hnb: Quick, clever and clean

I probably shouldn’t mention two task managers in a row, mostly because one may overshadow the other.

But it was yesterday’s run-in with yokadi that made me pick up hnb again.

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Not that I had ever really put it down, if I may extend that idiom. But working with task managers and list utilities, like yokadi, remind me of what I like about hnb.

To wit:

  1. Completely visual. Everything is on the screen, both data and controls, with a drop-down menu for more obscure utilities. A command-line interface to the heart of hnb is there too.
  2. Very fast navigation. Jumping between nodes is done with arrow keys, in a very intuitive manner. If you have ever worked in an outline fashion, you’ll love this. Want to keep an entire node open at a time? Try the plus key.
  3. One- and zero-button add and edit. Edit a note? Hit enter and go to work. Add a note? Just start typing. hnb is even smart enough to skip to a similar node as you type, so there’s your bookmarking system. When your text differs from anything else at that level, it pops out a new line, without skipping a beat.
  4. Built-in calendars and tick-mark system. I don’t use the calendar system because wyrd is so strong in that department, but the to-do tick marks and sort functions are genius. True, the calendar creation is a little obtuse, but that’s minor for me.
  5. There are lots of other reasons, most centering around tools that are just too quick and smooth to discard.

    I compare that with key or even full command sequences to add items, edit them, assign priorities and hierarchies, or even just to show a list of things to do.

    I appreciate the work done and the effort shown in applications like devtodo or ikog, and I understand that for some people that approach is preferable.

    But I’ve had hnb on board for years now, and it’s just to quick and easy to let go.

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18 thoughts on “hnb: Quick, clever and clean

  1. xwhatsit

    As an aside, what do you use to view animated gifs such as the screencasts you’re attaching to posts now? I have fbi set up in elinks as the default image viewer but it only shows the first frame statically.

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      Actually, now that I think about it, I don’t think I have seen a gif viewer for the framebuffer anywhere. I use fbv, but that only shows the first frame too, if I remember right.

      I’ve used fim too, but it fell out of development and I don’t think it will build any longer. I better take a look around and see what is out there. … 😐

  2. tim

    This seems to work in my case (debian): In ~/.mailcap: image/gif; mplayer -vo fbdev %s

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  5. jojo

    Would you consider doing a more in-depth analysis of vimwiki? Configs, keys, a general how-to perhaps. Maybe some real life examples of how you’ve used it to organize info & how you use links. Tx for considering!

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      I might … although to be honest, I hardly use it for more than the list of applications I collected, and each “link” is just a few notes about the program.

      I never really get into the nitty-gritty of vimwiki, except maybe for sorting or minor page management. 😐

      But I’ll think about it for the weeks to come. 🙂

      1. jojo

        Thx for considering – like your work here & on the prior motho site. Thanks for being a good resource & helping promote these great tools.

        Off-topic: pdftk is an outstanding pdf tool that I’ve maybe not seen reviewed here. I use it weekly or more. Any interest in receiving some content on that for a future post? (Warning, not trivial to install deps on arch)

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