I learned of MyTextFile from the TakingNote web site.

The design metaphor for this web app comes from the old days when geek-like people collected and managed their writings in one large ASCI file. MyTextFile is one large ASCI file in the sky.

There are advantages to the single text file structure:

  • Full search is quick and comprehensive (a benefit which has been reduced on the Mac by Spotlight and by desk top search tools on Windows)
  • Unstructured data has low over head in the filing process (One never stops to ponder “Humm, where will I put that file?” or “Humm, what will I name that file?”) You just add new stuff to the end of old stuff.

Many who once used a single text file structure have moved to personal Wikis which have many of the same benefits of one-large-text-file with the addition of visible topic connections. But there are holdouts. The simple solution of using an ever lengthening file for notes and logs has adherents as a google of “one text file” will show you. There is always the nostalgia of the early days. At their inception these text logs were posted to servers, set to public read access, and became the weblogs or blogs of today.

MyTextFile is hosted on Google Apps, it has a full screen mode, secret URL, printing capability, and date insertion- just about everything you need for a cloud based text file. It’s developed by the Ukraine based AAB, an info architecture firm that also developed all the Readdle apps for the iOS platform.

It doesn’t fit into my work flow, right now. I use a large number of text files, like super 3×5 cards, managed and edited in PlainText/DropBox and TaskPaper/SimpleText. But it’s nice to know that it’s up there, like back to the future in the cloud.

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  1. Posted June 9, 11 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Somewhat related to this, have you seen It’s a pretty interesting approach to information capture and manipulation that they’ve developed.

  2. Mike
    Posted July 15, 11 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    From Matt Cornell’s blog, describing his use of a single text file for everything: My Big-Arse Text File – a Poor Man’s Wiki+Blog+PIM

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