Organizing your culled information stream
It is tremendously complicated these days keeping track of what you are learning.
As an example, I am diving into the realm of dropping pre-built Drive Images into Cloud Instances. I need to keep track of the difference between a bzip2 and tar file, and how to decompress them. Very nice people have commented their answers in various places. Answers like:
bzip2 -d filename.bz2 tar cvjf myfile.tar.bz *.txt
Certainly there are many more of these as well. I likely have 20 Tabs open talking about all the various approaches, but that is not the point now.
The point now is simply, how to "keep track" and if possible, how to perhaps help other people in similar quests.
3 Basic Elements I am finding useful:
- Bookmark Organizing
- "Bookmark Manager and Viewer" a Chrome Extension is particularly valuable. It takes a bit to get used to with one or two foibles, but nothing better that I have found. Use this in conjunction with Chromes Bookmarking (they have the same icon) and spread them out so you know which one you are using.
- "Tabs Outliner" also a Chrome Extension lets you explore and tab to your hearts content. You can close whole windows and keep track of the tabs. Ideally you will move from here to your actual bookmarks, but with this you can see what you have been searching for, reading up upon and in many ways also reflect on what is important
- Durable Checklists
- Honestly, I am still looking for the ideal version here, but what I do know is that Outlines go a long way. Lets go there
- Outlines and Outliners
- Now discontinued Bonsai is very good. Very Very Good
- Android Outliner is VERY VERY VERY GOOD (number 1 really except that I work in Bonsai more)
- Workflowy is the best web outliner I have found so far
There are others. They all deserve attention, but the point is not the program but the work.
Nothing is perfect and no integrations, yet, are perfect. I do also use
- Simple Mind for Outlining and Mind Mapping .
- Odoo to keep track of issues and many other details.
- Evernote.. must have
- Dropbox, for me anyway, must Have
All are also excellent programs:
Like threads in a spider web though, you need to have your own system of reference to keep them together. Things are getting better, but, there is still you in the middle.
Getting things done.. a book and a mantra. The program did not work very well unfortunately (may have had another name - written for PC Tablet computers in about 2005 ?). It should have worked better. The concept was incredible. It just had big, in fact large and untenable, memory leaks.
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