Addressing the real problem (Day 273)…

November 28, 2007

moleskin

I need to start keeping an address book. For months now, I’ve desperately wanted to get a Moleskine because all the cool kids have them and I want to hang out with the cool kids. But, with their bleached paper and oilcloth or leather-bound covers, plus the pen and ink required to write everything down, I just feel it’s not a very eco-friendly purchase.

So until Day 366, I’m going to keep all my addresses in a text file on my computer, and back up the file on my handy thumb drive.

In this technologically advanced age of Interwebs and bit-torrents and paperless offices (I’m hoping to one day make the National Post an office-less paper, too, because commuting all the way to the suburbs is not very eco-friendly), there aren’t many occasions where I need to send something by mail — and there are even fewer occasions where an address book is the only place an address can be found.

Still, one of these days, those postal codes and apartment numbers may come in handy. Maybe I’ll get married and want to send out proper invites to everyone, or maybe I’ll decide to spontaneously show up on an old friend’s doorstep (people like that, right?). Anyway, at the very least, keeping an address book, whether on paper or my desktop, will make me feel organized, no matter how many times I lose my biodegradable pen.

Image courtesy of Paul Watson on Flickr;
Office-less paper joke courtesy of my editor

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USB for me (Day 259)…

November 14, 2007

USB stick

Going along with the computer theme of late, it recently dawned on me that I have a bazillion photos, a kazillion songs and, well, a few essential pieces of writing on my trusty (but maybe not so trusty!) little laptop — and if it crashes, I’m screwed. After hearing some horror stories about coworkers losing entires novels on their computer, DJs losing all their music and so on, I’ve decided it’s time to back my stuff up.

But using CDs to do this can be a major hassle, plus it not only requires multiple discs but the packaging that comes with them. So instead, I’m going to buy a USB memory stick (which I’ll of course e-recycle when the time comes); they’re not only more compact but faster and more durable.

Now I can relax and go back to these here emails about penis enlargement and the lottery I’ve just won.

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