Jul 172010

I am now working with a number of great Internet based solutions. I usually have to get novice users involved and I am learning from these users what the really need to know, and explain what advantages one thing has over another.  The truth is you often learn by teaching so I will post here some of that material, and you can benefit from this if you watch my blog. Here are a few of the things I will post about;

  1. WordPress
  2. Using Google groups
  3. Google Apps
  4. Thinking tools
  5. TiddlyWiki tricks and tips
  6. Yammer
  7. more

I will update this post as things come to mind.

Jul 172010

To quote the official information;

TiddlyWiki is a reusable non-linear personal web notebook.
Some of you will be immediately interested in  “reusable non-linear personal web notebook”‘, but may may miss the meaning in that simple statement.
So lets look a little further.
TiddlyWiki is a single html file which has all the characteristics of a wiki – including all of the content, the functionality (including editing, saving, tagging and searching) and the style sheet. Because it’s a single file, it’s very portable – you can email it, put it on a web server or share it via a USB stick.

But it’s not just a wiki! It has very powerful plugin capabilities, so it can also be used to build new tools. You have full control over how it looks and behaves. For example, TiddlyWiki is already being used as:
  • A personal notebook
  • A GTD (“Getting Things Done”) productivity tool
  • A collaboration tool
  • For building websites (the site is itself a TiddlyWiki file!)
  • For rapid prototyping
  • …and much more!
You can import and export data to and from all sorts of places. Check out some of the Examples of TiddlyWiki in use, and the Features that are available.

What does it mean to me ?, what do I use it for ? and why does it rate a mention here ?
One way is to check it out for your self, see www.tidlywiki.com and get it now for free.  Now give yourself a little time to work it out. It is not that it is difficult, but once you realise its basic structure you discover it’s infinite promise and you could spend the rest of your life a devotee, as I am.
Basically, without programing you can get you self your own interactive website that can basically evolve with you as you customise it to meet your application needs.  Yet this can simply be transported by USB in a single file, or as I do stored on DropBox and access it from any browser. But wait, no steak knives, however it may be a standalone file yet it can be made into a server based site, see tiddlyspot.com for your own free public or Private to interface with the Internet through HTML Java and other common web protocols or languages.
Back that up with a wealth of tools, the premier tools site is is in my opinion www.tiddlytools.com but wait until “you get it” before diving in there. Perhaps also use www.tiddlywiki.org as a good reference.
One of the best things is the community, I regularly see in our group forum new users posting that this is the best and most helpful community forum they have ever used. In the groups own words; New Users: Please don’t hesitate to post your questions. Elsewhere you are expected to wade through the archives before posting any questions. But it’s not like that here – just jump in.
See the TiddlyWiki Google group yourself, and there is a developer one for the hackers.
I will post on TiddlyWiki again, of that you can be assured. But I expect each time it will about how you can do something really useful. Oh, and before I post this there are a range of various implementations like pre-built Get Things Done, Presentation and other specialist ones for maths, genealogy etc…
Jul 122010

This is not a prestige claim, I just got one when my old Nokia died. Fortunately I had access to a cost effective plan and despite considerable research showing the device had technical short comings I got the iPhone in part due to various time frame issues.

Fact is, “I Love it”, I have learned a very important lesson and that is technical superiority can be dwarfed by the usability, functional and the economies of scale (resulting from popularity). It is easy to use, reliable and fully featured – with a whole lot of inspiring applications that opens ones mind to possibilities of personal and mobile devices.

As a result you will see iPhone Posts in this blog.

 Posted by at 1:36 pm
Jul 122010

ToodleDo is a todo list application with real power.

The customisability is substantial and I suggest giving it some for thought before adding too many tasks. I will post on some of my methods for using it effectively.

Some features are only available with the paid subscription but see connections below. The iPhone application is very good so my todo list goes with me everywhere, however it is available through any browser and has the ability to place it on iGoogle and other helpful places. Your todo lists are retained on the iPhone off line and you can sync only when you want.

I initially got it to synchronise with my own TiddlyWiki (Details in future posts) however I mostly use it in it’s own right.


From the ToodleDo site: Toodledo has the ability to connect to many popular services and devices to allow you to access your tasks from anywhere. You can also import and export your data in a variety of formats. It’s your to-do list, so you should be able to take it with you. You can manage all of your import, export and synchronization services from this page.

 Posted by at 1:29 pm
Jul 122010

In this category I will post information about my favorite software in the “Software Category”. Unless otherwise stated this will only be software I use deeply and often. This is in itself proof of it’s value.

 Posted by at 1:19 pm
Jun 182010

Welcome to SerendipityIdeas.

This website is for;

  • Vanity publishing of my photos
  • The publishing of computer and internet tips and tricks by the author
  • As a gate way to professional website provision
  • As a sand box for experimental site design