DeveloPassion's Newsletter #167 - Setbacks

Edition 167 of my newsletter, discussing Knowledge Management, Knowledge Work, Zen Productivity, Personal Organization, and more!

DeveloPassion's Newsletter #167 - Setbacks


Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩

This week, I've made great progress on the Knowledge Management course. I've finished preparing the second module and am now busy scripting the third one. I can't wait to deliver it!

I attended a very interesting workshop here in Belgium, by Jean-Charles de la Faille. I shared the core ideas here, and I will later leverage those to improve the "Clarity" section of the Knowledge Worker Kit.

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The lab 🧪

It's been an interesting week. The last promo offer did quite well, and you are now 12 paid subscribers. It's not life changing yet, but I like to celebrate all my progress, no matter how small ;-)

On the development side, I've improved the Dataview Serializer plugin for Obsidian. It now uses HTML comments instead of Markdown comments. I've also proposed the plugin, and am now waiting for feedback on the Pull Request.

Meanwhile, my "Update Time" plugin has been accepted:

I've started using GPT4o to extract text and quotes from images. It works surprisingly well. It made me think about creating an Obsidian plugin to do just that.

New articles

I've published an article discussing the gradual ROI of Personal Knowledge Management. PKM requires reaching a critical mass of notes before the value it provides compounds:

The Gradual Return On Investment of PKM
Discover why the true value of Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) takes time to manifest and how patience can yield long-term leverage.

New published notes

I've published many more notes this week:

Recently added - DeveloPassion
Recently added - DeveloPassion

The graph view is becoming scary:

There's a ton of notes about note-taking and PKM in there. Hopefully, this will prove valuable over time.

Note of the week

Quotes of the week

  • Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value — Albert Einstein
  • Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune

Thinking and learning

Should we forget about book summaries? I think so too, unless if you want to share those to help others grow:

Forget Book Summaries: This Note-Taking Method Will Change How You Read Books
Unpopular Opinion: You don’t need to create a book summary from your notes to make them useful.

Real-time video translation and captioning. Cool!

Microsoft Edge will translate and dub YouTube videos as you’re watching them
Translate spoken content in real time.

Turn Obsidian into a full-blown outliner: - Supercharged outliner plugin
A supercharged outliner plugin for Obsidian

Tiago Forte has shared an interesting video about content curation:

Current LLMs don't know semantics:

João Victor Pessoa Rocha on LinkedIn: #datascience #linguistics #llms #promptengineering #semantics… | 146 comments
Stop saying "semantics"! I've been to many lectures and read posts (especially from computer scientists) saying that LLMs learned the semantics of… | 146 comments on LinkedIn

GPT4o seems better at math:

I'm very curious about Google LearnLM:

How generative AI expands curiosity and understanding with LearnLM
LearnLM is our new Gemini\u002Dbased family of models for better learning and teaching experiences.

Hosting AI locally is quite cool: