I like to keep daily logs such as:

Monday 01-JAN-2000:

  1. Met with person X; discussed organizing some social event.
  2. This is an interesting post on making Pitch Decks <link>
  3. Finished chapter 3 of thesis.

But each line belongs to a separate category/timeline:

  1. #WineClub
  2. #StartupX
  3. #MyPhDthesis

Right now what I'm doing is keeping separate timelines (in the form of google docs for each category) but I would like to have everything in one place, where I can sort/search through them by tags/importance/date/etc or a boolean combination, with all the capabilities of google docs.

Is there a cross-platform tool I can use for this? I am not asking for a diary (there are plenty, but mostly aimed at teenage girls!). I want something more technical.

  • Have you investigated google Keep for that? keep.google.com - - I'm not too familar with keep, so not suggesting as an answer, but I've heard of other people using it for notes. – Baronz Mar 18 '16 at 17:00
  • I looked it up, it's more of a fancy sticky-note-type app. It is good for todo lists and grocery lists and reminders etc. I want more of a journal format, something like a ship logbook but with tags and search/sorting capability. – cvb0rg Mar 18 '16 at 19:45

It sounds like Red Notebook might be ideal for your needs:

  • Gratis & Open Source
  • Cross Platform
  • #Hashtags
  • Format your text bold, italic or underlined
  • Insert Images, files and links to websites
  • Links and mail addresses are recognized automatically
  • Spell Check
  • Live-Search
  • Automatic saving
  • Backup to zip archive
  • Templates
  • Export the journal to plain text, HTML, Latex or PDF
  • The data is stored in plain text files, no database is needed

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If you need to be able to access your journal from multiple machines then I would suggest picking a cloud storage service that supports all your operating systems and allows you to have a folder that is automatically synced - there are several available - and simply use such a folder for your journal location.

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  • That's pretty much what I want! Only if it had a better UI design and it was browser-based (pain to port into mac) and kept track of edits I would pay to use it! I'm a bit hesitant to make the switch because it doesn't look like it is well maintained. These are important logs that I can't risk losing/not being able to access at a later date if they get corrupted. Hope Google buys these guys and starts Google Logs or something :) – cvb0rg Mar 20 '16 at 16:16
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    @cvb0rg - It is available for Mac, Linux & Windows - the journals are text files and the back-ups are standard zip files so the is 0 chance of not being able to access something later. If you really need to keep track of edits and be sure of recovery just use git/hg on the logs. As for not maintained - I see about a dozen commits this year and we are not in April - check github.com/jendrikseipp/rednotebook/commits/master – Steve Barnes Mar 20 '16 at 19:46

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