I would first like to thank everyone who has replied to my other two posts of similar nature:
And also to Wendell for his original video and post on the topic:
While my brain still feels like it is going to explode from all of the different ideas, concepts, and overall desire to become more organized, I at least feel a bit less chaotic. Everyone has been super helpful thus far and again I thank you all! In re-reading Wendell’s Knowledge Repository post, as well as all the replies to my earlier posts (linked above), I feel that I have much better idea of what answers I’m looking for and also what questions to ask to get those questions.
Hopefully everyone isn’t tired of replying to my questions and will be able to offer a bit more help
For some quick context prior to getting to the questions:
- I have used/messed with/utilized to some degree or another the following note-taking/to-do/wiki/text editor apps: DokuWiki, TiddlyWiki, Obsidian, OneNote, Google Tasks, Google Keep, Google Docs, Zoho Notebook, Zoho Tasks, NextCloud Notes, LibreOffice Writer, LibreOffice Calc, GoodNotes (iOS), Pen & Paper
- I have research various note-taking and to-do concepts such as Zettelkasten, Bullet-Journaling, GTD, etc.
- I have a home server running Ubuntu Server that I use, among other things, as a document repository. In addition I have various iOS devices (I trust them more then Android personally), an iMac for graphic design/3d rendering, a Windows 10 gaming rig, and a laptop daily driver with ZoronOS (fancy Ubuntu though I have been thinking about trying Fedora).
- I usually find myself using my iPhone or iPad Mini to look at various topics/web searches/videos instead of my computers.
- I highly value open/future proof solutions: Obsidian with .md files that can be edited in any number of Markdown Editors, TiddlyWiki since it is a single HTML file that runs in any browser (minus some functionality without a plugin), or .odt for Word Processing applications.
- In a similar vein as the one above, I don’t want to be stuck in a walled garden.
As for the question: How do you personally go about, or have heard of others going about, collecting, storing, and reviewing/revisiting/searching for the following information types?
- Instructions on how to perform a task. IE: You’re searching for how to add an existing user to a permissions group in Linux and you find the following page/instructions that has the answer (How to add existing user to an existing group? - Ask Ubuntu). Or you are searching for ways to update the default links in your file explorer and come across the following page with part of the answer (File explorer – customising the shortcuts - General Help - Zorin Forum). Do you save the whole page as a PDF? Copy and paste the relevant content into an individual note with some description and then reference the link? Do you just save the link with a quick description of what you used it for?
- An online article (news website, academic, etc): IE: You come across a new article that you find interesting and feel it may important later as a conversation piece or for research. Do you download the PDF? Do you just save the link with a quick description? Do you put it in some kind of reference/citation software and hope the source doesn’t disappear later?
Ultimately my issue is I can’t wrap my head around a way (the ways) that each concept would be recorded. I have thoughts/ideas, come across interesting websites, articles and/or videos, search and find or come across DIY articles for building things or how-to articles for tech stuff, and support pages for fixing a problem in a program or OS. Up until now I simply saved a bookmark for every scenario besides my thoughts/ideas but I now see such a system as serious flaws. I also hardly EVER went back to search in the bookmarks.
When you go to search for something, do you automatically search your Knowledge Repository before going on the web? If you are running something like a Zettelkasten and have PDFs of how-tos or DIYs do you run separate searches? I feel like I’m on the verge of figuring out a solution but have a puzzle that is still missing a few key pieces. Like should I consider the downloaded PDFs reference material only and edit the document keywords to make them more searchable? Do I keep them as references and then link to them inside of a note with a description of how I used it?
I apologize if this went off on a tangent. I thought I had the concept together pretty well when I started writing but obviously it went off the rails. Any and all help is very much appreciated but if this post falls outside the acceptable range for this board, I completely understand.