Tag Archive for 'productivity'

Page 3 of 3

Reading on the train

I have much more time to read during the commute to and from work these days. I have nearly an hour of train time each way, and I can make good use of that. Today I read an article with a very interesting sentence:

If you’re trying to choose between two theories and one gives you an excuse to be lazy, the other one is probably right. – Paul Graham

Hit that link and read for a few hours. There are a lot of goodies (and oddities) in the articles.

I’m also dreaming of having a very small laptop (which are now called netbooks) to use on the commute so that I can surf and blog while on the road, but that turns out to be difficult or expensive or both. The good netbooks are too big, the smaller ones have too short battery life, and the really nice ones run some special Linux-based operating system that doesn’t support my HSDPA USB modem, meaning no Internet connection. And they are all still rather expensive. At the moment I’m hanging on to my Psion but as I’ve written earlier, this is a relationship that can’t last forever.

If someone feels like giving me a free Asus Eee 901 I’d be happy to accept it.

My plastic brain is growing old

Last week, my PDA gave up in the middle of a sentence. It just froze. The LED stopped blinking and remained ON. The touch screen didn’t react, the keyboard didn’t either. Not even a hard reset could revive it. It can now be used as a door stop, if only it were bigger and heavier. Continue reading ‘My plastic brain is growing old’

Time for an old brain

I recently switched from a Psion to a Windows PDA, and I’m beginning to regret it (except for the gained experience). As it turns out, my fears and objections against Windows Mobile are mostly true: Continue reading ‘Time for an old brain’

Time for a new brain

All the way back in 1997, I bought a Psion Series 5, and ever since, it has been my plastic brain, taking care of my calendar, tasks, contacts, travel diaries, notes on the road, thoughts to write, daily alarm clock, and a lot more. I have called it Psion Series 5my plastic brain because to me, that’s really what it is. Without it, I’d be pretty lost. In those early days, I enjoyed comparing my brain to those mediocre Windows CE handhelds. Back then, portable Windows was really, really bad. Continue reading ‘Time for a new brain’

What comes after Psion?

I am a very happy user of a Psion Series 5mx. That’s a PDA (and if you needed that explanation, then the rest of this post is probably not interesting to you). What follows is a little rant about the lack of modern alternatives which I wrote in response to an email. I thought it was worth blogging, so here it is, only slightly revised for this context: Continue reading ‘What comes after Psion?’