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Dashboards/Visual MOCs with Obsidian Canvas (

This is the last in a series of articles, including Freeing Your Thinking and Building a Knowledge Tree, where I talk about using Obsidian as a non-relational database. The main idea is to interact with information, not files, and Obsidian’s core plugins facilitate this approach. I have talked about Search, Bookmarks, Unique...


Sadly my website isn’t mobile friendly right now but I’m reworking it. I hope to have the redesign within a week.

As to the price I just left what SS put by default. All my posts are available to free subscribers anyway. Of course I’m happy if you want to contribute but I have no expectations or concerns if you don’t.

Simultaneous device use-case sync question.

I would like to use my laptop for note taking in class, and use an android based e-ink tablet for handwriting and diagrams. What are your recommendations for delivering the tablet’s notes to the vault? Obsidian on the tablet with first party sync looks like a possibility. What about another app that can use SyncThing or...


You can read this article. Syncthing is free, open source, simple to set up, and much faster than a repository based solution. The article explains why and how to set it up.

older laptop distro recommendarion

Recently I’ve gave up Windows for Linux and installed Ubuntu with KDE Plasma desktop on my pc and laptop from 2007. It’s an i7 Intel processor with 8gb ddr ram so I thought it would be fine, but it seems quite sluggish. What distro could I use that would be faster and still fully functional? Thanks for your help in advance.


Try running the same distro on a live USB drive. If it runs faster on USB then it’s likely your HD that’s the problem. As many have said, XFCE is very light weight, if you can’t get KDE running smoothly. As an experiment you could try installing Fedora. The way the installer works is that it boots a live version, which you can use. In the live version you have an icon to install to your system. Use the live version a while, then install and run the installed version. Normally the installed version should be noticably faster.


You could use Syncthing. If your NAT router supports UPnP, which most do, you don’t need to worry about the firewall. If for some reason it doesn’t just work you can forward 22000 tcp/udp. It’s device to device and doesn’t depend on IP addresses.


Have you tried ctrl-shft-v to paste?


Your welcome!


This is not for everyone, I agree. I don’t see how it ties my notes to any specific tool, however. It doesn’t impact the contents of notes. It’s just a different way of interacting with them.

How do you personally use Obsidian?

I go against recommended practice and have different vaults for different things in my life. The academic note vault is separate from the personal vault is separate from the creative projects vault. I have also committed sacrilege by not having many notes linked to each other. I’m trying to migrate a lot of notes from Google...


To me the only reason for a second vault is for sharing or collaborating with others. Obsidian really doesn’t care how many notes you have in your vault so maintaining separate vaults just adds additional steps in getting to your info. (Obsidian doesn’t care about directories either for that matter.)

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    For single-value properties, since I mainly use in-line syntax, I can search for “key:: value” (with quotes) which achieves the same thing. That approach should work for yaml as well unless you’re unlucky. With double colon syntax "key:: " is safely like [key] since I never use double colons in my writing. It’s less safe if using yaml. Searches on multi value keys is harder to do, but OR can get you there if there aren’t too many.


    I was one of the reiserfs users before it happened and I dumped it quickly. I think an awful lot of people did the same, and since it was one of a number of alternatives to ext I think it is more abandonment than obsolescence.

    Now I think my decision was wrong headed, so long as he was no longer involved. The NASA example was given. Alfred Hitchcock movies? Abuser of women but damn good films.

    biscotty666, (edited )

    At the time the competition was against a nascent ext3, as I recall, against which reiserfs had significant advantages. Journaling wasn’t standard back then and wasn’t handled by ext2, so there was a lot of competition, and it wasn’t clear that ext3 would be the best solution.

    Now that I think about it ext3 wasn’t even a thing. And when it did come on line reiserfs already had a mature journaling system.


    Reiserfs was the first journalling FS included in the Linux kernel. Ext3 didn’t make it in until 2001. So reiser was the only game in town for us and why we moved that way. By the time of the murder ext3 was mature so the switch away wasn’t a big deal.

    Obsidian: Syncing Your Thinking with Syncthing (

    Syncthing is free, open source software that can be used to easily synchronize an Obsidian vault between your computer and phone/tablet. Not only free, but completely secure, private, and blazing fast. Here are links to an article I wrote explaining how to use it....


    There are many ways. Git based solutions, or any repo based solutions,don’t give instantaneous synchronization though.


    I haven’t used that one. There’s a gtk gui on flathub, too. I just used the browser interface here because it’s universally available (tmk).


    But that’s the point. In device to device sync there’s no repository.


    In NixOS you can just mount your directories and run nixos-generate-config.

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