taking quick notes(permalink)
But what about quick notes that don't merit an email, or even a post-it?
For example, whenever I'm on the phone with some company I get a confirmation number... they're usually worthless but sometimes can come in handy. I don't want to clutter my inbox or my desk with these confirmation numbers.
Instead, I google them.
For example, I just talked to USPS about an address delivery problem. They gave me a confirmation number, which I promptly googled: "usps confirmation #CO329235921" There's a google bar in most browsers these days... so and I leave my browser running throughout the day so this is pretty convenient. Then if I ever need to talk to them again, I hit CMD-Y (for history), and search "usps conf..."
Of course google searches aren't 100% private - so be sure to only google stuff you can afford to publicize.
Another tip: I set my browser to keep a 120-day history (I find I'm always looking for stuff I visited several months ago, and storage is cheap, so why not). You may want to consider changing your default expiration if you think you're going to need your notes for longer than a month.