Wiki as a PIM

Soon after I learned of the concept of a wiki, I became enamored of the idea of a [using a wiki for my own personal ends.]: The whole concept of [accidental linking]: and relatively painless and automagically organizing data was just too attractive to resist.

I had a brief fling with Zwiki runing on Zope, and stuck with it for a while, but in the end, it was just too heavyweight to for my needs. It was just too much a hog for my modest system running WindowsME (fine, make fun of me). I never kept up with it. But I have a new idea….

I can use John Wiegley’s EmacsWikiMode on local files. There are several advantages to this approach as compared to Zwiki.

* You can edit pages in a *real* editor, not a friggin’ text box in a browser.
* You can even edit those pages in a crappy editor, like notepad or vi (hahaha), though the view won’t be wikified.
* Local files are viewable without a web browser or web server.
* Local files are easy to sync in a distributed filesystem, or via [rsync,]: or [unison.]:
* Emacs, and thus EmacsWikiMode runs on a whole lot of platforms. So this means that I can view/edit on whatever platform I happen to be using.

There are some disadvantages:

* no multiuser (that’s okay for me)
* no cool pretty layouts (okay too)
* limited text formatting syntax (this is probably the biggest limitation)


The wiki concept has a lot of derivative ideas. Hey, I wouldn’t have been drawn to TikiText in this MT blog if I wasn’t already familiar with [WikiFormatting]: and [StructuredText]: . (aside: Is there a WikiEngine that uses a TikiText derivative? It’s growing on me…)

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