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Tools for Thought

TODO: Convert this page into a more in-depth case study.

My take​

  • If you don't know what you want, start from Logseq.
    • It's simple, fast, local, accessible, and open-source.
  • If you know what you want, go with Obsidian.
    • It's highly customizable and free for local use.

If you have more specific needs, feel free to roam the list below... I am keeping my eyes on Visual Thinking tools.

Second Brain​

  • Roam Research: A note-taking tool for networked thought.
  • Logseq: Open-source alternative to Roam.
  • Obsidian: Highly customizable (sometimes, too customizable) note-taking tool.
  • Dendron: Nonlinear PKM with directories.
  • Scrintal: A hybrid note-taking & mind mapping whiteboard
  • Heptabase: A note-taking tool for visual learning
  • Mem: Zettlekasten-like short-note service.
  • WorkFlowy: Outliner.
  • Heyday: Search engine, but from your browsing history.
  • Typed: Some all-in-one Notion + Google Docs + Gmail + Task manager app.
  • Weavit: Take small chunks of notes. Weavit automatically interlinks them.
  • Readwise: Specialized in memorizing emails and ebooks.
  • Dynalist: Outlining app.
  • Braintoss: GTD Capture tool. Mail to self.
  • Instapaper: Save Anything. Read Anywhere.
  • Pocket: Save interesting stories. Read them whenever.
  • Matter: Matter pulls everything you want to read into one place.
  • Clarity: The DAO Contribution Platform.
  • Notion: Hybrid workspace, batteries like databasing included.
  • Saga: Notion-like service, but more focus on automatic information linkings.
  • Craft: Notion-like service, but more focus on supporting native platforms.
  • Coda: Note taking service for teams.
  • Miro: Visual thinking for teams.
  • mmhmm: Collaborative video workspace for teams
  • Zotero: Research assistant. People say it is good for annotating PDFs.
  • Scrivener: Writing app for writers.
  • myReach: Note-taking app with lots of features.
  • prose.sh: a blog platform for hackers in terminal
  • Bear Blog: No trackers, no javascript, no stylesheets blog for hackers
  • zadam/trilium: Obsidian-like note-taking service.
  • Standard Notes | End-To-End Encrypted Notes App Standard Notes is an end-to-end encrypted note-taking app for digitalists and professionals. Capture your notes, files, and life’s work all in one secure place
  • Napkin - Collect ideas, see connections, be inspired. It's like Liner (collecting data from the internet) and Heptabase (Visual thinking). But it also uses AI to extract keywords and show relevant data.

Classic Blogs​

  • Medium: Writing platform.
  • Mirror: Medium on Web3.
  • DEV.to: Medium but for Devs.
  • Hashnode: Medium but for even more Devs.
  • Velog: DEV.to for Korean Devs.
  • Tistory: Medium for Korea (Please don't use it)
  • Naver Blog: Medium for Korea (Please don't use it)

Self-hostable Platforms​

One radical idea...​

  • Write everything as small chunks of notes (Posts.)
  • Let web indexing do all of the interlinkings.
  • You search this custom search engine indices to pull up whatever you want to think "interlinkedly."
  • Basically, give up linking things.