The package is impressive in what it can do, but also in how it's documented. The Github page for the project is extensive and includes animated examples of it in action. This is a powerhouse for taking notes. It's probably not for the casual user but if you want to build a encyclopedia of your own ideas and facts then this is a great starting point.
This is not a simple project either. Here's a snippet from the description of how it supports search, one of the most important features of a note system:
#transport !#car : all notes with transport + all notes not containing car (such as #plane) There is no comma. Hence, two search terms will be evaluated and the results of all of them will be combined (OR). #transport, !#car: all notes with transport - all notes containing car
I've been in search of the perfect outboard brain for many years. I capture a lot of small bits of information. Sometimes I know exactly when it will be used, like my wife's shoe size. Other times I have no idea what it's for at the moment, like a friend's favorite movie. It's been valuable but using the information becomes difficult over time. Either it's not with me when it's the most useful, like when I just have a phone. Or, it's too hard to find because I've lost the context of the thought when it was created.
With the document search getting better every day I wish I were more consistent with creating my notes. Had I developed a system a decade ago and stuck with it, I wonder how much more useful the collection would be today. To that point, any collection I do keep needs to be plain text that is totally portable. Proprietary data and services that trap information are not for me. I like that so many new tools sit on top of plain text files.
One of my favorite leisure activities is doodling. I often hear people say "I can't draw" or "I'm a terrible artist." I tend to think it's like most things. It just takes practice and learning the ways an "artist" thinks. I try to share this with my ...
It feels good to help people that need it. Even $5 can make huge ripples. Share your charity beyond the scope of your own world and see what comes back. Maybe it’ll even make you hopeful for the future. Crazy, right?
There's a lot of low-down, no good, crap in the world. It's easy to forget that humans also have the unique ability to do good. I'm a victim and an instigator of our tendency to focus on the bad over the good. I want to be better ...
I’ve been reading a bit about the Zettelkasten system and there are some interesting opinions about meta data and how best to think about information. This old blog post by Christian Tietze about categories is thought provoking.
Creating categories is a top-down process. You start with the structure and ...
The Archive is a new plain-text writing and reference application for the Mac.1 It's made by people that are super-nerds about plain text and has a lot that looks familiar and a lot that is new and clever. This is not a review. It's a highlight of ...
Let's not call these life hacks. They're just ways to make some parts of my life less annoying or less time consuming. I'm a big believer in creating frameworks that allow me to be lazy or forgetful. When I find myself dealing with the same problem or ...
This might not be a trend, but if it’s a glimpse at the future of apps, count me out. From Dan Goodin at Ars:
The app is Calendar 2, a scheduling app that aims to include more features than the Calendar app that Apple bundles with macOS. In recent ...
I purchased a nice external drive to use for TimeMachine on my Mac.1 After formatting the drive and configuring encrypted TimeMachine backups I noticed it was taking a very long time to complete. I waited a day for it to complete and discovered I had a new problem. Every ...
The value proposition of the Matias Laptop Pro Keyboard:
- It has “Alps-inspired” keys
- Ten key-less format
- Supports Apple system controls
- N-key rollover support
- USB Charging with pass-thru
- 13.26” x 6.5” x 1.38”
If you’re still interested, here’s my review of using the keyboard ...
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