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Off topic, but I noticed in your post you said:

> but I liked the idea of keeping an “engineering notebook” as I work.

I've created a site Labradoc (<http://www.labradoc.com/>) that is a low friction way to keep an engineering notebook (or as I call it--a project log). For me it makes a huge difference in being able to keep track of multiple side projects.

You might like to try it out.

Also, thanks for the pointer to the Javascript Markdown parser "Showdown"--I've been wanting to get a Markdown live-preview working for Labradoc and that seems like it could do the job. :)

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