Do you track your notes/references?


I'm very pleased that we have so many bright minds here that outshine mine. But I'm a frightningly fast typist, and not the dullest knife in the drawer. So I imagine I'm not alone in shock at times when I see a thick new question, and within 30 seconds somebody has an incredibly thorough response, with links, registry keys, and the kitchen sink attached. Well-formatted, mind you.

Experience counts for a lot, but it occurs to me that my mishmash of scribbled notes, bookmarks, docs, etc. isn't the most efficient way for me to file away what I've learned in the course of my daily projects (and am highly likely to forget within a week, if it's not documented).

Personal issue tracking apps? Eidetic memory? Or just better Googling skills? The ability (and stamina) to organize this information and bring it quickly to your fingertips is arguably one of our most important skills. How do you do it? (top rep scores not required)

Best Answer

I'm a huge fan of TiddlyWiki (see and for this. It's a single self-contained HTML file that you can use in pretty much any browser and gives you a simple Wiki-like notebook. It also lets you view entries by timeline, search entries, and view multiple entries at one time. The fact that it's fully self-contained means I can keep them on a flash drive so I always have my various notes files handy.

From the TiddlyWiki site:

TiddlyWiki is a single html file which has all the characteristics of a wiki - including all of the content, the functionality (including editing, saving, tagging and searching) and the style sheet. Because it's a single file, it's very portable - you can email it, put it on a web server or share it via a USB stick.

I haven't found anything else that quite compares for simplicity and functionality.