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Linux Journal: Information Management for the Desktop

Jun 25, 2002, 02:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Poe)

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"It's been tough being a newbie for these past several years. I've managed to stick with it and believe I've set a good example for being a sustainable newbie overall. The nice thing about the open-source world is that there is no stigma attached to being stuck on square one for extended periods of time. Unlike public school, where you are subjected to unbearable ridicule if you fall behind, in the Open Source community, there is no 'behind', only 'forward', 'onward' and 'upward'. That's a good thing.

"I have a PostgreSQL database on my home computer, and I must say that it's a most impressive application. I managed to combine that with another application, called pgaccess. Between the command-line interface and pgaccess, I enjoy adding information to the little databases I've created. Sometimes, I'm rewarded with having useful information to look at when I search the database with SQL queries. I've wondered from time to time, however, how I might use the database to centralize all the information on my system. For example, I have some useful information floating around in e-mail archives, never to be read again. I suppose I could learn the search/grep commands that would let me revisit old e-mails, but that doesn't seem productive to me. Now, if the old e-mails with useful information could be transferred to my database, I think that would be nifty. The following, then, is a description of what I came up with that seems simple and easy and might even be useful...."

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