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* Easy Sharing/'Beaming' - use old school carbon sheets when writing to 'automatically' create a copy to share or for backup. * Easy Sharing/'Beaming' - use old school carbon sheets when writing to 'automatically' create a copy to share or for backup.
-== Hipster Variants == 
-=== Clipless === 
-[[Image:OxfordPaddedIndexCards.jpg|thumb|Oxford Padded Index Cards]] 
-If you like the Hipster PDA, but find yourself constantly fiddling with the clip, pick up a pack of "padded index cards" from Oxford. (They can be found at Staples.) These puppies are tear-off pads of index cards (goodbye clip) and the lines on the cards are portrait not landscape (odd, but compelling for the moment). If you don't want to carry around a big block of cards you can tear off a hunk at a time. 
-Another alternative to the clip is the [[Levenger Shirt Pocket Briefcase]]. 
-You can also go to Target and get their $5.95 index card holder from their home office section of the store. Very convenient: one side has corner tabs to hold 1 - 2 cards and the other is a pocket that will hold 5 or more. Fits in pants or coat pocket. 
-=== The Ducster === 
-The [http://www.atrium-media.com/gtd/gtdductster.htm Ducster] is basically a modified [http://www.3m.com/intl/CA/english/centres/home_leisure/duct_tape/dt_wallet.html duct tape wallet] designed for the Hipster PDA and 3x5 cards. There is a complete description on how to make it complete with step by step photos. 
-=== Hipster POD === 
-[[Image:Hipster_pod.jpg|thumb|Hipster POD]] 
-I always have my iPod with me, but often forget to bring along my Hipster PDA. I solved the problem by combining my iPod with my Hipster PDA, creating the [http://podophile.com/2006/07/28/hipster-pod-adding-an-ipod-to-your-hipster-pda/ Hipster POD]. It's an easy-to-make accessory that gives me the best of both worlds: Pen-based input and stero output. Step-by-step instructions and photos. Bonus: The back of the iPod make a nice writing surface when writing on-the-go. 
-=== Guest Check PDA === 
-* Recently, server/waiter friends of mine and I have been using Guest Check pads that we take home from work, either accidentally or on purpose, as PDAs in a kind of parallel to the Hipster PDA of 43 Folders fame. Here are some shots of mine: [http://www.flickr.com/photos/unavoidablegrain/sets/278509/ Guest Check PDA photoset]. --[http://www.flickr.com/photos/unavoidablegrain/ atduskgreg] 
-* As another idea along these lines, the guest checks are available with carbon paper in them; this gives you an instant backup of anything and makes "beaming" easier, as you don't lose the document you're beaming. Also, stealing guest checks from a restaraunt can be dangerous, You can purchase them from either Office Depot or Staples. 
-=== Hipster Mini === 
-The compact [[Hipster Mini]] variant of the Hipster PDA uses [[Business Cards|business card]] or flash card blanks instead of full-sized index cards. 
-* If you use blank inkjet business card templates—like the ones made by Avery—you might find that your pen will only write on one side of the card. The other side is coated with something that causes normal ink to smear right off. 
-* A local print shop may be willing to cut and box business card blanks for you by the thousand, for less money per card than the Avery inkjet sheets. 
-* For an "end card", use one of your own printed business cards. This doubles as a way to identify your Hipster if it gets lost. 
-* If like me you get issued business cards (usually 500), but don't tend to give many out, and they keep changing the company name, phone number, your job title etc, you'll probably end up with a regular supply of unused obsolete business cards, ideal for your Hipster Mini. 
-* Staples carries a "mini-folio" from Wenger that is a perfect size to carry your Hipster Mini. It even includes a writing tablet and a place for a small pen. Perfect place for a [[Fisher Space Pen]].--[[User:ACGelwicks|ACGelwicks]] 13:33, 13 Jul 2005 (EDT) 
-=== Moleskine Hipster === 
-The [http://www.moleskineus.com/memopocket.html Moleskine Memo Pocket] is just large enough to hold 30-40 index cards (although they're a bit of a squeeze width-wise) plus assorted receipts, Post-Its, business cards, and other scraps of paper. The six pockets allow you to sort your Hipster, and the durable cover keeps your Hipster safe from pocket lint. It's ultra-sexy and portable; ideal for those who love Moleskines but don't really use blank books. 
