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Introducing the Hipster PDA

Introducing the Hipster PDA
This article was originally posted during the first week of 43 Folders' existence, and, pound for pound, it remains one of the most popular page on the site. Please be sure to also visit related pages, browse our Hipster PDA topic area, plus, of course you can search on the Hipster PDA across our family of sites. Recently, I got sick of lugging my Palm V around, so I developed a vastly superior, greatly simplified device for capturing and sharing information. I call it “The Hipster PDA.” Beauty & Simplicity The Hipster PDA (Parietal Disgorgement Aid) is a fully extensible system for coordinating incoming and outgoing data for any aspect of your life and work. Building your first Hipster PDA get a bunch of 3"x5" file cards (here’s 500 for around 3 bucks)clip them together with a binder clipthere is no step 3 Settings & Preferences For you hotrods who like to tweak your equipment, I’ll note a few mods you might make to the basic configuration. “Getting Things Done” with your Hipster PDA

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