I've recently moved my laptop to XP from Win2K and am having some time to rethink my use of a personal Wiki for my personal information management tool. So far I am exceptionally happy with how the wiki has worked out. One thing that has fallen by the wayside though, are attachments.
I can do attachments in the wiki, but it is timeconsuming and things get stored in multiple locations which is not helpful for information organization.
I am going to try two different ways of solving this problem. First, I am going to look at extending the wiki tool (MoinMoin) so that it can 'autoattach' files from the file system. The idea is bulk attachments are grabbed automatically whenever a topic is edited. This may take the form of a wrapper around the EditMoin tool that lets me use my editor of choice for editing a topic.
The other idea is to refer to the attachments not as actual attachments, but rather to have the filesystem location where I author these things be a local website that I can create links to automatically, or even better, have the directory structure in a format so that a link could be templated into a page to go to the page where the pseudo attachments live.
My basic goal is to have the wiki attachments self organize or self-discover. This will make using it as a PIM / Information Browser tool even better.
Not sure if any of this makes sense. Stay tuned. More information as I try out the options.