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2011 June 13 [Monday]

TiddlyWiki

I've been using TiddlyWiki for some years as a personal wiki space and although the first version was a bit clumsy about saving and searching ; today, it is the most re-usable, portable, easily shared self-contained wiki that you can find to manage your local tasks and information.

Mainly, I use TiddlyWiki to maintain notes, store and manage links. While there are online sites like Delicious and Stumbleupon which facilitate users sharing weblinks, they dont have the highly customizable features that Tiddlywiki has ; namely, the freedom to customize, edit pages and add oodles of content (ex. store phone nos, or other personal data which you dont want to store on a public space). Sometimes, I want to add IRC conversation snippets or installation notes as a future reference for something I had tried previously and found useful and it makes it very easy to add new tiddlers instantly. This level of fine-grained user-level customization is not available in any online site.

I wanted to share this so that folks who like wikis for the ease of editing can use Tiddlywiki instead of struggling to maintain local wiki installations on their servers. Dont forget that Tiddlywiki is the only wiki that does not need a server-side implementation and runs entirely on your browser.

TiddlyWiki is built on a combination of HTML, CSS and JavaScript and you can start by downloading an empty.html page to start using it. Here is the sourcecode if you want to contribute new features, and they also have a community space, some tutorials, a bug tracker, and many freely available themes to customize your local wikipage. In short, the uses are as (un)limited as your imagination is. Enjoy!

2006 June 29 [Thursday]

I finally tried out GIMP

Earlier this month I changed the theme template for my blog and used a nice one from Wordpress. To my horror, my blog was so horribly broken that I could not even log back and change the darn theme. Ever notice how everything that can go wrong does so at the same time. Well, at one point I was not sure if it was due to the CSS file that I had changed .... so to cut a long story short, an upgrade resolved it.

Among all this confusion, I wanted to change some images and started to use Gimp (finally), which I always found a wee bit intimidating. Ofcourse, its not easy to do a freehand sketches/designs using the bulky mouse and for that reason alone I still prefer a pencil and paper. I have yet learn how to create solid and symmetrical designs using Gimp (if that is possible) but the easier way would be to draw the designs on paper and scan for later editing. Hmm... will have to try that sometime !