Hipster PDA


Hipster PDA
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I said in a previous post that you should ditch those index cards for the GTDTiddlyWiki – I still think you should, that is if you are, like me, a person with proclivity for losing notebooks or pieces of paper containing notes.

But if you want to continue using paper organizers, you’d better check 43 Folders’ article on the hipster PDA. I printed out the hipster PDA templates (in PDF) at lifehack.org and pasted these on index cards (see photo). I use it as reminders of tasks already entered in my GTDTiddlyWiki page.

An easier way to write tutorials on how to use software

Writing a tutorial on how to use a software or web script can be difficult. People understand instructions better if there are visual cues to follow and there lies the difficulty, how to get screen captures to use for the illustration.

Recently, a group sought my help for their website. They wanted to have a better way to run their site without having to spend much for the services. I installed WordPress for them. Although I think Serendipity is the better blog script, most people I know find WordPress easier and better to use.

I decided to write a tutorial for the group on how to maximize the use of their new WordPress-powered site. I wanted to include screen captures to illustrate the steps to take in managing a site, editing entries or posting articles. The prospect of hitting the Print Screen button and then pasting the captured data into a graphics editing software every time I want to illustrate something seemed daunting Id have to take more than a dozen screen captures manually.

Luckily, I remembered copying into my del.icio.us account a bookmark for a free tutorial software. I logged into my account and found the link to Wink. I downloaded Wink and 20 minutes after I installed it, I already finished my visual, step-by-step tutorial on how to manage a WordPress-powered site (check out the image below note: I blurred the website name to protect the privacy of the group Im helping.)

Wink simplifies the writing of graphical tutorials on the use of a software or script. You can choose whether you manually control when the software takes a screen capture or you can let it take successive screen captures. You can also choose whether to export the tutorial into an .exe, shockwave, HTML or PDF file.

If you need to write software or web script tutorials, you should get Wink. It can be downloaded at www.debugmode.com/wink/.

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“The page one pope”

Sun.Star Cebu‘s page one story on the death of Pope John Paul II is included in a book reprinting the front pages of newspapers from around the world. The collection, according to Amazon‘s book description edited by Poynter, “includes 144 reproductions of front pages from newspapers in the United States plus major newspapers from around the world…presented without comment as each newspaper remembers the pope in its own way.”

Poynter has an online gallery of some of the pages included in the collection. Check out Roy Peter Clark’s The Page One Pope: A Legacy of Questions.
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Throw away those index cards, use your own wiki page

Do you still organize your notes using index cards? I used to do this in college and I’d have a bunch of cards for each subject I took. I can’t recall using index cards regularly for my reporting. I did use the cards for at least one special report I wrote for The Freeman.

Through the years of using the computer, my handwriting has worsened (talk about using it or losing it — I do 98 percent of my writing on computers). Sometimes I’d even have a hard time reading what I just wrote hours earlier. I’m also a slob when it comes to keeping notes. I’d lose notebooks or pieces of paper on which I’d jot down ideas, websites I need to check and tasks I need to do. When I do manage to keep a notebook or a paper, though, my two sons would eventually find it and write or draw things on it.

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Using your PC to manage your phone

I have always been a fan of Ericsson phones but never of its bundled PC connectivity software. Previous versions of the software allow you to manage, to a certain extent, your phone data but not your messages.

When I bought a T630, I never bothered installing the software that came with it. Instead, I used the open source Float’s Mobile Agent and it worked like a charm. The software connects my phone to my PC through Bluetooth. I can then manage everything in my phone — edit phonebook, calendar and to-do entries. I can send and receive text messages as well as archive these messages for reference. I can even control my computer using the T630’s joystick.

The only thing FMA can’t do is manage the calls in my T630. FMA allows you to start and receive calls using a PC headset if you’re using T610. This functionality, though, doesn’t work with the T630 yet.

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EASY PHONE MANAGEMENT. Float’s Mobile Agent allows you to manage your cellphone using your computer.

Installing a WordPress-powered site

I was finally able to install WordPress for a site I help manage – PFMCPI — The Philippine Federation of Married Catholic Priests, Inc. The site used to run on a Serendipity installation. I think Serendipity is the better blog script. My previous Cybercafe Experiments site used Serendipity. In PFMCPI’s case, however, WordPress seemed the better option. It’s posting through mail facility and recent posts plugin are easy to set up. Posting through mail is important for mobile phone blogging. This also allows married priests to post articles to the site using an interface they are already familiar with — their mail software.

Yahoo 360 test run

Im trying out Yahoo 360, the Internet pioneers social networking (think Friendster) and blogging service.

Yahoo 360, still in beta or testing phase, looks great but it isnt compelling enough to draw away current users of Blogger, Friendster or Multiply. Yahoo 360 is similar to Multiply.com, a social networking site with ability to create blogs, and Friendster, which also recently added blogs, powered by TypePad, to its services.

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