I HATE IT when I have to use technology that only works with specific things. It's like having a knife that can be used only to slice bread.
So I was so very happy to get a Cross pen (white because it's being hyped as an iPad pen) whose soft rubber top works as a stylus not only with the iPad but with my Microsoft Surface, iTouch, Lumia 1520 and iPhone 5C. This is a big win.
I started thinking about other things that are examples of universal technology, reached into my Bihn bag and found five items worth sharing.
Tom uses several clever techniques with OneNote,  including the admonition to "start before you open OneNote". After reading through his blog post about OneNote  for the third time, I have started pruning some of my in-hand processes so I can get a sense of closure by moving content from one section to another. My goal has become to refine ideas into long form content through a process of moving ideas through three stages. Two of those stages would be separate sections in my "unfiled" notebook. The third part of the process enters into a separate notebook where I pull the well-formed ideas into Scrivener for publication.
I LOST THE LAST TRACE of O2-Ireland on my phones late in the morning of 7 March 2015 and it feels like a friend has left the stage. I got a lot of technical help and customer support from O2-Ireland ever since they took the Esat Digifone customer base over more than eight years ago.
The new partnership with Three Ireland has already boosted my data speeds on my handsets to 4G in the rural parts of County Tipperary where I'm based. That's nice to see. But having a post-paid account is more about after-sales service to me.
I'M TAKING lessons I've learned from 28 days of writing to Ireland's annual CESI.ie conference in Galway this weekend. A warm Irish welcome for anyone who wants to follow the #cesicon conversation. 
Photo by @topgold of a military silo where he worked.
I LEARN MORE through the serendipity of sharing than I do through directed channels. During the past month, I bumped into very valuable professional tips coming from people contributing to the #28DaysOfWriting meme in various places.  Importantly, I bumped into this content without having to join a channel, download a specific app or use a password. The content flowed from an RSS feed. 
Knowing that, I am trying to develop a workflow that prioritizes my workflow at a glance when I turn over my Lumia screen. I have tried doing that during #28DaysOfWriting and now offer a sample screenshot. I will create an audio clip to give a deeper dive into the screen view of my 28 day workflow.
[Bernie Goldbach is dabbling with #28DaysOfWriting while completing the #FeBOOary audio challenge.]
Vint Cerf, considered by some to be the Father of the Internet, offered thoughts about digital vellum last week.  His basic message is we are not taking care to save important items in formats that people in the 22nd century will be able to read and hear. He thinks we should try to keep our most precious memories in archival paper form. I have a bottle of India ink for that express purpose.
I LEARN MORE ABOUT ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT by watching others who share their stories. That's excellent storyteller Evelyn O'Connor in the photo who proves my point.
I also try to improve my personal method of engagement by following the advice of cognitive psychologists who work with the Hanen Method. Hanen teach parents how to improve communication with their children. A lot of the Hanen Method applies to online social engagement too, as I discuss in the embedded audio clip.