Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

I also enjoy writing, woodworking, and home improvement. Also this.


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Sunday, June 20, 2004


A few weeks ago I read Cory Doctorow's
notes on Danny O'Brien's "Life Hacks" talk (site-in-progress here). This talk was about how uber-geeks stay organized, and the biggest common denominator seems to be that their personal information management 'system' is a single, big text file. I've tried this the past few weeks, and I must say it's working really well. It's quick to use, completely app- and platform-independent, you can search it (incrementally, if you have the right editor), you can see it all at a glance using just page-up and page-down, and there's just a single file to back up. The structure is, of course, totally freeform, unconstrained by how a particular app thinks I ought to organize my information. It's like having a huge scrap of paper that I can always find. It doesn't give you reminders or anything, but I never use those anyway.

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Yes, I've got one of those. C:\temp\random.txt Has all kinds of goodies in there. Just hope my hard drive doesn't crash, it would be a shame to loose all that.
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