Workflows

A workflow consists of an orchestrated and repeatable pattern of activity, enabled by the systematic organization of resources into processes that transform materials, provide services, or process information.

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Notetaking Tools

I'm always looking for a cross platform good value note taking solution. I work with the Linux and Apple ecosystems.

Requirements

I have the following requirements:

So far I have used and dismissed:

  1. Apple Notes 
    export options are shit (tip: use AppleScript) no Linux client. However due to the number of people using it there are ways. Code has no syntax highlighting. Linking between notes isn't possible. Must use web version using Linux. Input and search is ideal, grouping is ok (subfolders, manual tagging)

  2. OneNote 
    No cross platform native clients, don't like the free form placement on mobile.

  3. Zim
    It looks like I'm not going to enjoy it, and it doesn't support tags.

  4. Google Docs
    I avoid the Google ecosystem for privacy reasons, plus compared to Dropbox Paper the experience is worse.

  5. EverNote
    no official linux client, £5 a month

  6. Dropbox Paper
    lack of import options and export is single pdfs only. There's an API that I haven't explored. Love the look of the notes, and input is great. Not sure about its future. Exporting made all the images available online without login!

  7. Workflowy
    still use it as an outliner (for rationalising thoughts), it now support inline images but when writing free text descriptions there is too much friction and no formatting, even code fragments are not supported.

  8. Google Keep
    See Google Docs.

  9. Joplin
    don't like the preview pane being split from the input. Too much effort required to enter/search notes, due the interface not being native and off in multiple ways.

  10. Day One
    Grandfathered into syncing on mobile, but on desktop a subscription is required, so the sync doesn't do anything. Feel locked in unless I pay. Good for date based notes, such as journals.

  11. Notion
    Initial impressions looked good. So flexible it's hard to know how to use. Custom queries means powerful but also harder to support specific use cases. Input not as easy as Dropbox Paper. Images are not private.

  12. Typora
    Searching is not word independent and tags are not yet supported. Input is really nice and files can be opened by filename search.

  13. iA Writer
    Doesn't run on Linux even with Wine/Bottles, otherwise I would be using this. Always thought this was a creative writing tool but it also shines as a markdown based notetaker. The default storage location is iCloud but it's easily changed to any location. Notes are just plain text but you can drag images into it which are then inserted using markdown. It allows you to tag and search is instant. Ideally it will have a Linux version in the future.

  14. BookStack (current pick)
    Why not combine public and private notes? Robust and easy to style, great organisation options and markdown can be imported. Using Epiphany or Chrome it can be installed as a webapp.Having to login periodically is a flow breaker, especially with 2FA. Search is great too.

  15. Trillium Notes (trialling)

Bookmarking

To prevent rethreading the same research paths, I'm documenting my bookmark journey.

I'm currently using Firefox across my devices and using it's inbuilt bookmark system.

Acceptance criteria

Maintenance

I've added the following addons:

  1. Archivor - Sends all bookmarks to the internet archive so I can retrieve them if they get lost. This replaces many paid services.
  2. Bookmark Dupes - Easily remove duplicate bookmarks, for example after importing from another service, or after adding the bookmark multiple times. It is very fast as it seems to compare via hashing. I disable the addon after running.
  3. Bookmark Organiser - Correct redirections and remove broken bookmarks. Because of redirections it makes sense to run this one before Bookmark Dupes, but it is a lot slower as it visits every bookmark. I disable the addon after running.

Feedback welcome!

DJ Setup

Hardware and Software

WIP

Categorising Music

Onboarding Questions

I’ve found information related to the following helps me onboard ne client services projects easier. Some of this might be already covered in a project overview, but might be a helpful as a checklist:

  1. Are there particular skills that are important for this project?
  2. Is there an allocation ticket? (particularly useful on one dev allocations)
  3. What is the brief / current phase of development for the project?
  4. Who previously worked on the project in my role?
  5. What are the expectations of me?
  6. What are the expectations of my role within the project?
  7. Where can I find the onboarding / setup docs?
  8. Are there regular meetings I should be aware of or invited to? Same for Slack Channels and project tooling.