[kwlug-disc] zim wiki - android version / equivalent?

Chris Irwin chris at chrisirwin.ca
Thu Jul 14 15:31:57 EDT 2011

On Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 13:53, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
> Chris Irwin wrote, On 07/14/2011 1:15 PM:
>> On android I also have "Simple Calendar Widget" that gives a nice calendar display in the background (nicer to look at than the built-in calendar widget). On my computer I use 'gcalcli', a command-line interface.
> Does this interact with anything, e.g. google?

It is just a widget display that shows one or more calendars from the
google calendar app in Android. That in turn auto-syncs with google.

> zim wiki, it seems to me, is a two-pane outliner. And a rich one at that. As Raul points out.

I've been using it intermittantly. I'm half switched from tomboy for
notes on the desktop. Not sure if I'll stay using it, but it is quite

>> Tasks: I'm currently using google's tasks functionality for this, though it is extremely basic in regards to functionality. I'm using an app called 'gtasks' to sync the tasks to my android device (also provides a nice widget). I haven't found anything for my palm. I haven't found any decent command-line interface to it either.
> What is gtasks sync'ing to? Evolution?

gtasks is an android app that syncs with google.

>> I don't use the tasks very often as I find it a pain to use.
> Tasks seem to be an acquired taste (and discipline). Google's version of tasks make acquiring that taste hard. It doesn't help that the idea of tasks impinges upon the ideas of project management and the idea that there are many more tasks/things that one can/should do. Which can easily overwhelm the PIM/tasks interface, burying the 'now' in a lot of annoying extraneous (for that moment) background noise.

I have acquired the taste, I haven't aquired a works-everywhere
solution, or one that fits in with my desired functionality.

For example, I absolutely love devtodo and taskwarrior on the desktop.
I can class tag entries as 'soon', 'freetime', pin them to projects,
etc. One of those (taskwarrior I think) supported nested events and
nested todo databases (so I could have a todo database per project,
and a master 'projects' that referenced them). Problem was that even
though it was an amazing utility, it was completely standalone and on
my computer. I can only add or read things when I'm at my desk. My
workaround for this was a voice recorder. I may go back to this
solution. As much as it was a pain, it worked.

"Remember the milk" came close to working everywhere, but I couldn't
find a decent CLI app to use it, though I worked around a bit by using
`mail` to add events, and falling back to the web to read them. The
events are supposed to be added in one textbox ("thursday go to dinner
with @joe") but I always had trouble with it not parsing properly
either date, time, or both. I didn't feel it was worth paying the
subscription to use.

Basically, RTM could work in multiple places, Taskwarrior fit into
most of my workflow almost seamlessly..

Chris Irwin
<chris at chrisirwin.ca>

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