Use KISS for saving and finding semi-important stuff



  • Like many of you I do a lot of reading and surfing online. But where do you put your treasure trove of stuff that falls into these categories:

    • must read again or TLDR
    • Tech how to info
    • idea for blog
    • idea for future project

    Hopefully you get the idea.

    • I started with OneNote 2010 saving whole webpages in different notebooks, but that became cluttered and couldn't access on my Android tablet.
    • I tried to use Evernote since it was for all devices, but that left me fragmented and then I had to figure out which program I had used to save data then what notebook.
    • I have OneNote 2013 online which means any device I can use it, but I don't.
    • I started using Outlook 2013 calendar and dragging websites into the calender to remind me to look at something.

    I haven't found the best solution for me and I posted because I found another project to do (ie. demo a WP plugin).

    What works for you mangos?



  • I post them to MangoLassi 🙂

    If I find something useful and it is IT related, I really do try to put it here. Easy to find again, and people can discuss and get benefit from the find.

    Other than ML, consider a wiki like MediaWiki or a blog like WordPress.



  • Thanks SAM, I never thought of a blog, I like that idea.



  • If you find that a blog is the route you wish to take,.. might look to see if there is a Android or iOS tool that will allow you to quickly 'post them' so that when you are away from your normal computing device, you can still 'tag' the information



  • Thinking about it more, I am off to search for a project manager plugin to keep me on track.



  • For stuff at home, @dominica and I maintain a wiki just for our household. We track all of the things around the house there. Anything that needs to be documented we just toss it in there. Super easy. Home repairs, info from shops, when to pay our bills... just anything. We use MediaWiki. It's been amazingly valuable. Really help to make us organized and makes for a really great "IT at Home" project too.

    And it isn't one of those "doing IT for the sake of it" things, it is really valuable and we run it like a production system because we really are end users on it.



  • I use Pinterest. Not an obvious choice, but it more or less works for me.



  • @Carnival-Boy cool...my wife uses that for her crafty projects.



  • @scottalanmiller I'll check that out too.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    For stuff at home, @dominica and I maintain a wiki just for our household. We track all of the things around the house there. Anything that needs to be documented we just toss it in there. Super easy. Home repairs, info from shops, when to pay our bills... just anything. We use MediaWiki. It's been amazingly valuable. Really help to make us organized and makes for a really great "IT at Home" project too.

    And it isn't one of those "doing IT for the sake of it" things, it is really valuable and we run it like a production system because we really are end users on it.

    Are you running a server at home for this? or some rented webspace (or NTG's left overs - lol)



  • @Dashrender we don't run any servers inside of the house anymore except for my Netgear ReadyNAS which I use for all of my in home media and backups. Outside of that there are no services or storage inside the house. Especially things like this, I want them available should I not be home, the house is offline, we move, etc. Very mission critical to our home life.

    In my case, we hose them on NTG's infrastructure because NTG provides that for staff. But for people who lack that I would look at a small server on Rackspace or Azure. Low cost and very enterprise.

    http://www.smbitjournal.com/2013/08/doing-it-at-home-good-documentation/



  • @Carnival-Boy said:

    I use Pinterest. Not an obvious choice, but it more or less works for me.

    Interesting, but that seems like it would make sense. Outside of IT, Pinterest is kind of designed for that.



  • A simple wiki is a very nice option. Simple to edit, easy to store lots of data. And very useful for more broad uses.



  • Thank heaven for MediaWiki. I love our wiki, and it's so easy for 2 (or more) people to access and edit the information there. We would be crazy disorganized without it.



  • I have never setup a Media-wiki, I have used them many. This would be a great thing to have in my back pocket. Any resources here to teach that to someone?



  • @TechieChick said:

    I have never setup a Media-wiki, I have used them many. This would be a great thing to have in my back pocket. Any resources here to teach that to someone?

    @scottalanmiller wrote a one line installer for it a few months ago... digs around - where is that link



  • @Dashrender that was for LEMP. I wouldn't use that 🙂 It was only to prove a point.



  • @Dominica said:

    Thank heaven for MediaWiki. I love our wiki, and it's so easy for 2 (or more) people to access and edit the information there. We would be crazy disorganized without it.

    It really has been awesome. You would not think that getting your wife to use a wiki for household items would be easy but once I set it up and put in a little bit of data she has been all over it and uses it even more than I do. It's really ideal for household management.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    It really has been awesome. You would not think that getting your wife to use a wiki for household items would be easy but once I set it up and put in a little bit of data she has been all over it and uses it even more than I do. It's really ideal for household management.

    Umm... excuse me? Why would it not be easy to get your wife to use a wiki?



  • @Dominica ha ha, but seriously, it's not the kind of thing you can normally convince your spouse to use. And admit it, you were a bit skeptical when I proposed it.



  • @Dominica said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    It really has been awesome. You would not think that getting your wife to use a wiki for household items would be easy but once I set it up and put in a little bit of data she has been all over it and uses it even more than I do. It's really ideal for household management.

    Umm... excuse me? Why would it not be easy to get your wife to use a wiki?

    I think he means wives in general. You are special though, in a good way.



  • @ajstringham 🙂



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @ajstringham 🙂

    I got you bro!



  • @ajstringham said:

    @Dominica said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    It really has been awesome. You would not think that getting your wife to use a wiki for household items would be easy but once I set it up and put in a little bit of data she has been all over it and uses it even more than I do. It's really ideal for household management.

    Umm... excuse me? Why would it not be easy to get your wife to use a wiki?

    I think he means wives in general. You are special though, in a good way.

    I think you might need to watch out @Dominica you might have a stocker 😛



  • Awwww @ajstringham thinks I'm special 🙂

    Okay, I admit that I wanted to make sure that the wiki wasn't going to be a ton of extra work for me. Sometimes @scottalanmiller has these ideas and proposes them with "and it will be great experience for you to work on this" so hence my perpetual caution whenever Scott has a brilliant new idea.



  • @Dominica said:

    Awwww @ajstringham thinks I'm special 🙂

    Okay, I admit that I wanted to make sure that the wiki wasn't going to be a ton of extra work for me. Sometimes @scottalanmiller has these ideas and proposes them with "and it will be great experience for you to work on this" so hence my perpetual caution whenever Scott has a brilliant new idea.

    You are. 🙂



  • @ajstringham Awww if you were here I'd grab a stool to stand on and hug you around the waist 🙂



  • @Dominica said:

    @ajstringham Awww if you were here I'd grab a stool to stand on and hug you around the waist 🙂

    You're not that short! Or is it I'm not that tall? No, it's you're not that short. LOL



  • @Dominica said:

    Awwww @ajstringham thinks I'm special 🙂

    Okay, I admit that I wanted to make sure that the wiki wasn't going to be a ton of extra work for me. Sometimes @scottalanmiller has these ideas and proposes them with "and it will be great experience for you to work on this" so hence my perpetual caution whenever Scott has a brilliant new idea.

    Out of curiosity, and if it is personal ignore my question, but what do you guys use the wiki to manage? Bill and expenses? Scheduling? Just trying to get an idea of how we could use this tool in our house.



  • @coliver Everything from box inventory lists from when we move to all of the info to pay bills. I think it might have our movies list on there too, but not sure if that was ported over.