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1/7 I am coming up on my two-year anniversary with @obsdmd.

I have to admit, I didn't think then I would stick with it for more than a few months, but I was wrong. Let me highlight a few things that have kept me with Obsidian. #TfT
2/7 Markdown

I now get the markdown religion. The nature of simple text file keeps things flexible and easy to work with. Plus future safe. I have found this useful many more times than I anticipated.

Learn more about Obsidian's design principles here:…
3/7 The engineering quality of Obsidian is top-notch. It just works and in the two years, I can't recall any major issues or minor issues for that matter.

Speed is at the heart of Obsidian on desktop & mobile.

If it is slow for you, check out:…
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1/5 I have started work to give my Obsidian plugins some love, starting with BRAT. This is the Beta Reviewer's Auto-update Tool for @obsdmd.

It helps with installing, testing, and updating plugins under development. #TfT #Obsidian…
2/5 It is a tool for side-loading plugins that are in development. It helps developers diagnose issues with their plugins and get feedback from testers.

The challenge with Obsidian is for many users it's a painful process to install a plugin manually, BRAT makes it easy.
3/5 BRAT does a lot more though, it also has tools for quickly opening the @github repository for any plugin available in the Obsidian ecosystem.

This makes it easy to jump to repos for reading docs and working with developers.
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1/7 Artificial Intelligence - a mixed bag

As with the rest of the planet, I am experimenting with AI and while I am excited about it, there is a need for great caution with it.

It is easy to fall under its spell as if it's smarter than it really is. #TfT
2/7 Don't get me wrong, I am not saying AI isn't good. I have been using GitHub's CoPilot for some time and it is amazing.

chatGPT has also been excellent at helping with generating code or understanding code.

chatGPT has also been useful for the general exploration of topics.
3/7 However, for topics where I consider my self well-informed or even a subject matter expert, I am very concerned by its answers.

For such topics, I am shocked at how easy it is to get misleading and even incorrect answers.
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1/6 This interview with @kepano CEO of @obsdmd was excellent. I love how centered the company is on its vision. Here are some interesting thoughts from this interview. #TfT…
2/6 The most interesting detail was the estimated number of Obsidian users:

Obsidian company has no way of knowing for sure the number of users, but they estimate based on a number of known factors that their user base be at least about a:

MILLION users!! Mind-blowing!!
3/6 Another amazing fact is they have 5 full-time employees.

Since they are self-funded (no VC money), its an indication that their business is profitable.

Why is this important? A company has to be profitable to be sustainable.
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Scientific writing can be made easier with the right note-taking tools and workflows.

Unlock the power of @tana_inc and other #TfT tools like Notion or Obsidian to easily read, highlight, and synthesize academic literature.
1/8 First, you want to import the metadata from Zotero.

Once you add the gist linked below as an option in Zotero:

• ⌘ ⇧ C on a Zotero item to copy the metadata
• ⌘ V on a @tana_inc node to paste…
2/8 You can edit the metadata to follow a template of your liking.

Here's the one I use to keep track of topics, authors, journals, etc.

I even have a "read"/"unread" status to filter the papers I have in @tana_inc.
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I have to say, in the last few years, I have subscribed to many more tools and services that ever before.

While all the fees related to subscriptions are justifiable, I have to admit they really add up with time.

Let us talk about this. #TfT
2/14 First, I believe in supporting companies & content creators.

Its not fair to expect them to create, advance & maintain stuff we use every day & to do so for free.

Nothing is really free. While it might be free to use, it costs someone & without support, it can't last.
3/14 This is especially true for startups like @obsdmd, @logseq, @rem_note, etc. While they all have free offerings, if we have the means to support them, we should.

Adding content creators to this list @rjnestor, @OneStuttering, @cortexfutura, @zsviczian @tracyplaces, etc
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1/2 The End of Organizing by @danshipper. A great read about the future of our notes & AI.

Whether AI solves significant issues with long-term use of our notes is still to be seen, Dan makes good points about how our current approach can fail us. #TfT…
2/4 This article outlines how AI models like GPT-3 can be used to simplify the process of organizing notes. These models can automatically tag and link notes, enrich notes as they're written, and synthesize them into research reports.
3/4 They can also be used to resurface key information from previous notes, creating an autocomplete experience that uses the entire note archive to help make the user smarter as they type.
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1/10 @logseq Community Review

Communities that rally around a product are an essential part of choosing a Tool for Thought. Tools for Thought are such significant investments on the part of users to master them that having a community to support them is crucial.

2/10 Therefore, I always evaluate the community as part of my assessment.

The Logseq community is welcoming, friendly, respectful & overall very helpful.

In comparison, while their community is smaller than Obsidians, where they lack quantity, they make up for it in quality.
3/10 I admit something; I even tried to start a "hot potato" discussion by comparing Logseq with a "competitor" product.

