For decades I’d write notes to myself on the backs of old envelopes.  These immediately got lost, thrown out or washed in the next load of laundry.

I liked the simplicity of iOS Notepad but it locked me into the iOS walled garden at the time.  Evernote came along, but then jumped the shark.

Simplenote is free and ad free.  There are apps for every computer, even Linux, and every mobile OS, plus web.

It’s so simple, basic, it takes no thought to use it.  Typing a note has no barriers, it’s as easy as typing a post on Facebook or Micro.blog.  It automatically saves so I don’t even have to remember to do that. I like this simplicity.  I don’t want a lot of things getting in the way of my thoughts in that instant.  So it works for me.

And, of course, everything syncs.  I have the Linux app on my laptop, lost connection to the internet,  but the note I typed in Simplenote still saved locally and synced with the network once it was restored. (I can’t remember if I had to reopen the app first or not.)

It’s not fancy.  Basic text. But it beats writing on the back of old envelopes.

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