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        coolgeek wrote 2 days ago:
        This is pretty amazing from an analytical/engineering standpoint.
        OTOH, it serves to justify my natural inclination to limit where and
        how often I participate on sites and/or particular media (e.g. chat
        It's not just a matter of data/privacy, either.  It's simply a matter
        of attention, available time, and the best use of that time.
        I went from BBSs, to Usenet News, to (mostly) niche sites on the web. 
        The tendency of all of these to focus conversations made them (and make
        them) more useful to me - better uses of my time and attention - than
        social media.
        I pretty much only comment on this site, and on reddit, and only
        sporadically on either.  I pretty much ignore almost all social media. 
        Deleted facebook.  Haven't regretted it for a moment.
        I understand that social media provides real value - in certain
        situations - for people.  I just don't need it, personally.
        Brajeshwar wrote 3 days ago:
        This is awesome. Unfortunately, I will very unlikely be able to or
        inclined to go this deep. However, I've been collecting both digital
        and physical assets that I have used to built up a museum for the
        family. Digital is easier, physical items are much harder.
        It all started way back when I left my home-town for the bustling city
        of Bombay as the last century was ending. When I visited my home-town
        after almost a decade, I realized that my tapes, floppy discs, and
        other artifacts including some hand-written Bollywood actors/actress
        mails got lost. Ever since, I've tried to hold on to interesting
        The floppy disc was particularly interesting as it had some of the
        first programs I wrote, including a stupid QBasic game that I wrote for
        my first girlfriend.
        randyrand wrote 3 days ago:
        There is a way to solve all your API issues, a camera recording your
        entire life!
        Anything you interact with will be recorded. Then the problem just
        becomes processing it all =P
        Unfortunately, it's not very ergonomic yet.
          karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
          Yep. Even simpler (and less 'creepy'), e.g. OCR against your own
          screens, in theory, could provide quite a lot of data for free. But
          not very practical yet, unfortunately?
          sdevonoes wrote 3 days ago:
          I'm working on something similar:
          A dron the size of a baseball with camera that is floating around you
          and records your actions (it doesn't record every action, but it can
          recognize certain ones: e.g., reading, running, sleeping). The
          recorded actions go to a sqlite db. It should be extendable in terms
          of recognizing actions in 3D (perhaps some ML is needed to achieve
          better results).
          rkwasny wrote 3 days ago:
          This is an awesome idea for a startup!
          Camera integrated with glasses that you can wear for 8 hours without
          charging + home box that post-processes this into useful archive.
          I have a Vuzix Blade ( [1] ) that could work for MVP.
   URI    [1]: https://www.vuzix.com/products/blade-smart-glasses-upgraded
          juniperplant wrote 3 days ago:
          Sounds like a Black Mirror episode
        randyrand wrote 3 days ago:
        I do this too! but am way less automated than you. Id love to pay for a
        product that made this easier.
        z77dj3kl wrote 3 days ago:
        Although there is a lot of data here, it seems all of it is roughly
        repetitive, relational data. Why not store it in a central database?
        I have a (much smaller project) that stores all data in a postgres
          elseweather wrote 3 days ago:
          There's an explanation here: [1] (the link behind "Against
          unnecessary databases")
   URI    [1]: https://beepb00p.xyz/unnecessary-db.html
            z77dj3kl wrote 2 days ago:
            To me, it just seems like the author wants to hoard their data, not
            make it useful. Making it useful (the first part of which is making
            it queriable) involves making some kind of interface to access it,
            and some code to parse it. In my own case, I find that just dumping
            JSON docs around the place gives me an unmanageable mess of
            unstructured data that I never come back to. If all you want to do
            is to hoard your data, then I guess that achieves the purpose...
            But if you want to do something with it, at some point you have to
            make sense of it.
            Doesn't mean you have to go and fully normalize everything and make
            a production-level database!
        gorgoiler wrote 3 days ago:
        I wish more people I know published sites like this.
        chrisweekly wrote 3 days ago:
        This is amazing! Thanks for sharing. :)
        mikelago wrote 3 days ago:
        Thank you for sharing this! This genre of software tool is something
        that has been on my mind since at least 2010. Here* is a quick summary
        of my idea. I even applied to the first YC Fellowship in 2015 with the
        idea, but I didn’t make it past the application. I’ve come across
        many related ideas over years of reading HN (the general consensus is
        to just use org mode, so far I’ve been strictly a vim user xD), but
        this post is particularly inspirational!
