So, I suppose, it wasn’t that surprising that Wired, for its comprehensive takeout on iPads and tablets (on why they will … you know, blah blah blah) asked Stewart for her take.
Apart from her expectation that tablets will make magazines much easier to enjoy (she practically drools over what could happen with National Geographic), she made a point that should resonate with packrats everywhere.
“We all have so much to read these days, and having the ability to pick and choose and save and file and send digitally is really exciting,” she said. “I have a bag full of torn-out magazine pages that I distribute to various people for creative ideas. I’ll be able to do that much more effectively if I have access to a digital version of those magazines rather than having to destroy them.”
Well, that kind of hit home with me. Let me explain.
So, the idea of digital clipping sounds quite appealing.
It’s not entirely new, of course. In the grand old days, when online databases like InfoGlobe were strictly text-based and you paid by the minute, and even before the web as we knew it didn’t exist, I kept directories of “clippings,” or news stories I wanted for reference. That migrated with the web, and I found that copying-and-pasting text was useful. In these pages, I extolled products like AskSam, which made warehousing text possible, and searchable.
But what’s been missing is the ability to extract full-resolution “clippings,” distribute them, share them, store them and retrieve them – pretty much as Martha Stewart described above.
Managing a personal library with a few taps of the finger. Trust me … there’ll be an app for that.
Elsewhere this week
Monty Python Video Wall
When I was much younger, I developed a thing for Monty Python, from sneaking into a screening of the Holy Grail to staying up late for Flying Circus repeats. The “wall” presented here is a vast array of screens, each one taking you to a howling moment from the Python canon. forLater
Do you know something that you’ll need to do in the future? Keep forLater on hand, for sending an email that will arrive with a reminder, just when you need it.
Trust me: I can be trusted with the laundry. That doesn’t mean, though, that I can identify on sight what each and every one of those washing symbols means. Here’s precisely the tool for the most obscure icons you’ll find on laundry day. John Gushue is a writer in St. John's, and works with CBC News. John is on Twitter right here.