I have a relative “newcomer” application to share with you today. I mentioned a few times that I knew about a journal application that existed, but didn’t have permission to share it. I do now, so … here’s jn:
Ben Winston has come up with a very simple, very straightforward bash-driven tool that concatenates a journal file with an entry. No fancy gimmicks or wild-and-crazy triple-function Swiss-army knives.
Unix-ish is a good word for it. You can add to your journal with the editor of your choice, and you view your existing journal with less, the omnipresent pager application.
The “installer” — which really just adds a line or so to your .bashrc file for ease of startup — is adjustable on several points, so you can change the location and name of your journal, if you want.
And beyond that, it relies only on bash and your editor and the amount of space you have available on your drive. How you use the results, and how you arrange your diary are up to you.
Ben said he’s been looking for input on this, and if you have ideas or would like to help him improve it, his contact information is in the tarball.
And I know that in the midst of this holiday season, you have lots and lots of time on your hands. Don’t you?