        I got my first job in software in 2017 and to this day I’m growing
        constantly. Before this first job I struggled to keep the motivation to
        practice and work on projects.    I finally have the abilities to make
        projects come to life, and I’ll definitely be studying your project
        carefully as I get going on building one of my own.
        * [1] What's "MindEngei"?
        Engei (園芸) is the Japanese word for gardening. I plan to build
        applications that help us organize our thoughts, experiences, and
        knowledge in a pleasant way. Too much of what we learn and experience
        gets sucked up by the applications we used and maintaining that
        information is either a hassle or impossible. I want to make
        applications that log everything we want to remember in a simple and
        relaxing way, allowing the user to pull in data from services, take
        notes, and document knowledge and provide quick and pleasant ways of
        viewing and sharing their content.
   URI  [1]: https://web.archive.org/web/20160806063444/http://mindengei.co...
          teraku wrote 3 days ago:
          I find it weird to tell people which exact tools to use.
          I also really enjoy knowledge management and I think I would really
          love org mode once I figured it out, but I just never got around to
          it. I am a Sublime user and really enjoy it, so I found other tools
          for my use cases and so far I am happy with the results.
          Could org mode provide me more value? Maybe. But it's not the point.
          Somebody might be taking more notes than others, because they are
          used to it, or because they need it, and it's totally okay and people
          should do what works for them.
          If your data was truly yours (data affiliation vs data ownership)
          this would be even less of a problem.
        borisjoffe wrote 3 days ago:
        I love the emphasis on data export / analysis and ownership of your
        data. I also love the quantified self aspects of this.
        However as I've gotten older, I've learned that it's incredibly freeing
        to at least partially let go of some of your data and not  worry if it
        gets lost or erased.
        Tracking and managing all of this sucks up a lot of time and mental
        effort, that you could be using to progress in other areas of your
        life. I prefer to focus on the present instead of letting the past
        occupy so much of my mind.
        On one hand, keeping backups of important files and automating that as
        much as possible is good. Tracking your top 2-10 most important habits
        (e.g. sleep, workouts) can also be very good.
        But for social media sites (like Reddit, HackerNews, Twitter, YouTube,
        etc), it's just too much of a pain to manage. And they can kick you off
        in a heartbeat for any reason. I personally treat all content on those
        sites as potentially being erased at any time.
        If I have anything important (e.g. a good post, comment, or image that
        I want to save), I make sure to save that locally, usually in a
        personal outliner/wiki that I use called zim-wiki (it's like
        Evernote/Notion/Obsidian, but it's all just flat wiki-formatted plain
        text files and folders that are easily greppable and scriptable). You
        can also post the best content on your own site. None of this requires
        regular social media exports, APIs, or any programming - you can just
        copy/paste/save this content as you create it into your own categorized
        section of your filesystem or PIM tool.
          rektide wrote 2 days ago:
          > However as I've gotten older, I've learned that it's incredibly
          freeing to at least partially let go of some of your data and not
          worry if it gets lost or erased.
          I'm ok with people opting to let it go.
          What's uncool is how much effort it takes, how ridiculous it is to
          opt to do anything other than let it go. To marshal oneself & one's
          data should not be a huge sprawling saga, fought for tooth & nail
          every step of the way. Resisted at every step.
          This is not an ok condition for humanity to try to live under. As
          Geohot said[1], we are coming to live in an eternal prison. Providing
          the advice to let it go, find happiness in these conditions, is what
          I hear again and again and again on this site, and I'm mad. I'm mad
          people advocate for giving up agency, will, control, for what feel
          like the most core genuine & true pieces of humanity. I'm ok with the
          option, absolutely, but only as a choice. And today there is no
          choice at all.
   URI    [1]: https://geohot.github.io/blog/jekyll/update/2021/01/18/techn...
          brokenmachine wrote 3 days ago:
          The problem that I have is that three years down the track I will
          suddenly think of a topic and remember just a few details of a really
          good blog post or comment thread that I would like to read again, but
          I can never find it.
          I'm just not very good at knowing in advance which is the 0.001% of
          posts I will want to read again.
