« on: September 11, 2019, 12:49 AM »
I can no longer activate my Surfulater license and the developer hasn't been very helpful.
So Neville isn't resetting activations anymore? That's bad news (and yet another lesson for all of us - me included - about trusting server-based license activation).
I still use Surfulator, but I worry about getting stuck in the same situation that you're in. Unfortunately, I haven't found anything that I've liked as a replacement - that might be because I haven't been looking very diligently.
What I have done is tried to put my new notes in a simple text file database that is organized using the file system (ie., directories). The knowledge base is a git repository, so I can easily sync it between my machines, and I just use whatever search capability I have at hand (ie., xyplorer) to find things.
It's super klunky, and adding new information is much more difficult than Surfulator's capability for copying web pages.
The big disadvantages:
- I don't get nice, easy replication of webpages, but often a copy/paste of the webpage text is good enough
- I don't get a nice, easy to navigate listing (heirarchical or otherwiase). I could probably find something to help with this problem.
- there's no real mobile access to my data
But I get these advantages:
- I'll never be locked out of getting to my plain ascii data or updating it
- I can use whatever cloud capability I want for syncing my data or making it available in the cloud (for example github or whatever git hosting service du jour replaces it)
- I don't have to use the cloud if I don't want to
Unfortunately it's nowhere close to a feature rich replacement for Surfulator. I still use Surfulator, and sometimes still add data to it. But every time I do I also feel like I'm going to be sorry about that someday. I wish SUL was still supported.