Re: pilot LinkMaster protocol [was: Hypertext on PalmTops]

Dave Long (
Mon, 02 Aug 1999 22:12:29 -0700
> I tried going back to a pencil, and I tried a few of the desktop PIM apps
> (lotus organizer, Daytimer '99, MS outlook@@) and the yahoo calendar
> and eventually, I discovered that just using an HTML document to simulate
> the day-timer worked really well!

What are the advantages of the document over pencil? Edit-in-place?

> It's time for an Open Source personal finance program.

Yep, QuickBooks is about the only reason I boot Micros~1 Windows now.
Unfortunately, I only do so every few months, so I haven't had much
incentive to script up what little I use of it. At least Quicken
has a somewhat reasonable export format.

The main reason I haven't done anything on these fronts is that I've
been following Thoreau's advice:

> Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to
> count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten
> toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let
> your affairs be as two or threee, and not a hundred or a thousand;
> instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your
> thumb nail.

WardCunningham's thoughts:
> I prefer my own memory to paper. It works hands-free while driving,
> works without light late at night, and it's waterproof in the shower.
> I especially like the way it improves everything I put into it. I have
> missed an occasional appointment. Perhaps that's an improvement too.