The community reaction was a delightful, friendly & respectful debate filled with honest and intelligent thoughts. No drama.


Where is the community?
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1/8 Development of @logseq

When choosing a Tool for Thought, it's important to consider if the tool is being actively developed.

This is one of the questions I have about Logseq. This small video shows their "developer commits." #TfT

What do we learn from this?
2/8 This is a super nerdy thing, but even if you are unfamiliar with it, there is something essential to learn.

Logseq is a TfT developed as open-source. This means all the source code for the project is available to the public.

What are the benefits of open-source?
3/8 As an open-source project, it allows other developers to:

+ Audit the code for security and safety
+ Contribute new features and fixes

But there is another advantage, what is that?
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1/6 @logseq deep dive continues... today some words on performance.

Some time back, I did a performance test on Logseq, but it didn't pass my expectations. Many graph DB-based Tools for Thought didn't do so well in the past. #TfT

However, things have changed for the positive.
2/6 I know engineers always intend to make speed a priority, but the truth is, early in the development process of a new TfT, it's easy to skip that part and focus on rapid iterations of features.

It is a tough balance to strike: new features that users demand and speed.
3/6 Most users don't notice this since they start with a small collection of notes & slowly add. But, as the months pass into a year or so, performance becomes a big issue.

When users notice it, they really notice it & rebel. Performance is a big reason people will switch tools.
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1/ Templating in @logseq

I am on day 3 of my deep dive into Logseq. Also, I am using Tana in parallel, inputting the same data, tags, and structure into each tool. (Is anyone curious about my observations? 😏)

However, today's thread is about Logseq's template feature. #TfT
2/ This is another important feature, and Logseq has us covered.

It is super easy to define a template with bullets, structure and metadata (properties).

As shown here, right mouse click on a node and define it as a template.

To use the template, type /Template
3/ The template feature allows for inserting dynamic variables for dates and current page. Perhaps there are more variables? I don't know. Here is what is documented:
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1/ I have been doing a test phase with @culturedcode's Things 3.

I admit it's a crazy thing to do, but I had to put this app through the "#TfT Hacker" productivity test.

So this probably has no value to my reader base, but I feel compelled to talk about this app.
2/ Things is a task manager known for its beauty and simplicity.

The Things UI is done right.

For some reason, when I see my daily task list in Things, I don't feel overwhelmed due to its focus on what is relevant right now and its generous use of luscious white space.
3/ They say Beauty is only skin deep. But don't be fooled, while Things is praised for its beauty, it's not just another "pretty" app.

It embodies a true and tested system for dealing with your tasks and projects.
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1/ 1st day recap with @logseq

Today I forced myself to take meeting and planning notes all day in Logseq. I am an old-time Outline lover. And I have to say it feels very natural. #TfT

I will continue the rest of the week doing so.
2/ Outlining is smooth. The keyboard is responsive and works the way an outline should regarding indenting, outdenting, zooming, page navigation, and rearranging nodes between levels and hierarchy.

If you like outlining, you will feel at home.
3/ I created a bunch of namespaces for organizing primary nodes I often use in note-taking into logical structures. Namespaces never really did anything in Roam, so I was "educated" today on their value in a tool that supports them.

Logseq has a cool "hierarchy view."
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1/ Because I am crazy and can't help myself, I am deep diving into @logseq. I have been promising my #TfT buddy @rroudt that I would do this for a while, and well, with the winter months upon us, it's a good time.

One initial impression: I like their sync service.
2/ I value tools that offer TNO sync capabilities, and not many do. I have to commend @obsdmd and @roamresearch since they offer TNO.

TNO is Trust No One Security

It means I provide the password (key) for the encryption between the client and their servers.
3/ For those rare "very sensitive" use case scenarios, this allows me to use their cloud services and be sure that even though they can get to my data, the data is encrypted with a key they don't have, thus the data is useless to anyone without the key.
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1/ I started using Xmind in the last two weeks for mind mapping and really enjoy it. They have one feature that I like, that is you can edit the mind map in outline mode. Lots of other mind map tools have outline view, but don't allow editing. #TfT
2/ Only "nice to have" is if Xmind allowed for seeing the outline and the mind map visual side by side, so I can edit in either mode and see both views of the data.

So close Xmind... just go that extra step :-)
3/ Xmind also has a tool for developers to create Xmind drawings. Not sure how I will use that, but I like when companies make it possible to interact with my data in their document formats.
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I am a big fan of @ejames_c writings at @commoncog. A subscription to his service leads to many amazing essays. #TfT

I want to highlight this article and why the concept is valuable to use in Tools for Thought. (Article is free to the public)…
In this essay, he talks about the amazing work of Edwards Deming, specifically the PDSA model.


