Ulysses is a damn nice application.

Reminds me of Keynote for Mac.

Pretty sweet.

It has nested folders, and MarkDown integrations. It’s nice and simple.

First impressions is that is has 90% of what I’m looking for.

After playing with it for the last how, a couple things I wish it does better with is:

1. Links should be clickable. Adding links seems way difficult. Maybe writers doesn’t use links, but web writers does…

2. Password protection. It’ll be nice if you can password protect certain folders / sheets.

Desktop App

Okay let’s explore what a Desktop App might look like.

You would still need a web at least a mobile app to access your data on the go.

Meaning it still needs to sync in the cloud somewhere. Out of our cloud options, DropBox, GoogleDrive and AmazonDrive, I wonder which ones has good API’s that can help facilitate this. (DropBox certainly does)

Also any of the three have built in Search api? Seems like Google should have this feature.


So the Desktop App has to sync to a cloud option, so that the mobile app can access the data.

Since storage prices keeps going down, you might someday be able to put everything in our phone’s hard drive.

However you can’t trust your Desktop to be on all the time like a cloud server. So you would still need something in the cloud.

Cloud options

What are the current cloud options available (affordable to consumers) today that’s secure?

DropBox – Consumer, syncs folders

Box – Business

Google Drive – Syncs, Consumer, seems like it works like DropBox.

Microsoft OneDrive – Seems pretty cool, consumer based, syncs, cheapest/as cheapest choice. Closely linked with Windows

Apple iCloud Drive – seems hardest to use, tight walled garden, most expensive, closely linked with OSX.


So far DropBox is the only viable option I think… because Google/Microsoft/Apple seems so tied into there ecosystem, I don’t trust they will take impartial care of my data.

You kind of want to know your data is safe, but not get bogged down by bloat, when you use any of the companies other products.

Let’s look at some more.


SpiderOak – interesting. Takes privacy, encryption seriously. Kind of worried that they are a small company, and that they might be too good at keeping your stuff private, they might get shut down. Also I’m worried that if your stuff is so locked down, if you forget your password, you might get locked out of your own stuff. This is probably an unwarranted concern, but a concern nonetheless.

Amazon Cloud Drive – seems pretty cool. Unlimited storage. (is this only for backup of your drives)

This makes me wonder, okay so top choices, DropBox, Google Drive, Amazon Drive, they basically backup/syncs your hard drive, so would a Desktop solution make sense?

Two things most needed

The two things that a great personal knowledge base (imho) should start with.

1. Security. Just the iron-clad certainty that your data/information is secure, and it’s not gonna get deleted/corrupted, made inusable.

This could mean backups of your data?

2. Accessibility. Your information/knowledge is no good if you can’t access it. It should be always accessible.

Because it needs to be accessible, I would think it needs to be in the cloud.

My Dream Personal Knowledge Base

So I’ve been working on my “personal knowledge base” for a long time.

OrgNote was previously named TreePim. Then it was named DigiPim.

Then it was named OrgNote. It was briefly named KnowledgePaper, and then VanilaFolder.

… it’s back to OrgNote.

I might never finish OrgNote. I don’t know. But I can’t help but to build and dream of this…

Perfect Knowledge Base.

My ideal personal knowledge base would consist of:

1. Journaling – gotta have ability to chronicle your thoughts.

2. Nested Notes – You should be able to organize your notes into knowledge.

3. Search

4. Encryption – Ideal, but hey with all the NSA spying, can anything really be secured?

5. Versioning – it’ll be sweet if you can turn back time. Reply your notes, edits & organizations…

6. Backed up – needless to say, you want it securely backed-up.

7. Easily Accessible – should have a web version. Mobile Apps. etc.

8. Unlimited Notes

You should be able to enter notes easily too. Maybe a bookmarklet? Evernote integration?

It should be beautifully designed as well.