The most awesome Hipster PDA ever

I have always been a huge fan of the Hipster PDA.  But I’ve realized for a while that having crinkled, dog-eared pieces of paper in my pocket is just not polished enough.  So I had Coral Springer from Moonshine Leather in Jerome, Arizona re-imagine a pocket organizing system for me, and here’s what she came up with:

Pocket Organizer (closed)

Pocket Organizer (open)

It has a 3″x5″ spiral notebook on the right hand side, with pockets on the left hand side for loose notes and business cards.  It was hand made of the softest leather you have ever felt.  It is beyond awesome. Thank you, Coral!

If you’re ready to take a step up from loose notepad paper, index cards and binder clips, talk to the folks at  Moonshine Leather.  My organizer was $50 including shipping and worth every penny.

Shreddin’ my life away

Ativa CX10W

I was so pleased when I purchased my beautiful new Ativa CX10W with a large slide-out wastebasket. Surely this will be a huge improvement over my previous clunky shredder, which required me to lift the heavy motor off the shredder basket and balance it precariously on top of the trash can in order to empty the shredder basket.

As it turns out, not so much. The very act of sliding out the wastebasket results in a shower of shredded junk being dumped all over the surrounding area. It’s completely impossible to do it without making a huge mess that requires vacuuming up. :(

Ah, the problems of modern life.

Got Backup?

Athena BackupYou know protecting your data is critical, so you take care to create backups. Thumb drives. Burning CDs. External hard drives.

These are all good things – but do you have an offsite backup strategy to compliment them? Offsite backup gives you that extra bit of peace of mind that even if a Katrina-type disaster occurred, or a burglar stole all your computer gear1, you’d still be able to get at your data.

A few weeks ago, I blogged about Athena Backup, a small company from Canada started by a couple of engineers I knew from my days at Nortel in Ottawa. Well, I got their software installed and backing up both my PC and my Mac, and I must say, it works like a dream.

Athena Backup screenshot
Screenshot of Athena Backup. Navigation through your backed-up files uses a familiar File Explorer metaphor in a crisp, uncluttered design.

Karen Gauthier, the firm’s marketing director, made this pitch for the service:

Athena Backup is the smart choice for backing up your irreplaceable files. Protect all of your files even if they reside on different computers and different platforms for just $7.95 per month. Sophisticated, secure and reliable backup technology ensures that all your digital media including photos, videos, music and sensitive personal documents will be protected and secure. Sign up today and enjoy 60 days of free protection for all of the computers in your home.

A risk free 60 day trial is really a no-brainer. Give it a shot and see how it works for you.

1. This actually happened to me. What a nightmare!

Moving your address book and your Dymo to the Mac

Well, I think I just cut the last chain that bound me to Windows.

I used this tip to move my address book from Outlook to Mac Address Book.

And of course, since I wanted to use my Dymo 400, I downloaded the Dymo Drivers for Mac, which worked like a champ as soon as I figured out that you must use their application to print; you can’t print directly from Address Book.

I still have Quicken and QuickBooks running on Vista, but for the most part, I’m happy to say that I am now mostly Mac/Linux based. :)