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This is another Hipster PDA report from the front lines. Previous ones are tagged hipsterpda.

A month or two ago, I picked up a shirt pocket briefcase from Levenger. It's basically a leather wallet and writing surface for 3x5 cards. It's a fancy Hipster PDA variant that's useful for carrying around to meetings with clients. While I still use the ghetto binder-clip version for all of my own stuff--for that extra street cred, ya' know--the fancy version is useful for work-related notes (and for keeping work at work, isolated from the personal Hipster PDA, if that makes sense.)

I noticed that Levenger sells 3x5 file folders that look like your typical manilla 8.5x11 folders, but put through the shinkotron. Because I did not feel like forking over the cash and because they are simple enough I made some myself (PDF forthcoming, if you're interested.) This lets me jot down notes during meetings and brainstorms, then group similar notes together--like with regular paper and regular hanging file folders, but smaller. It's also a useful long-term storage for "back of the paper napkin" style notes and diagrams. I ended up getting another cheezy plastic recipe-box style box to put them in, but only after spending a week trying to find a local place that sells nice wooden boxes of the correct size.

I've found a flaw in the Sudoko cards that I designed. The flaw is that the PDF is too accurate for consumer printers. I'm finding that most printers, when handling cardstock, get really finicky about everything. Depending on how much paper is in the paper feed and how carefully you try to feed it through, the results could be as much as a quarter-inch off by the time the printer reaches the other end of the paper. It's that whole thing about small angles growing to large differences if you follow the angle out far enough. Trying to manually get everything to line up each time, then cut things exactly (even with a nice paper cutter), is starting to be a pain in the butt. I actually talked to a couple of local print houses about having someone else do the exact printwork and cutting, but over $100 for 500-1000 cards seems excessive to me. As much as I hate to do it, I may just have to shrink down the size of the grid to account for printer inaccuracies. Another thought was to have someone make (or make myself, if there's a way) a rubber stamp to just put the grid on regular blank cards, but I have not had much luck in that department. Most stamp companies only want to handle text: return mailing addresses, check endorsements, inspected by #23, and that sort of thing, with maybe a piece of stock clipart. So shrinking the pattern might be my only remaining option.

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On March 21st, 2007 02:32 am (UTC), daisyhunter commented:
on the same line
stumbled across the pocket mod recently. Interesting and involves some paper folding ;)

http://www.pocketmod.com/
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On March 21st, 2007 02:54 am (UTC), aliendial commented:
The Container Store sells wood boxes in the index card size.
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On March 21st, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC), brianenigma replied:
As a matter of fact, they don't! :)

They did. I bought one about 6 months to a year ago for maybe $10-15 dollars. Last week I was told both by a manager and by searching/browsing the website that they only have see-though plastic and metal now--neither of which are styles I particularly care for. I even still have the receipt for the one I bought and the product number no longer exists! Lameness, I say!
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On March 21st, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC), dancingkids commented:
My goodness, I love office supply porn. *sigh*
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On March 21st, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC), daisyhunter commented:
Because I din't see it the first time
Target has/had wooden recipe boxes.
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On March 25th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC), citizenx commented:
Oh really?
I'm not sure I believe that you commonly need a reference for Morse code, Braille, and letter frequencies in the English language. But maybe you do.
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On March 25th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC), brianenigma replied:
Re: Oh really?
For the amount Morse code and Braille are [over]-used during online and live Alternate Reality Gaming events, I do find it useful to have in my pocket. That, plus I really just wanted a decimal/hex/ASCII table and was looking for interesting stuff to put on the other side.
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