My Personal Wiki – karlarao.tiddlyspot.com 10




Our brain does not work in a linear or list-like manner (yeah.. not like the guy on the right). From the textbooks and blogs that we read everyday we are all aware that print is laid out in a series of lines or rows…

but our brain is multidimensional…

the information as it is being absorbed could be travelling sequentially to our brain, but internally it is not being serviced in simple lists and lines. There is a complex process of sorting and selecting and the whole network of words and ideas are being juggled and interlinked in order to have a far better meaning.

We also receive each word that we read in the context of the words that surround it and also basing it on our own special interpretation as dictated by our experiences and personal information patterns.

You can see from the illustrations below, that just by looking at them particularly on the key words and connections we could easily get the whole idea about the topic…

Tony Buzan’s mind map of his bio Mind map of Oracle Products (not updated)

And this is where the Mind Map is very useful.. the non-linear structure of words and topics and interconnections makes us easy to “slot in” and relate to the main idea and branch out as dictated by the individual ideas and general form of the central theme.

I also do this when reading books and important articles, on the meetings, and doing presentations. Which is also very helpful for recall and retention and going back to the state of my mind when I’m studying that particular topic or idea. Yes.. there are really moments that I become very forgetful about stuffs on the time that I really need it, and I just get back on my notes/sketches to refresh and get things done :)

As for my files I also file and organize them on my “knowledge folders”. As an Oracle database consultant, I need to learn and read a lot of stuff (whitepapers,presentations,howto,etc.) about Oracle and related technologies… as time goes on, I’ll be reading more and more and will add up to my body of knowledge… just like the concept of Mind Map, these folders and the documents in it are well organized and very useful to get things done ;)


Then, a friend of mine, Tommy Lim mentioned something about a personal wiki his friend shared him that is very useful for his Java development work, all of his useful stuffs are there all on one single file and could even be stored on a USB and shared to others…

Yes.. this is the TiddlyWiki, a self-contained wiki :)

So I tried it, I first got the empty TiddlyWiki file here (from TiddlyWiki.org) and started playing with it and put some contents. Yes, it was just one file.. see the image on the right —>


And then I realized that I wanted something hosted so people can make use of my TiddlyWiki and also I will be able to access my useful stuffs and cheat sheets anywhere that has a browser and internet connection.. so I made use of Tiddlyspot (FREE!)

BTW, I made use of the MonkeyPirateTiddlyWiki (MPTW) flavour for its powerful TagglyTagging feature for organizing the TiddlyWiki data (to avoid hand maintaining “index” pages of the tiddlers).

Still not convinced? Check here for more info..

So will I still be blogging? …
what can you get from my TiddlyWiki?

YES I will still blog! For me, each blog post has its own story and experience just like what I’ve shared on my past entries that will be very useful for people who have not yet been on a similar problem or scenario.. (yeah, still more to come ;) )

But the sequential nature of the blog makes it difficult to organize things just like the concept of the Mind Map.. So expect my TiddlyWiki to contain more cheat sheets, howtos, guides, scripts, test cases, notes, and links to important documents or sites.

In short, more on my body of knowledge.. BTW, RSS is also available :)

You can start making your own hosted TiddlyWiki by following this video:

Below are some links for further reading about TiddlyWiki:

Reviews:

http://jaybyjayfresh.com/2008/01/23/tiddlytemplating-using-tiddlywiki-to-create-webpages/

Howto:

http://faq.tiddlyspot.com/
http://www.giffmex.org/twfortherestofus.html
http://tiddlywiki.org/wiki/TiddlyWiki_Resources
http://tiddlythemes.com/#Home
http://tiddlyspot.blogspot.com/2007/09/tiddlythemes-images-now-work-on-your.html
http://tiddlywiki.org/wiki/How_To/Setting_Up_TiddlyWiki_As_a_Website
http://parand.com/say/index.php/2006/01/06/howto-using-tiddlywiki/
Tiddlywiki Formatting Guide
Intro to TiddlyWiki

Facts:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TiddlyWiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getting_Things_Done
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_wiki_software
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wiki_software

I hope I’ve shared you some good stuff ;) Enjoy!





