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Friday
Jan302009

But how do you Google them?

Merlin Mann commented (via Jason Kottke) about a designer who integrated notebooks into his workflow - 85 notebooks throughout 26 years of work.

I save all of my notebooks, too. Since I began integrating journals into my workflow (probably about 10 years ago) I have a library of about 20 of them. My biggest complaint is about indexing and finding stuff in them.

Now that I have a Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, finding stuff is no longer a problem. My journals are completely searchable. (Even with my child-like penmanship...)

Here's a screen capture of one of my Livescribe journal pages from the Livescribe Desktop software. I searched for the name of my congressman (Donald Payne) whose staff was enormously helpful in expediting the renewal of my passport for an international business trip. Note the highlight of the word "Congressman" which was my search term.

I wish I could do the same with all of my old Moleskine notebooks. Perhaps I'll have them professionally scanned and imported into Evernote? Doubtful, but it could be an interesting solution to searching old notebooks. Evernote is great at recognizing characters within handwritten notes.

Friday
Dec262008

Gadgets for Christmas

Once again, Santa was good to me. I'm grateful that my family is so thoughtful and generous.

So, what gadgetry was under the tree for me this year? 

iHome iP9BR Clock Radio & Audio System for iPhone & iPod, Black

This is the one that works with the iPhone and allows for incoming calls. Previous models did not. I set it up so that I wake to an episode of The Bigg Success Show each morning.

 

 

 

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, 2 GB

The day that my Mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas was the day that LiveScribe released the beta of the Mac desktop software for their Pulse Smartpen, so I added it to the list. (My Mom picks one or two things off my lengthy gadget list each year, as her budget allows...)

I'm looking forward to putting it through its paces. If you haven't seen it in action, be sure to check out these videos:

The Pulse comes with a single-subject spiral-bound notebook which is better suited for students than business use. I ordered a set of Moleskine-like journals that should be here in a couple of days. 

Of course, in a pinch, you can also print your own LiveScribe Pulse-compatible paper.

Freehands Fleece Gloves for the iPhone

 

Before you judge the geekiness of these gloves, try using an iPhone in the dead of winter. Not practical.

The thumbs and pointer fingers flip open (and stay open thanks to the magnets that are sewn-in) so that you can use the touch screen on the iPhone. They are perfectly suited to the task at hand. (Pun intended)

  

Mini Espresso Maker

Those of you who follow me on twitter know about my addiction obsession affection for espresso. It's tough to find the elixir of life when you travel to, say, the boonies of western Pennsylvania. To help with my search for the perfect shot on-the-go, my wife gave me a Mini Espresso Maker from Restoration Hardware which should work just great. I haven't tested it yet but will give it a try over the holidays, just to make sure I know how to use it properly when traveling.