“PDA buffs go back to basics”


Douglas Johnston:" For techies who have always relied on PDAs to manage their time, suddenly switching to paper can be a “Zen-like experience."
“It’s just as much a novelty to us as it is for analog folks trying digital the first time," he said. “It’s casting out all the gunk and junk you’ve accumulated over the years and suddenly approaching something with an open mind or a blank page. You’re able to focus for the first time."

Though regular notebooks will do, an analog cult favorite for scheduling and keeping contacts is the Moleskine notebook, reputed to be the right-hand companion of Vincent van Gogh and Ernest Hemingway. For techies the Moleskine’s sleek binding, thick pages, and built-in bookmark are the antithesis to the souped-up PDA. And they never crash, don’t come with a hefty owner’s manual, and can be kept as long as people like…"

"PDA buffs go back to basics"
Fed-up users are rediscovering paper
Kim-Mai Cutler, Boston Globe Correspondent 
June 25, 2006


Also mentioned in the article: analog fans Chad Adams of PocketMod, Merlin Mann
of 43 Folders, our friend Mike Rohde and Moleskinerie.

Image: Chad Adams’s ‘‘analog’’ PDA uses a Flash program to spit out an
eight-part planner on paper, which is then cut and creased. (Essdras M. Suarez/
Globe Staff)

2 thoughts on ““PDA buffs go back to basics”

  1. Armand, I’ve learned from a reader that in at least some editions of the Boston Sunday Globe, the piece was featured in the bottom center of the paper’s front page!

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