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~Saturday~  I spent a few hours on something I've been meaning to do for well over a year now, which was to close out my current address book that I was storing in—don't laugh—my old Palm Pilot.

I took this opportunity to "pare down" my entries. In addition to not moving some entries, in some cases, for the ones I did move, I didn't take all of the information I had stored in the old entries.

An example of some data that I did not transfer was directions to people's houses, which I can now get from Google Maps (where I'm sure the information will be more up-to-date) and historical data of my somewhat involved, definitely tedious accounting system of giving and receiving holiday cards.

As I'm wont to do, I calculated and graphed the work I did. This first graph is an overall summary.

The first column shows how many entries I had in my Palm Pilot. The second column shows how many of those made it into my Google Contacts list. The third column shows, of those now in my Google Contacts list, the number to whom I sent a holiday card or letter to this year. And, finally, the last column shows how many entries I did not move into Google Contacts.

Naturally, you're curious about the dropped entries and who these people are or why they were dropped. Enter the next two graphs, which offer an overview of those very things.

Although some of these do represent a "cutting of ties" if-you-will, a good number of them, I just didn't migrate because I can now get the same information that I had about them in my Palm Pilot from their Facebook entries.

This is a huge "to-do list item" for me, and I'm happy to report that it is checked off.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 26th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
TO-TO list updating your address book / holiday card list
I wonder, is the Palm Pilot going to be put in the vintage pile?
are you garnering all detail you might miss from the tool and setting it aside?
what have you replaced it with? (I am behind on your posts).

Seasons Greetings my friend!
Dec. 26th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: TO-TO list updating your address book / holiday card list
I do plan on putting the Palm Pilot in the vintage pile, or more accurately into my "electronic recycle" pile. I have saved the entire address book to a PDF, so I'll have that as an archive, if needed. That was indeed the last functionality of the Palm Pilot that I was using, so it'll be no problem sunsetting that device.

As far as a replacement, since that was the only thing I was using in it, and I'm now doing that with Google Contacts, I'm not going to replace it. The other biggest thing I used to do on the Palm Pilot was my calendar, but I have long, long ago moved from that to the Google Calendar.

Oh yeah, for a while, when I was traveling a lot, I also used to use the expense account functionality on the PP, but I quit traveling for business a long time ago, so I'm not looking for another tool to do that.

Season's Greetings right back to you!

Edited at 2011-12-26 12:59 pm (UTC)
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Dec. 26th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Loved It
This made my morning! Wait, was there something humorous in that post? I saw it all as just practical and factual. I guess what's one bloke's sense is another bloke's sensibilities.

Speaking of the other side of the pond, I'm thrilled to be a part of your total entertainment package, and that your relatives are getting to enjoy your company this holiday season. :-) And, I'd love for them to drop in from time-to-time to see what else here might tickle their collective British fancies.

I had a great Christmas, and I'm loving my week off while the university is closed. Have safe travels home, and you can look forward to reading your card when you get back—as you both survived the migration to Google Contacts and are a part of "the 52" in column 3 of chart 1. :-)

Edited at 2011-12-26 08:57 pm (UTC)
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