          Storage is so cheap that in my ideal world, I would like to store
          everything I read and post. But that's difficult as you mentioned.
          xupybd wrote 3 days ago:
          Everyone needs a hobby. If this is the authors, great!
          It's cool and meets exactly the nerdy cool factor I look for in
          articles on HN.
          Would I invest time into doing the same, nope but then I don't think
          many out there would spend the same time I spend on my hobbies.
        systemvoltage wrote 3 days ago:
        Hello author, hope you don't mind the negative comments since this
        isn't for everyone including myself. I found your dedication to
        organization very impressive and only shows that you'd do the same
          sdevonoes wrote 3 days ago:
          > and only shows that you'd do the same professionally
          Counter example: me. I do show a lot of commitment and organization
          in personal projects... but professionally that's not the case.
          karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
          Hi, thanks for kind words :)
          I don't really see them as negative (or at least don't get offended).
          It seems that people are on a spectrum of organization from not even
          using a calendar and never taking notes ("if it's important I'll
          remember") to what I do (and maybe even more extreme??). And it's
          okay! Some people suffer from information overload, some people
          suffer from inefficiencies and forgetting things, and you can be
          productive/unproductive, or happy/unhappy either way -- there are
          many other factors at play too.
            teraku wrote 3 days ago:
            I really enjoy your blogposts for two reasons:
            1) They teach me things I'm interested in
            2) They are really well structured and start of with a hypothesis
            or premise
            To elaborate:
            1) On the spectrum you mentioned I'm more on the organized side,
            though not as extreme as you. A lot of my colleagues are really
            disorganized and they picked up some pointers from me and our
            collaboration has become much more efficient by them just taking a
            few more notes and sharing instead of me always starting at 0 (or
            1) when we start a conversation. Everybody should find his own
            comfy spot on the spectrum, but people should try to not make
            others miserable by relying entirely on external knowledge.
            2) Recently I read a few books which follow this structure (which
            is also the standards for scientific papers) and it's just so
            refreshing to the usual brain dump blog post. I do enjoy some of
            these brain dumps, especially if they are more for entertainment
            and less so for teaching, but sometimes it is exhausting if a blog
            post aims to answer a question, but it's not clear where it's going
            in the beginning and you just keep on reading.
              karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
              Thank you! Glad you like the structure too -- sometimes I wish I
              could do more free-form writing too, but so far it was more of
              "have a problem -- convince yourself it's important to solve --
              come up with solution -- document a narrative how you did it" :)
            johnwyles wrote 3 days ago:
            So I've been waiting patiently for something equivalent to Home
            Assistant but for QS and you pop up often. You're probably most
            expert to say what progress is being made for an integrated QS
            platform whereby you plop in a new integration and, even if there
            are a few manual steps (exporting, running a local software tool,
            etc.) you easily can import, slice on, and chart your data in a
            time series DB (similar to how with InfluxDB and Grafana you can do
            with Home Assistant). There were a few open source tools out there
            on GitHub but the ones I found were dated or didn't seem to have
            much love or enough of an audience to support them.
            OH! I just saw you are the author of HPI which I have starred - it
            certainly was as close as I found but I pined for more evaluating
            it about half a year ago. How is progress? What other wise words
            can you lend?
              karlicoss wrote 2 days ago:
              Yep, that's me as well :)
              As for progress, I'm experimenting with automatic
              InfluxDb/Grafana integration right now, actually [0]! I think
              ideally HPI would be able to automatically create influxdb mirror
              + 'reasonable' Grafana dashboards for each data source, by using
              type information.
              And of course, it would also be possible for the user to create
              custom dashboards (from Grafana, or from python code which would
              automate the manual Grafana steps).
              For something Memex-like, Grafana probably won't be enough. But
              I'd like to use existing open source tools to the maximum extent
              possible -- both Influx/Grafana/Jupiter/etc are awesome, well
              optimized and powerful instruments, and I don't want to reinvent
              the wheel.
   URI        [1]: https://twitter.com/karlicoss/status/1361100437332590593
            sodality2 wrote 3 days ago:
            This is incredible. If you enjoy it, more power to you. I hope I
            can manage my digital life with the efficiency and scale you've
            mathgladiator wrote 3 days ago:
            Here are some more kind words: I appreciate you.
