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Sunday, July 25, 2010

My new best friend

Anyone who keeps a journal or blog can relate to the following scenario:

There you are... you've just seen, read, or thought of something that inspired you to write a post... and for a change, you aren't in the shower, driving to work or in some other place without access to a computer.

You open your blogging software or word processor of choice... and you begin writing.

The ideas start coming fast a furious... perfectly crystallized concepts trip off your synapses so fast that your fingers can barely keep up.  What is coming out on the screen before your eyes is (for a change) exactly what you meant to convey, and in a million years you couldn't replicate it.

And just as it occurs to you to save your text (or likely just before it occurs to you), your bowser quits... your computer freezes... . someone blows the house fuse box with a hair dryer... there is a neighborhood-wide electrical outage.

You get the picture.  All that prose you managed feverishly get onto the screen before it evaporated... lost. 

Enter a brilliantly simple but necessary online tool called Just Paste It!  It is a free website that has a very nice, basic test editor with all the usual formatting options you're used to.  Just open it up and start writing.  You don't even have to register!

Best of all, every three minutes whatever you have written is saved to their server. 

Here's what their intro page has to say:

Why JustPaste.it is so special?

Easy to use text editor with text formatting feature
Just paste text from other web-page or word processor. Text formatting and images will be preserved.

Pictures and movies
By using "Upload images" module you can easily add new graphic to your notes. You can embed videos by using [video] marks, e.g. [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOXvdfcct8g[/video].

Mathematical formulas
You can add a professional-looking mathematical formulas to the notes.
Simply, use LaTeX: [tex]m = \frac{m_0}{\sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}}}[/tex].

Importing from file
If you have written your note originally in word processor: Microsoft Word, MS Works or Open Office, simply upload it to server using "Import from file" function. Text formatting and graphic will be preserved.

Automatic text backup
Every 3 minutes your currently written text is saved to server. Never ever lose your notes by browser crash again.

Save notes as PDF
Your notes can be downloaded as PDF files.

It is also great for collaborative writing like sharing school notes, scripts, project updates, etc., without having to send an email.  

Needless to say,  'Just Paste It' just became the official test editor of treppenwitz.

Huge hat tip to Book of Joe

Posted by David Bogner on July 25, 2010 | Permalink


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1. Thanks for the tip, sounds useful when commenting on Huffpo, as their entry box is too slow.

2. If the internet is down, use notepad, it's already on your machine. But no autosave.

3. Download free program Notepad++ from

This program has an autosave feature you can turn on, once you click through all the preferences. It also has a lot (and I mean a lot) of features you won't need.

Posted by: Freddy | Jul 25, 2010 11:18:57 PM

You could also send yourself an email. If it crashes, the stuff you typed is saved in drafts.

Posted by: Mark | Jul 25, 2010 11:21:34 PM

I have a friend who wrote most of a term paper (5 page?) without hitting "Control-S" (or I think it was Apple-S, this was on an old Apple IIGS, but I digress). When there was a power surge, he lost most of it. He kept asking me how I could get it back. I introduced him to the concept of saving early and often. It happens to all of us. I appreciate the various automatic methods!!

Posted by: JDMDad | Jul 26, 2010 1:23:51 AM

I write everything as an e-mail to myself, hitting control s as often as I punctuate.
Then when it's what I want, I copy-paste it into the blog.

Posted by: At The back of the Hill | Jul 26, 2010 3:00:38 AM

That's why I like using Blogger; it auto-saves every couple of minutes or so, and everything is in the drafts folder. The most you might lose is the sentence you typed after the last save.

Microsoft Word also occasionally recovers text that was lost if the program closed unexpectedly.

Posted by: Hannah | Jul 26, 2010 5:15:59 AM

Saving is like Voting in Chicago - Vote (save) early and Vote (save) often!

Posted by: Aharon | Jul 26, 2010 6:16:59 AM

Good idea. Wordpress has an autosave every 2 minutes or so, but this sounds like a good backup plan.

Posted by: Miriyummy | Jul 26, 2010 8:20:53 AM

Google docs does the same thing! Actually, so does blogger. :)

Posted by: Erachet | Jul 26, 2010 9:21:50 AM

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