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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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I'm a teacher and have...

I'm a teacher and have made a pile of custom templates (some in wordperfect, until I realized the print function was dying a slow death; now they're in Open Office ... set your margins around for .25; text 8 pt Verdana). I've got cards for day-specific todo lists (some days I have a pile of stuff I have to do just on that day); I've got checklists for each class to check homework completion, for recording contacts with parents, etc.. Whenever I give a test, I make a card with the 'official expectations' covered in that test and if a student has glaring problems with one or more, I just check off a little bubble so when I'm doing my report card comments I'm not trying to remember where they had problems.




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