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Underrated and wrongfully forgotten software: Tomboy (
3 points by enow to software 952 days ago | 3 comments
Even though this piece of software is written in mono, something that would make the purists and minimalist shrug, this software really delivers.

I find tomboy being hands down the best way of keeping notes. The simplicity of the method behind it really delivers.

Basically it's notepad, but select a word or sentence, press ctrl-L and voila you have a new note that is linked to it. Type the same sentence again elsewhere and it turns into a link automatically.

So basically it is your own wiki. I find that this mode of organisation conforms rather well to how I believe that the brain functions. Namely via a highly interlinked sets of nodes.

Is it just me who finds this useful?

Now if only there would be a way to make these into user stories and create some kind of a scrum board out of it and I would manage to produce something out of all my ideas.

2 points by sebastien 950 days ago

I used Tomboy for years until I moved to Zim. At some point someone started GNote, which is a C++ port/rewrite of Tomboy (for the very reason you mentioned). I think GNote killed Tomboy, as seen by the lack of activity on Tomboy-ng. This post from 2009 show's Tomboy's author's opinion on Gnote:

The idea of a post-it notes/wiki was genius, and the file synchronization was really good as well.


2 points by enow 949 days ago

Ah thanks for the tips. Zim looks really nice in that it has a calendar and that you can change the name of the links, something that used to bug me. If only I had had the time to code in a plugin to put the notes onto a scrum board it'd be so good.

I get the feeling that microsoft's one note is somewhat inspired by Tomboy, it's not that bad actually. Even though it doesn't do links in that sense I feel it's the closest any other project have come. Apart from the open source solutions of course.


thank's ill try it out.


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