Do You Really Want to Have It All?
We already have aids to accumulation. We need better tools for association.Ive always wanted personal computing to help me with personal organization. I bought my first laptop, in 1988, to run Ashton-Tates Framework III. With one command, I could search all my current work, all my recent e-mail and anything in my desktop library. It was worth the $8,000. Fourteen years of Moores Law progress have given me moremore clock speed, more memory, more storage, for much less moneybut they have not given me anything better. Im concerned that Microsofts OneNote, promised next year, may continue that trend. "Add little to little, and there will be a big pile," wrote the Roman poet Ovid. "Create as many notebooks, folders and pages as you need," urges the OneNote FAQ in rather less poetic language.
Yes, that FAQ page also promises that well be able to search our note collections without specifying notebooks, folders or files, and thats a good thingexcept that well still have to know what were seeking, and every advance can make that more difficult to recall in terms of searchable attributes.