For various reasons related to research I'm looking for a way to capture links and snippets of things gathered whilst browsing and reading, basically a digital notebook. Org Mode is the obvious choice for Emacs users such as myself, but it's a bit of a pain to interface with a browser.

Over the years I've mostly avoided bookmarking things. I used Pinboard for a while until I realized I was using it as a write-only service. I liked it, but what was the point of having bookmarks on someone else's machine that I didn't share with anyone, didn't look at, and didn't archive? I still have a Pinboard account but there's nothing there. (I'd delete the account but I like Maciej so I keep it.)

Since I yanked everything out of there I've been halfheartedly searching for something that runs locally. I have yet to find anything. I wrote a simple CGI script for my local webserver that updates an Org file with stuff, but I haven't really used it all that much. Today I, again, went looking for advice on what to use from my online friends. I haven't heard anything back yet.

I'm coming around to the idea that maybe bookmarking quickly and saving snippets of text with ease is the wrong thing to do. I think it should be some effort to make a note, particularly when you are embarking on a bit of a research project. So I'm probably going to stick with Org Mode and not try to simplify the process by which information makes its way into a file. I'll manually paste the link, make notes, switching contexts all the way. I guess we'll see how it goes.

Part of the reason I figured something was wrong was because I seriously considered using Pocket.

-- Geoff (