Tp-Note news: produce, retrieve and consume note files on the console

The template based note-taking tool Tp-Note was originally designed as desktop application: Before creating a new note, the user copies interesting bits of text into the clipboard. When Tp-Note starts, it analyses the clipboard's content and fills out some template to create a new note. As Tp-Note makes extensive use of the clipboard, it mainly targets desktop systems running a graphical environment. But also when working on the console Tp-Note can be useful with its built-in clipboard simulation: Instead of copying the content into your clipboard, pipe it into Tp-Note 1:

echo  "Some clipboard content" | tp-note

Where to store notes? Database? File system?

Seeing the myriad of note-taking software out there, it is not easy to find the right tool for a specific purpose. One way to categorize note talking software is to look at how the software stores the note. Technically, they fall into two categories:

  1. Database storage
  2. File system storage

This short note explains the two approaches to note-taking by means of two chosen free software tools: Zotero and Tp-Note. The latter is presented more in detail.

Tp-Note learns some Asciidoc

This short note describes how Tp-Note's internal viewer renders Asciidoc hyperlinks, allowing to open and to follow quickly hyperlinks in Asciidoc formatted note files.

The German keyboard norm DIN 2137-01:2018-12 integrates gender ideology

The German E1 keyboard layout is an extension to the German basic layout containing a complete set of letters for all European languages. It comes with a set of dead keys giving access to all imaginable accents. My verdict after having tested the layout for some months now: this is the keyboard for Latin based languages! Beyond the specific case-related benefits arising out of its universal design, I don't expect to it proliferate widely, because it privileges the characters “äöüß” that are mostly used in German. Also the disposition of the letter “z” in the upper QWERTZ row, will discourage many people used to the QWERTY design. Computer programmers also, usually prefer the US keyboard because many common keyboard shortcuts are tailored for this design.

A part from that, a national keyboard layout is also expression of the writing culture of a country. In this regard it is particularly disappointing that this honorable new norm ships gender ideology.