Via Rebecca's Pocket, the Solution watch blog has posted Fifty Ways to Take Notes. Try some out the next time you're at a conference or meeting, or find a favorite to recommend to library patrons to save their research.
My favorite new find is ShortText: it's incredibly fast and easy, and requires no registration. You can set a password ("key") if you want to keep notes private.
The author also lists a few neat personal start pages - like Netvibes, PageFlakes, Protopage, Fold, and Google Personalized - where you can gather your daily info (like various RSS feeds & weather) and handy tools.