Since I've started using StackOverflow, I've always loved their text editor (the one you use when writing a question/answer), because it supports Markdown syntax (a very elegant markup language to add bold, italic, titles, links, itemization, etc.), and even MathJax (which is more or less LaTeX syntax in the browser). I've always wanted to use such an editor for my own documents.
After some research, I found a few existing tools, but:
- half of them don't support LaTeX / MathJax (for math formulas)
- some of them do, but have a 1-sec delay between keypress and display, and I find this annoying, see e.g. StackEdit
- some of them have annoying flickering each time you write new text, once math is present on the page
- most of them are not minimalist / distraction-free enough for me
Let's go and actual build one! Here is the result, Writing:
Here's the source: https://github.com/josephernest/writing
For sure you'll like it!
If you really like that, you can donate here: 1NkhiexP8NgKadN7yPrKg26Y4DN4hTsXbz
A few years ago I started the photography project PeopleOfMyLife and published one photo per day during around six months.
Every single day I meet people that I probably won't see again. Here they are.
This topic has been present in my thoughts for a long time, probably years:
“How to be able to think/write about lots of unrelated various topics, and still have a way to look at the big picture of what you’re doing?”
Here is my contribution about this:
- bigpictu.re, a ready-to-use infinite notepad (infinite zooming and panning)
- A standalone version of 1. (so you can take notes offline) is also available here: bigpicture-editor
- AReallyBigPage, an infinite collaborative notepad. It has been a real chaos once hundreds of people joined in. Probably internet’s deepest page ;)
Such an interface is called a Zooming User Interface (interesting reading: The humane interface by Jef Raskin, one of the creators of the Apple Macintosh), and strangely, ZUI has been very few used in modern interfaces.
As of 2017, nearly every software interface uses a 2D, or even a 1D navigation process: a web page only offers two scrolling directions: north and south. Even nowadays's apps famous for their "new kind of interface" still use a 1-axis navigation: "Swipe left or right".
Is there a future made of new interfaces?
After having tested many open-source website analytics tool, and haven't found exactly what I was looking for, I started a minimalist project (coded in PHP) that only does this:
number of visits per day
- display the referrers (i.e. the people who have a link to your website)
If you're looking for a tool lighter than Piwik, Open Web Analytics or Google Analytics, then TinyAnalytics might be what you're looking for.