-=== D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition === 
-[[Image:diyp3h_block_full.jpg|thumb|D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition v3]] 
-The [http://www.diyplanner.com/templates/official/hpda D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition] is a series of a hundred different organisational, planning and creativity templates designed for printing onto index cards (a.k.a., the Hipster PDA). These are a subset of the regular [http://www.diyplanner.com/templates/official D*I*Y Planner] forms, re-designed for the smaller size, and may be used either in conjunction with the full kit, with a notebook (such as a Moleskine), or especially as a stand-alone system. Although chiefly inspired by David Allen’s [[Getting Things Done]], an emphasis has been placed upon tweakability and multiple methodologies. The package includes covers (including folding ones with envelopes), plenty of calendars and action lists, a GTD reference card, forms for storyboards and plotting, and various project and notes templates. The kit is available in a number of formats for printing and modifying. 
-*The two-up version of this set has got to be the best alternative to buying Day-Timer, Day-Runner, or Franklin Covey inserts. Well designed, flexible, and well thought out, the PDF file occupies a corner of importantance on my computer desktop.--[[User:ACGelwicks|ACGelwicks]] 13:27, 13 Jul 2005 (EDT) 
-*(Do the printouts produced by [[PocketMod]] fit the Hipster PDA ?)  
-[No they don't - they are much smaller than a 3x5 card. Pete Phillips 8th Oct 2005] 
-[They would be 3x5 size if you started out with 12x10 paper.] 
-=== Pierced Edition === 
-[[Image:Cover.jpg|thumb|HPDA Pierced Edition]] 
-The Pierced Edition of the Hipster uses the same 3x5 index cards, but adds a protective plastic cover and a metal ring through the top corner. The cards can be bound up using the regular binder clip or left "semi-looseleaf" without a clip while still keeping the cards together. [http://www.wynia.org/wordpress/?p=116 Pierced Hipster Description] and [http://www.makingstuff.net/drupal/node/18 Pierced Hipster: Construction Documentation] 
---[[User:LetterJ|LetterJ]] 16:00, 20 Jul 2005 (CDT) 
-There are also further pictures of the [http://flickr.com/photos/bluekdesign/tags/hipsterpda/ completed project] on Flickr. 
-=== Rubber band Edition === 
-Simply wrap your index cards with a rubber band. This is an improvement to the binder clip because it allows you to easily pull out a card without unbinding the whole set. Depending on how tight you wrap the rubber band you can determine how easily you will be able to pull out your index cards. 
-=== Two-Fold Edition === 
-After using my hipster for a few months, I realized that I wanted more pages and less bulk, and I was also interested in being able to quickly print out my DIY inserts & templates. My solution: standard 8 1/2" x 11" paper, folded twice (once lengthwise, once width-wise), as many sheets as I want, then trim the bottom edge. Instant loose pages. I tend to lump my paper into 2 or 4 sheet "signatures", which allows me to easily group lined, graph, or sketch paper into chunks. I threw a card-stock cover around it and rotate in sheets as needed. 
-=== Slickster Edition === 
-To add a touch of class, use a vintage money clip instead of the triangle clip. Looks a little slicker, clips just as well. Combine this with a nice, classy pen, and you have an upscale 'Slickster.' 
-=== Checkster Edition === 
-Uses a vinyl checkbook cover with clear insert. The cards are visible, protected and accessible, and when the cover is closed, a [[Pilot G-2 gel pen]] clips nicely in the fold. 
-=== Lanyard Edition (Neckster) === 
-If you happen to attend trade conventions and have amassed a large collection of nifty, corporation-stamped lanyards (or if you are Billy Collins' mother), you can combine two great tastes by attaching your hipster to a lanyard and affixing the combined contraption to your neck. This will allow you to take your PDA anywhere and everywhere while avoiding all the unsightly item bulges that so frequently mar today's slim, flat front pantaloons. In addition, the Neckster provides a much needed NYPD Blue flair to most outfits. 
-=== Wallet Edition (Buckster) === 
