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A useful aquisition

My thanks to dduane for telling me about this.

As it says on the website, TiddlyWiki is a free reusable, non-linear web notebook. Basically it's a Wiki that can be downloaded as a single page and run on most browsers without involving a server. And which I'm finding very useful for storing worlds on. I just sit down, open a window (called a "tiddler"), type about whatever I want to record on it, save, open another and type other stuff, and interlink things as I go along without having to organize in advance. Right now I'm doing a Gaelan WorldWiki (the world I created for my D&D characters to live on), and plan on doing one for the Teklénan next. I may do a separate one for the Little Worlds or just fold them in with the Teklénan. Anyway, go look at it - these things are quite useful (be sure to add the RichTextPlugin tiddler if you want to use simple formatting features like boldface.) Warning - create the empty Wiki and also import plugins directly from the net rather than downloading copies first, since when I tried that it did all sorts of weird things.


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Sep. 10th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
I want TiddlyWiki to work on my Nokia 770, and it doesn't quite yet. :-(

I've set up a full-blown TWiki installation on my home server, and am using that. Since everything that goes on to removable media at work has to be encrypted (installed software, no way to disable), it actually ends up being more convenient.
Sep. 11th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Might be fun to have it work on my TX, but I wouldn't know where to begin. One more reason I'm planning on picking up a notebook computer sometime before the end of the year.
Sep. 10th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
Some of my coworkers are deeply involved in TiddlyWiki. Check out http://www.tiddlytools.com/ if you haven't already.
Sep. 11th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
Thanks, will do. I took a look at the TiddlyVault but don't understand the system well enough yet to use it (when I use "install" for a given tiddler, it gives me a bewildering list of things some of which I should load and some I should avoid or I'll rewrite something I didn't intend to). Right now I'm reading my way through giffmex's Tiddly Wiki for the Rest of Us which is proving very useful. I already know what went wrong when I downloaded RichTextPlugin to my computer, for example.
Sep. 11th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
Those look particularly useful -- thanks!

I don't use TW myself; I work almost entirely in a text editor. But I've thought seriously about publishing in that form.
Sep. 11th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
What I'm using it for is sorta like those boxes with all the little compartments that I use to sort beads, embroidery thread, and small components of various types, or flower_cat uses to store teabags for con suites. I can write about whatever aspect has caught my attention at the moment, including links to things that require more detail (already written or not), then go on to other stuff, and don't have to decide how to organize it ahead of time. I don't even have to finish the entry as I can go back and do it later when I'm interested in that aspect again. I've even tossed in entire stories, and am noting things that should be turned into them.

If I have occasion to write a manual for anything, I will probably use it - strikes me as ideal for the purpose.

Sep. 11th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
When I write anything that's likely to end up printed I use LaTeX -- it's a markup language with a professional-quality typesetting back-end. For casual notes I use plain text in a directory full of little files, and for everything in between I usually use HTML these days.
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