Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox


I finally got around to checking out TiddlyWiki after the link had been in my bookmarks for quite a while. Over the years, I've installed a number of personal notebook software products, trying to find something small and fast to help organize my notes. The last one I tried was Microsoft OneNote, which is quite possibly the opposite of small and fast, and my only excuse for trying it out was because I already had the installation CD.

TiddlyWiki blows them all out of the water. It's a slick implementation of a personal Wiki system. It's written in HTML, CSS, and Javascript so it doesn't actually require any software installation. You simply download one web page (yes, that's all you need!) from the TiddlyWiki website and then run it in FireFox or IE, as they recommend. It also appears to work on Opera and K-Meleon. (Doesn't work on the stock K-Meleon 0.9 though. You need to start with one of the unofficial builds and do a little hacking.)

The Wiki-style tags take a little while to get used to, but they do have a tutorial, and in no time at all, I was adding nodes (or "tiddlers," as they call those) and linking them up. Anyway, I think it's time to say goodbye to OneNote. :)

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