I’ve tried plenty of things to keep my notes and resources organized, searchable and right at my finger tips:
Personal Wiki Software
Those are just off the top of my head, I’m sure I’ve tried a few more. They all lacked in some way. Too complicated. Search function not the best. Too messy. Too clunky. Was online (privacy concerns). Server based. Lots of time installing software and scripts, tweaking settings, transferring notes, yada yada.
But wow! I finally found a solution that’s exactly what I’ve been looking for:
Everything’s saved in one file (.html).
No software, database or server installations.
Search function actually works great.
So easy to add, organize and *find* your notes.
Learning curve not that steep.
Portable – stick it on a USB stick and off you go.
Can be online or offline (I prefer offline). Or have one for both!
One thing about working online and keeping on top of what’s going on is the incredible amount of information available. How to store it in a clean, super-functional and easy to find and retrieve manner was a super trick for me to work out.
I’m still playing with it and learning more tricks, but I absolutely love this thing and am thrilled to bits with how easy it is for me to save and retrieve notes and information now. And I’m happy I don’t have to login anywhere or host this online. Privacy and peepin eyes was a big factor for me–let’s face it, anything you have online is not guaranteed to be 100% private. Even your webhost can dig through and see your stuff–password protected or not.
Give it a shot and see if this will help you too: TiddlyWiki
I’ve uploaded an example Webmaster Control Center so you can see what I’m talking about: *removed
Tiddly Wiki Tutorial
*allows users to save their content (their tiddlers) on the server in a database (if you prefer)
*a hosted non-linear personal/public/collaborative micro-content wiki/blog based on TiddlyWiki.
*GTD Tiddly Wiki is to give users a single repository for their GTD lists and support materials so they can create/edit lists, and then print directly to 3×5 cards for use with the HipsterPDA.
TiddlyForge plugin repository
TiddlyWikiRequests – Google Group
TiddlyWikiDev – Google Group
TiddlyWiki – Google Group
GTD TiddlyWiki – Google Group
I don’t want to tell you how much time I’ve spent playing with this thing :P. But all my notes are transferred over into one place (finally) and I’ll finish up the rest this week. I did a lot of tweaking, but I think I finally have it where I want it now.
I hope this helps you too!