Tiddlywiki on android!

Sometime back in 2010 I was obsessed with knowledge and document management. One application which caught my attention was the self-contained portable wiki TiddlyWiki. It is extremely portable since it is just one file and it is extremely fast because it is basically an offline application so no internet bottleneck there. Furthermore, there are a plethora of plug-ins to beautify and enhance its capabilities.

I have been using it as a knowledge management tool to store many of my own tutorials and references because nobody can remember how they solved a particular problem years ago. For instance, how to set up a particular obsolete web cam when automatic driver download fails, or how to set up the family printer on a new computer when the installation process is not a simple plug and play. It also serves as a reference book for things such as short cuts for applications.

All was well but there was the problem that a computer is required to edit the file or add new content. At that time I had an itouch and later an ipad, but editing the wiki was not allowed on both devices despite it being a html file; there was also no app at that time that allowed editing of tiddlywiki files. So it was a read-only application on those devices, which was good, but not good enough.

Edit 02/02/2013: There are some tiddlywiki apps available on the ipad, but I have not tried them extensively enough to verify its usefulness.

When I got my android phone a year ago, I was happy that there is actually an app that allows modification of the wiki file. It is called Andtidwiki. The next problem is that the original wiki is meant to be viewed on a big computer screen and was not suitable for small screen devices such as my phone. The app came with a default tiddlywiki called iTW which was good but I did not like the layout. So I did a search for other alternatives and came across a modified tiddlywiki that was optimised for small screens. It is called tidroid. It resembles the more familiar tiddlywiki that I was used to so I decided to hack it and added  plug-ins that I had on my main tiddly wiki.

Here is a link to my modified tiddlywiki which I am using now

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/39828265/final/tidroid_public.html [Updated 02/02/2013]

My driving test

I passed my driving test yesterday. After hearing stories from some of my friends whose route was simply to drive out and do a u-turn before driving back, I felt my test was pretty challenging, since the route was pretty long, involving many turns.

It was a pleasant surprise I passed since I actually struck the curb in the circuit course, which cost me 10 demerit points. I had a close shave by accumulating 18 demerit points.

During my journey home, I was bored and I decided to create a table that summarizes my total expenditure on driving.

Component Cost($)
Basic theory test 6
Final theory test 6
Traffic police test 20
Misc (renewal fee, top up fee) 9.8
Pdl 25
Qdl 50
Lessons 975
Circuits 240
Car rental 150
Enrolment fee 50
Adjustments -13
Total 1518.8

Spaghetti and cookies

I remember reading about a 9gag post (3762746) on sausage spaghetti. So I decided to try it myself. I would say it was a success. However I don’t think that it is an amazing feat. It is just spaghetti and sausage. However it does look nice.

I did not notice that there were more than one spaghetti stick per sausage slice so there was an excess of spaghetti in the end. I shall try again with multiple sticks per slice in the future.

I also decided to bake cookies so that I can snack on them in the future. When I realised that I should have waited for the butter to melt first, I tried putting the whole mixture near the fire that was cooking my spaghetti so that the heat could melt the butter by radiation and conduction. However that was not very effective so I put the whole mixture in the oven when my sister told me that would spoil the cookies (since heat is supposed to transform the mixture into cookies). It suddenly struck me how stupid the idea of melting the butter by putting it in the oven was.

Here are some of my reflections:

I finally understood the importance of the baking tray that comes with most ovens. I usually just heat up whatever I need to heat up on the metal grill rather than the baking tray. And I actually baked the cookies without using the baking tray because it was rusty after many years, and that was a bad decision. The mixture fell into the oven a couple of times which made a mess. But it was the risk of that or the risk of whatever poisonous substance the rusty tray might infuse into my cookies.

When the instructions for making the cookie said 1 teaspoon per cookie I thought that it was too little. And that is a mistake because the mixture expands a lot after being heated, as seen in one of the photos.

Melting the butter in the oven was clearly a risk since the ingredients might prematurely undergo a chemical change.

I have lost faith in ordering apple products from their website

My family and I own a total of 5 apple products: itouch G1, G2, ipod nano, ipad 1G and yesterday the new ipad, bought by my sister was delivered. Out of these five, three were bought online, the other two were second hand goods.

Those that were bought online stopped working after about one year.
My itouch 1G wifi died approximately five days after the warranty expired.
The touch screen for the itouch 2G stopped working also within the first week after the warranty expired.

Call that unlucky!

And yesterday after using the new ipad for less than 20 minutes after it was delivered, the screen began to flicker incessantly. *facepalm*

And what about the other two second hand products? They have survived longer than any of the other three. This provides compelling evidence for me that the goods sold from their website is defective.