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Posted by bartb
Sep 24, 2020 at 12:38 AM


I decided to start posting here any new Roam alternatives I run across in that never ending quest for the ultimate knowledge management solution. 

This one was posted at Hacker News:
Open-Source Memex – Alternative Approach to Roam/Obsidian (http://www.steveliu.co)

Proof of Concept is here - https://www.steveliu.co/memex


Posted by David Garner
Sep 24, 2020 at 04:49 AM


I find this to be very interesting.  Thanks for sharing.


Posted by washere
Sep 26, 2020 at 06:26 PM


Thanks for posting.

Re memex: Looks interesting & has roam features, graph + markdown etc. Plus he’s getting the basics right as must haves: privacy, local version, etc.

Not the usual subscription based apps storing our data into the dev’s basement server & their small-print legal jargon that could mean he (part) owns our data & can sell it to whoever whenever.

Memex: Never mind tracking web browsing behavior (lingering, hovering, inter linking…. Pages), the problems he’s trying to tackle: mountain of personal data & how to track & store & organize & retrieve & present optimally, are gigantic in themselves. Wish him good luck. Wonder if he has to prioritize a few features first, or it’ll be too much for any single person to achieve.

Please post other new developments in this genre in this thread. Hope others do too.
Thanks again.


Posted by bartb
Oct 8, 2020 at 07:04 PM


This is not a new tool post but a shoutout from MacSparky (Dave Sparks) concerning Roam and Obsidian. I agree!

“This influx of cross-linking, dynamic referencing, and the linkable chaos that these apps create feel, to me, like something entirely new, and that bell is not going to get unrung. Not only do I expect these apps to push further ahead with these tools, but I also anticipate other apps to develop in the same direction. A year from now, we are going to have some fantastic options.

One of the best parts of being enthusiastic about technology is when I witness something fundamentally change. I can’t help but think that is happening right now in the research and notes space.”



Posted by jaslar
Oct 9, 2020 at 02:42 AM


Great read, thanks! I remember being excited by an article I read about Tinderbox, and its “agents” running around finding all these connections. But I never invested in that. So, are YOU finding this a game changer, as an academic?


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