            Thank you for sharing.
        3np wrote 3 days ago:
        Thanks a bunch for sharing this. I think the way we move forward from
        here is more posts like this. It's an uphill battle where companies are
        actively adding friction to people being in control of their own data,
        but together we can do it :)
        ...Personally I just decided to boycot services that are
        smartphone-only. My last mistake was Revolut. Even the (arguably
        non-existing) process of getting a yearly statement from them is a
        goddamn joke.
          karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
          I really hope my next phone to be a real Linux phone like
          Pinephone/Librem (or apparently you can even install Linux on my
          Oneplus 6T), so I could run android-only stuff in the VM and have a
          real computing device in my pocket.
        crawancon wrote 3 days ago:
        How much time per week is spent administering or maintaining this
        if you were to start over with a new organizational methodology, what
        would you do differently knowing what you know now?
        I applaud the effort.
          karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
          Hmm, it's hard to quantify it exactly, but overall there isn't that
          much maintenance required once it's all set up (except for the few
          manual bits). Let's say it could all run for months without needing
          any intervention. Maybe one or two data sources would stop exporting
          due to an expired token or some API weirdness, but the downstream
          services that use the data will carry on running against older data.
          It's possible due to the design: some general 'architectural'
          decisions [0]: separating the data retrieval from data processing,
          avoiding databases where it's not absolutely necessary [1],
          'defensive enough' error handling [2]. (but naturally I fix small
          things here and there when I notice just like with other chores)
          I do spend quite a lot of time on it, it's sort of a hobby at this
          point (e.g. to add/connect new things, experiment etc.). But, lately
          most time was spent documenting, releasing different parts, and
          writing about it to share with people -- this is much more time
          consuming (and certainly less fun than tinkering). I'd like to reach
          a certain milestone and get some rest from it, switch to something
          else :)
          > if you were to start over with a new organizational methodology,
          what would you do differently knowing what you know now?
          Frankly, I'm not really regretting doing anything the way I did it
          (at least for now) -- most things make sense to me and what I
          implemented is a 'dependency' for more sophisticated methodologies
          anyway, so hopefully no effort wasted here. I wish I came up to the
          principles I described in the links quicker, for a while it was a
          'random walk' without clear vision how to compose and connect things.
          [0] [1] [2]
   URI    [1]: https://beepb00p.xyz/exports.html
   URI    [2]: https://beepb00p.xyz/unnecessary-db.html
   URI    [3]: https://beepb00p.xyz/mypy-error-handling.html
            rolandog wrote 3 days ago:
            Your workflow and infrastructure is amazing. Great work!
        karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
        Hey author here. Happy to answer your questions!
          rektide wrote 2 days ago:
          Which of these data-streams do you most often find yourself looking
          at & using? Are there any that you have been surprised to find
          yourself using more than you expected?
            karlicoss wrote 2 days ago:
            The most useful are perhaps the one's I'm using for search [0] --
            chat logs, web annotations, book highlights, reddit/hackernews
            saves, tweets, etc. It's literally my external memory, I'm not
            Everything in Promnesia [1] is super useful, makes my internet
            lurking much ... efficient? This word has somewhat bad rap, but it
            is what it is -- doesn't mean I don't have fun, just makes it
            easier to keep track and discover new things.
            Not sure about surprising data sources -- I'm trying to integrate
            them all as far as possible and make sure they work for me
            passively, so I don't have to think about specifics :)
            [0] [1]
   URI      [1]: https://beepb00p.xyz/pkm-search.html
   URI      [2]: https://beepb00p.xyz/promnesia.html
          jpmattia wrote 3 days ago:
          Kudos! I find this work fascinating.
          There are moments that I'm tempted to go down a similar
          organizational road because I'm curious about the possible lessons
          from the data aggregation, but I usually pass because the payoff
          didn't seem large enough.
          So that makes me want to ask: Have you learned much from the data? or
          is it more about organization/keeping control of life?
            karlicoss wrote 2 days ago:
            Perhaps mostly about organization, yeah.
            The "quantified self" bit is what you could call learning, but
            ironically so far I've mostly failed to find any significant
            correlations in my personal data (which is also an interesting
            finding, in a way :) ). However I did learn a lot about
            nutrition/exercise/sleep while tinkering with data, so it was
            totally worth it so far.
