HN Gopher Feed (2017-12-27) - page 1 of 10
67 points by jgalvezhttps://medleytext.net/
postit - 2 hours ago
Every month or so I see people attempting to create the perfect
note-taking system for developers and none are up to the task,
they're mostly electron laggy apps which cause more frustration
than solves the problem.A tip if you're designing something like
this. Be fast, responsible and keyboard first. The time to take a
note (flush your brain) shouldn't interrupt your current task and
should be as mechanical as possible.I've been using the same note
take system for the last two years. It just works as expected. It's
as fast as my terminal can be and I can use org or MD if needed.
postit@workstation:~# cat bin/logbook #!/bin/sh TS=$(date
+'%H:%M:%S') DS=$(date +'%Y-%m-%d') cd ~/txt/logbook/ joe
$DS.md && git add . && git commit -am "Updating $DS entry on $TS"
&& git push exit I have the bin on my path and a keyboard
shortcut that fires up a terminal and opens the script. If I need
to find something I can ag/grep the folder, and if I'm away from my
computer, everything is available on GitHub.ps: I decided to use
joe in the script because it's the fastest text editor by far to
start on my system, you can stick to your own solution.
nawtacawp - 1 hours ago
What?s TS for?
christiangenco - 1 hours ago
The git commit message: `"Updating $DS entry on $TS"`
TylerE - 45 minutes ago
Surely git commits are timestamped anyway?
postit - 35 minutes ago
They are indeed, but this pattern solved a few issues I
had.First one was to get rid of always thinking about a
commit message.Second, I can use git blame and understand
the order of things I've inserted w/o headaches. Past
information gets agglutinated and I needed granularity
specially during long work
hourshttps://imgur.com/a/cfvFhWhich time stamp is better in
your opinion?Also with an eye scan I can see how much I've
updated on a single note * 4a23de5 - Updating 2017-12-05
entry on 23:30:02 (postit, 3 weeks ago) * ed9e37b -
Updating 2017-12-05 entry on 23:26:21 (postit, 3 weeks ago)
* 7692b94 - Updating 2017-12-05 entry on 23:24:57 (postit,
3 weeks ago) * 816adce - Updating 2017-12-05 entry on
23:24:21 (postit, 3 weeks ago) * fd29ca3 - Updating
2017-12-05 entry on 23:22:08 (postit, 3 weeks ago) *
b914010 - Updating 2017-12-05 entry on 21:30:44 (postit, 3
weeks ago) * 63e7aec - Updating 2017-12-05 entry on
20:54:06 (postit, 3 weeks ago) * 2fabda1 - Updating
2017-12-05 entry on 16:38:32 (postit, 3 weeks ago)
hartator - 19 minutes ago
Can you share some of your actual notes?
thecrumb - 1 hours ago
I'm curious about these 'notebooks' as well. I like the idea but
not sure I'm disciplined to keep a notebook of anything useful.
dbalbright - 3 hours ago
Reminds me a bit of Typora.https://typora.io/
wirddin - 3 hours ago
Typora reminds me of MacDown :)
1wheel - 3 hours ago
Typora is great! So many two column markdown editors, but WYSIWYG
is what you really want.
kenoph - 3 hours ago
Last time I tried it, it didn't handle unicode very well. It was
a year ago and, when I saved the documents, things like "?" would
turn to Chinese characters. Apart from this, I liked it a lot.
Now I just use VIM and pandoc for PDFs.
samuell - 1 hours ago
Yep. To me, typora just feels so much better.- Less cluttered UI-
Allows both a file tree, or a more TOC-style tree, in the left
pane- A lot faster startupetc.Great with more options for pure-
markdown wysiwyg editing/note-taking though.
joshstrange - 2 hours ago
Personally NVAlt is the only note app I use (and SimpleNote on iOS)
It's all synced, easily searchable, it's my universal scratch pad.
bovermyer - 3 hours ago
I dunno, vim works pretty well for me.
mcguire - 32 minutes ago
.AppImage?I think I'll pass on downloading and executing a binary
philippejara - 2 hours ago
It's amazing how many programs try and fail horribly at reinventing
org mode every.single.month. If anyone got even slightly interested
in this project take a look at emacs's org mode, you won't be
kornish - 1 hours ago
So true! org-capture is an absolute godsend.
jenhsun - 2 hours ago
Alternative - Boostnote.App https://boostnote.io/
f2n - 2 hours ago
So a closed source electron app? No thanks...
azmelanar - 3 hours ago
Web-site a little bit out of date :)MedleyText+S Available in Nov.
2017and button for download is inactive.
lgas - 2 hours ago
So it's like jupyter notebooks but you can't execute the code?
bastijn - 1 hours ago
The problem for me isn't that I can't find a note taking app that
works. My problem is I don't know how to take notes. I always read
on people favoring apps and using xyz for the past decade. All I
wonder is what do these people put in their notes, do they read
back often, and how can I learn to get my state of mind in a note
taking app like they do?
r3bl - 27 minutes ago
The answers could range from "I blog about things I learn"
(indicating a small amount of notes) all the way up to "I use
GTD" (indicating an endless amount of constantly updated and
reviewed notes), but none of the suggestions are going to help
you.You need to try different things and see what works for you
and what doesn't. Your personal preference could be even
customized to the situation, so you might want to use GTD for
work and some other system for your personal life.So how I did it
is tried one option (blogging about everything), then tweaked it
(blogging about something), then tweaked it again (leaning
towards messy notes, away from blog drafts), then tweaked it
again (Markdown brain dumb of all the things that I think I might
need in a day/week/month/year), and again (some of the notes
about a random topic get detailed enough to write a blog post
about it).And the reason I've mentioned blogging so much is that,
when trying to tell a story about the topic, I often find some
previously unnoticed gaps in my knowledge. So that's kind of
"reading notes, re-writing notes in such a way that I'm telling a
story" style that currently works for me the best. YMMV0 -
Cyberdog - 3 hours ago
Friendly note that this is an Electron app.
baldfat - 2 hours ago
Friendly note there are good electron apps.
graysonk - 55 minutes ago
They didn't say whether electron was good or bad. Just that
this app is one.
Cyberdog - 38 minutes ago
I didn't say it in my above post, no, but I'll say it in this
one: Electron is bad.Specifically, it allows lazy dev teams
to deploy lazy "apps."
namelost - 18 minutes ago
You don't know how good you have it. Try using Inkscape on
romanovcode - 1 hours ago
Two, to be precise.- Discord- VS Code
Cyberdog - 39 minutes ago
If by "good" you mean "useful." Both are still non-native-UX
piles of mess and would be far better and less resource-
intensive if implemented as native apps.
baldfat - 38 minutes ago
api - 3 hours ago
Native desktop development is dead.
coldtea - 38 minutes ago
Not for the discerning users.McDonalds didn't put Peter Luger
out of business.
yerasame - 3 hours ago
Oh, of course it is.
0wl3x - 1 hours ago
I've seen a glut of developer note taking apps lately and every
time I see them I wonder, why not just use something like org mode?
That's one of the biggest things emacs has to offer and once you
start to use it, all of these markdowny developer note taking apps
juandazapata - 16 minutes ago
Because not everyone use emacs maybe?
dschep - 3 hours ago
Has this been abandoned? The MedlyText+S page says it'll be
available last month.