Re: Personal Learning Repository LO1248

Richard Karash (
Tue, 16 May 1995 21:05:51 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO1240 --

Hello Stephen --

There are some good software pkgs that support a personal
"learning notebook" or journal.

To me, one of the most important was the pioneering (now dead) Lotus
Agenda. I could put anything and everything into my personal notebook in
one big file, and it would keep track of it and retrieve things by key
word. Dates, to-do's, people, nice reports. After entering items, you
could decide later which words were "key" and then ask for a list of all
items with that key word. (My sister was product manager for Agenda.)

My current favorite is a Mac program, Daymaker by a defunct software
vendor, Pastel Development. Again, I throw everything into one big file.
Notes, ideas, to-do's, people, contact info, calendar items... With
Daymaker, you define a hierarchical list of categories and then can
associate any "note" with one or several categories and with one or
several people.

A laptop is also part of the picture. I carry on my laptop all the files
I've had contact with for the past six years. This is only a few thousand
files and less than 100mb, no problem with today's technology. The key is
an effective way of organizing things so you can find something. I have
folders by calendar quarter and use a "finder" program that can look
inside files (OnLocation). I almost never have to search manually for a

The laptop and the software have transformed and greatly aided my personal
learning style. I simply want never to have to search for another piece
of paper.

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On Tue, 16 May 1995, Stephen Moroski wrote:

> I was late in catching a thread on developing a learning repository within
> corporations, but I found the topic quite interesting.
> My question is: Is there a way to do that on a personal level? Would
> this be considered a journal or diary? And if so, I have found that
> journals are good, but they only have blank pages. Would anyone have any
> suggestions on how to set up this type of journal or diary in a way to be
> more effective? Or is there another solution?