Boy, was I wrong. Well, at least wrong about the potential as I still have no clue what most of the messages are about.
What converted me was seeing how effective it has been at getting the news out about what is happening with/to Julian Assange. The Wikileaks Twitter feed pointed me to lots of timely information when timely was all so important.
The computers I love are IBM T-series ThinkPads where the specific model is 43 or less. I have had a couple of T20s, a T22, a T23, a T42 and a T43. Unfortunately, they are all a bit long in the tooth. While my T43 is still happy, this purchase was inspired by the fact that I have to put my T42 in the oven in order to get it to work.
The first is Tiki Wiki. I had used it long ago and it was a pretty amazing collection of bugs. It seems to be stable now so I took another look.
The one thing I have which is probably not typical of an off-grid house is dedicated Internet.
I started looking at Django (http://www.djangoproject.com) a few years ago and even did one internal application using it.
The usual complaint about Wikis is that the syntax gets in the way. That is, you have to insert syntax (which is usually somewhat different in each Wiki) to get things done. Well, Zim has no syntax or, more accurately, you don't work with it or ever see it. Zim just uses it internally to offer the functionality. While you can't really call it a WYSIWYG, it's close and you don't have to do funny stuff to get the WYSIWYG features.
Did you ever use Wordstar or PCWrite?
Sure, I can encrypt the file on my computer, store it over there, transfer it to my other computer and then decrypt it. That is, of course, very inconvenient. What I really want is something which will sync the files.
What is this magic laptop? An IBM ThinkPad T23.
First, of course, is the fact that Kubuntu is a resource. Like all non-prorietary software, it is not scarce as anyone can get it for free. The limiting factor is distribution. It is a full CD (700MB) of software. The issue is, of course, delivery.
My wife has a 770 and I had an 800 until it disappeared. I want to say stolen but I can't figure out how so disappeared is better. Both were impressive. They are well-built and do what they say they are supposed to do. But, the N900 is a whole new ballgame.
It is the first to be a regular phone as well as a Linux-based computer with WiFi. If you just want a phone, it is too big and has too short a battery life.