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lol at this.  so many cartoon mice.

Skwire Empire / Re: SigcheckGUI
« on: February 07, 2020, 05:11 PM »
the latest version of SigcheckGUI is more than 3 years old. In the meanwhile, Sysinternals also provide a 64bit version of sigcheck.
Will you provide a 64bit version of SigcheckGUI ? THX.

Is there a compelling reason for a 64-bit version of the GUI?

because 64bit is better man.  i can currently use ONLY 4GB ram for your gui, but I'd like to be able to use like 16GB.  i'm always sig checking very intensely.

man, there are so many i'm forgetting.  software pre-iphone was so nice, generally speaking.  Before the iphone, windows software still had really nice IMO interfaces and lots of cool features.  then, as the pressure mounted to be similar to ios apps....these softwares became more cloud oriented, touch oriented (so all those nice features went away), and the whole poweruser environment we once had went away.  i mean, powerusers were already the minority back then, but now it's almost entirely gone.

A long lost great one(s):


indeed...the master makes an appearance!

i noticed my reply was somewhat off topic as to how to get high quality music.
my preferred way is to buy used cd's and rip them losslessly to my computer.  otherwise you probably have to spend around $10 minimum for the music (per album). 

also, i don't know how legal they are, but there are a lot of nice old vinyl rips out there of things not readily available on modern formats.  i wonder if those are safe to download.

a nifty solution that i just found out about, that i have tried the past week and works very smoothly....
instead of actually storing the files on your mobile device, you can stream it from your own computer, but you have to install something called Airsonic.  then, for android, you use the app D-sub to play the music.  It works very well.  The Airsonic install on windows is a tad challenging, but other than that, all good.

now, you might ask, why not use other easier streaming locally solutions like plex or emby?  because they are not as good, as in, so many playback issues and buffering problems and flat out connection problems.  this airsonic/dsub thing is extremely reliable.

General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: January 14, 2020, 04:33 PM »
After a (fairly) long hiatus, I'm posting in this great forum again  :)

Here's a list of most of the interesting Android apps I'm using. I didn't include some I use a lot because they are either too niche or local (country)-specific

These are the ones that I think will be of most interest to other forum members:

  • aCalendar+: a different user interface for Gmail calendar (needs Gmail calendar as the back end) with some great additional features
question: why did you go with acalendar instead of digical or something else?

are you talking about seeing a bunch of notes at once?  like full notes in several windows or boxes on the screen?  If so, yes, that would be an awesome feature. 

evernote is good at that, showing multiple notes at least from what i remember. i can't think of others i use that can do that.

I’ve noticed that most discussion of zettelkasten seems to be about the perfection of the process with little interest in workflow or efficiency. Apart from a frequent attraction to database options that make IDs and linking quicker. Maybe that can be justified if the zettelkasten itself is the desired endpoint. Otherwise I’d expect anyone interested in working productively to maximise effectiveness. Which means expending time and effort commensurate with the gains.

Taking the typical academic, reading a journal in his area of interest. Let’s say an experimental scientist..
If there’s a paper very closely aligned to her/his (I was tempted to write his - are most zettelkastenites male, I wonder?) own work, I’d expect detailed notes on the question, the design and methodology, the stats, results and interpretation. With a number of rounds of reconsideration, comparison with other experiments, own work etc. Probably 20-50 notes in all. With a lot of time and thinking going in to it. And all at or close to the time of the original reading.
The rest of the journal might only warrant one note. Looking at topics covered, paradigms and stats used etc. Useful for considering changing trends in the field. A bit of a reminder of what’s in it. But not immediately useful, so undeserving of more time.

Seems to me that this approach is essential if the zettelkasten is to be a useful tool rather than an albatross hanging around the users neck.
What initially attracted me to this idea is the prolific output of that guy, regarding writing books.  So I think it's ok that the process is rigorous and somewhat difficult, because the time spent on that fine-tuning and curating seems to be what makes the putting together of a book or something so much faster.  So i think the efficiency is in the ultimate output of these notes.  The process is definitely not efficient.  But i experienced decades of very efficient note gathering and archiving....and it has only resulted in a great big hodge podge of notes and ideas.  If i want to do anything with all that, I will STILL have to spend a lot of time going over and curating, etc.  So that's why I'm going to give this zettel a try.

I am currently doing two tests with it...a screenplay, and a book about basketball (analytical, not fiction).  I am finding the screenplay is more difficult to apply the zettel method to.  The basketball book is easier because they are facts and more academic in nature.  But I'm still trying both. 

