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I'm thinking of going primitive, with discursion into zettelkasten

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Dormouse:
Seems likely to me that Luhmann only made notes when he thought he might use them to write a paper or book.
So I have no intention to paraphrase or perfect prose unless I think I might use the note like that in the future.
After my first note,  I won't necessarily do another to perfect it or ensure it's only one thought except maybe at the point of making a  link. I will do one if I need to clarify the thought.

I also suspect that going through his cards, making links, having new thoughts etc was only done in pursuit of a paper to write. I doubt he spent time idly shuffling his pack.

Not so much a personal encyclopedia but a paper writing machine.
I'll only go through mine when I've got a reason for doing so too. Though it might not be writing a paper.

Dormouse:
I've gleaned little in the way of useful tips for constructing a Trello project of this sort. Except to split boards when they get too big. Still looking. Best to just start as everything can be altered later.

I know I'll need a lot of cards which will translate into lots of boards. I've not seen a way of organising boards into hierarchies or folders so I'll use names as a substitute to make the alphabetical sort work - a zettel board on Birds can be called  zetBirds.

OK,  found a way of doing it using cards with links to other boards. This ought to be really flexible and have unlimited capacity.

Dormouse:
Appears that one of the first tasks is reorganising my storage. I disengaged the NAS many years ago now, and have a host of attached hard drives. Cloud organisation desultory. The cloud can easily evolve slowly with use. But I'll need easy local storage available from all devices for stuff I don't want in the cloud.
Mostly this is a consequence of the Android switch.
But a bit is down to Trello and zettelkasten use depending on stable links.

When I say tasks,  I mean thinking about it. I'm okay with most stuff in the cloud. There's no obvious reason not to use the big folders,  I'd planned for documents before.

For local,  one option is SD cards and memory sticks using direct transfer. No effort required. Low cost.
Another option would be a WiFi NAS, or, more simply,  a hard drive attached to a wireless router.  Unfortunately,  my main router is locked down by my Internet provider - even accidentally pressing the reset button means an engineer visit at my cost. But I've no shortage of old routers with USB connections, and the router not having an Internet connection is probably an advantage.
I think I'll go buttons first, then belt and braces. That should do it.

Shades:
But I've no shortage of old routers with USB connections, and the router not having an Internet connection is probably an advantage.
-Dormouse (May 14, 2020, 05:32 AM)
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Watch out with that. It is very easy to create a "double NAT" problem in your network when using old(er) routers in your network. While you may not notice connection issues immediately, it won't take take long before you'll encounter vague issues, on which you'll spend hours troubleshooting and not to mention visits to the hairdresser for fixing the hair you pulled out during those troubleshooting sessions.

If you really want to have a go at storage, you could try solutions like FreeNas or ProxMox on a spare computer (a desktop with a few SATA ports on its mainboard). You'll only need a monitor keyboard and perhaps a mouse during the installation of such software. Afterwards you can "kick" that computer in the proverbial (ventilated) corner and more or less forget about it. You can then manage your storage using your browser.

Initially much more work to setup and yes, it requires time and consumes electricity, but you'll have a nice and fast storage solution for your whole network, which is easy to expand/reduce to your needs. It is also easy to sync data to/from your all your local devices, to automatize this syncing and making (incremental and/or differential) backups from the collected data on this spare computer onto a portable drive for offsite (or protected on-site) offline storage. A central storage location makes it also much easier to filter what you want to backup into the cloud.

Went through those motions myself practically 15 years ago. Used CentOS (Linux) in the beginning using 1 boot drive and a software RAID (spread over 4 drives) setup, but ended up changing that to Ubuntu Server about 10 years ago as the mainboard of that computer failed. Changed the mainboard and case (for better ventilation internally), mounted the drives again and because of the software RAID it took little time to softwarematically mount that into Ubuntu and ready to run again. Last month I changed one of the drives in the RAID setup for a new one. That and an annual cleaning of dust has been the only hardware maintenance I needed to do. Pretty much set and forget.

FreeNAS, ProxMox and similar software have made all the above much easier to setup, easier to use and are easily as reliable as the setup I created.  The initial extra work has given me reliability and with that came a piece of mind that easily justified the costs of the barely increased energy bill.

sphere:
But I've no shortage of old routers with USB connections, and the router not having an Internet connection is probably an advantage.
-Dormouse (May 14, 2020, 05:32 AM)
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Watch out with that. It is very easy to create a "double NAT" problem in your network when using old(er) routers in your network. While you may not notice connection issues immediately, it won't take take long before you'll encounter vague issues, on which you'll spend hours troubleshooting and not to mention visits to the hairdresser for fixing the hair you pulled out during those troubleshooting sessions.

-Shades (May 14, 2020, 12:08 PM)
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I am really curious about how to contend with hard links these systems require.  I have often wondered if there was a way to create a virtual directory of sorts and map it to the directory you need.   I have alot of information on a local network share.  It would be nice to be able to copy a bunch of the files to a portable hard drive and use the virtual folder to "point" to that instead of the network share.  Some time ago,  I tried mapping a network drive to a directory and then calling it (for example) K:  When traveling I then unmounted that network directory and tried swapping in an external hard drive.  I mounted the external hard drive as K: and it worked, UNTILL it didn't >:(

For the most part this does not matter for me.  Just seems like there should be a better way as the locations of files do change.

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