Archive for September, 2005

Selling the Tablet PC for a Powerbook

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Stark Raving Calm is selling his tablet PC in exchange for an Apple Powerbook:

“Despite its immaturity as a platform, the tablet is perfect for many users: managers, students, medical professionals, artists. Anyone who moves around a lot, and needs to jot things down literally on the go, would be very happy with a Tablet PC. That’s not what I’m looking for anymore. I want to write, and I want a machine that gets out of the way and lets me write.”

Ultimate Notebook is a Hipster PDA

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

hipster pda
Full Contact Geek details how to build the ultimate notebook, which of course is not a traditional notebook at all, but a Hipster PDA:

“For a long time I just chalked it all up to some kind of psycho-emotional dysfunction on my part, despite the fact that I always felt that there was just something missing in the system I was trying to use. Well, now I am quite certain that it wasn’t entirely my imagination. There was something wrong with the system…the notebook itself. The format was just too rigid and it just didn’t fit with me and the way I work or the way I think. Every time I tried and failed I was trying to change myself to fit the system rather than make the system fit with me. ”

New Tatung Tablet PCs

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Tatung tablet PC
For you tablet pc junkies, two new Tatung tablets:

“Tatung Science and Technology (TST) has released two light weight and ultra-slim tablets for applications in healthcare, insurance, education, inventory management, manufacturing and other areas that require users to carry units for long periods of time. The two new models released are the TTAB-A12D and TTAB-910E.”

Mind Mapping with MindManager

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

GeekyInfo is excited about the new MindManager 6:

“When I heard that a new version of mindmanger was out I was so very excited. In some ways, this is actually putting it quite midly, as to put it simply, this is the application that runs my life on my computer.”

I’m always impressed at how MindManager is is so popular. The debate over GTD tools for shows just how personal this process really is. Each personality needs (or expects?) to look at and manipulate their own “stuff” in a certain way - visually or textually, electronically or analog - and to fight that way is intensely frustrating.

Of course this is a nightmare for toolmakers. All they can do is to create tools that match one world view and hope they picked a view that is reasonably popular among the many that define us.

Moleskine Storyboard Template

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Ninth Wave has created this Storyboardlarge
Moleskine template for those who want the storyboard style Moleskine but have been frustrated that it is not available in the large size.

“I was able to transform a Large Moleskine Sketchbook into a Large Moleskine Storyboard notebook with very little effort.  My animator friend is happy now, with a larger cell size and page format to make more detailed storyboard sketches to work from.  I am making this template available as a PDF file through the Ninth Wave Designs blog, so you too can transform a large sketchbook into a large storyboard notebook, and be the envy of all your friends!”

Moleskine (gasp) Haters

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Them’s fightin words:

“I wish I could fully convey to you the burning, vitriolic hatred I have for the whole Moleskine cult. For those who don’t know, Moleskines are overpriced notebooks with a fanatical following.

What gets me are the users who ascribe mystical powers to them, or who seem to think Moleskines are so far superior to anything else that they have spawned their own art forms.”

GTD + Tracks + Moleskine = a Hipskine

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Minezamac has combined his Moleskine and Tracks to create what he calls a Hipskine:

  • one Molskine planner/journal
  • one computer (Powerbook or iBook preferably, but any laptop would do)
  • An installation of Tracks


The 28 Hour Day

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

28 hour dayWhat if instead of a 7 day x 24 hours a day week we had a 6 day x 28 hours a day week? Would we actually get more things done by virtue of chopping up the week into less units? We would only have to make supper 6 times a week, sleep 6 times a week, and so on.

But wait! What about weekends? Do I still get two days off every week?

These guys put that question to the test in The 28 Hour Day:

“Everything you do now in a typical day could be done for a little longer: you could sleep longer, work longer, spend longer blocks of time with your family and friends, and have more leisurely meals. Other benefits become apparent when you realize that “daily” activities would occur less frequently: only six times each week instead of seven. Work, for example, could be accomplished in larger blocks of time, with fewer trips to and from the work place.”

Legal Pad vs the Tablet PC - Round 1

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

One problem with tablet PC’s is that they still tend to be a bit of a lap burner:

“Even with the DVD drive removed, the 4010 is still a little bit too heavy to rest on your lap for long. I’ve found I have to shift my crossed leg to the other several times in an hour meeting just to remain comfortable. These are the times where I see an advantage to the “Slate Only” version of the tablet PC.”

Would you reach for your Tablet PC? Why not?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

index cards
Eric Mack writes this entry in response to the question, “If right now, during this phone call, you wanted to quickly make some notes or map out an idea, what would you reach for?”

It’s a great question when you think of all the time and effort we expend trying to find the perfect capture tool, from Moleskine hacks to Palm Pilots to Tablet PCs. Of course this is what the Hipster PDA folks have been preaching all along - nothing is as reliable as paper.

“Even before I spoke my answer, I grabbed a colored pen and a piece of scratch paper and made a quick note to myself: “Start using tablet again for note taking;” I tossed the note in my in-box and then answered the question.

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