I’m looking for a device that’s really good for running todo lists and possibly other stuff like support material. I have two basic requirements:
- Really good simple syncing facility so that my Mac and this device are essentially one of the same. This should work over a whole—possibly complex—file and folder structure not one specific application for “GTD(tm)”. I’m starting to organize lots of stuff with folders in a bunch of creative ways and so I want that to translate
- The device should be really good for typing and adding new stuff quickly. If I want to write 100 words on something—or several things—that shouldn’t be too much of a pain.
If it made calls and sent texts, took photos, etc. all that is a bonus but I’m not too fussed about. I have a crappy phone already and I’m quite happy with it really.
I was thinking a BlackBerry for the full keyboard but from trying to use their website I’m dubious about whether that company can actually produce anything that won’t be a pain to use. (I didn’t manage to find out any information about what their phones are capable of.) My general feeling about smartphones is that they seem to be toys with lots of clever modern features not necessarily good for real work out there in the field.
I’m open to some really old tech—having the not significant advantage of being much cheaper—maybe even one of those old things with a stylus if somebody can assure me you can get some reasonable typing speed with that system.
Another desirable would be for it to be linux-based with ability for you to develop your own software for it and get to a linux shell (then I could do rsync) but that might be a pipedream.
I ask all this because I work primarily from the computer as a programmer so I like to do all my GTD from that. Having a paper-based system seems like a big investment and lot of work for not a lot of paper but of course you can’t crack open your laptop in the pub or the supermarket etc. so there’s a bit of a leak in the system. Well, I say a bit, I think it might be huge. Does anyone else suffer from this problem?
Thanks in advance for any ideas