Beyond the Moleskine notebook

  • May 13th, 2006

A few weeks back I made the transition from relying on 37Signals’ Backpack service to a small plain Moleskine notebook. Of all the web based or electronic organizer doohickeys that I’ve rolled into my daily activities, all have failed in comparison to the sheer simplicity and reliability of my 4″ x 6″ notebook. From sketches to todo lists, assignments to random brain farts, the notebook can always be found in my left back pocket. I’ve grown so accustomed to it, chances are that if I’ve forgotten my Moleskine and click pen, I’ve probably forgotten to brush my teeth or slap the deodorant on.

While I have managed to successfully roll my daily tasks into a single Moleskine, I do feel the urge to share a quick snippet concerning the Jotspot Wiki service. As I had noted earlier, I recently made the transition from Backpack to my Moleskine. The Backpack service as a whole is a fabulous web based “organizer”. However, users opting to go the ‘free’ route who happen to utilize the service beyond their personal needs soon find themselves in a position requiring a paid upgrade. Understandable considering the upgrade allows users to upload / host files as well as create additional pages.

I believe that each individual has their own agendas and methodologies of completing tasks and that no two tasks are alike. With that said, I believe Jotspot has built a great toolbox of options for organizing, collaborating, and completing tasks online. Looking at the features open to individuals opting to utilize the free accounts, you can already understand why Jotspot is a more than worthy competitor for Backpack:

  • Collaborate: If you’re cheap *cough*, 5 users essentially translates into 5 concurrent open projects.
  • Pages: Free accounts enjoy up to 20 pages. Compare this to Backpacks limitation of 5.
  • Attachments: Unlike Backpack – which requires a monthly upgrade fee – Jotspot allows users to upload files with a maximum attachment size of 5MB. How large are the average Word, TXT, or image files these days?
  • Applications: Jotspot calls these ‘applications’, I call them plugins. What better way to maximize efficiency than a Project Manager, Company Directory, Contact Manager, Gallery, Blog, and Forum to name a few. Each of these packages installs directly into your wiki accessible by authorized wiki members.
  • Syndication: We can’t have a Web 2.0 service without RSS can we?

If you’ve searched high and low for an alternative to current web based collaboration services, Jotspot may hold the secret(s) to your success. Register your free Yahoo backed Jotspot Wiki.