Note Taking for Minimalists

Confidentiality and technology selection

Personal notes reveal a lot about us: our unfiltered thoughts expose our (political) opinions and feelings and make us thus vulnerable in a social environment where a thoughtless word could mean the end of our (political) career. This is why note taking is counted as a severely individual, private, intimate activity.

Tp-Note news: produce, retrieve and consume note files on the console

The template based note-taking tool Tp-Note was originally designed as desktop application: Before creating a new note, the user copies interesting bits of text into the clipboard. When Tp-Note starts, it analyses the clipboard's content and fills out some template to create a new note. As Tp-Note makes extensive use of the clipboard, it mainly targets desktop systems running a graphical environment. But also when working on the console Tp-Note can be useful with its built-in clipboard simulation: Instead of copying the content into your clipboard, pipe it into Tp-Note :

echo  "Some clipboard content" | tp-note

Where to store notes? Database? File system?

Seeing the myriad of note-taking software out there, it is not easy to find the right tool for a specific purpose. One way to categorize note talking software is to look at how the software stores the note. Technically, they fall into two categories:

  1. Database storage
  2. File system storage

This short note explains the two approaches to note-taking by means of two chosen free software tools: Zotero and Tp-Note. The latter is presented more in detail.

Tp-Note learns some Asciidoc

This short note describes how Tp-Note's internal viewer renders Asciidoc hyperlinks, allowing to open and to follow quickly hyperlinks in Asciidoc formatted note files.