What Technology Do You Use?

Cal Newport author of Digital Minimalism started a podcast in 2020. It is Q&A style and it is really good.

Recently answered the question “What technology does he use?”

He of course uses a desktop computer but famously does not have social media accounts nor is he a fan of the phone. Just because you CAN do something on your phone does not mean you should.

He mentioned his favorite piece of tech being the Codex.

The move from a scroll to a bound book was huge. It allowed the flipping of pages forward and backward to find the information you are looking for.

His description reminded me of Merlin Mann’s famous hPDA.

Building your first Hipster PDA

  1. get a bunch of 3″x5″ file cards (here’s 500 for around 3 bucks)
  2. clip them together with a binder clip
  3. there is no step 3

We forget that pen and paper is technology.

We ignore the cost of using a digital device.

We do not accept that deep work is valuable.

If you know me, I prefer paper.

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