Lightweight Writing Tools
Chrome and My Old Laptop
I've been getting a little frustrated with Chrome on my laptop - google docs and Gmail are getting pretty damn slow. VS code is also sluggish.
There are a few options:
- Double the laptop RAM 8GB->16GB
- Use a native app like sublime, notepad++
- Find a new native writing app for windows
- Try something like Roam or a free alternative
I've been putting off a RAM upgrade because the 16GB SODIMM costs nearly half what I paid for the laptop and I'm not 100% certain how much it will help. Seems to make more sense to just buy a new laptop instead.
VSCode is a bit slow for me but better than Chrome. There are also extensions for it like VSCode Markdown.
Sublime Text is a fast native code editor. I haven't looked into using it as a Markdown editor.
Another native code editor. Haven't tried using it for Markdown.
Markdown Editors and Writing Applications
I found a few links on Markdown editors and writing tools in general but haven't looked at them yet:
- iA writer
- Typora typora.io/#windows (Electron based)
- Ulysses - Mac only
- Open Sourcs Tools for Writers
- Best Markdown Editors
- Free Writing Software
- I Created Writing Software for Writers
- Markdown and YAML
- Which text editing software do you use?
Personal Knowledge Management
PKM isn't necessarily related to finding a lighter weight writing solution but it came up while I was reading on these topics. I've noticed Roam is really popular with bloggers like Nat Eliason and others in that realm. It looks really cool but I already have a enough subscriptions so I gathered some info on alternatives. Not all of them are free.
This reddit thread yielded a lot of options: Open Source Alternatives to Roam Research
- Athens - early development
- Roam Alternatives
- WikidPad - trac.wikidpad2.webfactional.com
Some items that came up while I was reading: