Welcome to my personal blog!

I am doing software development in many areas, with my main fields of experience being cross-platform software (C++/Qt), Android apps (native), Linux & DevOps (Bash/Python/Ruby, Docker, ...).

Open Source is one of my passions -- I am a developer and maintainer of many open projects and regularly start contributing to additional ones. Support me on my mission! My other favourite activities include photography and being outdoor as much as possible. I am too volunteering at the local fire department. I went to school at HTL Braunau (Electronics / Software Engineering & Mobile Computing), studied at FH Hagenberg (Mobile Computing) and work currently at Felgo.

Notice: James Vaughan is the author of this article. It was first published on his blog in May 2018. ‘I’ refers to the original author.


I’ve gone through quite a few revisions of my note-taking process and now that I’m in my final year of school, I think I’ve finally found a system that I’m going to stick with. In this post, I will describe this system and explain why I like it so much.

tl;dr: I write notes in Markdown with Vim and Vimwiki on my computer and with Markor on my phone, keep them in sync with Syncthing, and view them as web pages and PDFs that I generate with pandoc.

You might be wondering what things I’m taking notes on that are important enough to warrant a whole post on how I take them. Right now, the main thing is lectures for classes, but I also take notes on:

  • books that I read
  • movies that I watch
  • important conversations
  • interesting things that I learn about people
  • projects that I am work on
  • recipes
  • ideas for future blog posts

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Today marks the release of the Markor v1.5 update! The update is already available for download on Google Play and soon on F-Droid!

Multiple windows, keep screen on

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New general settings options arrived! You can find them under the following settings sections:

  • General -> Multiple windows: Open a separate window for each document! Easily switch between multiple documents to quickly get needed information! Each window is a full editor with separate editor settings and format selection. Requires Android 5 or higher, activated by default.
  • General -> Keep screen on: Do not turn off the screen automatically.

    New Textactions

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  • Markdown GFM tasks: Use the new task textaction to convert the current line to a task! If the line is already a task you toggle between done and todo.
  • Insert image: Add pictures to your document. Easy access to pictures from gallery and camera! You can also browse your drive! Optionally edit the picture with an installed graphics app.
  • Color picker: Add color to your texts! Choose between setting the forground or background color. You can also add only the hex color code. The newly added color picker is also used in new theming functionalities
  • Sort tasks: Try the new sort button for your todo list! Easy sort your todo alphabetically by selected order.

All new ‘new file’ dialog

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  • Create new file
    • Create new files now from the Notebook
    • Choose between filename presets. Want to write a Jekyll blog post? Markor has you covered.

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Today marks the release of the Markor v1.2 update! The update is already available for download on Google Play, and soon on F-Droid!

Recent changes in the Markor project

New features:

  • General
    • Launchers to directly open LinkBox/ToDo/QuickNote (opt-in)
  • Text Actions
    • Search/filter lines by input (available in special-keys button menu)
    • Todo: context aware search for projects,contexts (longpress project/context button)
  • Preview
    • Table of contents (opt-in))
    • Math using KaTex (opt-in)

Improved:

  • Converter
    • Markdown: More features enabled, notably GFM like table parsing and underlined h1
  • Settings
    • More spacing between categories

Fixed:

  • Editor
    • File saving

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