            I write about it a bit more here:
   URI      [1]: https://beepb00p.xyz/tags.html#quantifiedself
          throw345hn wrote 3 days ago:
          Can I ask - how did you find working with graphviz. Was this your
          first time working with it, how long did it take you to figure out
          how to place things and draw?
          I am working with drawing graphs at the moment and evaluating what
          library to use, its coincidentally nice to see what you built but it
          also seems like it was thoughtfully laid out (less edge crossings
          etc). I am trying to do something more dynamic so it may not be as
          applicable for me.
          I am looking at your code as well, thanks for providing that
            redux-xplatform wrote 3 days ago:
            If you need to be able to diff the code for graphs, graphviz (dot
            language) is great.
            If you need auto-layout, it's hard to do much better than graphviz.
            The creators of graphviz have some good papers on what it takes to
            do that right. They'll discourage you from wanting to re-invent
            that particular wheel, if you read them. Tricky bit here is,
            depending on your exact graph and constraints, it's not exactly
            fully solvable in the general case, if you want to have no overlap
            or no crossing lines under any circumstances whatsoever. Still,
            you'll struggle to do better, and there aren't actually a ton of
            implementations out there other than Graphviz that are anywhere
            near as good (at least, as of a couple years ago).
            Templating or building programmatically? Great, it's just text.
            Generating on demand? Decent, it's fairly fast.
            If you need pretty, and I mean really pretty, and especially pretty
            and interactive... well it's less enjoyable for that, but then
            nothing that is enjoyable for that purpose is much good at the
            other points above.
              throw345hn wrote 3 days ago:
              Thanks for that, will try out graphviz. I was doing some custom
              implementation for minimizing edge crossings and it seems to work
              fine for me but thats mostly for 2-layered graphs. If I am to
              expand to multi-layer graphs, its going to be fairly more
              complicated to figure out how to do that and I dont know if it
              will work well.
              Graphviz seems to be great for getting you a mostly-useful auto
              layout majority of the time.
              I have a requirement to be able to mix fixed-positioned nodes
              along with dynamically changing nodes, I havent used graphviz to
              know if it could do that. A library like cytoscape works ok or
              maybe d3 (I am still evaluating these)
              Honestly coming into this, I thought graph drawing would be
              fairly easy and I could look up online for examples - but it
              seems to be quite opposite, its really complicated to get graphs
              that are both dynamically generated with the nodes positioned at
              the same place in case there are similar nodes
            karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
            Not the first time, but possibly the biggest thing I've drawn in
            There definitely are some weird things when you try to plot
            complicated things, fighting with weird placement, clusters etc.
            But not sure if it's me or Graphviz to blame for this. But I don't
            really know a better tool. If I knew how the diagram would look in
            hindsight I might have drawn in manually in inkscape or something,
            but when I started I didn't know what I would end up with, so
            needed to be an automatic tool :)
            To minimize the manual work, I ended up with a mix of DSL in python
            and raw graphviz commands: [1] Depending on the things you want to
            represent a better fit might be force layout, for example something
   URI      [1]: https://github.com/karlicoss/myinfra/blob/fc6345c31c4e49b5...
   URI      [2]: https://observablehq.com/@morvasaaty/d3-force-notes
              throw345hn wrote 3 days ago:
              Working with graphs, I realized its hard to generate dynamic ones
              and you inevitably end up with domain specific layouts. I guess
              thats the nature of graph drawing algorithms, its usually
              specific to the problem.
              Thanks for the code, taking at look at that.
                karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
                Probably too messy to understand what's exactly happening --
                but my main takeaway is that if you implement your own DSL (for
                Graphviz at least), implement in such a way that you can freely
                mix DSL and raw bits. That way it's very easy to experiment or
                tweak minor bits without rewriting half of the code.
          for_i_in_range wrote 3 days ago:
          Big fan of yours. I think this is the second time I’ve come across
          your site on HN. I’ve been getting deep into developing my own
          Second Brain lately. I glanced briefly at your Exobrain Repo and it
          seems you’re using a custom system. Have you tried out using [1] or
          the whole Wikilink/Zeitelkasten Personal Knowledge Management
          methodology? Curious to hear your experiences.
