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A tip for newbies

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It often takes me quite some time till I have found a solution to one of my vexing Linux questions. Problem is: after a few weeks I forget how I solved the problem (I am 77 years old). This is, how I solved this problem:
I added a folder ~/Computer/Tips. In there I add a little text file for each solved problem with a suitable keyword as file name. Maybe, this tip can help other newbies - even younger ones.
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Re: A tip for newbies

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That's a great idea!

I often make a similar folder (especially for specialised tasks) called Notes. Great minds think alike! :lol:
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Re: A tip for newbies

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Hi "papaworx",

That is a good idea.

Another option might be to try installing a notes program, like the incredible "CherryTree" program from the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM), or its PPA, and using that.

There is a superb program called "Cherry Tree" for organizing your computer's files, thoughts, and note taking, that you can use. It can easily store notes, links to folders, files, documents, pictures, videos, whatever ... I find this to be an invaluable tool that I use everyday; I even have it start with my start up applications when I start my computer. I created a "CherryTree" folder under my "/Documents" folder to store the CherryTree file and to make backing it up easier.

Cherry Tree can be installed from the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM), or by downloading the easy install ".deb" file from the 2nd link below (you just double click the file you downloaded), or by installing the PPA using the instructions below.

CherryTree: A Powerful Notepad For Easy Note Taking
https://www.maketecheasier.com/organize ... herrytree/

Cherry Tree
http://www.giuspen.com/cherrytree/

To install this using the PPA method, open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vincent-c/cherrytree
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cherrytree



Related Post. I have instructions, and a weblink to a video tutorial on using CherryTree.
viewtopic.php?f=90&t=205286&hilit=cherrytree

"Keeping track of my bits and pieces of information across several computers running Linux and Microsoft Windows has long been a problem. CherryTree is a sweet solution that keeps my information local and cloud-free."
http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/78863.html

Which organization tool is best for you? CherryTree: A Wiki-Style Notebook That’s Polished and Functional.
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cherrytree ... unctional/

Hope this helps ...
Sample of my "CherryTree" notes program with Linux Mint Notes, etc...
Sample of my "CherryTree" notes program with Linux Mint Notes, etc...
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Re: A tip for newbies

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Hello phd21,
thanks a lot for writing about CherryTree. A while ago I tried Evernote and dropped it immediately. Since then I was building data hierarchy in ... well... Firefox bookmark panel. I checked your links and CherryTree seems to be close to perfect: local, USB transferred, speed, password protection, small size and other features are my way to go. The only thing I wish for is integration ChTree with right click so I can send text/link/pic straight to this program (I know it's not tat easy but it can be done).
Anyway thanks again.

And for papaworks: CherryTree is The One :) but you may like Zim also.
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Re: A tip for newbies

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Hi "makita",

You are welcome and Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux Mint and its excellent forum !

"CherryTree" is an incredibly useful & easy to use tool. I use it along with "AutoKey" to help in this forum and for other tasks.

You can copy and paste a web link, or "select" an entire web page (links, pics, and all), into CherryTree. It would be nice if there was a more direct way to send a link directly into CherryTree, but how would it know where in CherryTree to put it, like the currently open note node, a new note node, etc...? I guess there could be multiple options for that. This option seems like something that would have to come from from the Web Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc...), like an add-on (plug-in). Perhaps one of the browser add-ons can be setup to do this. Might be worth contacting the developers about this.

Firefox - Search Results for "send link to application".
Tip: Some of these add-ons and others can copy numerous tab links at one time to your clipboard, which can then be pasted directly into CherryTree.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... ppver=46.0

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Re: A tip for newbies

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Phd21,
I already regret that I find about CherryTree so late, On other hand - my database would be HUGE by now :) .
Thanks for ideas about transferring stuff to ChTree, I might try them later on, now I have to master ChTree which doesn't seem to be too hard.

