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let me try to explain it by listing some of the things I want to do:

  1. Submit random thoughts, notes, facts, and to-do tasks of any sort and at any time.
  2. Tag each of these submissions freely.
  3. Manage these tags centrally.
  4. Associate meta-data with submissions and tags.
  5. Search, filter, and sort submissions. I want lots of power here.
  6. Display views of submissions (including within searches) in a hierarchy.
  7. Create said hierarchies easily out by ordering relevant tags.
  8. Edit: Publish select submissions (e.g. when given certain tags) to a blog or local text file or something similar.

I'm thinking towards some kind of desktop program that allows me to quickly do all of these things. A web service could also work, too, but it will need offline capabilities. I don't want to have to pay for this, if that's possible.

Also, as I know regex and SQL, I wouldn't mind solutions involving the use of either.

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Remember The Milk ticks most (all?) of your boxes.

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Indeed, also check out Getting Things Done by David Allen, I'm planning on reading it after my exams as I heard a lot of good things about it. –  Tom Wijsman May 21 '10 at 13:44
    
I'll check this out again, but keep in mind my heavy emphasis on searching, filtering, and sorting (and hierarchy viewing, if possible). Not sure this will meet my needs... –  Daddy Warbox May 21 '10 at 16:42
    
...no it doesn't. No way to make hierarchies. Oh well. –  Daddy Warbox May 22 '10 at 9:16
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DEVONthink ($49.95) and Yojimbo ($39) are two commercial Mac OS X apps that do most or all of that. Yojimbo is easier to use but may not handle the posting to blog requirement.

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