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Posted by Jerome
Oct 9, 2021 at 05:12 PM

 

Hi fellow CRIMPers,

I’m currently working for a customer for which I have to use their own hardware (Windows laptop) for security reasons. And guess what, this machine is seriously locked down, I cannot install or run anything beyond the officially supported apps, so I decided to take that as an opportunity to review my workflow which so far was based exclusively on markdown files, using Neovim as my main editor.

So, I’m looking for a note-taking app, supporting markdown (I’m so used to it) and the key requirement is that it *must* run in a browser (not a local executable).

I was considering Roam Research as an option, I would have preferred Logseq which is open source, but apparently I have to use their app (which is provided as an executable file).

Any other suggestions?

Cheers,

Jerome

 


Posted by Maurice Parker
Oct 9, 2021 at 06:02 PM

 

If you are using NeoVim, I’m assuming you are fairly technical? You might be able to keep your existing workflow by self-hosting NeoVim and accessing it through a browser. Cheap hosting would probably cost you less than most of the online outliners.

I can’t vouch for this project, but it looks like it might work if you are up for it. https://github.com/yqlbu/neovim-server

Personally, I have always just ended up relying on a secondary device when in a locked down environment like you are in. You can email yourself stuff and set up mail rules to process it into your workflow. This is assuming that the data isn’t proprietary or sensitive.

Workflowy is another option if you need a browser based outliner. https://workflowy.com

 


Posted by Pierre Paul Landry
Oct 9, 2021 at 07:52 PM

 

Jerome wrote:
I have to use their own hardware (Windows laptop) for security reasons. And guess what, this machine is seriously locked down, I cannot install or run anything beyond the officially supported apps (...)

W.r.t. online browser based outliner / note-taker, the first one that comes to mind is Notion. It is a great note-taking tool. Well designed. Simple to use at first, but as you learn more, it can get quite powerful.

That said, I have yet to see a PC so locked down that InfoQube Portable would not run. So this is most likely another option.
Simply unzip the app package + your data on a USB stick, or better still a mini SSD, and you’ll be 100% portable, on any Windows PC.

Pierre Paul Landry
IQ Designer
Download link: https://www.infoqube.biz/download

 


Posted by Jerome
Oct 9, 2021 at 09:15 PM

 

Thanks a lot for your answers so far Maurice and Pierre-Paul. The Windows 10 laptop is completely locked: exe files will only run if they are located in the Windows program folders and I don’t have write permissions on those folders. Unfortunately an exe file on a USB key will not run either (I just tried to run InfoQube to no avail).

I’ll give another look at Workflowy, it’s been a very long time since I last took a look at it.

Cheers,

Jerome

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Oct 9, 2021 at 10:08 PM

 

Wouldn’t Evernote’s web version work fine? Or how about Dynalist? SimpleNote might be a good option. Seems like there should be a lot of options, unless I am missing something… not entirely out of the realm of possibility.

 


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