Originally Posted by QuadStacks
Personally I just label each player in my head
I can't speak or Op, but some of us (ahem), because of prolonged use/abuse of the 420, have difficulties with recall and memory. For instance, I could sit next to you for a few hours chatting, then I don't see you for a few months. When I meet you again I'll remember just about all of that conversation... except the part that goes "my name is ___". Horrible with names. Guess I cooked the cells in that part of my brain lol.
Tricks like Op describe, where you have the physical element of typing info, re-inforce recall. It's a known fact.
I create entries for different places I frequent (bars, restaurants) in my contact list on my phone and in the notes field list peeps I meet frequently along with a few helpful hints. Never done this strictly for poker though, but it's not a bad idea.