BTW: I did not solve problem with Audacity now I'm re-testing Xfce on my spare comp now and everything is fine here, so if I won't find any drawbacks I intend to stick do Xfce for a while (I like KDE too, but one has to choose).
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Re: A tip for newbies

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Depending upon whether I am in Windows or in Linux, I open Word or LibreOffice Writer to copy a page I have found interesting and a possible resource later. Saving pages this way allows me to save everything on a page including all graphics which if not included may make the page less instructional. I have a folder for Windows Tips and a folder for Linux Tips.
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I used to have an electronics repair shop and custom hardware/software design business. I was constantly telling my employees "Write Sh!t Down!" Were I still in that business, I would probably be telling my employees to keep notes in their laptop.
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I have some post-it notes on the top edge of my monitor to remind me (since I'm old enough that I'm constantly forgetting things) of various different commands to use. I also have a couple of 7-Zip folders: One labelled "Links" (full of links that I'll check out) and "Notes" that's full of various bits of text, pertaining to stuff that I need or think I need to know, either now or in the future.
I really don't want to get overly techy. The more complicated something is, the more likely it will be to break down. The method I'm using has worked fine for me these past ten years. :)
Why inside of 7-Zip folders? I just wanted an excuse to use 7-Zip back when I first found it, that's all. :wink:
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+1 for using a program like CherryTree for notes. (I use Treepad Business Edition via Wine.) The notes can be organised into categories and the entire database of notes is very readily searchable. You can also store images and live url/links in the notes. Far more convenient than keeping individual files containing notes.
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I use one single txt file for that purpose. And I scroll down through it when I look for something specific :lol:
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9 years ago I started with Linux.
9 years ago I created a folder with the name PC Tips. In that map i put text files, mainly commands for the terminal. The text files get the name of what the command do. Also other text files with tips for specially problems. This folder is also available on my NAS so that I can access it anywhere.

So your tip is a great idea, i knew it 9 years ago ;)
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I have a few note files... :roll:
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Re: A tip for newbies

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I prefer an old school method called a three ringed folder. If this computer goes down I may not be able to read any notes on the computer. Sure it is a pain to write everything down but this system has worked for many years.

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My old school method is named: backup. If this exist you can read every file in a format, that is cross-platform compatible on every machine. The solution of austin.texas is such an example, Cherrytree comes near, as also a Windows-version (also as portable version) does exist.
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Re: A tip for newbies

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Hi Everyone,

Always a +1 for good Ol' Fashioned backing up. I use an external USB hard drive(s) and various USB flash drive sticks.

FYI: CherryTree can export its notes in various formats, like Text, Html, PDF, etc..., so every now and then, if you do that, then, you will be able to access the notes from any computer regardless whether CherryTree is on it or not. You can use an archiving program to encrypt the file(s), if you want as well.
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My old school method is named: backup.
You are most correct Cosmo!

I was only thinking about the worst case scenarios in my history. A good backup routine is essential.

Every Friday I backup the system partitions to another drive using QT4-FSArchiver. I then copy the backups back onto the main hard drive (separate partition.) Same goes with exporting Virtualbox machines. To make things easier for me I keep Mate on the second drive and KDE on the main drive. It is then a simple BIOS switch for me.

But when the hardware gives me problems I like to have hard notes.

Cheers!

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Re: A tip for newbies

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Lots of great tips in here.

I liked Sundowner's tip about copying an entire page, graphics and all or austin.texas' use of html files. Also, that Cherrytree program that phd21 posted looks interesting, I may look into that.

My method is the same as the OP's, except I organize my 'Computer Help' folder with subfolders. Been doing it this way since Win95 . I did keep notes in a binder with Win98 but I found it time consuming and never used it, except for doing re-installs, so abandoned that practice. I've also got three computers now and keep a copy of the 'Computer Help' folder on each one so if/when one computer fails I can get to the notes on one of the others.
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my PC Tips is called /manuals
:)
anything useful is printed to a PDF & stored in /manuals
& any machine manual, that is available as a PDF is also stored in there, too.
:D

it's come in handy on many occasions, when resolving an issue,
that has occurred before.
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phd21 wrote:Another option might be to try installing a notes program, like the incredible "CherryTree" program from the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM), or its PPA, and using that.
I am impressed by that copious tree, which I would like to have. I've been testing CherryTree, (also Treepad). Nixed Tomboy.

So far, I encounter some problems:

1) Since I am not starting from zero and I have made myself a number of text notes is there a recommended strategy for importing to-do lists, multiple notes put into one text file. I'd particularly like something that would import the hierarchy (I've been pseudotagging with *** for a title, for example) into a tree outline. Or is there a way to insert a text file to a node and simply drag parts to subnodes?

2) There doesn't seem to be much of an attempt at formatting the text:

-- number lists seem to break it you put a line between items
-- I don't see a way to format code easily (I love the code highlighting in this forum, for example).
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