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Posted by Andy Brice
Jul 19, 2020 at 06:27 PM


Saw this on Hackers News:
Might be of interest to note taking afficionados.

Andy Brice


Posted by Jeffery Smith
Jul 20, 2020 at 12:42 AM


The only notetaking app (if you can call it that) that I used almost exclusively without considering straying away was askSam for MSDOS. Like every excellent MSDOS program I used, there was no Windows version or there was a terrible Windows version. XyWrite, Q&A, MaxThink, and GrandView were great MSDOS programs that didn’t make it to Windows in a usable state. So I do use a lot of paper now (Rhodia Webnotebooks primarily).


Posted by Hugh
Jul 20, 2020 at 08:11 AM


Thanks, Andy. I thought the comments attached to the article were quite interesting - suggesting several applications that I’d never heard of.

The key problem for me with note-taking apps (as with some other types) is that I want two potentially incompatible qualities, simplicity and complexity: simplicity of use, complexity of provision.


Posted by Amontillado
Jul 20, 2020 at 11:32 AM


Interesting, the argument for written notes.

Next, he’ll organize his notes into a Zettlekasten, taking what steps he can to provide a “search bar” and metadata.

But that’s probably the best attitude, if not necessarily applied to the best available tools. Take notes in a way that imposes order on them. Dragnet’s Joe Friday had notched-card databases and got the job done. He would have sold his soul for Evernote.

We look at Evernote and think, meh, Bear is prettier, and then move on to something else.

That, of course, closes the circle. If we’re going to be fickle about tools that really will do a great job, even if not a universally great job, we’d better not move beyond markdown and ASCII, since they probably are going to be around forever.

That’s what I’m going to do, just as soon as I take a look at Bear in the app store. I think I missed the point when I first looked at it, and it’s markdown with improvements. Just a little technology won’t hurt…


Posted by LB
Jul 20, 2020 at 03:54 PM


Amontillado wrote:

>Dragnet’s Joe Friday had notched-card databases and got the job done.

I’ve never heard of this and had to look it up.



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