The Paperless Office

Finally got rid of the Composition Books.

Composition Book

Early on I picked up the habit of using these books to track my work-related activities. I found it to be the easiest method, when a book filled up, I’d go buy another one. The standard book contains 100 pages, I used about 3 a year, 23 total years of scribblings.

This year I decided to ditch the books and go paperless, a long time coming, seeing as I’m a techie at heart. What kept me from going to a software based agenda was the threat of my data being trapped in some proprietary format.

Enter iCalendar, a standard for calendar data exchange that was introduced back in 1998. On Windows, I’ve settled on Thunderbird with the Lightning extension, Evolution handles the task on Linux.

Many’s the time that we feasted
And many’s the time that we fasted
Oh, well, it was swell while it lasted
We did have fun and no harm done