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DIYPlanner's War on Spam

Editor's Note from innowen: For those of you interested in switching over to the notaspammer account, you NEED to tell us via email. Also, if you've lost posts to the spam filter, let us KNOW right away (as in the day you post it) and if you can, the URL that got eaten, so we can look it up and immediately unlock it. The longer you wait, the harder it is to locate that needle in the haystack. We have dayjobs and are fairly busy, so if you can help us troubleshoot your issues when you have them, the faster we can help make your stay here on the forums happier.


Well, that's overly dramatic, and not at all accurate. It's more like a series of bloody skirmishes involving long-distance projectiles, inadequate armor, and a few raving lunatics wandering among the battlefields looking for adders to bite them. (I'll leave that metaphor there, just for the historians among us.)

Some people are noting that our defenses are poor and that sleazy operators (many of whom actually take the time to become members) are spam-bombing our forums and comment threads from time to time. Other members are complaining that our barricades are a little too strong, and that legitimate posts keep getting caught up in our filters. Both opinions, though completely opposite, are essentially correct. Unfortunately, that's the problem with most well-visited sites (and many which aren't).

So, we have at least a partial solution for you.

Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day. Like many other blogs across the interwebs, D*I*Y Planner is happy to participate in this global event. Today's topic is on the environment and I thought it appropriate to repost an old article I wrote a few months ago on alternatives to recycling your old planner pages. Of course, you could avoid recycling paper and waste by using electronic capture devices but if that were the case then D*I*Y Planner.com would cease to exist.

Who says your art and journal entries need to be clean and messy. You now have permission to reuse those forms, save them from the landfills and go make art with them. Recycling forms to make creative and original paper art is easy and fun. It focuses on the bits of papers that you aren't planning on keeping because they're not important enough to archive in a shoe box or scan into DEVONthink. I'm talking about using the daily forms that we commonly think of scrap papers. You know, those sheets that we find ourselves with more of and are constantly tossing into the trash. Yes, I am now telling you that you don't have to recycle those forms. Instead, you can use them to:

v1: Two Pages per Year (deprecated)

This application has been replaced by Dynamic Templates v2.x: The Next Generation. Please use the link to the left

This is the next installment of the Digital Templates, a series of cross platform applications that should ease the load on the folks who make calendar templates. This program generates two-page annual templates based upon the settings you choose (dates, margins, and so forth), and uses the basic D*I*Y Planner look and feel.

This is my implementation of the Academic Calendar. It is a way to overview an entire calendar year, not necessarily starting with January.

All Doug could say was...

Wow. I mean, wow.

This is multi-platform software. Below are download links for pre-built, static, binary applications for both Windows and Mac OS X as well as the source code. Through the Nordic Magic of the Qt Libraries, both of these applications were built from the same source code. This source can be built on any platform supported for Qt 4.3

Here's a shot of the Mac version:



v1: DIY Notes - One Page at a Time (deprecated)

This application has been replaced by Dynamic Templates v2.x: The Next Generation. Please use the link to the left

This is the yet another installment of the Digital Dynamic Templates, a series of cross platform applications that should ease the load on the folks who make templates. This program generates all the different "Notes" pages (like in this template collection) using the basic D*I*Y Planner look and feel.

  • Plain Lined
  • Plain Lined with a Grey Column
  • Grey Lined with a Grey Column
  • Cornell Notes (plain)
  • Cornell Notes with Grid and Lines
  • Grid
  • Dots

When I previewed these to Doug, he said:

Heh, soon you're going to give me no reason to update the DiyP at all.
Of course, that might make me very happy. ;-)

You betcha ! This will allow folks like Doug to move on to other tasks and eliminate the drudgery of producing multiple versions of the templates for all the different paper sizes.

This is multi-platform software. Below are download links for pre-built, static, binary applications for both Windows and Mac OS X as well as the source code. Through the Nordic Magic of the Qt Libraries, both of these applications were built from the same source code. This source can be built on any platform supported for Qt 4.3

Here's a shot of the Mac version:


v1: Two Pages per Week (deprecated)

This application has been replaced by Dynamic Templates v2.x: The Next Generation. Please use the link to the left

This is the next installment of the Digital Templates, a series of cross platform applications that should ease the load on the folks who make calendar templates. This program generates two-page weekly templates based upon the settings you choose (dates, margins, and so forth), and uses the basic D*I*Y Planner look and feel.

I made a promise (you know who you are!) to do this two-page week layout next, and here it is.

