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The Power of Tiddly

This week’s Loose Wire Service column, a service for print publications,  is on the TiddlyWiki, a piece of software I find myself coming back to from time to time: This isn’t for everybody, but I’ve found myself recently going back to a little itsy bitsy piece of software that turns your browser into a notebook cum database. It’s called TiddlyWiki, and it takes the two concepts — tiddlyness, as in smallness, and Wiki, as in simple editing software — about as far as you can take them. The result: a flexible piece of software that contains both the programming needed to run the thing andContinue readingThe Power of Tiddly

The TiddlyWiki Report, Part IV: Jeremy Ruston

This week’s WSJ.com/AWSJ column is about the TiddlyWiki (here, when it appears Friday), which I reckon is a wonderful tool and a quiet but major leap forward for interfaces, outliners and general coolness. I had a chance to chat with some of the folk most closely involved in TiddlyWikis, but sadly couldn’t use much of their material directly, so here is some of the stuff that didn’t fit. Last, but not least, Jeremy Ruston, the man who started it all. Jeremy Ruston: Hi Jeremy Loose Wire: hi jeremy, thanks for getting back to me… Jeremy Ruston: no problem, hope it’s not too late wherever youContinue readingThe TiddlyWiki Report, Part IV: Jeremy Ruston

The TiddlyWiki Report, Part I: Jonny LeRoy

This week’s WSJ.com/AWSJ column is about the TiddlyWiki (here, when it appears Friday), which I reckon is a wonderful tool and a quiet but major leap forward for interfaces, outliners and general coolness. I had a chance to chat with some of the folk most closely involved in TiddlyWikis, but sadly couldn’t use much of their material directly, so here is some of the stuff that didn’t fit. First off, an edited chat with Jonny LeRoy, a British tech consultant who offered his view on TiddlyWikis over IM: Loose Wire: ok, thanks… i’m doing a little piece on tiddlywikis, and was intrigued to hear howContinue readingThe TiddlyWiki Report, Part I: Jonny LeRoy

The Power Of Wikis, The Power Of Tags

I’m really getting into these client-side wikis. This one is especially cool — TiddlyTagWiki – Micro-content with the power of tags … — and is a great example of using tags on one’s own computer to tag one’s private content: Welcome to TiddlyTagWiki – an adaptation of Jeremy Ruston’s TiddlyWiki. It’s a simple, self-contained, client-side, personal publishing engine. It’s a single web page containing all the content you create and the logic to link it all together. This makes it fast and portable. The addition of TiddlyTags allows you greater control over how you group together your chunks of MicroContent. Definitely worth a play.

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