Ask HN: How do you take notes throughout your work day?

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  • potwiki.vim

    Maintain a Wiki of plain text files

    Vim with potwiki, dumb simple, super fast to call up, always in context of the code editing, etc. Take notes at the top, then easily add them to their own files. Git-commit once in a while.

    https://github.com/vim-scripts/potwiki.vim

  • zim-desktop-wiki

    Main repository of the zim desktop wiki project

    +1 for Joplin, I use it for logging my work day. I dump the information in JIRA task I work on and have highlights and other related notes in Joplin, although I wish Joplin has a native support for calendar (similar to https://zim-wiki.org).

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  • logseq

    A local-first, non-linear, outliner notebook for organizing and sharing your personal knowledge base. Use it to organize your todo list, to write your journals, or to record your unique life.

    I have tried many many tools over the years. Each time limitations, platform support or proprietary data formats frustrated me. In recent years I started to experiment just using Markdown files, but then cross references and having to organise document and folder structure ahead of time proved to be yet another failing.

    Started to look at a few modern takes on the problem including Roam Research. A few months ago I found https://logseq.com/ Still in beta but progressing quickly. So far I think I have finally found my happy place.

  • notes

    Simple text based notes taking app (by jcubic)

    I've written few years ago text based application created in AngularJS to keep all my notes. It was inspired by builtin MacOS app. I'm trying to keep all my notes there. Before I've had this app, I've used topic based files with extension NOTES like javascript.NOTES etc. The application is running on my shared hosting, the code is Open Source but yesterday I wanted to add new feature (global search) and I have a problem to run the application locally, a lot of things has change since it was created. I've spent few years updated all dependencies including WebPack after done it doesn't work 100% correctly. I also have on my list create mobile version so I can read and taking notes while on my phone.

    The code is on GitHub: https://github.com/jcubic/notes

    The app is simple on left there are notes, in the middle there is simple text and on the right are navigation into sections, that are created using special markers. This type of makers I always use in source code and text files as separators.

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