If you were in the mood for wine, as an example, and had ever used the tool in the photo, you’d know you’d be better off switching to beer.
Several people I know have been lamenting the lack of a useful tool for tracking the comments you make on blogs. I had been using CoComment, but have given up. The odds on its tracking a given comment seem to be subject to a random-number generator.
I learned the other day about a massive data loss at Ma.gnolia, a social bookmarking site like delicious. This reinforced my feeling that (a) it’s better to host things on my own domain, and (b) it’s good to be paranoid about backup.
But that leads to another question. Some time back, I installed MediaWiki on my website, just for myself. I wanted to see how the wiki-admin machinery worked, and I thought it might be useful to keep some of my own notes there.
Mediawiki’s an awfully blunt instrument, and I’m wondering about flexibility: how might I extract my data from this format into something else, if I wanted to do that?
So I’m interested in what you might be doing along similar lines. Should I consider blog software? I’d have no hesitation setting up another instance of WordPress, making it available just to me, and putting things there. But I’m not sure that’s quite the way to go.
The CTQs (critical-to-quality elements) I have in mind are:
- Accessability (not limited to my own computer)
- Privacy (this is not-ready-for-publication stuff)
- Automatic (or really, really easy) search, indexing, tagging
And, if possible, an escape from MediaWiki markup, which to me looks like a cross between COBOL and Tourette’s syndrome.
All of which brought to mind George Carlin on managing your personal learning environment: