I’m Lazy and I Won’t Lie About It
Back in the olden days, I used to program on my Kaypro 2X running the CP/M operating system. That’s when I discovered the Wonderful World of Macros.© Using Borland International’s Sidekick program, I programmed the hell out of my keyboard, using it to insert repetitive bits of code into my programs. We’ve come a long way since those early days of computing, and I no longer program, but I haven’t lost my love of macros.
There were times I wanted to share some of my creations with others, and so I developed an archiving system that allowed me to share the completed program, its source code, and instructions for its use, all in one neat little package. The resulting .LIB file was the forerunner of today’s .ZIP file.
Time passed. CP/M was replaced by MS-DOS and then Windows. As a result, programming became too complicated for my poor little brain. Oh, I took a couple of courses in C and then C++, but it just wasn’t fun anymore. “Dr. Dobb’s Journal of Computer Calisthenics and Orthodontics (Running Light Without Overbyte)” morphed into “Dr. Dobb’s Journal of People Who Program Exclusively in C++ for Windows,” and that pretty much killed the joy of programming for me.
But I still wanted some kind of archiving program to store text, images, sounds, etc. Then I read this, from the UpNext FAQ page:
Which types of content can I save to Upnext?
Almost any digital content! We extract content from blogs, articles, podcasts, newsletters, tweets and threads, videos. You can even upload PDFs and make annotations on them. If we can’t extract the content from a web link you save, it will open in a browser window instead.
The only major type we don’t support today are eBooks.
It was exactly what I was looking for!
That was some six months ago, and I’m still using it several times a day. Do I write a new story on Medium? It goes into UpNote. Is there a Medium story someone else has written and I want to be able to reference it later? It goes into UpNote. How about a news article on the web? UpNote. A web clipping I want to save? UpNote.