Monday, July 18, 2005

The Hipster PDA - Keep your Pen Handy

Returning to the Earth has found a whole new meaning in a new trend of PDAs.

Washington Post Staff Writer Mike Musgrove wrote in Sunday's edition about the devise created by San Francisco writer Merlin Mann, and the article put a smile on my face.

"The hipster PDA, or personal digital assistant, is a handheld that does not have Bluetooth, does not surf the Web and does not play Pac-Man. But the pocket-sized, build-it-yourself organizer is cheap and foolproof in a way that only a stack of index cards held together with a binder clip can be. Because that's what it is."

"Mann says that the hPDA is a 'matter of using the right tool for the job' and 'a philosophical decision about the kind of technology to let into your life.'"

Well articulated by Mann, in my opinion.

But at the same time, this "newly discovered technology" isn't for everyone. My father has more than 1,600 contacts in Outlook and recently struggled to get phone numbers transferred to his new Trio 650.

While he wouldn't have had trouble switching "phones," I think he would have trouble carrying around 1,600 index cards. But he still needs to buy a car charger for it...

In my case, I'd probably dog-ear the cards in a week and need to replace them often.

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