Experimenting with a homemade web front-end to Recoll (inspired by @karlicoss)
I let it index ~800 web pages that I captured as PDFs over the years for various reasons. Then dumped in a couple years of email and that works pretty well too.
It doesn't feel right to keep these files on a VPS though. Security is a concern, plus it separates them from the rest of my files which live on my home NAS. Don't like having things in 2 places. 🤔
If you save just the HTML of a web page, you lose images & CSS. If you screenshot it, you preserve images and formatting, but lose links and searchability. If you save it to PDF, formatting often gets mangled. Recursive wget grabs too much. Safari webarchives aren't viewable on other platforms. Evernote web clips often format poorly and don't export cleanly. And archiving any whole page will include ads and unrelated junk that pollutes search. Bookmarks rot.
How do you clip web content??
I abandoned cloud storage a while back and store everything on a Synology NAS at my home now. It's not internet-facing, but I can get to it through a combination of DynDNS and VPN.
So remote access is possible, but it's a pain, especially on mobile. Curious what others with similar setups do, or if it's just the usual case that security comes at the expense of convenience?
I don't know but it seems like it would be cool if there was a GUI toolkit that only required C99 and something like SDL as a display abstraction layer. Highly portable and you could get something that worked like a <canvas> without bringing in an entire web browser.
(Or maybe it does exist and I just can't find it.)
I blasted a bunch of "notes on notes" into Evernote yesterday: https://www.evernote.com/l/AAE71NkdfERLN5e00bPCNFhNVKeKz-H7PwM Feel free to read or discuss, but there's nothing particularly new or innovative here, just a mental inventory of some things.
It's clear that the first thing I need from my system is a way to manage _this_ note because, WOW, Evernote is not it!
I've been using Bear for notes, and it's really quite good for my needs. But it only runs on Mac and iOS. Evernote runs everywhere, but it's much clunkier IMHO. OneNote is off the table because it has effectively no usable data export options.
I like wikis, and have used DokuWiki and written my own before. Merveilles makes me want to take another shot at rolling my own notekeeper, designed specifically for me.
Hesitating because it's a lot of work and hasn't ultimately paid off in the past.
I thought I'd be able to adapt to another OS for personal use quickly, but I'm surprised by the _intensity_ of the discomfort. Not to mention the voice in my head saying "you have a Mac software business, dummy; how's that even going to work?"
For now I'll continue migrating my PIM data off iCloud, so I at least have options. Not to mention how unstable iCloud has been for me. :I
Here's Ubuntu 19.10 running at a comfier 1.25x scale on the same 27" monitor. However fractional scaling appears to be very detrimental to the performance of things like scrolling a web page. Suuuuper choppy.
To enable fractional scaling on Ubuntu 19+: gsettings set org.gnome.mutter experimental-features "['x11-randr-fractional-scaling']"
Hm, Elementary appears to have no fractional scaling option for displays; just 1x and 2x. So there's no difference in available screen space between this 13" laptop and a desktop with 27" display (both ~4K panels). That alone is likely a dealbreaker for desktop usage... :/
Ubuntu 19 has "experimental" fractional scaling which seems to work, though. Maybe that's a better distro for me to be trying? Shame, Elementary looks so much nicer!
To honestly evaluate non-Apple platforms as "daily drivers", I first need my PIM data to be platform-neutral (ie; not iCloud), starting with contacts & calendar.
Not really a Google fan, but their contacts & calendar seem to be the most viable for this purpose, with broad support across all major platforms (desktop and mobile!) and client apps that are battle-tested and mostly pleasant to look at. And the data's exportable. Let's see how it goes for a few days...
#introductions Hi, I'm Steven! Lurking for a long time, decided to make it official. You seem like my people. :)
Raised on Apple ][, then Amiga. Mac programmer by trade for the last 23 years. Heartbroken by Apple's trajectory over the last decade. Exploring alternatives (Elementary? Windows?!). Love to talk about knowledge management/wiki/PIM systems especially. Hello!
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