Dormouse, regarding your sources...I still don't quite understand.  If you have pdf's of articles or even textbooks, you put the actual pdf file in that source directory?  and then you annontate it?  i was almost thinking you copied the text into a text file, and then annotated....but that would be crazy.

awesome software.  recommended here on dc years ago, and ive been using it for a long time.  Pretty complicated, but super reliable, and one of the most active developers on the planet.

dormouse, i am following all this closely.

I do see the value of being very selective and thoughtful about the official zettel.  I like that for a lot of reasons, mostly for the practice of being able to write concise, effective ideas.  Like you, getting to this stage will require going through a whole bunch of unorganized dump of stuff located in various places...other software, paper, notebooks, etc.  At first, i was thinking of bringing all these unorganized writings also into the zettel, and come up with a linking structure or directory structure (like you outlined previously).  However, that means i have to change the way i collect all these things, and I'm not sure i want to change any of that.  maybe i'll just leave those alone and focus on adding a proper zettel to the mix of curated, important things.

So this is what i have going on:

zettel in zettlr: this will manage the official zettel.  There might be other directories like dormouse for non-zettel things, but for the most part, this is for the actual zettel.
onenote: i like putting my clips in onenote, this is my active clip repository and non-curated notes right now.  it has a lot of stuff, most i dont really use.
rightnote: i have spent a few years dumping my notes in rightnote prior to onenote.  so that is still there since it has things the current onenote database does not.
Journal: sometimes i just want to write for no good reason.  this is where i do that, and i like it because its just organized by date, which is perfect.  mostly inconsequential stuff here.
paper notebooks: i have some good stuff here.  i dont know where everything is or how i would use it, but its there.

and then i have a bunch of writing software that helps put everything together.  Outline4D, scapple, word, indesign, etc.  i feel these are unrelated to notetaking and more for final output produced content.

I think a question is a perfectly OK method to focus the notes. Though not the only way. And questions don't necessarily lead to a focused thought: what is the best way from Riga (Latvia) to Sydney (Australia) should never have a simple answer - a set of directions should emerge after consideration of a wide number of issues. Of course, the question could be Note 1. the issues could be notes 2 - n and the set of directions could be linked to them all.

While I think atomicity is important for linking, I also feel that the developed thought needs to be long and developed enough to warrant an independent existence.

Ironically, and off-topic, I've found a use for OneNote. Can be structured to help conceptually, and easy to have very tiny and often temporary notes, store data and work as a shared international enterprise. Once it is complete, everything could be put into separate documents, but, as a WIP. OneNote makes it easier. And, on topic, one of the issues was tiny temporary thoughts which wouldn't warrant existence as a separate document and which shouldn't be consolidated  until there's some clarity about the final form.
thanks, helpful again.  so there's atomicity (which is all the standalone single thoughts/notes) and then the developed thought, which could be like the molecule that pulls all those pieces together.  I am close to getting there.  It has taken me some serious effort to practice making thoughts concise, but the exercise is proving to be very productive.

Well as a user of UltraEdit for last 6 years, I can vouch UltraEdit is one of the best commercial text editor.
It has too many features, which may be overkill for you if you are just looking for filtering lines. Otherwise if you use it as code editor, you may not go back to any other editor, IMHO.



i remember UE!  i liked it, good to hear it is still good.  i remember using it a lot.  then for some reason i liked editpad pro.  then sublime text came out and now everyone likes that.  but i still use editpad when i need it.  im going to check out UE i remember liking it.

lol!  damn!  those things hibernate half the year??  ridiculous.

there's a program called flux or something like that, free, which can do dimming and things like that on schedule.  Maybe that's an option.

OK!  more updates....

So I am still struggling with one-note one-thought.  Specifically, what i think is one note ends up being a whole  bunch of thoughts.  So my method to get better at this is to call it for myself:  One question, one answer.  So my notes are now a question as the subject, and an answer (short as possible).  This is kind of working for me now.

My notes structure is:

ID (zettlr generates based on date-time, I just copy to top of the note content)
title/question (same as name of file)

then the content/answer

so for my screenplay writing, it might be like:
Who is the Hero?
#moviename #screenplay

The hero is Dormouse, a mouse with a door fetish.
[But why does he have a door fetish?](link to door fetish note)

I would look at Sublime text.  It is extensible and people have lots of interesting plugins.  Regarding markdown, in that other thread that i am experimenting with zettel, someone made a zettel/markdown editor that completely transforms sublime text into a whole other environment, quite cool.  So it looks like sublime has the kinds of possibilities that you might be able to build on, maybe with a little development effort if it doesnt exist.

