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      I’ve tried taking notes on my laptop once in a lecture, and maybe it’s just me, but I have the feeling I type too loudly for anyone around me to not be annoyed, but too slowly for me to properly follow the contents of the lecture. I know a few people who try to “TeX” lectures, but it always seems like it’s missing the point to me. LaTeX is a a slightly more comfortable typesetting environment, too fine-grained for live-work.

      When most of my friends ask me what they should do when they start looking into LaTeX I immediately say “try pandoc with LaTeX export first, and see how that goes”. After all, most people starting with LaTeX don’t change any of the defaults beyond what they can google, and most other things (papersize, document-type, margins, etc.) can be changed more intuitively with a command-line tag.

      Not to disrespect @gillescastel, I have all my university related content in a Org file, so I guess I’m just a different kind of crazy ^^

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        I have all my university related content in a Org file, so I guess I’m just a different kind of crazy ^^

        I’d love to read about that if you have time to share. My current uni workflow is an total mess :D

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          First of all, I didn’t say my system isn’t a mess, but that’s not my point. I have one .org file per semester, usually created a bit before it begins, and archived just after the next one ends. The structure is usually one top-level heading per lecture/seminar/… and an extra one for “everything else” (eg. debate society meetings, holidays, information events, etc. – all usually short sections). Within each subject I have 3-4 subheadings: Appointments, Exercises (consisting of a table if there are points and todos) and other notes, either literal lecture notes (not that common) or notes I take while learning, trying to explain something to myself (If they’re good, I make use of Org’s HTML export to publish these on my university homepage, which is really comfortable when combined with TRAMP). The todo notes usually link outwards to local files on my disk, such as pdfs or directories with code. That makes it easy to find what I need to do or want to see from the Org Agenda.

          It’s not perfect, as I have to still download all the files manually, and create all the headings, but that and effort that takes a few minutes each Monday. Oh and I should qualify my comment, obviously not everything is in the one file (such as code and PDFs), it’s just the coordinating components.

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            Thanks for sharing, I’ll try something similar when my next semester starts. I’m sure it’ll be better than the giant stack of loose paper I used in my previous year :)

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      I really love those setups, although I usually take notes with pen and paper and then never write them into tex files.

      Personally, I use the subfiles package for including other files in the main document (a super small introduction). This allows to also compile the subdocs separately, although I’m not entirely sure how well that works if you only want the last two. Anyways, maybe it’s usefule to you.

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      This is definitely one of the best custom Linux setups (particularly the use for the bar) that I’ve seen. I like the simplicity of using a symlink to point to the current context then using standard keybindings to execute common actions. I’ll have to see if I can setup something similar for my personal projects…