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Custom index cards from your own printer

Just A Guy - Adam Gurno » Tricking out the Hipster

Adam Gurno has some nice tricks for making your own customized 3x5 cards. My janky EPSON is a bit balky about printing at that size, but it sounds like the HP Adam uses works like a champ. Recommended article for Hipster PDA fans and garden-variety index card geeks.

…and then lightning struck, though in hindsight it was like a Family Guy-knockoff.

  1. I want index cards with a grid printed on them
  2. I have a computer and a printer

Hey! I could… uh…
No! Wait! I’ve got it-no…
Ummm… Cards… Computer… There’s something…

The biggest revelation—and I feel dopey that this never really sunk in before—once you get the basic printing at that size working, you can print out your calendar, contact information, TODO lists, etc. Handy for when you're hitting the road and want all your stuff in the HPDA form-factor without re-writing what you'll need in longhand.

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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