Protopage vs. serverside TiddlyWiki – which works best for you?

I stumbled upon a link to www.protopage.com in del.icio.us. The description and the fact that a lot of people had bookmarked it intrigued me. Protopage is an online, personal start page powered by Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML).

With protopage, you can have an online list of the sites that you frequent as well as a to-do listing of tasks similar to sticky notes. Many people write their own HTML page containing links to frequently visited sites to serve as their browsers’ start page. Protopage would be an excellent replacement for this.

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Server wiki upgrades

Serversidewiki and ZiddlyWiki have been upgraded. Serversidewiki now sports a new theme (blue) that you can change in the settings of your account. ZiddlyWiki now uses the Kubrick theme as default.

I use both applications for my notes. ZiddlyWiki is a very good TiddlyWiki adaptation but it runs on Zope a system I am ignorant of. It took me a long time to write an index page for my free Zope account but installing ZiddlyWiki took much less time, thanks to the step-by-step instructions of Tim Morgan, the applications developer.

Serversidewiki is a hosted service. It plans to start charging on Sept. 6 but theres still a free account. If you do not have the time to experiment with server installations, then serversidewiki is the application for you. You can sign up for an account at www.serversidewiki.com.

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After weeks of testing, it’s ZiddlyWiki and ServerSideWiki for me

I’ve been testing ServerSideWiki and ZiddlyWiki for weeks now. In those days of heavy-duty testing I used only either service for my notes and tasks list � no jottings on paper, no reminders in my cell phone and no notes saved as e-mail drafts in GMail.

After the tests based on current versions of the two TiddlyWiki adaptations, I finally decided to use both.

I am reorganizing my ServerSideWiki account based on notes on specific topics: WordPress, the section I manage, the column I write, general web technology notes and my blog. I am reorganizing my ZiddlyWiki to host my notes for long-term projects.

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TiddlyWiki evangelization: An introduction to TiddlyWikis

A TiddlyWiki is a single webpage that you can use as a browser-based notepad or tasks list manager. The page is composed of tiddlers – small packets of information similar to notes you keep in index cards.

The tiddlers are editable — either by double-clicking on them or clicking on the edit menu that appears when your mouse pointer goes over the tiddlers. While writing your notes, you can make a word clickable either by using camel casing — joining two or more words but retaining the capitalization of their first letters — or enclosing the word in double brackets like this [[word]].

The word or phrase will then become clickable and when you click on it, it will open a new tiddler, which you can then use to enter notes.

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TiddlyWiki evangelization

I‘ve been sharing with office mates and friends the use of TiddlyWiki for the storing of notes and tasks lists. If you want to try TiddlyWiki out, check on the following posts [post 1] [post2] or head to this tutorial site.

If you still need help, send me an e-mail using this site’s contact form. I’ll try to help you get started. If my response is a little late at times, I apologize in advance – I’m perpetually chasing deadlines.

Moving to another TiddlyWiki adaptation

Just as I finished transferring all my notes using the TiddlyWiki adaptation I wrote about in an earlier post, a reader provided a link to a better option: Serversidewiki, a hosted service using the latest TiddlyWiki version and Ruby on Rails.

Tim Morgan, the author of Ziddly Wiki, also wrote to offer help in the errors I encountered in running ZiddlyWiki. He also offered instructions on how to limit access to your ZiddlyWiki site using Zopes permission system. I might try his instructions in a week or two for an article Im writing.

I initially thought the best option for me was to run a server-side TiddlyWiki that only I can access in my web space. A day or two later, however, I found that I needed to share some of my notes and my option was to create login accounts for people I will be sharing the notes with. But with the login account, these people would be able to view all my notes even if they couldnt edit it.

Serversidewiki offers a better option.

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Finally, a perfect TiddlyWiki to manage my notes, tasks

(My notes’ journey from TiddlyWiki, GTDTiddlyWiki, ZiddlyWiki to “no name” TiddlyWiki)

I organize my notes and tasks lists using GTDTiddlyWiki and a bunch of index cards that serve as a hipster PDA. GTDTiddlyWiki is a single web page that serves as a browser-based scratch pad or notebook. The notes are organized into Tiddlers – chunks of information that are easy to hyperlink and edit.

GTDTiddlyWiki, however, isn’t online and I have had problems synchronizing my GTDTiddlyWiki versions in my home PC and my office computer. I transfer the files either using a diskette, a CD or through Streamload, an online drive. I lost quite a few notes when I mistakenly overwrote the current version with an older one saved in my online drive.

I needed an online TiddlyWiki, one that can be saved on a server.

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