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Calibre? You've probably stumbled across this already though.

Tomos: that's the definition. In this context, I often start a note, then as i think more about the topic and revisit it I'll see different facets within what I've written. So I reorganize the information, splitting some into new notes that are more specific, but none of the original information is lost.

The point is that you don't have get the one thought per note right the first time.

Yep... just dive in.

One thought per note is one of those things that I strive for, but rarely achieve. When you create a note, you rarely know what specific thing you are writing about. That comes in time and as you re-analyze a topic you'll start to see where different facets come in. Also, the archive should reflect your mind: topics you care about will be detailed and have one thought per note. Topics you dont care about will be generic and more nebulous. PHD's have specific knowledge... why do we think we can achieve such specificity for every one of our notes?

My number one rule?

Refactor, refactor, refactor.

General Software Discussion / Re: I'm thinking of going primitive
« on: October 30, 2019, 04:57 AM »
superboyac, yes it is about digital hoarding... and yes dormouse, it is time-consuming and hard. For myself, I treat the zettel information as theory, something to strive for and capable of producing insights into my own process and information-saving ability. But I dont strive for 100% compliance, or anything close.

I have topic notes which can be just lists of links to internet articles, links to my other main type of page (sources). Source pages are so I can either: save the article, save the bits of the article I like, or pull the article apart because I'm trying to understand it. The topics allow me to collect different sources. Sometimes my topics have been refined and rewritten, sometimes they are basic.

My point is that the hard part of zettel is also the most rewarding. The topics that I spend the most time on... are the ones I go back to the most. The sources that I take the most time to understand are the ones that have impacted me the most. But I do allow for different kinds of processing.

Superboyac: regarding why I didnt choose connectedtext. I almost did. Then I found the site and went on a text-only binge for a year and a half or so. This was great because I saved money. When I found dokuwiki, it added just the right amount of frills, cheap, and I could access it from anywhere. My biggest problems with connectedtext right now are the cost and the fact that it is not maintained. Also, I feel like starting minimal allows you build your process without all the frills. Add the frills as you find the use for them, not just because they are there.

Once again, use the zettel idea to help you understand what you're looking to do. Just like GTD... if you try to follow it religiously... you're following it religiously. But it has some incredibly insightful ways of thinking about things. And again... feel free to mix and match. I copy entire articles... I summarize them... just depends on how much time I have and how much I want to understand the article.

General Software Discussion / Re: I'm thinking of going primitive
« on: October 27, 2019, 12:27 PM »
Interesting discussion... I've responded about zettelkasten in IanB's discussion on OneNote, but here are a couple of thoughts from loosely following this thread:

Having loosely followed the zettelkasten idea for a few years, I believe you're correct in noting that's a little more process oriented than tool-oriented.

Back a few posts there was some discussion about ideas vs facts. Don't know if you've read the post on the Collector's Fallacy: https://zettelkasten.../collectors-fallacy/  I find this very true and something I fight against continually. It is so important to collect why the fact was interesting.... and try to relate it to other things. A jumble of other people's text bits is meaningless to me. A file system of my own thoughts continues to show it's power, again and again.

I've "started" a zettel several times now, with tree-based information managers, with markdown textfiles, and now with Dokuwiki. My biggest piece of advice: just start capturing information, attempting to always write why you found the information important. Eventually, YOUR OWN system will come into being and things will flow more smoothly.

Random thoughts, I know, but hopefully something will prove stimulating!

Aside: the tagging discussion (and this entire discussion in general) reminds me of a debate about tags vs links. Here is a critique of tags:

"Tags are vague. They’re a very primitive way of spelling out how things relate to each other. A tag on a news article says “this article has something to do with this concept or thing”. But what exactly? A tag doesn’t tell you whether an article is a critique of a person, an interview with a person or whether it just mentions that person in passing. A tag doesn’t even tell you if the reference to Samuel Adams is about the person or about the kind of beer (which is why we so desperately need vocabularies). A tag can’t tell the difference between an event that merely took place at the local café and an event that the aforementioned pub actually organized." http://debrouwere.or...07/tags-dont-cut-it/

Instead, use meaningful relationships (links with explanations). Some like to call it "tight" vs "loose" linking (http://takingnotenow...sus-tight-links.html). With a zettel, you're trying to link things tightly, not just throw things into your garage randomly.

@SuperboyAC: had to chuckle reading your post! A couple quick thoughts:

First, I completely agree: If I cant access on my phone and desktop, a notes app is no use to me. That's why I use Dokuwiki, even thought it's a little tedious on the phone...

... which is the second thought: I completely agree about the phone rant. I feel like the smartphone is ruining creators. Not in the camera sense (as you mentioned), but the writers, the graphic designers, the etc... input is so tedious with a phone. And dont tell me to use voice recognition for text: there are any number of reasons why I cant/wont speak what I want to write at the time.

Although, benefit of the doubt, I see the desktop world going away as well. Power users are/were/will be a niche market. While computers were a niche, the niche made things for the niche. But now it's all about market. Which is how everything goes. I'm sure a car nut will read this and think we've done the same thing to cars by making everything electronic/proprietary, etc.

Anyway, good thoughts.

Dokuwiki hosted on a synology NAS... see for some really theoretical (but super interesting) discussion on taking notes.

Living Room / Re: Can you hear this silent GIF?
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:26 PM »
I didnt hear it either -- but did somehow sense the thump, like I were standing there and could feel the movement in my body.

I agree with this. Mine was not so much an audible sound, but more of a feeling.

General Software Discussion / Re: Notetaking software
« on: December 01, 2017, 04:24 AM »
For me, notes are in the form of Dokuwiki hosted on my synology NAS. In my opinion, reading the plain text ideas over at changed my thinking. I reverted to plain text and then grew into Dokuwiki; hosted by me, accessible anywhere.

Living Room / Re: For those with a CrashPlan...
« on: August 31, 2017, 05:38 AM »
Thanks, I forgot to put that in!

It's fine for my requirements... I just intend to use it as a way to trial the service for a longer time and have no problem paying the full price in a year. So far I have not provided proof of existing service provider (but I have not done more than sign up for an account), but I have it if I need it anyway.

Living Room / Re: For those with a CrashPlan...
« on: August 31, 2017, 04:40 AM »
I signed up for iDrive today... they have a year of 2TB for $7. I'll try it at that price!

Living Room / Re: For those with a CrashPlan...
« on: August 29, 2017, 02:09 PM »
f0dder, I'm curious about your backblaze statement... why is downloading via browser so problematic?

Living Room / Re: For those with a CrashPlan...
« on: August 27, 2017, 05:53 AM »
I agree with most of what f0dder says... but I also was wondering if there are any that have easy integration with a synology NAS. Crashplan had a hacky way to run the service on the NAS rather than your computer. While I did not use this method, I was always interested in it and will make that a part of my search criteria (whether it drives my choice remains to be seen!).

Wraith, I've also been thinking the same thing recently. I think Deozaan's answers have helped advance that idea.

I've often wondered how many times watching "brilliant" artists on YouTube has stifled inspiration. It certainly can inspire, but I agree that we have this idea that there is an underlying current of thought that we need to do something never been done before.

Living Room / Re: Password Managers ... vs. Not
« on: June 07, 2017, 09:41 AM »
Just some interesting food for thought about what makes a secure password:

One thing I'd add to Dr Andus' comments, is that you do have to be careful to not confuse the tool with the task (which, I believe, is the main point of Christian's article). I was considering ConnectedText, until I started using a plaintext approach (due to the article).

Then I realized that my major problem was that I had no idea how to split my notes/thoughts. I could spend tons of money on a tool and still use it poorly. Now that I've gotten better at the mechanics involved, I'm going back and reviewing tools (including ConnectedText, I was not trying to criticize it above!) to see what they can add and how they make things easier for my requirements.

While Zettelkasten should probably be its own thread, I would invite you to look here for a discussion about why you dont need fancy programs to do Zettelkasten... it has greatly influenced my own thoughts on the subject. Another good resource is

Having recently bought an Android tablet, how is this any different than not being able to change the hosts file even when I'm the admin? Sure, I can root the device, but why? Obviously the meaning of "admin" is changing. I understand (finally, it took me awhile) having separate admin and user accounts. I don't understand crippling admin, root, etc. I don't like it... for the same reasons mentioned by Renegade:
All these things are related on one level or another. It's about control, and taking control away from YOU.

Didn't make the list, but its been a long time. When DC started (and I was very excited about FARR... still one of the first programs I load on a fresh OS install, though I am no power-user of it), I was very into tweaking my computer... now, I've gotten 10 years older and just want it to work so I can! But I still checkin every now and then. This thread has been interesting... lots of names from yesteryear!

Find And Run Robot / Re: Network Files in History?
« on: July 03, 2014, 03:58 PM »
I figured there was an option for it... I even looked through them a few times... but missed it!  Thanks!

Find And Run Robot / Network Files in History?
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:16 AM »
I have a few files that are kept on network drives, but I dont see these files in the history list and FARR must re-search everytime I want to launch one of these files. Is this by design?

I use Total Recorder in Win7:

Screenshot Captor / Re: Where are comments stored?
« on: September 29, 2013, 06:17 AM »
You can try EXIFTool GUI, a GUI for Phil Harvey's excellent EXIFTools.  In any case, a NANY entry could use ExifTools to handle all the file interactions.  I think development of this particular GUI has stopped, but there are others out there.  I cant think of any tags not handled by EXIFTools. (double negative intended...)

Look for a plugin called "facets."  Not sure if it requires the "Columns UI" plugin... I dont use either, but know its possible.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Find and Run Robot - Freeze after Launch
« on: April 26, 2013, 08:38 AM »
Just wanted to say I've been seeing this recently as well... I checked my history and none of my network drives were in it as far as I could see.  The hang does not always happen however... so I could have missed something.

I'm not sure having a lot of files in a folder should hang the GUI??  Usually FARR just chugs along and updates the results window, not hang the entire program.

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