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Posted by Sarah
Aug 24, 2022 at 09:16 PM

 

Not big fan of mem.

I chanced upon anytype.io and that looks quite promising too. Their offline support and on-device model is very intriguing.

One question I had was even though walling/xtiles/scrintal/heptabase look good in demo videos etc, how suitable are they when you build up a huge knowledge base?
How easy is it to navigate around and find what you want?

I’ve 2 main use-cases for now:
1) To learn a new programming language. I believe lot of “blocks” / “boxes” will be created when I embark on this
2) Practise programming challenges on codeforces etc . So I wanna distill knowledge from all that and make connections

Not sure which app I should go with - especially being on budget!

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Aug 26, 2022 at 09:50 PM

 

Sarah wrote:
>Very simple example - I read a book about c++ templates and create a
>“block” of note about templates.
>Then I read some article about it and create another block of note. I
>would then want both of the notes linked so they’re connected.

You can do this in RoamResearch (by using direct links or automatic backlinks), especially if you’re expecting to build a huge database. Once it’s huge though, the graph view in its current form is of not much use.

 


Posted by Daly de Gagne
Aug 29, 2022 at 08:01 PM

 

Hi Dr Andus - would the graph and other features in Obsidian be any better for Sarah’s purposes? I’m curious as I am trying to make my mind up whether to go with Obsidian or Logseq. Thanks.

Daly

Dr Andus wrote:
Sarah wrote:
>>Very simple example - I read a book about c++ templates and create a
>>“block” of note about templates.
>>Then I read some article about it and create another block of note. I
>>would then want both of the notes linked so they’re connected.
> >You can do this in RoamResearch (by using direct links or automatic
>backlinks), especially if you’re expecting to build a huge database.
>Once it’s huge though, the graph view in its current form is of not much
>use.

 


Posted by Sarah
Aug 29, 2022 at 11:04 PM

 

Btw, for now, I’ve ended up going with capacities.io . Looks pretty amazing and is power packed. The visual organization makes things quite appealing too.

I wish I had scrintal access, but I am happy with capacities.io so far!

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Sep 3, 2022 at 11:30 AM

 

Daly de Gagne wrote:
Hi Dr Andus - would the graph and other features in Obsidian be any
>better for Sarah’s purposes? I’m curious as I am trying to make my mind
>up whether to go with Obsidian or Logseq. Thanks.

Hi Daly,
sorry, can’t comment on Obsidian, as I’ve never tried it. But Roam and its clones such as Logseq operate on a fundamentally different priciple as far as I understand it, so it comes down to whether your smallest unit is a piece of text (for which Obsidian seems better) or a bullet point (block or line) in an outline, which is how Roam, Logseq etc. work.

I don’t use Roam for writing or organising pieces of texts, so for me bullet level data is more important. Essentially Roam type apps allow you to link to information contained in bullet points (the basic building block), and it has all kinds of features to find and reference bullet level information (such as automatic backlinks etc.).

I use Roam essentially as a todo system and as a space for daily todo management and execution (at the end of the day each of my Roam day pages reflect exactly what I did during that day, with any incomplete actions moved forward into the future - this is a bullet journal type manual process).

capacities.io looks good, though it seems it hasn’t reached feature parity with Roam yet. It does look like a Roam type app though.

 


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