In this episode, Scott Nesbitt discovers why I love Typora so much.
Writing in Markdown with Typora | The Plain Text Project
It’s a familiar problem: open-source software is widely acknowledged as crucially important in science, yet it is funded non-sustainably. Support work is often handled ad hoc by overworked graduate students and postdocs, and can lead to burnout.
This is a great article, found via Scott Nesbitt’s fantastic Monday Kickoff newsletter.
Open-source work is work. People depend upon it, yet it’s not in many institutions’ budgets. I work in a large public university system and I’m fairly certain there’s no way for us to contribute money to an unaffiliated open source project.
The article gets into all of this and it’s worth a read because a lot of people are suffering while this challenge isn’t being solved.
I always love reading these text editor round-ups, even though I’m fairly set with my workflow (Typora for Markdown and gedit for everything else). But you’re only set, text editor-wise, until you’re not, so it’s important to keep an eye out for new tools. Or different tools. This post is from 2017…
I learned about Typora from my interview with Nochka, by the way.
And of course, for all things plain text, you need to visit Scott Nesbitt’s The Plain Text Project, which probably featured that link months, if not years ago.
Especially compared to word processors or any other writing tool or app. With a text editor, there are few (generally no) formatting options.
What does that mean? You can focus on words. You don’t need to worry about formatting, where to put images, any of that. You write first, and add all the ornaments later.
This isn’t strictly Linux-related but I agree with the idea that note-taking apps can’t just become junk drawers. You need to review them regularly and you need to delete stuff you don’t need. Otherwise, you’re just sort of wasting your time.
This isn’t Linux-specific but it’s really great advice from Scott Nesbitt for using Evernote. I especially agree with the part about reviewing what you’re putting into it. Because Evernote does lend itself to becoming that junk drawer you never want to open.