Levenger 3 x 5 Docking Station Card Holder

Posted on July 25th, 2006 by Merlin.
Categories: Gadgets, GTD, Journaling, Leather, Uncategorized.

levenger 3x5 StandI just had to give a little review of this nice product from Levenger.

I just purchased a 3×5 Docking Station – I bought the Tan Version (They also have Terra Cotta Color as well – the black is all sold out) -I call this my Hipster Docking Station.

I now keep this to the right of my keyboard and is ready for me to take some notes while working on the PC. It really is at the perfect angle for writing with a fountain pen and really has a nice leather surface to write on and underneath is a leather holder for more cards (Possibly to fit maybe 10-15 cards Blank or Otherwise). The whole unit is covered with leather is tightly stretched and wrapped. This really gives it a nice quality feel and is nice to look at as well.

First the shipping – The Docking Station even came wrapped in a nice soft cloth and came in a really nice levenger box which I will put both to good use.

The really nice thing about this is the price – It is currently on sale at Levenger for only $9.95 and only a few dollars more for shipping.

So, if you want to add a little class to your desktop with something that is functional as well and is pretty inexpensive here you go – The Hipster Docking Cradle err station and no batteries required.

It received the Merlin’s Seal of Approval.


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PDA – Back to Basics or Going from Digital to Analog

Posted on June 29th, 2006 by Merlin.
Categories: Communication, GTD, Hack, Miquelrius, Moleskine, Tutorial, Uncategorized, Web Service.

pda planner

Look at all the interesting people going back to digital and what they are using. This past week The Boston Globe had an article entitled PDA Buffs go back to basics. The article is quite interesting and would recommend taking a look at it if you have a few moments to spare. The report that Mike Rohde (Certifiable Palm Fanatic) has gone analog. He was fed up with all the years of cracked screens, battery outages and many glitches that come from owning a PDA and went back to an old comfort zone. The PEN and PAPER. Mikes Blog shows his digital to analog ways and is documenting it. His system is called the “Analog Task Management System” or Notebook Here is a link to his resource. Which I have been reading for quite sometime as it really is a good information resource.
The Boston Globe article is 2 pages and list a few good resources that I have mentioned before and a few I will look at in more depth. They mention the PocketMod (as seen in the photo above). They also mention Merlin Mann (one of the creators of the Hipster PDA and creator of 43 Folders.com ) And Douglas Johnston of DIYPlanner.com. All Great Resources if you plan on going from Digital to Analog – or if you are already doing analog and have a few hints to provide or want to pick up a few interesting helpful hints.


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Great Stock Photos – FREE!

Posted on June 29th, 2006 by Merlin.
Categories: Art, Computing, Craft, Freeware, Photography, Photoshop, Uncategorized, Web Service.

thumb flowercuthumb tech keyboardthumb egg1Everyone needs some stock photos on their website or presentation or even school report. Well A Digital Dreamer has some very nice high resolution photo files that can be used. They ask to link to them if possible. They have 12 different albums with over 400 photos ranging from 1200 x 900 to 1600 x 1200. And yes these really are ROYALTY FREE. Some of the albums they have are as follows: Photographic Textures, Animals and Insects, Technology Stock, Landscapes and Scenery Stock, Flowers Stock, Trees and Plants Stock Photography, Cloud Stock and more…..

These would can be used as a great resource for your desktop wallpaper, backdrops in presentations, or as some graphics for websites.

Enjoy as I did – I used the one of the technology shots on the cover of my Hipster PDA.

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Leather Travel Journal – Keeping it all together

Posted on June 21st, 2006 by Merlin.
Categories: Art, Gadgets, Journaling, Leather, Sketching, Uncategorized.

authentic models leather journalThe Authentic Model Leather Travel Journal – While I was out working on a consulting job I ran into a paper store I never been to before. I was browsing around and came across this luxurious wallet / journal keeper. The price at the shop was $125 – more then I wanted to pay for something like this now matter how nice it is. (Hey, I could get a couple of fountain pens for that price) So when I got home I decided to do some research on this product. Boy it was hard to find as I didn’t write down the name correctly. The company that makes this is Authentic Models. They describe this as a “shamelessly rich and luxurious wallet complete with leather bound journal, credit card slots, and even room for a blackberry or iPod.