   URI    [1]: https://obsidian.md
            karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
            Yep, exobrain is using org-mode export + some tweaks. I've settled
            on emacs + org-mode a few years ago (perhaps on the fifth attempt
            it finally clicked). Before it was gitit/Zim/sublime text/random
            scripts, whatnot. All the shiny apps like Obsidian/Roam/etc have
            appeared over the last couple of years (and it's awesome!). But I'm
            too hooked onto emacs now, maybe the only thing I should use more
            is org-roam [0]. For me the most useful org-mode features perhaps
            are tags, agenda, org-capture and org-refile. Search is very
            important, I have a whole post about it [1].
            I started a draft describing my 'process' [2], but it's pretty
            incomplete.. there are some bits scattered across exobrain too.
            Also lately I started playing with Logseq [3] to get a more
            interactive representation of exobrain [4] (warning, it's pretty
            heavy, needs some optimization and I might have messed up the
            physics). Logseq could be a great gateway for people who want to
            get into org-mode but not ready to go 100% Emacs, highly recommend
            to try it it!
            [0] [1] [2] [3] [4] [4]
   URI      [1]: https://github.com/org-roam/org-roam
   URI      [2]: https://beepb00p.xyz/pkm_processing.html
   URI      [3]: https://beepb00p.xyz/pkm-search.html
   URI      [4]: https://github.com/logseq/logseq#logseq
   URI      [5]: https://beepb00p.xyz/logseq/#/graph
              for_i_in_range wrote 3 days ago:
              Looking forward to diving into more detail on this. Thank you for
              sharing your work and appreciate your engagement in here!
          brutusborn wrote 3 days ago:
          Thankyou so much for sharing your work. Finding this post was like
          finding something I didn't know I was looking for.
          Have you considered monetizing this in some way? As a person of
          limited technical skills, I would definitely pay for a set of tools
          that would help me aggregate my data.
            karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
            Monetizing.. not really. Many reasons:
            - I don't really see a good way (not that I'm entrepreneurial in
            this aspect though), maybe except for providing some infrastructure
            - dealing with others' data is a completely different kind of
            headache with legal and security responsibilities
            - I don't really have a product or anything -- more of a vision
            which I want to communicate, a bunch of patterns, techniques and
            repositories. Maybe know some esoteric gotchas.
            - It's a very niche thing to think about and 'want' in the first
            place (although I am trying to change it through my communication
            :) ). Most 'regular' people don't do backups, let alone this!
            But it would be very cool if someone comes up with a business model
            to provide such service.
          Laminary wrote 3 days ago:
          I believe my app (launching soon) is close to solving your "what do I
          want" but currently wrapping up the API. Are there some other
          communities, links to other blogs or people that are doing what you
          are doing? (Tracking this much data, etc.)
            karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
            For data tracking/analysis, you're looking for "quantified self"
            [1] For exporting and owning the data the keyword is "data
            Otherwise, the keywords are perhaps "personal knowledge management"
            and "memex". Have some links here, although they all have different
            components in scope [2] I usually maintain related links at the end
            of articles, so perhaps you can find something there, for example
   URI      [1]: https://github.com/woop/awesome-quantified-self#awesome-qu...
   URI      [2]: https://beepb00p.xyz/exobrain/memex.html#cmmnts
   URI      [3]: https://beepb00p.xyz/sad-infra.html#links
        rektide wrote 3 days ago:
        big "Technology without Industry"[1] resonance! big "Computer
        Liberation / Dream Machines"[2] energy. we can do & become anything. we
        can consider ourselves, gather ourselves, understand ourselves, review
        ourselves, try, strive, in our imperfect ("Everything is broken, and
        it's ok"[3]) forms to become more.
        there are a lot of questions here. a lot of doubts. but few embrace the
        challenge. that to me is the resounding, deep silence of this era: so
        many great, lovely, wonderful people all about. but so few who face,
        head on, the moral quandry of so much of ourselves being owned by
        corporate data centers, dispersed, un-usable. that's not even the
        point, the core. rather than highlight the negative, ask: what
        faculties, what capabilities are gathering for ourselves?
