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Indeterminate Heuristics
Tip: Enabling personal knowledge management
by Dale Asberry
May 13, 2004
Summary
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!

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About the Blogger

R. Dale Asberry been hacking since 1978, professionally since 1990. He's certified in Java 1.1 and has a four digit MCP number. He discovered Jini at the 2000 JavaOne and has been building incredibly cool, dynamic, distributed architectures ever since! Over time, he's discovered several principles that have contributed to his success - they are the Princples of: Enabling Others, Simplicity, No Complaining, Least Work, Least Surprise, Least Damage, and "It Just Works".

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