I'm going to do is convert them all out of their respective programs (evernote, IQ, etc.) and then bring them into some temporary area for zettlr.  THen, I'll proceed to curating these to those single notes and thoughts.  Let's see if I can hang with that.

I'm taking my prewritten/compiled writings, and breaking it into single thoughts? 

I think you are right.
But also potentially wrong.

If I've taken an excerpt from a publication, my first notes may cover more than one thought (because the source is mixing a few things). The second stage will be in single, separated thoughts. But I still keep the earlier ones.

BUT there's a real question of efficiency and sustainability. There's no point spending time chopping a carrot unless you have an idea what you are going to do with the pieces; if you don't know, leave the carrot as it is. Create connections so that you can go back and find it to chop when you know what you want to do with it.

I think there's a permanent tension between the reflecting and chopping on the one side and working comfortably and efficiently on the other. And some of that is resolved by not spending extra time going through things that are not of much immediate interest.

I'm trying to get into the swing by writing a little article. This makes it easier to make a decision about what's worth working on and what isn't.
i see why you have that sources resources folders.

boy it would be really nice to be able to view multiple notes simultaneously somehow.
You can actually do this with zettlr.  You can open items using "Quicklook".  They open in a separate window, you can open as many as you like and just place them wherever you like.  Pretty damn nice.

You can do this with separate files too  ;D
yes...well....nothing  ;)

boy it would be really nice to be able to view multiple notes simultaneously somehow.
You can actually do this with zettlr.  You can open items using "Quicklook".  They open in a separate window, you can open as many as you like and just place them wherever you like.  Pretty damn nice.

Dormouse, you just gave me another idea...

I was about to start just writing random notes, which I've been doing.  I'm having a hard time getting to that one note one thought discipline.  I have several notes that are like many, they're each whitepapers essentially.

Anyway, since this is the way ALL my notes are currently.  What I'm going to do is convert them all out of their respective programs (evernote, IQ, etc.) and then bring them into some temporary area for zettlr.  THen, I'll proceed to curating these to those single notes and thoughts.  Let's see if I can hang with that.

It's almost like working backwards.  I'm taking my prewritten/compiled writings, and breaking it into single thoughts?  Weird.  But I feel this excercise will at least get me used to using the system.  I still see value in this.  As i mentioned, I feel like i don't ever use my previous notes, not because they are not good, but because they are just dumped into these systems and they just sit there.  there's not activity around them.

Makes sense. I'll be in a similar boat if I move major projects in and start deliberately using the database features. Wary of over-trusting the binding/syncing feature. I'd've been on to these details sooner if it hadn't been such a big effort understanding the UI.
regarding the zettlr tagging system and the db....i get that there's a database, but let's say zettlr is no longer around, can't you just use the formatting around tags for another program to identify them as tags?  like, if {} is a tag, then when you migrate, just say detect all those {} as tags.  wouldn't that be sufficient?  I feel like zettlr is hitting the nail on all these points.

Then I use ABBYY Finereader 12 Corporate (not the last version which limits the number of page you can OCR per month !) which does an OCR automatically every day of "folder2" (be careful if you follow this process as it sometimes delete pdf files without warnings! So use the options to keep original files in a separated folder! Then at the end of the month I use manually the freeware "pathsync"(  to check differences and find those Finereader bugs!)
why is there a limit?  i thought finereader is just a local windows software.  why would there be a monthly limit?  is there a subscription that goes along with it?  I don't remember this at all with finereader, but I haven't looked at it for like 10 years maybe.

I'm thinking of gettng X1 search or something to easily search through documents with full fidelity.  I have archivarius right now, but i wish the output would be a little more fancy than plain text.

I find it interesting that plain text / markdown solutions like Zettlr keep the files in a database.
WriteMonkey is the same (though documents can be bound to a file).
When I look at WM3 it seems to have all the features required for a zettelkasten, but I've never seen it mentioned in that context. Though it's very rarely mentioned in lists of markdown editors either.

I'm noticing that different types of notes may have different and predictable structures. Vacillating between using templates and autotext insert.
what do you mean by this?  zettlr keeps the files just regular text files in whatever folder you like.  you just open the file or folder.  it has a database maybe for the program itself, but the files are all text files.  the only thing the program seems to do is look for the ID somewhere in the filename or actual file itself.  Is that what you are thinking too?

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