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closest I have ever come to a PIM that made me happy was InfoCentral on my Compaq Concerto running
Windows for Pen Computing. Circa 1994. Then later at UW Madison 1996-2000, on
another pen/tablet - I think a Toshiba or Epson? I have had so many…
blogged about this before: https://plus.google.com/+AndyGlew/posts/jDTJxgJ78F3
a description of InfoCentral: http://www.macros.koenecke.us/InfoCentral/whyic.html
linking technology. Using this, any object – be it a person, organization, event, task, file on disk, or a
custom-created object – can be
linked to any other object. Further, the links themselves are objects.
InfoCentral's flexible but semi-structured format.
- There were obnnjects and
connections between objects.
- Connections were themselves
objects, and could have properties
- Connections could appear
assymmetrically objects to which
they were attached: eg father/daughter
- Connections could have date
ranges. E.g. you could record an
old address, but mark it no longer valid for searching
- Objects had types, fields
- I liked this - sometimes
- Although I often found it
annoying, eg when non-European name formats did not match up to
- IIRC you could hide any
empty fields - not sure aboyt that, but obvious
- You could create subtrees at
any point - I thought of it as "shaking" the tree.
of InfoCentral as a network database.
was fairly obvious that InfoCentral was implemented, or at least could be
implemented, as a set of relational tables cross linked to each other.
this is that at the time RDBMSes were not that common. But nowadays, with SQLite, much easier.
problem with InfoCentral was that it could not handle pen or bitmaps.
InfoCentral to … I can't remember the name, Inkwriter? AHV?
software that I believe Microsoft acquired, and which I think may have evolved
used InfoCentral nodes as a superstructure - more than a table of contents, but
less that fully integrated - to the "digital paper" or
could not create a TODO list by hand in the open notes, and then have
InfoCentral know ab out it.
better than nothing.
PIM setup I have had to date.
no longer use InfoCentral/Ink? I
stopped using pen computers for a few years - hard for pair programming. I
returned to pen computers in 2002 at AMD: one day In started writing the K10
Spec, got frustrated, and at lunchtime I went out and bought a tablwet PC, a
think that InfoCentral and this Inkwriter?? Were no longer available.
Microsoft bought the Inkwriter?? Company, and closed it down. MS may have made either InfoCentral or
inkwriter?? Availble freely, but binary, not source.
I revive InfoCentral?
- I should
- I think that I am egging
myself on to do this uin this note.
- But I need the digital paper
InfoCentral is fairly straightforward
I revive Inkwriter??
- Much more UI stuff.
- If I could get OneNote
convenient for starting single files or linking back…
- Years ago, UNIXes had little
be fun to write myself - but it will take a long time to get to a usable placed
do just wish it was out there in a form that I could buy.