12 July 2005

Getting Links Done

Recently, and thanks to GTD / 43 Folders my inbox in Gmail is empty (and yawning in utter boredom). That’s good. But I also use GTD-action contexts as tags for my bookmarks in del.icio.us (inbox, toread, toevaluate, someday,...), and those are just bursting.

I guess what’s good for emails is also good for bookmarks, so I wrote a Greasemonkey script to support me in my link sweeping efforts. All it does is to highlight posts with certain tags in del.icio.us (like inbox or toread, this is configurable) to give a little visual reminder that they require some sort of action or attention (read, install, archive, tag). At the end of the day, all colors should be gone (read and/or labeled ond/or deleted).

If you want to try it you can grab it here. I hope it’s rather self explanatory. Mark Pilgrim has a great primer on Greasemonkey, if you don’t know it yet or you’ve never installed a Greasemonkey script. Let me know, if you have any questions or suggestions.

9 July 2005

TiddlyWiki Mania

Jeremy Ruston‘s absolutely fabulous TiddlyWiki triggered quite a few interventions recently. Here is a list of wikis I stumbled upon that adapt/extend/enhance/build upon it:

ZiddlyWiki by Tim Morgan

[ZiddlyWiki] provides server-side storage of the wiki (tiddler) content by combining the power of TiddlyWiki with Zope.

ZiddlyWiki is unique from other TW adaptations (I think) since it doesn’t modify any of the TiddlyWiki code; it just overrides specific JavaScript functions to achieve the desired result. All the overridden code is provided in a separate JavaScript file, and the original TiddlyWiki empty.html file is uploaded into Zope unmodified. This makes tracking TW enhancements and bug fixes easier, because ZiddlyWiki is less like a project fork and more like a pluggable backend. Kinda.

Zope is an open source content management framework based on Python, so an average dummy webhost might not support it (mine doesn’t), but if yours does: ZiddlyWiki has a some more cool features:

OnDemandLoading – Tiddlers are only fetched on demand rather than all-at-once
TiddlerRevisions – the last 15 revisions of the tiddler can be restored
ImportExport – ZiddlyWiki can be exported to and imported from a TiddlyWiki file (hybrid online/offline setup)

TiddlyWikiRemote by Dan Phiffer

this one adds:
ServerSide saving of Tiddlers (via RSS)
SaveHistory – previous revisions of the tiddlers can be restored

Qwiki Web by AlanHecht

The purpose of this adaptation is to improve the look and feel of TiddlyWiki when used as the basis for a public web site.

this one adds:
LanguageOverlay – for setting your own text and language for all buttons and messages
ColorThemes – which make customizing the look QwikiWeb very easy
UserMode – to set the level of difficulty for the display interface
EditMode – e.g. to hide the ‘edit’ button from the Wiki
ExcludeFromSearch – allows you to block specific tiddlers from showing up in the search results
HidingTiddlers – to hide special tiddlers

TagglyWiki and GTDTagglyWiki by Jody

The modification adds non-hierarchical organisation of Tiddlers through tags.

(tags have been integrated in TiddlyWiki now though)

TiddlyTagWiki by Jonny LeRoy

The main functional change from the original TiddlyWiki is the introduction of TiddlyTags – allowing you to categorise your Tiddlers in an ad hoc manner.

I’ve also updated the LookAndFeel and layout to suit my Flickr obsessed taste.

Other small changes include the automatic saving of the current layout to the OptionsCookie rather than using the DefaultTiddlers. Though they are still used if no layout is set in the OptionsCookie.

You can now also select to view the TimeLine filtered to just show Tiddlers that you’ve modified. This has been commented out for now since it isn’t configurable and if you haven’t edited anything then nothing will appear in the timeline. If you UseTheSource then you can put this filter back in ;-)

I’ve also changed the backup logic so it saves to a sub-directory called “backup” – this just keeps the main directory cleaner and makes it simpler to zip up your backups to reduce space.

MyWiki by Henrik Aasted Sorensen

This extension contains a server-side component, which allows for easy saving and deletion of entries.

The Wiki is stored in plain text on the server, so no database is reqired.

PHPTiddlyWiki by Patrick Curry

PhpTiddlyWiki is a brand new kind of Wiki. It combines the awesome front-end of TiddlyWiki with a new PhP/MySql backend.

DirtyWaterWiki by Roberto DeFeo

Now you can add check boxes to your tiddlers to allow support for a TodoList. Items can be checked and unchecked directly or by editing the tiddler and making the appropriate changes.

YATWA by Steve Rumsby

this one adds Folding (collapse the body of a tiddler but still display the title) and a JavaScript calendar

GTDTiddlyWiki by Nathan Bowers

this one adds a GTD structure.


GTDTWcal creates code fragments for calendars to add to your tiddlers.
Blue Mist Style or Zeldman Orange Style – StyleSheet tiddlers for TiddlyWiki 1.2.22

UPDATE: 9/18/2005

ServerSideWiki by Josh Goebel

The ServerSideWiki is a hosted TiddlyWiki service running on Ruby on Rails, so you don’t have to worry about saving your tiddlers anymore. There are various pricing plans available, the free one gives you 10 pages or tiddlers, maybe enough to get you hooked.

It also has nicely animated ToDo tiddlers, so it’s a great way to start playing around with TiddlyWikis, especially if you don’t have any webspace of your own.

TiddlyWiki-SE (Student Edition) by Clint Checketts

this one adds easy note-taking capabilities for students (there is a tab for classes, and a special tagspace for notes associated with each class.)

Clint has some more good hacks exploring and pushing the limits of the TiddlyWiki, like adding Adsense, or giving them a blog-like look and feel. Check out his HomeTiddly.

8 July 2005

Honorable Tags

Can you trust your tags?

HonorTags help readers find content they can trust, and help journalists, bloggers, podcasters and other creators build that trust within their communities. As a creator, you can tag the postings on your own blog or other site to indicate your intentions.

The idea is promising: add a controlled set of (meta-) tags to your content to state your intention, perspective, or disposition. At some point tools or networks will make use of them (as another filter, building networks of trust,...).

(via Bubble Generation)

7 July 2005

Emotional State

This really would be interesting, if it wouldn’t be so sad: the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam monitors the moods in recent Livejournal posts:

(via Google Blogoscoped)

4 July 2005

Pimki, a Personal Productivity Wiki

If you have Instiki installed you might want to take a look at Pimki, which adds a few features like an integrated blog, a glossary page, and ToDo lists (check the homepage for a full list of features).

Todo items can be added anywhere in your wikis using the keyword todo (todo: buy cheese) and Pimki will list all todos in a special page. Pimki is smart and even picks up dates contained in todo items highlighting late todos.

But it gets better: you can assign one or more contexts to the todos (todo@blog: add many ads). Pimki lets you browse your todos by due date or filter them by context. So if you are into Getting Things Done, just use your contexts, and you are done (with collecting at least).

1 July 2005

Daily Weather Report

How lovely II: David Lynch has a Daily Weather Report.