For the past few years I’ve been using TiddlyWiki as my home page for my browser. The purpose to to be a hybrid bookmarking/note taking place for things I want to remember.
Let me tell you, it continues to be one of the best decisions I have made.
Let’s give an example. Just two days ago I decided to learn about aliases for macOS (they are a unix/linux tool) so I could more easily work with the scripts that make LampLight.
I found some links, and did some readings, and tried things out. Boom it works.
So I take those links and I save them–which isn’t much different than you’d do with bookmarking, right? BUT I also pulled out some of the information, so I had both there, accessible. So instead of just links in a folder, my alias tiddler looks like this:
alias PHRASE=’the command you want it to run’
use ; for multi-line commands.
to add the alias commands to your home directory in the file:
Now, when I need that information, not only do I still have the links, as I would with bookmarks, but I’ve got a note that probably answers my questions.
Sure, not every entry is that organized. But they all have the option to be, which is a great feature.
I have notes for everything from nerdy linux scripts to food recipes, lists of books to buy, and a collection of hundreds of images for potential covers. I have a page for bills, with links to every place I have to log into and make payments.
So, do you go down those research paths? Find interesting links on social media? A little tool like this, your own personal wiki, could help you find those things later.