        Tim Orielly said back in 2012, "create more value than you capture"[4].
        few are focused, as Karlicoss is, so clearly, on creating value. on
        making is usable, on freeing it from it's many, tight, narrow confines.
        genuine computing has so few advocates. i think wistfully of the Tim's
        opening quote,
        "the skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can
        think" - edwin schlossberg
        to which tim elaborates:
        "a lot of what i've done is to frame things in such a way that other
        people can see what's important about them"
        and none of our digital systems enable this. they all have an
        egocentric perspective, a monopolistic/platform/mainframe bent, a
        desire to own, control, grow prowess over the (limited domain of) data
        that they contain within, and to not let it free. not let it connect.
        they do not try to open the doors of perception, they do not try to
        empower and enable. they offer us all a fixed, finite set of powers,
        and hope to grow by out-manuevering every other monopoly of thought. no
        big player is out there, saying, let us organize all the information
        however the users want to see it. no big player is out there saying, we
        love you, how can we set you free.
        the world direly needs the energetic, the hopeful, those who see it
        all, want to drink it all up, take in a much broader perspective of
        life & the world & data & online-ness & existence. the digital, alas,
        has sapped us of the connected hopeful, rather than enable that spirit
        of infinite endless creativity. mapping ourselves, gaining some mastery
        over who we have in fact already become, gaining insight into our
        digital footprints: it's such a logical basic simple first step, such
        an untapped starting place, that these endless digital regimes have
        never given us any glimpse of. no one is freer. we all have to free
        ourselves. [1] [2] [3] [4]
   URI  [1]: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=26268484
   URI  [2]: http://worrydream.com/refs/Nelson-ComputerLibDreamMachines1975...
   URI  [3]: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=26265907
   URI  [4]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njpGH_IHjFg
        aarchi wrote 3 days ago:
        I've exported my data from 35 services, most via GDPR/CCPA exports.
        I've written a couple scripts to automate some, but it's not painless.
        I hope to eventually have a local-first unified store of my data that's
        easy to analyze.
        As a part of this, I've been working on a Go library [0] for processing
        local Firefox- and Chromium-based browser data, including history,
        bookmarks, and extension settings.
   URI  [1]: https://github.com/andrewarchi/browser
        generalizations wrote 3 days ago:
        The way I see it, if you need a map then it's too complicated.
          MarkSweep wrote 3 days ago:
          If you are doing everything by hand, perhaps. But if you are working
          at a higher level of abstraction using something like Apache Airflow,
          it will take care of making the map for you.
          Karawebnetwork wrote 3 days ago:
          Is it really that complicated? The map is pretty much straight lines
          from top to bottom. This is like saying that the subway system is too
          complicated. It is simply a series of tubes with stops. The map
          simply allows someone to view the entire system at once.
          karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
          Hi, author here.
          Yes, it's complicated and this is exactly one of the points of this
          map, to illustrate how ridiculous it is -- that I have to jump over
          all these hoops to do something useful with the data that's already
          somewhere in my phone/was in my browser, but hidden and siloed (from
          myself!) for various reasons.
            generalizations wrote 3 days ago:
            Fair enough. The effort and quality of your work is apparent - well
            I guess for me, I would have opted for greater inconvenience and
            simply let some of what you graphed slide, rather than deal with
            the mental overhead of actually tracking it all.  But I would also
            not have enjoyed building that graph. :)
              karlicoss wrote 3 days ago:
              Thanks :) The thing is -- often it's very hard to know in advance
              how much time you would spend on something. You think "ah this
              would be kind of a nice feature to have/question to answer...
              hmmm it'll probably take only an hour", and then you spend weeks
              doing that, and something else related, etc. Sometimes you do
              wish you hadn't bothered in the first place, but then it's also
              sunk cost so it's tempting to finish.
              You know what's crazy -- I started with simply trying to improve
              my sleep (so exorting data from Jawbone bracelet) and wanting to
              be a bit more efficient at learning physics (and other things) in
              my spare time. I did learn some physics (and other things) thanks
              to all these systems, but certainly went down a massive rabbit
              hole too :)
          mcint wrote 3 days ago:
          ...Great (bait)! It seems it's not for you.
          The green labels show the simplicity of the structure:
          - export from services (a serious and shifting challenge for some or
          many of the services individually)
          - cached raw export values
          - imported internal/processed values
          - query, use, and visualization tools
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