This is multi-platform software. Below are download links for pre-built, static, binary applications for both Windows and Mac OS X as well as the source code. Through the Nordic Magic of the Qt Libraries, both of these applications were built from the same source code. This source can be built on any platform supported for Qt 4.3

Here's a shot of the Mac version:



"Terrible Twos" Greatest Hits: Innowen's Picks

A lot can be said about DIYPlanner.com. When I applied for the position of Creativity Writer, I had no idea where this job would go. I had no idea how long I'd be able to write articles for one single site. And yet, here I am... still churning out ideas and coming up with weekly inspirations for you all to feed upon. I'm amazed that after two years I'm still able to write and provide all sorts of new ideas to share and inspire you. Two years is a long time. Our little team and this site has seen large amounts of growth over the years. When I first started, I wrote off a list of ideas that I generated with Doug and in brainstorming systems. Once an idea was finished, I ticked them off my list. Even after all this time, I feel I've barely scratched the surface. My list, as well as my hPDA still has ideas for me to work on and with.

Of course, you have also been sources of inspiration for what I write about. There are times when I plot out what I'll be writing about, only to be derailed by conversations with members or threads found buried in our forums. The feedback I receive on my articles and your discussions and ideas in the forums also suggest new ideas and areas to write about. It's fun to see how you all interpret the ideas and mutate them into something wonderfully original. I love reading about everyone's triumphs and insights into what you all use and do to keep yourself motivated and organized.

As Doug and Sard have done before me, here's my choices for my five best or most memorable articles over the past two years.

Oh, they grow up sooo fast...

GTD, Italian Style?Well, two years have come and gone since we our motley little crew formed DIYPlanner.com as a hub for paper-based planning and creativity. Last week we had our big giveaway, handing out thousands of dollars worth of beautiful gear to our members, but this week we'll be relaxing a tad and doing a little retrospective.

Our second anniversary marks a degree of success that I would have never predicted, yet alone tried to achieve. In a little interview I gave not that long ago, I was asked why I started it. I must admit, there was a certain selfish motivation at work: I wanted to reclaim a bit of my own spare time.

At first, DIYPlanner.com was simply conceived of as a home for the D*I*Y Planner kits, the demand for which was completely overwhelming my own little blog and the meagre advice I could dole out. More and more people were downloading the then-current and rather simplistic kit, constantly asking questions, looking for productivity information, providing criticism (constructive and not), sending me dozens of emails per day and, dutifully, I tried to respond to it all. But it was siphoning all my time, running me down, and my new job and my newborn were in danger of being neglected. So DIYPlanner.com was a knee-jerk reaction to distance myself from the daily deluge: it was to be a tiny site with a few static pages, nothing more, and with very little interaction. And it almost was....

Giveaway: Win the Levenger Ultimate DiyP/Circa Kit

The last question we have for our giveaway is a tough one. To win the Levenger Ultimate DiyP/Circa Kit, be the first member to post a comment with the correct answer to the following question.

One individual, the only member of his occupation in the United States to be granted a patent, called writing one of the greatest inventions of the ages. This person also assigned three other occurrences this same high honor. Who was this individual that vocalized the long term value of communication technologies for the facilitation of innovation, and what was the title of that work?

Hint: one of the three other occurrences was the invention of patent laws.

If we don't have a winner after 20 minutes or so, we'll post another clue. Good luck, folks, and remember to follow the rules.


Update: After an agonising 21 minutes, we have a winner in bruisedpeach22, who came up with the correct answers of Abraham Lincoln and his lecture on 'Discoveries and Inventions'. Source: Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln at the UMDL. "In the world's history, certain inventions and discoveries occurred, of peculiar value, on account of their great efficiency in facilitating all other inventions and discoveries. Of these were the arts of writing and of printing, the discovery of America, and the introduction of patent-laws."


Whew. What a week. We'll clue things up on Monday with a few hints about some future contests that will involve creativity and design work. In the meantime, have a great weekend. I know I need a rest....

The Last Giveaway: the Levenger Ultimate DiyP/Circa Kit

The Levenger Company certainly needs no introduction to any of our regulars here. With a wide range of sumptuous products that cater to everyone from avid readers to journallers, creative types, office supply geeks and paper planner lovers, Levenger and its offerings are continually discussed within the pages of this site. It doesn't hurt that one of our most revered members is one Ryan Rasmussen, a Levenger employee who is always ready to brainstorm ideas, address concerns, and help out whenever he can.

We're thus very proud to present a prize package that Ryan has specially configured as the "Ultimate D*I*Y Planner / Circa Kit." This complete kit contains enough supplies to start a small army of capture devices and notebooks:

Levenger DiyP/Circa Kit

  • A high-quality and very sturdy Circa Desk Punch
  • 4 sets of 25 discs in 1/2", 3/4", 1", and 1 1/2" diameters
  • 2 sets of translucent covers in each of the following sizes: letter, junior, compact, hipster, micro
  • A set of five soft color tab dividers in every size: letter, junior, compact, and hipster
  • 2 sets of five soft color pocket dividers in both junior and 3x5
  • 2 sets of two zip pockets in both letter and compact
  • A nice selection of Circa-punched paper and card stock to get you started

The retail price of this DIYer's dream package is approximately $200.

Stay tuned within the next couple of hours for the final question of our second anniversary giveaway. It's going to be a tough one. (And, as usual, be sure to have read the contest rules before you guess.)

Tick tick tick....