Personal Wikiesque Note Taking Mind Mappish Killer KDE App: BasKet

I’ve found one of my favourite applications ever. It’s called BasKet Note Pads. Here’s my problem, I’m always typing up little notes to myself and saving them as text files, all over my desktop, all over my hard drive. Sometimes I try to organize them, sometimes I send myself reminder e-mails, or I create calendar entries, or use a wiki. The wiki is good for certain things, especially in a collaborative environment, but for personal work it’s not quite right. And if my scattering of elect … continue reading →

Mass Replicability – Part 2

The effort to perpetuate culture, knowledge, and whatever else we store on certain media is not the only reason we need to consider an imperative to copy. I read today that Michael Moore’s new film has spread through the peer-to-peer networks. This news doesn’t interest me so much as the point being made about why this may inadvertently have been beneficial to his efforts. According to the article I linked above, Moore says “We took measures a few weeks ago to place a master copy of this film in Cana … continue reading →

Mass Replicability

An unfinished thought on mass replicability (I may have just made up that word), here it is, I’m going to take note and continue later. Living in an age of digital media and means, do we have an imperative to make as many copies of the information, cultural artefacts, algorithms, etc., which we store in this medium, as possible? Must we mass replicate all our digitally stored leavings? I’ve been chatting (err e-mailing) with my friend, Chris, about his concern with digital cultural amnesia. This came via h … continue reading →

Ulteo Revelation (coming someday)

Mr. Duval’s new project, Ulteo, has held my curiosity since it was announced many many months ago (I believe it was to be released in August, then October, then November, now…). It started as the news spread across the Web that Duval was no longer with Mandriva/Mandrake. An early Mandrake distribution was the first to really win me on Linux. I’d gone through a few others before it, which were a little like unmannered cave agoraphobes from a time before evolution (they all came up for light eventually … continue reading →

Odyssey of the Oracle Hero

A few years ago, during the dot-com era, I had an idea for a lyric poem. I thought, Larry Ellison, you have more money than you’ll ever use, why not pay me to shadow you for a year. And I’ll write a lyric poem about you. In the old days Homer went around recording the deeds of heroes. That’s what mattered to society back then. But in our time, the dot-com era catapulted the CEO and business luminaries into the spotlight. I wouldn’t blame the frenzy that happened during that time for creating th … continue reading →

Back from a Small Holiday

I suppose it’s obvious since I’m posting this, but I’m back to work after my holiday in the Maritimes. My wife and I covered a lot of ground in a week, especially through the inspiring landscapes of Fundy National Park (NB) and Cape Breton (NS). If you happen to travel there one interesting stop is the Fortress at Louisbourg. Another is King’s Landing. What are they? Two places that recreate the daily living conditions of people in th 1700s and 1800s (respectively). Museums of a sort but instea … continue reading →

My Zaurus C3200 Linux PDA

I thought that I really wanted something significantly smaller than my four-year old laptop but with a hard drive and more functionality than a standard PDA. After a few weeks of research and reading articles about different devices, I decided to buy a Sharp Zaurus SL-C3200. Strangely, these are not sold in North America so it required ordering it through the web, site unseen. Why choose the C3200? First, it comes preinstalled with Linux, which was one of my requirements. Second, it has a hard drive. I don’t und … continue reading →

Life, Staring Storage

Can we clearly see it all from one spot? In a Wired column, Momus, discusses his pursuit of the absense of western-style storage living. He mentions a typical Tokyo apartment style, in which the center of the room is relatively sparse (object-wise) but the outer edges contain the information-storage of the inhabitants–things like closets of clothes, dishes, etc. The western style on the other hand, I suppose is more likely to be arranged such that objects are placed throughout the living space and the center of … continue reading →

E-mail Replacement Idea

In a previous post, I briefly commented on blogs as an e-mail replacement. It was an off-the-cuff remark but I started thinking about it more. Perhaps it could end spam? This afternoon one of my colleagues came by my desk and commented on the RSS reader I had open. She wondered if it was a nice looking skin for Outlook (it wasn’t, but it did look nice because the reader was running on my Linux box rather than Windows). But the comment struck me because at first glance the RSS reader does look like essentially th … continue reading →