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10 comments

  1. Hi Karl,

    Very good article. In nowadays it’s hard to keep up with all the technologies and especially with all the methods, commands and stuff. I also use wiki, but it’s mediawiki, it’s bigger and it uses mysql. I’m not sure if it was the best choice, but I have already started it. Probably if I was starting to use wiki now, I’ll also choose tiddlywiki or I can migrate it some day. :)

    Regards,
    Sve

    • Hi Sve,

      Thanks for the comment :) Yes I’ve heard about mediawiki.. Actually there’s a TiddlyTheme similar to the look of mediawiki check it out here http://tiddlythemes.com/#TiddlyPedia but I opt to just edit the colors of the current theme which I documented here http://karlarao.tiddlyspot.com/#%5B%5BTiddlyWiki%20Hacks%5D%5D

      It’s pretty easy to setup even the hosted version.. now, I’ve got used to it and every time I’m working on something it’s pretty much my scratchpad rather than putting it on a notepad and somewhere on my filesystem which later on I’ll forget about :p But I still have a lot of backlogs (document) to put on the TiddlyWiki, I just need time to sort it out..

      And, BTW, GoogleDocs also helps (or Dropbox, whatever you prefer).. some of the files that are very useful for me like this Backup and Recovery Papers are uploaded there and linked to this Tiddler http://karlarao.tiddlyspot.com/#%5B%5BCOE%20Backup%20And%20Recovery%20Papers%5D%5D so wherever I am even without my laptop or external drive I can still get hold of the useful stuffs to work on something.. But I think you can’t completely put everything on the net, you still need those categorized & organized folders..

      And you are right! … “nowadays it’s hard to keep up with all the technologies and especially with all the methods, commands and stuff” … that’s why we need and use these useful tools :)

      Good to hear from you :)

    • Thanks :) BTW, if you ever have any questions on setting it up feel free to message me! because when you sign up for the tiddlywiki what you’ll get is a basic format tiddly page. So I’ve done a bit of redesigning on the look and feel plus I’ve added TagCloud so I can see all the important tags and added RSS so that anyone can subscribe to all the new and changed tiddlers.

      • Thanks for your offer.

        I set one up at http://ittichai.tiddlyspot.com. I really like its flexibility using many available plug-ins.

        The TagglyTagging you have for hierarchy tagging listing, is it available only in the MPTW? I started with the Standard flavor hoping to use a plug-in for it, but I could not a suitable plug-in to do the same.

        BTW, I read that the content of the Tiddly won’t be indexed by search engine because it is dynamically generated. (http://tiddlywiki.org/wiki/TiddlyWiki_As_a_Website) I just wonder have you done anything to work around it?

        Thanks.

        Thanks.

        • Cool! I just checked on it.. :) Yes, i think it’s only available only in MPTW.. and tagglytagging is really a big help when you started creating lots of tiddlers. It allows you to link the related tiddlers faster without the hassle of administering a bunch of index of group of topics, well that’s the usual thing we do on our Twiki in the office and I think you should not spend a lot of time on it and let it be automatic ;) Else you’ll end up procrastinating and not having index of topics at all.

          About the indexing on search engines, yes.. because the tiddlers are dynamic (javascript). But when I participate on forums or list and I share the permalink address of the tiddlers then that gets indexed. So if there would be really really important tiddlers you can get their permalinks and post it on a page of your blog as a compilation or reference.

  2. Your Oracle-L resposne brought me to this blog. I have been trying tiddlywiki for several days now. It is really cool, thanks!. I use it to oragnize my local docs (ebook, whiltepaper, personal notes etc). The AttachFilePlugin is cool to create a tiddly referring to the local ebook. Working for a private commany and having employer info in my tiddlywiki, I can not share it on the web though.

    • Hi Denis,

      I haven’t really played around with the AttachFilePlugin, thanks for letting me know. There’s a bunch of plugins that you can install to make it more sleek and cool but if you are concerned about the security when you publish it on web I think there are a few plugins that can help you do that. I know I came across a plugin that lets you set a password when you login on your tiddlywiki, there’s even an encrypt plugin I think.

      I’ve documented some of the things I done on my Tiddlywiki here http://karlarao.tiddlyspot.com/#TiddlyWiki , I’d definitely like to know what other cool things you have done that is worth trying ;)

      -Karl

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