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DEVONThink and libots
John Robb linked to DEVONthink which is a free form information manager for MacOS X. It takes a less structured approach than Chandler is trying to take. It looks like you just dump all your information in there and turn it's recognizers loose and it sorts it all out for you.

One thing that I noticed while reading the pages is that Mac OS X has a text summarization service built in. I've been looking for something like that for a long time. I know that the ATG (Advanced Technology Group at Apple) had one of these lying around. This is a great thing to have as a system service. If one of you MacOS X hackers can confirm this, that would be great.

In the process of reminiscing about this, I decided to do some Googling. It turns out that the Open Text Summarization library being used in AbiWord is now up on SourceForge.

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The Logical File System
Via Lambda the Ultimate comes a hint that maybe things aren't all wrapped up in the world of filesystems. Some researchers at IRISA have designed a Logical File System which integrates the traditional hierarchy navigation model with a query model reminiscent of a logic database. This allows you to perform google like queries within the existing shell framework. It's more than that, though, because the system can perform deductions The authors have built a prototype as a user level NFS daemon. Ehud Lamm says:
The only filesystem that comes close to LISFS in terms of integration of query and navigation was the file system of Apple Newton (so-called 'soup'). But NewtonScript never had any logical inference.
Having worked on the C code that supported soups on Newton, I can say that this is true. The inferencing capability is interesting. It would be interesting to combine some of these ideas with the work being done for ReiserFS. The combination might turn out to be as powerful or more powerful than the database oriented file system that's rumored for Longhorn. I'd like to have something like this to use as a substrate for microcontent experiments.
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