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Post-It Notes - 25 Years of Hypertext in Paper

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the little-yellow-different dept.

Technology 142

RexDart writes "A Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine, The Rake, has a fascinating article revealing the history and development of the humble, ubiquitous Post-It Note. An intriguing tale of a dedicated visionary working the system to bring an innovative product to life in a monolithic, tradition-bound organization." From the article: "Two and a half decades later, as the little yellow notes celebrate their silver anniversary, it's easy to forget what a recent innovation they are. Thanks to their material simplicity, they seem more closely related to workplace antiquities like the stapler and the hole-punch than integrated chips. Instead, they're an exemplary product of their time. Foreshadowing the web, they offered an easy way to link one piece of information to another in a precisely contextual way. Foreshadowing email, they made informal, asynchronous communication with your co-workers a major part of modern office life."

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Troll Patrol (882091) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461251)

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yawn (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461258)

In 25 yrs we'll be reading somebodies tribute to Clippy I guess.

Obvious Question (5, Funny)

DSpaniel (882128) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461264)

What was the First Post(it)??!?

Really ... (1)

ggvaidya (747058) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461277)

RTFA:

On April 6, 1980, though, the endless and complicated march of progress took a short break as a remarkable new technology arrived in stationery stores around the nation. It was so simple to use, even a CEO could master it. It was so perfectly designed, it didn't require semi-annual upgrades. It was so versatile, it actually performed better than advertised. It was the Post-it Note.
:-P

Re:Really ... (3, Funny)

rizzo5 (574275) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461378)

1980? geez, that means Romy had to be about 9 or 10 years old when she invented them.

Re:Really ... (3, Funny)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461464)

Hi. I'm just writing to inform you that in the English language it is generally considered appropriate to acknowledge the difference between the word "what" and the word "when." They really are quite different.

Re:Really ... (1)

rylin (688457) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461473)

Where said that?

Re:Really ... (2, Informative)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461970)

Whenever said it doesn't really matter.

Re:Obvious Question (2)

arbscht (851263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461283)

Hello World? (I hope not.)

Re:Obvious Question (1)

beforewisdom (729725) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461432)

Make more post-its

Re: Obvious Question. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461470)

"Mister Fry. Come here. I need you."

Re:Obvious Question (1)

kabbor (856635) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461563)

FYI, from the article:

"I was reading a report, and I had some questions about the data it contained, so I cut out a little sample of the bookmark material, stuck it in on the page where the data was, drew an arrow toward the data, and wrote my question," he said. "Then I gave it to my supervisor."

So, nothing interesting or with any relevance outside it's context. Which was the point of the article, think on.

Pitty, the "Come here, Fry, I need you" suggestion would have been nice.

Re:Obvious Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461646)

I just glued a post-it on my monitor that says "ITS IS NOT IT'S" with an arrow to your it's. Can you see it, or should I mail it to you?

DON'T FOLLOW POST-IT ARROW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12462262)

I just glued a post-it on my monitor that says "ITS IS NOT IT'S" with an arrow to your it's.

His post-it note is actually pointing to Goatse. DO NOT LOOK.

Post-It Note Web Map (4, Interesting)

ThatWeasel (113982) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461268)

Because they are comparing Post-It Notes to the Internet wouldn't it be fun (and time-comsuming) to create an Internet Map [thinkgeek.com] using just Post-It Notes? Of course, Post-It Notes stock would go through the roof since it would require billions of stickies but it would be fun!

Re:Post-It Note Web Map (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461346)

comparing Post-It Notes to the Internet wouldn't it be fun (and time-comsuming) to create an Internet Map using just Post-It Notes? - I have one on my basement walls, each note is indexed into my extensive collection of newspaper clippings. I use the small notes as nodes and the bigger ones as hubs. I keep my darknet map under tinfoil just in case.

yea (5, Insightful)

metricmusic (766303) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461271)

Its amazing what somebody saw in something no one else saw a use for.

the saying 'someone's junk is another's treasure' comes to mind.

http://www.snopes.com/business/origins/post-it.asp [snopes.com]

Re:yea (2, Insightful)

Eric Giguere (42863) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461377)

someone's junk is another's treasure

Which is really why eBay exists and is so profitable!

