Home Automation with Belkin Wemo, Twilio, and Siri
December 31, 2013 – 2:57 am | No Comment

Ultimate Hack Mashup – Belkin Wemo + Twilio + Siri
 

A quick note: For another home automation trick and those interested in finding out about the earlier Twillio callbox+TV popup/notification hack check out STEM (https://github.com/ericblue/STEM).  Certain …

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Firefox Scrapbook Hacks – Viewing and Saving Webpages from Anywhere!
April 3, 2011 – 1:12 pm | 5 Comments
Firefox Scrapbook Hacks – Viewing and Saving Webpages from Anywhere!

This weekend I decided to wrap up a couple cool knowledge management “hacks” and share some code on GitHub.  I primarily use the Firefox Scrapbook plugin to save all web pages of interest and use …

Learning Faster – Automatically Extract Highlighted Text from PDF Documents
December 17, 2010 – 12:46 am | 39 Comments
Learning Faster – Automatically Extract Highlighted Text from PDF Documents

Overview
I never really considered myself a “highlighter” until a couple years ago.  Back in school I would, on occasion, highlight some interesting passages while doing homework or reading books and jot them down later. …

Example Document Browser Code
February 12, 2010 – 11:51 am | 13 Comments

Since I posted my article last month on How To Create Your Own Personal Document Viewer, I’ve had a few inquiries on how people could have a similar setup themselves.  I thought it might be …

How To Create Your Own Personal Document Viewer (Like Scribd or Google Books)
January 3, 2010 – 12:35 am | 25 Comments
How To Create Your Own Personal Document Viewer (Like Scribd or Google Books)

Like most people, I have a large number of personal documents in a variety of formats (PDF, Excel, Word, RTF, PowerPoint, etc.). For the typical user, organizing these documents in a ‘My Documents’ folder and having MS Office/Open Office/Adobe Acrobat installed simply gets the job done. However, I’ve been looking for some sort of “Web 2.0″ solution to view my documents while I’m on the go. And, since my knowledge manager is web-based, I’d like a way to browse and embed personal documents directly in my wiki without needing any special software.

Knowledge To Go: Put Your Wiki On Your IPhone
December 13, 2009 – 10:39 pm | 8 Comments
Knowledge To Go: Put Your Wiki On Your IPhone

Building my own personal knowlege manager has been quite a journey. Over the last couple years I’ve taken a “piece meal” approach and slowly built up the features of my system one component at a time. One major feature that has always been on my mind is data portability. Last week I wrote an article on how to sync your digial scrapbook between multiple computers and even sync to your wiki. This feature had me thinking about how I could take portability to the next level.

How to Synchronize Your Digital Scrapbook
December 7, 2009 – 12:18 am | 11 Comments
How to Synchronize Your Digital Scrapbook

I had originally planned on calling this article ‘How to Use Cloud Computing to Synchronize Your Digital Scrapbook For Research and Integrate Into Your Personal Knowledge Management Wiki for Extra Credit’

Total Recall, Personal Informatics and Life Logging
October 18, 2009 – 10:38 pm | 4 Comments
Total Recall, Personal Informatics and Life Logging

“Consider a future device for individual use, which is a sort of mechanized private file and library. It needs a name, and, to coin one at random, “memex” will do. A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory.” — Vannevar Bush (1945)

Fast forward fifty four years, and we finally have the technology (hardware and software) to make the Memex a reality. My project has been primarily focused on fulfilling a small portion of the the original idea, but has only touched the surface. The Memex fully realized would be a system that completely (and automatically) digitizes experiences, memories, and interactions with the environment. The capability for Total Recall , offloading human memory to a digital space, is not too far away (think Cyborgs).

Information Visualization Toolkits for Mind Mapping
June 4, 2009 – 10:25 pm | 2 Comments

The other week, I wrote a blog post The Visual Wiki: A New Metaphor For Knowledge Access and Management. At the time, until I read the paper in depth, I hadn’t realized that this …

Freebase Parallax: Set-based Browsing Interface
May 23, 2009 – 9:02 am | No Comment

I found a very interesting project from David François Huynh, developer of some impressive projects over at Simile. Parallax offers a new way to browse and explore data on Freebase, one of the largest open …

The Visual Wiki: A New Metaphor For Knowledge Access and Management
May 12, 2009 – 10:32 pm | One Comment

Truly fascinating work! This is next on my list for my Personal Memex.

And, the original paper on Scribd:

The Visual Wiki: A New Metaphor for Knowledge Access and Management
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