On BlackBerry-addicted Parliament Hill, NDP press secretary Ian Capstick turns heads with his newest organizational gadget: a stack of 3 x 5 index cards held together by a black bull clip.
His Hill-issued BlackBerry was starting to annoy him. He was drowning in unreliable notes at his desk. So when he stumbled upon a simple stack of index cards in a filing cabinet one day, he tried them out.
“I started to keep a few cards in my back pocket to write press requests on,” the 24-year-old says. “Soon, it evolved into a way to keep the entire day’s activities in order. Now, people are pretty used to seeing it in my hand.”
A month into using his new system, he found an on-line community at a blog called 43 Folders. There, the file-card-and-clip system has been dubbed the “hipster PDA.”