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Re: [opensuse] (offtopic) how do you organize your data?
On 01/04/2016 05:10 AM, Bob Williams wrote:
I'm not sure this *is* offtopic.

+1



I use dedicated applications for specific files, eg. Digikam for photos,
Thunderbird address book for contact details, etc.

True and there's more than that.
The *NIX file system fits in with the hierarchical model that our minds
so often naturally assume, but also supports cross linking.

That being said... I organize my photographs - which take up the bulk
of my storage, hierarchically by year & month, but within the
applications i use, primarily darktable, i can 'tag' the images in many
ways over and above the embedded EXIF information they are already
tagged/embedded with. more to the point, i can apply many tags. The
downside is that the tags ae only visible within the application.

Users of Dolphin might see a similar phenomena.

However, that still
leaves a lot of uncategorised stuff, useful snippets, etc.

True and not true.
I have my DatabaseOfDotSigQuotes that is really just a random collection
of things in FORTUNE format. It is - sort of - searchable by grep.

I make use of KDE's BasKet to collect stuff. it great for a grab bag
and has a sort-of structure that you can shuffle around.

I make use of wikis.

On the one hand I use Tiddywiki cos its easy. That doesn't mean its
appropriate for everything. There's a plugin that makes the cross
linking more automatic and not completely CamelCase dependent, and it
you have lots of scientific work that need heavy cross referencing it
glorious! It short of full-text indexing, which, lets face it, can be a
burden, as balhoo demonstrates.

on the other hand I use FosWiki, which is a 5th generation Wiki. The
wiki engine behind Wikipedia I'd rate as only 2nd or 3rd generation.
Foswiki makes the wiki itself as much or as little of a database as you
want.

Now the thing with the power of TiddlyWiki and FosWiki is that you'll
never see this pweor discussed by reviewers. its not something
superficial, out of the box; its something that you have to customise
and figure for yourself. That makes it sound like an impediment, but
that's the reality of life in so many ways that we don't think about at.
We do put a lot of effort into customizing things around us and don't
realise that investment.

I think that Xen's complaint about wikis need in browsers and/or servers
is is a bit self serving. Browsers are standard tools; If I want to
maintain my router or various household appliances I use a browser.
About the only thing that comes close is an email reader -- for those of
us who don't use browsers to read email!

As for the server issue, that may matter to those who aren't connected
(Go use Tiddlywiki!) but the reality today is that we pretty much live
on network services. heck, we're using one right now to communicate wth
this list! Email is probably the most fundamental network service with
the network of SMTP servers. Setting up a wiki is, while non trivial,
not difficult. Or perhaps it is non-trivial. My ISP,
Dreamhost, has an option to set up your own wiki, a MediaWiki, with just
a click. "Click to Deploy".
http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Available_One_Click_Installs
It is the customization, the logo, the layout, the horde of other
options, and of course the content, that require effort and some
knowledge. The same with tagging my photos!


For this and
all the personal stuff, I use Leo <http://leoeditor.com/>. Actually, it
is much more than an organiser, and I also use it, alongside Kate, to
write python code.

Now THAT *IS* interesting!

Not to belittle it, but see also Kabikaboo.
It depends on what you want to write.

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> Q: Are you sure?
>> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
>>> Q: Why is top posting frowned upon?

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