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Dale Asberry

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Nickname: bozomind
Registered: Mar, 2004

Tip: Enabling personal knowledge management (View in Weblogs)
Posted: May 13, 2004 10:02 AM
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The explosion in the popularity of blogging - and all the people that have cool things to say but previously had no outlet - has made my old knowledge management techniques untenable.
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My previous technique of printing/photocopying and then highlighting the interesting passages has started to take so much time and space that I don't have time to work on my other projects (Installer DeLuxe, Judy, JEOPS, Luxor XUL, AspectJ, Gizmowerkz.com, ChattyLips.com, Indeterminate Heuristics, oh, and my children ;-).

My solution: I bought a Sandisk Cruzer USB memory drive, installed the Java 1.4.2 JRE, Apache Ant, Apache Tomcat 5.0.19, Snip-Snap Wiki-blog, Apache James, and Zoë email "googler". I've written an Ant script to start all of the services. Tomcat is used to host Snip-Snap and James is used as the base mail service. I email interesting links with a quick blurb to an email account managed by James. I use Zoë to browse and index those emails. As I consider ideas surrounding any particular topic, I then update/add/rearrange topics in the Snip-Snap wiki so that I can capture those ideas.

The whole point is to try to make idea capturing as easy as possible, otherwise I'm disinclined to write anything.

I'd like to hear what others are doing!


Jason Yip

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Nickname: jchyip
Registered: Mar, 2003

Re: Tip: Enabling personal knowledge management Posted: May 13, 2004 11:00 AM
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Your approach is a lot more sophisticated than mine which consists of emailing myself and/or jotting the URL and notes into a text file.

I find that for the most part, I just blog what happens to be in my head at the time rather than reference any of the things I record.

Joe Cheng

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Registered: Oct, 2002

Re: Tip: Enabling personal knowledge management Posted: May 14, 2004 1:50 AM
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The software that currently puts food on my table, Onfolio (http://www.onfolio.com), is designed specifically for this purpose... you can drag information into it from any webpage, or from the filesystem, or right from your e-mail client (depending on your e-mail client). Once you've captured some data, you can organize it, search, and share it with others.

Hmmm, that sounded even more hand-wavy than usual... just go to our site and check out the Flash tour if you want to get a better idea.

It's Windows only though, and works best with IE (just press a hotkey or right-click to capture), and costs $30 (or $80 if you want the Pro version, which includes a WYSIWYG report editor/publisher).

Javid Jamae

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Registered: Jan, 2003

Re: Tip: Enabling personal knowledge management Posted: May 14, 2004 9:29 AM
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Have you tried http://del.icio.us ? It doesn't do everything you want, but it's worth looking into.

Vinny Carpenter

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Nickname: vscarpente
Registered: Feb, 2003

Re: Tip: Enabling personal knowledge management Posted: May 18, 2004 9:47 PM
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Very cool. I do something completely similar. I have a blog setup hosted by Blogger. Blogger accepts blog entries via. email and so I just send emails to my special mail-to-blog email address and blogger automatically publishes it to my server. Take a look at the url below:

http://www.j2eegeek.com/blog/todo/

--Vinny
http://www.j2eegeek.com/blog/

John Scott

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Registered: Sep, 2004

Re: Tip: Enabling personal knowledge management Posted: Sep 9, 2004 10:38 PM
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How to build Personal Information Space? Go to http://www.ispacesoft.com

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