Combining Dropbox & TiddlyWiki

Posted by Brian Fri, 27 Feb 2009 02:21:00 GMT

Google recently announced that they would be stopping development on Google Notebook, a product that I had been using to organize random thoughts and notes. It wasn’t really that good to begin with, but the announcement provided me with the needed motivation to look into other options. I ended up settling on a combination of Dropbox and TiddlyWiki.

Dropbox is a tool for syncing files across multiple computers. It provides 2GB of file hosting for free. This can be accessed through their website, but where it really shines is with their desktop integration. This integration makes your Dropbox appear to be just another folder on your computer. Adding, removing, and updating files with their remote hosting is handled transparently. I can add files to my Dropbox on my home Ubuntu (yes, it works on Linux) machine and access it from work and vice-versa.

But what does this have to do with replacing Google Notebook? I had heard of Tiddlywiki before but I thought transporting it would be a bit of a pain. However, combined with Dropbox, TiddlyWiki gives you a personal wiki that you can easily access and sync from anywhere. TiddlyWiki itself is just a single HTML file with some really slick javascript that makes it a self-contained wiki web application. You can visit the TiddlyWiki homepage yourself to play with it. Their site will allow you to make whatever changes you want to get a feel for the application, but you won’t be able to save any of them. Its additional functionality and ease of use has also motivated me to use it more than I ever used Google Notebook.

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I Am Alive

Posted by Brian Sun, 22 Feb 2009 22:33:00 GMT

My arms are feeling somewhat better with the combination of medication and exercises I am currently doing so I hope to be posting here more often. Here’s what I’m hoping to write about.

  • I’ve started brewing my own beer and am planning on posting about each brew I do. I’ve done two so far (a porter and and American pale ale) and will be doing my third shortly (a cranberry wheat).
  • I hope to start posting more programming articles in the future, both on tools I use at work and other projects I am working on. I am learning Python right now to create an API wrapping the XML/JSON api for Warfish, an online Risk clone. This can then be used to create plugins and bots for the game.
  • Other projects I have been working on. I finished the aquarium TV I was working on last year eight months ago and never posted the rest of my guide. I’m ripping apart an old piano to turn into a planter, which may or may not ever be finished and I also started learning basic electronics, something I have been wanting to do for a long time.

Of course, all of this is contingent upon me feeling well enough to actually want to be on a computer while I’m not at work.

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Repo Economy

Posted by Brian Fri, 31 Oct 2008 01:44:00 GMT

The next economy will be the Repo economy when, for example, amazing numbers of “Ditech 125 percent Dream Loans” will be labeled nonperforming and seedy-looking men armed with repossession notices show up in the circular driveways of the defaulted-upon chipboard-and-vinyl McMansions in places like Cherokee County, Georgia, to change the locks on the putative collateral. I see this unwinding of credit and presumed wealth evolving into a tremendous political fight over the table scraps of the cheap-oil economy and the dubious material artifacts it produced, pitting neighbor against neighbor, group against group, and region against region.

-James Howard Kunstler The City In Mind

The City In Mind was published in 2001, long before the current housing and credit meltdown occurred. Kunstler gets ripped as just some paranoid, angry liberal a lot by those who choose to reject the shift in worldview his writing requires, but there is no doubt that his warnings are coming to fruition.

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Printer Fun

Posted by Brian Sun, 27 Jul 2008 22:54:00 GMT

HP Printer Message Hacking.jpg

Have some fun if you have an HP printer with a display. The picture was taken by a co-worker when he noticed the change from the boring ready message.

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Curmudgeonly Complaint #1: I Like All Music! LOL!

Posted by Brian Thu, 22 May 2008 02:04:00 GMT

I have a lot of pet peeves, but over the last couple of years a new one has cropped up: people, who in some attempt at tolerance I suppose, list that they simply like everything. This most commonly occurs with music on social networking sites and always leaves me with an amused grin on my face, quickly followed by a slight level of disgust that anyone could pretend to actually like all music, let alone have heard all of it. While working college radio for three years I heard a wide variety of music and still only scratched the surface of the various genres. I certainly didn’t like all of what I heard and I wasn’t the exception to the rule. In a group with fairly open minded musical taste, we all had artists that we couldn’t stand.

So, what is the point of such a statement? Is it some show of how tolerant they are? A reflection of the shallowness of their top-40-radio-dictated taste? Laziness? Or maybe they live some terribly sheltered existence where they think they really have heard everything? Whatever it is, it amuses me each time I see it.

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Done With Microsoft

Posted by Brian Wed, 02 Apr 2008 01:26:00 GMT

Microsoft just made a disgrace of the International Standards Organization (ISO) and it makes me sick. First, a quick summary. In 2006 a document standard known as Open Document Format (ODF) was approved by ISO as an international standard for office documents. Microsoft was invited to participate in the drafting of this standard, but declined. ODF quickly became the default file format of every office suite except Microsoft Office. Microsoft continued to use their proprietary .doc format. Then some governments starting mandating open formats for all documentation, which shut Microsoft out since they had decided not to support ODF. Magically OOXML was born, a poorly documented, overly complicated, impossible-for-anyone-but-Microsoft-to-implement, “open” standard that they have now bribed and rammed through ISO.

They will never get a penny of my money ever again and I am done fixing any computer that uses their software. They deserve absolutely no respect and look forward to their continuing decline.

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"It's-a me! Mario!

Posted by Brian Thu, 20 Mar 2008 23:27:00 GMT

Mario Question Block

Behold the majestic glory that floats over my desk at work! I put together one of the old Mario blocks that I helped to make in college and hung it over my desk. But what is inside you may ask? What power-up awaits our adventurer? A resume of course. Break only in case of work emergency. On another note it is interesting to note who immediately knows what it is and who does not.

If you would like to make one (or many) of your own there’s lots of information here. They’re fairly easy to make, but do require some patience. I’ve been wanting to make some nice wooden ones, but I don’t have the space or tools to do it right now.

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Two Thumbs Up For

Posted by Brian Sun, 09 Mar 2008 20:59:00 GMT is a wonderful site I just started using to trade books with people all over the world. It works by a points system, where making books available gives you points, as does sending a book to somebody. You can then use your points to get books from other people. If you’re a little confused then this should help clear things up for you. I’ve been accumulating a lot of books I don’t really need over the years so for me this is a great way to start getting rid of some for others to enjoy. I put up twenty-nine books yesterday and I’m already sending two of them out tomorrow. In addition its a wonderful way to find out-of-print books for free. Feel free to check out what I’m giving away here.

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The Onion - Sadly better than most journalism.

Posted by Brian Thu, 28 Feb 2008 02:00:00 GMT

The Onion is often correct in a very warped or exaggerated sort of way, but this is just creepy. They successfully predicted the path of the Bush presidency days before he took office. It’s hard to read and believe that it is over seven years old.

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Finally Fixed

Posted by Brian Sun, 24 Feb 2008 17:11:00 GMT

I didn’t realize until yesterday that Bluehost had finally upgraded to Rails 2.0 and that it had broken my site. It would have been quite nice of them to send out an email when they did the upgrade. Anyways, after fiddling around with it I was able to upgrade to Typo 5.0 at the same time. Now I just need to move all of my old posts over.

On the plus side my arm is feeling pretty good after surgery so hopefully I’ll be posting more in the future. I also bought the ugliest, most damaged piano you have ever seen in your life for $50. Pictures coming once I get it home.

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