I have to agree with them – it is a really nice leather wallet. I love the rich feeling buttery soft leather they used. The black leather is accented with a beautiful red leather. It really gave it that luxurious look and feel.
Inside there is room to store a nice size journal (a Leather bound one comes with it) and there are a few pockets. One of which you can use to store a few fountain pens or one with a couple of other writing instruments like a highlighter or pencil your choice. There is also a back pocket that allow you to store a few index card or notes that you have taken. and in front of that you have a place to store your ID and a few credit cards.


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NEW Item Found – Half Sized Index Cards

Posted on May 19th, 2006 by Merlin.
Categories: GTD, Hack, Uncategorized.

mead half-sized index cardsWhile Shopping at Office Depot today. I spotted the Half-Sized Index Cards. They had 2 types (Colored and White). Both in Packs of 200 cards each. The Colored cards come assorted in pink, green, orange, blue and yellow. These look like they would be a nice alternative to the standard index cards for some quick notes. These seem to be a favorite in the teaching circles as this size seems to be used for flash cards when I did a google search on them.

These Half-Sized card work great for an EDC (Every Day Carry) item. I keep a few in my regular wallet and they fit so nicely in there. These cards are quite handy for jotting a quick note while at the store. Yes sometimes I do not have my Hipster PDA with me at all times. I keep a few with different headers for these quick notes. Standard Headers I I might use are (Things I would like to buy, Things to research, Interesting Books, Something to Google, Or Jotting down a phone number).

In my wallet I have two of these Half-Sized Cards that I wrote out all my important numbers on. That way if my cell phone ever is lost or the battery dies I still have instant access to all my contacts.

I also follow by example what I once read by a noted security expert(Have to find that link again) that you can keep your computer logon passwords on a paper in your wallet as we are already experts at keeping our wallet safe and secure. I believe 99% of the time we know where are wallet is at all times and usually we are the only ones going into it.

I still take precautions and use a encryptic method of writing my passwords down. It really is not that “High Tech” as the following example shows:

Password to Site:
AnySite.Com UserName StandardUserName Password ID29

What ID29 stands for in my mind is IndexCard2929anysite

So if someone found my Password list it still would not be useful to them but I would know instantly what my password for that site is. I use about 10 – 15 different “Standard Words” for my logins and they I will know what they all are by the 2 or 3 letters that are written down.

If you have any additional ideas on how to use these cards let me know by emailing me or just posting a comment to this article. I really would like to know how you plan on using them or how you all ready use them.


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The Inka Pen – Another HipsterPDA Ink Pen

Posted on May 15th, 2006 by Merlin.
Categories: Anything Else, Gadgets, GTD, Hack, SpyWare, Uncategorized.

pens stainlessHere you go everyone – Another pen to carry with you. I really like the looks of this one. It can be quickly used by just pulling out the pen and writing. But this one can also be converted into a full pen with just a few quick twists. But there is also a stylus for people that still use a PDA. What makes this pen pretty impressive is the fact that this pen can also write underwater, write upside down, write in sub zero weather and write in over over 140 degrees. Now, the coolness factor is that this is made of TI (titanium) and Carbon Fiber composite. I see this taking on the space pen. But the thing that will keep me from getting one of these is the price. When I Froogled it the price for the TI is $80-$90 dollars. But the members of EDC (EveryDay Carry) – Items that you should have with you at all times. This is a favorite within the group. As Pictured above there is a stainless steel version that can be had for about $20 – $25 dollars. I found both version at my favorite pen store Swisher Pens.

A Great review of this pen is at Light Reading
and Backpacking Light has All the testing Data.

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