-This might be the perfect pda solution if you absolutely do not want to carry around anything more than you do already... and if you already carry around a wallet.... The very first thing you will want to acquire is a WALLET PEN, a very nifty little pen that clips into the center of your billfold and short enough so that it does not extend beyond your wallet. You can get an expensive one here at http://www.eastgate.com/catalog/WalletPen.html . But i recently got one from http://www.walletgear.com/product_info.php?cPath=25&products_id=48 at almost half price (pay pal only) - turns out it's made of brass too and comes with two re-fills. I suspect they're the same pen. 
-Now, for the PDA itself, i created my first by folding a single piece of paper into a 4x4 grid of 16 sheets... then, i simply ripped them apart into discrete sheets (though the feathered, ripped edges look kinda nifty, i feel, i'm sure there must be non-sticky paper pad "blocks" that are of similar dimensions that will serve. Half these sheets (8) are then clipped together with an IDEAL CLAMP which is a butterfly shaped paper clip. And all this is small enough to simply slip into your wallet by your bills, condoms, IDs or in a side compartment! 
-And there you have it, a complete disgorgement system right inside your wallet that contributes virtually no bulk! 
-=== Memento Edition (Skinster/Nutster) === 
-In a pinch, one could simply tote around a ball point pen and scrawl on whatever available real-estate you can muster on your skin - choosing areas that do not make regular contact with your clothing, such as your palms, tops of hands, face, etc. will prevent smearing and streaking of your notes as well as preserve your clothing from stains. The advantage here is that it is highly likely that you will not lose your data (complete, systemic skin failure being a relatively rare condition in the pen-toting world). Caveats include a long refractory period (it will take a few days for the data to fade completely barring sand paper [we strongly recommend the barring of sand paper]) and the generally mistaken perception that the Skinster user is, in some subtle way, deranged. Although it is recommended that you limit the amount of data inscribed on the Skinster (the more data you write, the crazier you look), it is entirely possible to write up to a short story on just your fore-arms and shins alone. If you can commit space on your stomach and love handles as well, a full novella can be undertaken (if you are lucky enough to feature "packs" whether in the 3, 6 or 8 variety, you have a further organizational resource that you can use to your advantage [chapter breaks?]). And although the vast expanse presented by another person's back is almost too tempting to resist, we discourage this practice, whether it is consensual or not. It is quite likely that the back (person) will be unavailable to you when you need it (him/her) most, is difficult to photocopy and is prone to moving or getting hit by a bus. And then where will you be? Finally, it must be noted that the less toxic the ink, the less likely you will die. 
-=== Hipster PDA templates using Scribus === 
-I have made some Hipster templates available along with the Scribus source at [http://ccgi.philfam.co.uk/wordpress/2005/10/08/7 http://ccgi.philfam.co.uk/wordpress/2005/10/08/7]. They include a music manuscript card, a two column next actions card and a TV/Radio scheduling card. They are all based on the design of the awesome D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition (see above). 
-=== XL Edition === 
-If you have the space to hold it, try using 4x6 cards instead of 3x5. It gives you more space, and if you use templates like in [http://www.diyplanner.com DIY Planner] If you have sloppy handwriting, big hands, or just want more per page, use bigger cards. 
-=== Postcard PDA === 
-This variant adds a mail application to the Hipster PDA. Use bigger cards (4x6 or even 5x8 if you have the right size place to carry them) and carry appropriate postage clipped to the card stack. When you have a good idea that someone else needs to see, slap a stamp on it, address the other side, and mail it. 3x5 cards are too small for legal postage but will often make it through anyway. 
== Hipster Accessories == == Hipster Accessories ==
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* [[Hipster PDA/Hacks]] * [[Hipster PDA/Hacks]]
 +* [[Hipster Variants]]
* [[Index Cards]] * [[Index Cards]]
* [http://www.43folders.com/2004/09/introducing_the.html Introducing the Hipster PDA] * [http://www.43folders.com/2004/09/introducing_the.html Introducing the Hipster PDA]

