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I have been using the Personal Journal as my electronic "junk drawer" for years. EVERYTHING I want to save, from Internet web pages, technical atticles, maps and phone numbers, goes into the PJ. I recommend this to all my users as a real viable alternative to Microsoft's OneNote program for organizing and filing electronic ideas & pages.


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We do not use it, however we do not advertise it either. Some PDA users use it but only a handful.

18 localhost commented Permalink

I have never used it. We don't have any users that use it.

Instead of spending time on the Personal Journal for PIM (which Lotus Notes needs a lot of help with), maybe you could reallocate some resources to implementing some true PIM capabilities like:
- Mail Merge from any database (not just the NAB)- better word processing - like automatic nested bullets (where the bullets change when the tab key is hit- direct table manipulation with the mouse

19 localhost commented Permalink

Hi All,

I create a Notes journal for various tasks when I'm at a new site, just as a basic document store and todo list.
I occasionally customize to have a Status flag and a cross or a tick in a view, so I can flag tasks as done or not.
If I have a new requirement, eg. "please provide a status report once a week" i will create a new journal and keep each week's status reports in there...

20 localhost commented Trackback

I create a Journal database for each pda user (now all Blackberry but formerly did the same with Palm) to give them a backup of their pda memo pad. I don't think many users ever open it directly from Notes -- although I use my own for stuff I want reasonably private but still readily available -- and replicate it to a server so I can get to it when I don't have my laptop.

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I use the Personal Journal database all the time and so do many of my users. It is most commonly accessed from the Workspace.

However, if you really want to make the Personal Journal template more effective, why not integrate an improved version of the "Content Paste" Feature that Alan Lepofsky developed into the design of the Personal Journal template.
In this way, end users could more easily capture rich-text content and paste it again into any rich-text field located throughout the Lotus Notes environment. Treat it as a kind of enhancement of the basic Windows Clipboard feature.
Alan's basic Content Paste utility is uncategorized, but by storing captured Clips in a categorized view of the Personal Journal, it would making finding them easier (rather than have to scroll down through a long list).
Also Adding a quick search to this function would also help finding rich-text Clip content faster and easier.
This suggested mod is nothing that couldn't be done by any competent developer, but by Lotus adding it to the standard Personal Journal template, it would make it available to all Notes Users. After all Alan Lepofsky already works for IBM, so I guess you already have a legitimate stake in this intellectual property.
While you at it, why not add a new View in the Personal Journal and add the best of Alan's Lotus Notes Tips & Tricks data into the Personal Journal database as well.
This would expose this wonderful resource to a much wider range of Lotus Notes users that his current Blog does.

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I don't use it and don't know anything about it (aside from the name). I don't know if anyone at our company uses it, but if so, probably only a couple of people. People use word processors (where I work, anyway) for this kind of thing, although some (like me) use draft e-mails (or even e-mails-to-self).

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I have used it exactly twice. I think this comes down to three things.

1. I move from position to postion where I have to accept a new client build for many of the sites.
2. It is not deployed as default so becomes an arcane art for the initiated
3. It is local. As such it has no replication value except if you manually have the rights to put it on the server.
I think it's useful to have, but not in the present form of a "nice to have add-on".

24 localhost commented Trackback

I use my journal as a kind of storage area for things, useful things I have read. I have a replica on the server and it also syncs with my palm and DWA.

It is encrypted, and also stores some of my passwords for websites I rarely visit but need to remember the details.
I view my Journal file as a kind of personal document library, that I can use to quickly search for something, but also know I can access any information stored in there even if travelling.

25 localhost commented Permalink

I use it personally for short documents: checklists, account codes, that sort of thing.

Most users don't even know it exists despite being on the default Welcome page. It is a good demonstration of what Notes is good at - perhaps a more accessible interface to allow quick note taking and retrieval?
From an admin point of view it shares the same problem as the personal NAB and the workspace/bookmarks - no central control.
Interestingly there has recently been a jump in usage by BlackBerry users who want to use the BlackBerry "MemoPad" application and sync it to their desktop.

26 localhost commented Permalink

My organization doesn't officially deploy it, but will sync it to the Blackberry when requested. A lot of the BB users like the feature as a place to keep little bits of information that would otherwise be scattered (Account codes, AP Address, etc.). It acts like a thousand sticky notes that you want to keep.

Not many people use it. Not being officially supported and syncing to the server, we don't advertise its availability.
No customized templates here.

27 localhost commented Permalink

Somewhere between 5% and 10% of our users have made a personal journal. Usually I notice it on the Workspace, since only a few people use the bookmarks or the Welcome Page as it's intended to be used.

When I was synching my Treo with Notes through EasySync Pro, I made good use of the journal in conjunction with PDA memos. I also synched the journal with the DWA notebook in my mail file. This conveniently got the journal/memo entries to my other computers and to the web interface. When I became tired of EasySync, though, I ceased using the journal in Notes. I still use memos in my Treo.
(The problem is that I want to keep a different contacts in my phone from those in Lotus Notes, but it's not as simple as setting EasySync to skip the contacts. Once EasySync is installed, it takes over the contacts conduit completely, preventing backup and synchronization with Palm Desktop.)

28 localhost commented Permalink

I do not use it although I consider this more my fault than IBMs. Notes has just always worked without it but I like the idea. The journal is deployed in some way as it is included in the default setup and roaming does take care of it too. I do not know a single customer that has modified the design.Maybe the journal db is worth a story at Alan Lepofskys blog!?

29 localhost commented Permalink

I use it and have it bookmarked. My experience is that more advanced users use it. It would dearly missed by some if it would be removed.

30 localhost commented Trackback

I use the journal daily. However it is not the normal template. Alan's content copier is in it. I have an extension (merged from OpenNTF) that tracks my passwords and I mixed in the GTD extensions. Since it is server replicated it is my single store for stuff.

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