It's a model for continuous improvement by iterating through multiple workflows to achieve desired results through trial & error (honest examination of results).
The idea of PDSA is that it involves multiple loops of PDSA.

Rarely in life do we reach our intended goals with just one attempt, rather we succeed over multiple iterations, with each iteration getting closer to the desired result.
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1/5 Obsidian Survey on frontmatter (YAML)

Please answer these questions:

Do you use YAML in your notes? (frontmatter or inline fields)
Do you like YAML?
What do you dislike about YAML?

YAML is cumbersome to work with but does add a "database" like layer to our notes. #TfT
2/5 While I don't find YAML hard to work with, it does create a fair amount of "busy" work in Obsidian. This si one of the appeals to me of a tool like Tana, which provides more UI for quickly working with schema and inputting data.
3/5 On the other hand, Markdown is not a database and doesn't have a way of capturing schema like information. This is why some tools like Obsidian have added a "schema" layer.
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1/ In the spirit of sharing, here is my folder structure.

I keep things shallow for "active" documents. I only keep active notes and projects on the root. That way, they are super easy to get to. I archive them once done to prevent the structure from becoming overwhelming. #TfT
2/ in 00-Folders, I maintain my "Archive" with some logical structure (not too much, not too little).

Using the move file command makes it super easy to stick a file into an archive folder.

I collect files in the root of the vault during the week, then once a week archive them.
3/ My Archive is not a black hole of FILE DEATH.

I actually frequently review my archived notes via search or through linking and "Strange New Worlds" resurfacing linked ideas.

I also delete notes of no value. Deleting is a healthy part of managing your archive.
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1/ Showing appreciation for developers of open-source plugin developers

Gratitude! A powerful tool that helps those who express it and those who receive it.

Let me provide context. #TfT
2/ I have built plugins for many Tools for Thought. Obsidian, Craft, Roam, Readwise & Office (Excel, Word, SharePoint -- if you consider them to be TfT).

This opens doors to meeting many wonderful users and developers of Tools for Thought. I learn so much from each conversation.
3/ Many of us use plugins for our tools and don't think much about the effort that goes into them. We know there is a lot of effort, but we know we don't really know.

Let me give an example.
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Graph-based Tools for Thought are currently not optimizing for the Narrative Interface and for constraints as a tool for synthesis and transmission of understanding.

The WHAT now?

I'm still working this out so don't have better phrasing for this yet, but:
At my dayjob I'm currently writing a one-pager for the new CEO explaining the need for and background of a ~digitalization initiative (details unimportant).

Today another department head and I sat together for four hours writing this and we're still not finished.
We're laboring over every sentence to be maximally information-dense while also trying to remain comprehensible for someone with little context.

It's difficult, but it's also super fun.

AND it's a great reminder: infinite outliners with backlinks aren't perfect for everything.
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1/ Is @tana_inc a "shiny object"?

Man, I hate that expression. While this term has its place, somehow, in the #TfT space, it has become a way to throw mud at others. (competitors, jealousy, etc).

Tana is not a shiny object. Their Slack is proof something good is cooking.
2/ I did not record any official numbers, but before their early access announcement, I am sure slack was sitting around 200-300 users. As of today, it is 3000+.

That is a significant and overwhelming increase in just a matter of a few weeks.
3/ In the introduce-yourself channel on their Slack, numerous new people introduce themselves daily.

These are amazing, smart, sincere & exciting people.

They want to be a part of something special. I applaud them for investing time and energy in Tana's early development.
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Learning Planning Skills with baby steps

Another nice Cal Newport video on baby steps for those lacking planning skills.

Read on for some additional opinions. #TfT

I have always been a planner. I enjoy planning, and I enjoy seeing plans come to fruition.

However, I am a realist.

20% - 30% of my plans often don't succeed how I envisioned them.

But when there is no plan, this often means worse results.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.
I have seen that some people give up on planning because plans often fail and require a lot of work.

However, what they fail to take into account is how GOOD things went because they had a plan.
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1/ Tana is.... Tana is not...

What is Tana to me?

A lot of buzz about @tana_inc & people patiently (impatiently) waiting for their invite for early access.

Many compare Tana to Notion and Roam, but Tana is its own thing and in its own class. #TfT
2/ Recently @SantiYounger did this great 9-minute video on what Tana is. Well worth watching. He also calls it a tool that brings in all the features he wants from tools like @todoist, @NotionHQ, @RoamResearch & @logseq.

3/ Also, @jcfischer, the other day, compared Tana to Lotus notes, which is also a great comparison.

Tana is the first tool I have seen that uses an outliner metaphor for collecting data with little structure to as much structure as you want, all built on a real database.
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