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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. It scales brilliantly, degrades gracefully, supports optional categories and “beaming,” and is configurable to an unlimited number of options. Best of all, the Hipster PDA fits into your hip pocket and costs practically nothing to purchase and maintain. -Merlin Mann - Original post: "Introducing the Hipster PDA"


There are a number of benefits to a Hipster PDA over a digital PDA:

  • Cards can be arbitrarily resequenced, given away, and writing by hand is freeform and unrestricted
  • Card size encourages concise notes
  • Can be put into a pocket
  • Won't run out of batteries
  • More durable: won't be destroyed by water, coffee, dropping on floor, etc.
  • Cheaper: cents per card compared to hundreds of dollars...
  • Environmentally sound: Use recycled cards, recycle them when you're done, keep batteries/worn out electronics out of landfills
  • Information doesn't get lost in there; when something's no longer relevant, you throw it away

The Hipster is also cheaper and smaller than the traditional planner, making it easier to carry and easier to keep stocked.

A Hipster even has geek value: when everyone whips out their digital PDA, watch what happens when you whip out your Hipster PDA...

Ingredients and Assembly

  • Small stack of cards (3x5 or business cards are most often used), fifteen or so
  • Binder clip, paper clip, or similar holder
  • Writing utensil

How to assemble it:

  • Clip the cards together

With exam season coming up, lots of shops have sales on and handy tools not around the rest of the year for index card storage and retrieval. In WHSmith (UK) you can get plastic index card sized boxes (hold about 20-30 cards, come in a pack of 4), rings for holding cards and ready punched and bound cards. There are also mini revision card packs (called "crammers" and "flippers") and other stationery goodies.

  • If you use a larger size clip (medium), then you can clip a pen to the Hipster. Put the pen along one side of the cards (assuming portrait orientation), and clip both pen and cards. This puts the clip on the long side of the cards.

Hipster Contents

Part of the beauty of the Hipster PDA is that the same blank card can be used for either capturing or sharing information.

  • Shopping list - groceries, books, movies, etc.
  • Next actions - things you can do when you're away from your work area.
  • Today - quick schedule to keep yourself where you need to be.
  • Research - notes about interesting ideas you run across, to follow up later.
  • Calendar - if you print and fold a single sheet of paper the right way you can keep a readable four-month calendar with your schedule in your Hipster.
  • Travel info - Flight schedules, hotel addresses, confimation numbers, contact phone numbers, etc.
  • Rulers - US Customary and metric.
  • Temperature conversion chart - Fahrenheit <=> Celsius.
  • Easy Sharing/'Beaming' - use old school carbon sheets when writing to 'automatically' create a copy to share or for backup.

Hipster Accessories

I have started to add so many index cards to my Hipster PDA that I needed a place to put them when I didn't need them any longer. I looked for an easy way to file them, then I realized that I could just throw them on a cork board. I didn't want small crappy cork board squares, so I looked online, and found that people are selling cork board by the roll. You can pick up a roll as long as you want and its only US$2.40 a square foot.

Sites offering cork board:

  • Manton Cork
    • Under 100 feet: $2.40 per square foot
    • Over 100 feet: $1.90 per square foot
    • Comes in three and four feet high versions
  • Flex-A-Chart - also sells colored cork board
  • CorkStore.Com
  • BangorCork - also sells colored cork board

An alternative to accumulating a mass of index cards is to use the hipster as a data acquisition device, transferring cards into an intermediate storage area such as a small index card "inbox" bin, and then finally, periodically off-loading the data in the "inbox" bin via SCANNER and OCR (optical character recognition) software! This system would allow you to eventually transfer all data into a desktop personal management environment such as the freely available Palm Desktop or even Microsoft Outlook for organization and archiving.

This method benefits from all the advantages of something like logitech's io2 digital pen but sidesteps the necessity and (constant) expense of the special Anoto paper (the patented paper contains a special grid of fine dots that tells the pen where it is on the page - made necessary by the necessarily simple, low sample rate scanner electronics embedded in the pen head).

You might be out of luck with this method if you write in prescription-worthy cursive. But if you write in ultra-legible block letters like i do, this will be perfect for you.

Avenues for further exploration in this section would include links to the best scanners for auto-feed scanning index cards, best/cheapest/free OCR software, as well as attractive "inbox" bins.

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