Not sure about my title but I was thinking this morning about the difference between a tool like Roam and something like Mentat or Tinderbox.
I’m not quite sure I get Roam. I mean I like it but it seems like they re-invented the wiki. It has some neat features like inferred, bi-directional, links and the “day notes” page and outliner-by-default approach. But essentially it’s free-form text with as little structure as you like and semi-structured if you spend a lot of time linking things together.
It struck me that this is quite an analog, continuous, approach to capturing & representing knowledge.
Whereas a tool like Mentat or Tinderbox which uses an approach of named entities with typed attributes is a more digital, discrete, approach to capturing & representing knowledge.
I’d never really thought about this spectrum of analog–digital in knowledge tools before.
Has it occurred to anyone else? Did it lead you anywhere interesting?