From January 26, 2005:
So I’ve been thinking lately about organizing data. I know a lot and I’ve done a lot. In fact, I’ve consumed so much information and figured out so much stuff that I don’t remember half of it. That’s unfortunate. For work, I’ve been playing with a Wiki to manage what’s going on and help communication with the team. It’s going pretty well I think. I’ve used it more than anyone. So I was thinking, what if I could put together a website or a program or something to just put information? It would be a nice central place to store links, for example. I always end up deleted all my bookmarks/links/favorites and starting over whenever I reload the OS or change computers or whatever. So, what if I had a website to manage those? Then, what about a sort of project notebook? A place to store all my thoughts as I’m trying to figure something out, and then what I discover works. It’d be like my own personal repository of tutorials. Another idea is a place to mirror webpages. Now, this would be a bit sticky, legally, if I made them availible to the public, but I’m thinking more of a place to archive really useful sites that may cease to exist at some point. Which brings up another point. It might be interesting to have it publically availible. It might even be worth doing a Wiki sort of thing. But I definitely need to have some access control. I think something a little more flexible than public and private is also a good idea. Extensibility is critical. What about an address book? RSS agregation of other stuff I’m interested in? Google search box? Ranking sites by how often I go to them. Can I do that? something like www.mysite.com/linktrack.php?www.google.com or something like that. The key thing here is having the data accesible. Presentation of information is very important. Searchability is key. *very* dynamic. A Firefox extension, or maybe a bookmark would work like “blog this”. Ok, out of ideas. We’ll see what comes of this.