowly trying to shift from my EN account although not totally yet! I still need it for my past notes.

Well, that’s a wrap!

If you wanna try as well, check out Zoho Notebook now!

TimeTree

Too stay connected with your partner or your family takes a lot of effort. So often, you are all busy with work and other activities – you don’t even remember some birthdays due to this! Fortunately, that can now be avoided if we all share the same calendar when we need it! That’s all because of TimeTree.

TimeTree

TimeTree

I recently discovered this application after I reformatted my tablet, it’s syncs, it lets you create and lets you even comment on your events. TimeTree is an application you can install on your iOS and Android phones that will make appointments much more easier – whether it’s between you and your SO (significant other), your friends, your family – and even yourself. Recently, they also launched a web application, although I haven’t really tried that!

What I find lacking in TimeTree is the ability to sync to other calendars – because let’s face it, Google Calendar is still majorities’ favorite calendar app. It’ll be nice if it could sync with it as I sync it with my Jorte Calendar another calendar app I use because of its widget.

Nevertheless, I’m impressed and very happy that now I am able to make appointments and let the person know beforehand of said event I have added, and even discuss it!

When looking for a new web host

Looking for a new web host is not an easy task. It takes a lot of research and knowledge, so I figured some helpful short tips might help you out if you’re on a hunt for a new web host. Here are some guides on looking for a new web host and things you should really prioritize in doing so:

Customer Service

For me, the biggest factor in looking for a web host is if they are someone you can go to in times of trouble, I’d give it a month wherein I’ll be on and off asking questions to my host about this and that. If they answer at least within the day and resolve my tickets on time or at least leave me replies, I’d stick with this host.

Hosting Package

I do not simply trust unlimited hosting packages because I believe in the saying that nothing in this world is unlimited. True enough, most of these hosting that provide this either go down quickly or suddenly would tell me that my account is using too much disk space or bandwidth. It’s rather correct to say, “unmetered” but at the end of the day I try to stay away from these kinds of hosting packages.

Presence

My number one go to when looking for a web host is their presence, most important for me is if the host is active in the forum Web Hosting Talk not only for offers but also for discussions. I’ve seen a number of good hosts who are really talking to people there regardless of topic and not for promoting purposes.

Price

Yes of course, costly hosting is a no-no. But I have to tell you this, sometimes you get what you pay for. So paying a lil extra to your hosting provider is not an issue. I mean, what good is a web host if it’s very cheap yet the customer service is so bad? But it’d be great if the price is still reasonable.

My life, with Mac

Not so long ago, my dad gave me his graduation gift – a Mac Book Air ’13. It was probably one of my happiest moments in life because I didn’t think I’d have one, but I did (thank you so much dad yeah!)

At first, I didn’t really like it since I still had to adjust with the keyboard differences, coming from good ‘ol Windows 7. In about 6 months though, I’ve finally migrated to it and had it used as my main working machine. I still kept my netbook, just in case I badly need it for Internet Explorer debugging (because, IE).

Fast forward 3 years, after a few mishaps as well (had to send it off for ssd repair once) and one reformat on my own (which was a big leap for being a Mac user for me) it’s still my buddy with blogging and work.

Sorry for the long story, but here I wanted to point out something – it’s very true when they say, once you go Mac, you never go back. I have updated my netbook to Windows 10 but I use it 10% out of the 100% of my time.

I guess it’s just me as well changing tastes and preferences, but I truly hope me and this Mac will last more years!

Android OS names

Was looking up the Android N’s name (next to the last latest OS) but decided to just jot down all Android OS’ name as it’s truly interesting in their own ways. Well, here they are:

  • Cupcake 1.5 April 27, 2009 3
  • Donut 1.6 September 15, 2009 4
  • Eclair 2.0–2.1 October 26, 2009 5–7
  • Froyo 2.2–2.2.3 May 20, 2010 8
  • Gingerbread 2.3–2.3.7 December 6, 2010 9–10
  • Honeycomb[a] 3.0–3.2.6 February 22, 2011 11–13
  • Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0–4.0.4 October 18, 2011 14–15
  • Jelly Bean 4.1–4.3.1 July 9, 2012 16–18
  • KitKat 4.4–4.4.4, 4.4W–4.4W.2 October 31, 2013 19–20
  • Lollipop 5.0–5.1.1 November 12, 2014 21–22
  • Marshmallow 6.0–6.0.1 October 5, 2015

{src: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history }

N is apparently still not announced yet. Makes me wonder. Nata de Coco? Others suggested Nerds and Nutella. More fun ideas here!