Saturday, October 24, 2015


The OS X 10.10.4 update has added a command line utility that can be used to enable TRIM on third-party SSDs. It's called trimforce. It can be activated through the OS X terminal. You just issue the command:
“sudo trimforce enable” (without quotes, of course)
I had a bit of a problem: because I had set no password on my home machine, the command would do nothing. You do need to set a password for it to work.

In any case, I have been using my old SSD with Thunderbolt for a few days now without problems. Who says Apple isn't listening?[1]

See also here.

1. Oh, and I fixed the Thunderbolt cable on the Thunderbolt display for around $100! (For those who remember my problems with it.) I do know that this is only loosely connected with note-taking.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Caulfield on the "Heart of Wiki"

I came across this passage today:
At the heart of wiki is a simple idea that names matter. Page names in wiki are not locations. They aren’t a place where a document lives. Names identify ideas, patterns, theories, and data in wiki that can be recombined with other ideas, patterns, theories, and data to make complex meaning not expressible in a normal text.

If you’ve ever had a good wiki experience, you know what this feels like in practice. Groping towards an idea on one page you realize its relation to another page and quickly make a [[Bracketed Link]] or CamelCaseAssociation to pull that idea into your web. But most non-wiki environments frustrate this fluidity. They don’t want to know the name of the page — they want to know its location, which is like asking someone to give up using variables in their code and start addressing memory directly. It can be done, but it is going to kill your flow.

What’s more, these frustrate one of the crucial features of wiki practice: they don’t let you link to pages that don’t exist yet. [1]

It describes well why I like a personal wiki for note-taking and rough drafts.

1. Building a Pseudo-Wiki on Tumbler.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Guide to Mechanical Pencils

A Guide to Mechanical Pencils is a thorough and interesting account of why everyone should use mechanical pencils.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Ballpoint Pens Are to Blame

In this Atlantic article How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive a teacher blames the ballpoint pen for the decline of handwriting. Indirectly, it is also a defense of the the computer.

I like the detailed history of the ballpoint pen. Oh, and did you know that I consider ballpoint pens evil (beelzebub's handmaiden)? If you did not, see here.

Monday, October 5, 2015


Noteslate was promised to be released a long time ago. There seems to be a prototype now. The promise is: it will be "the first pure handwriting device. A device for the Slate platform, a handwritten network for sharing. Discover the potential and simplicity of a monochrome handwriting interface. More personal. More human technology than ever before. Started from the basics" (whatever that means).

It's also supposed to be an e-reader that allows you to annotate the books you read in it, there is nothing about character recognition on the Website, however.

Noteslate looks like an interesting product, even if there is lot of hype. I would pay $199 only if it could translate hand writing into digital text. And I hope it won't just be another Boogie Board Ripoff.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Pencils into Swords--from the department of absolute uselessness.

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By way of Lexikaliker.