Eric
New book out on June 17th! [memwg.com]

This just in... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461275)

...the world's first Post-It Note is being auctioned on eBay. It comes complete with certificate of authenticity, written directly on the Post-It itself.......uh.......oops.

Re:This just in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461527)

Parent is a lie. The first post-it fell to the floor after one minute and was removed by the cleaning lady that evening.

timeline (5, Informative)

cahiha (873942) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461286)

Seriously! Minnesota's greatest invention prefigured email, hypertext, and the digital revolution.

No, it didn't. E-mail and hypertext preceded the PostIt note by a decade or two.

Re:timeline (4, Insightful)

Detritus (11846) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461405)

That doesn't mean that they were present in the average office. A networked computer on every desk became common much later.

Re:timeline (1)

Lemuel (2370) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461767)

Then they should have said something like "prefigured the spread of email, hypertext, and the digital revolution to offices". By making a broad statement they make it sound like email didn't exist at all before the Post-It Note.

Re:timeline (1)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461789)

E-mail and hypertext preceded the PostIt note by a decade or two.

Not to mention RexDart's hyperbole.

KFG

Re:timeline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461927)

prefigured != preceded

Seriously, what real office considered email
critical in the early 80's? The yellow
stickie took over FAST. In that sense it
*prefigured* our current models.

Slow day (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461288)

Slow news day, Slashdot?

creative other use (4, Funny)

moz25 (262020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461291)

I've also seen some creative use [boingboing.net] for these notes that probably were not part of the original ideas either :-)

Nice sig. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461356)

"See some tileable and desktop backgrounds [backgroundsarchive.com]"

There's a Post-It joke in there somewhere...

Love the Post-its (4, Funny)

elecngnr (843285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461314)

I grew up in a 3M town and had family that worked for them. I was 10 or 11 when they came out and I remember the big deal made about them. There was a 3M exec who worked with the Junior Achievement groups and I would always be hoping and praying that he would bring some Post-It notes in to school so I could get a pad.

It is interesting to note the products of unintended consequences. Just a few: Post-Its, Microwave Ovens, and Vasoline.

Re:Love the Post-its (3, Funny)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461383)

It is interesting to note the products of unintended consequences. Just a few: Post-Its, Microwave Ovens, and Vasoline.

I shudder to think what the sequence of 'unintended consequences' leading up to the invention of vaseline were.

Sadly, kind of boring (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461628)

Vaseline was gunk that kept seeping out of the joints on an oil rig's drill bits.

The fella who noticed that wounds didn't get infected if you covered them with vaseline lived into his 90s, and credited his long life to a full-skin vaseline massage given to him by his nurse everyday.

Re:Sadly, kind of boring (3, Funny)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461655)

The fella who noticed that wounds didn't get infected if you covered them with vaseline lived into his 90s, and credited his long life to a full-skin vaseline massage given to him by his nurse everyday.

This guy is getting a full-skin vaseline massage from a nurse every day and you think it's "sadly, kind of boring"?!

My God! I wouldn't mind helping that nurse live into her 90s using the same method (though I'd prefer she was in her 20s at the time I was doing it).

Re:Sadly, kind of boring (1)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 9 years ago | (#12462258)

Vaseline was gunk that kept seeping out of the joints on an oil rig's drill bits. The fella who noticed that wounds didn't get infected if you covered them with vaseline lived into his 90s, and credited his long life to a full-skin vaseline massage given to him by his nurse everyday.

Robert Chesebrough, the inventor/discoverer, wasa wack guy. It gets even better:

The best use of Vaseline® has to be by Mr. Chesebrough, himself. He believed that a person should eat a spoonful every day for good health.

He lived to ninety-six years of age and never missed that delicious spoonful every morning.

Re:Love the Post-its (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12462253)

I shudder to think what the sequence of 'unintended consequences' leading up to the invention of vaseline were.

I wonder who first 'discovered' that you can milk a goat/cow?

Re:Love the Post-its (2, Interesting)

gwernol (167574) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461742)

It is interesting to note the products of unintended consequences. Just a few: Post-Its, Microwave Ovens, and Vasoline.

Probably the most lucrative example of this is Viagra, which was originally developed as a heart medication. I heard that the original developers considered its unintended side effect so unfortunate that they ceased development of the heart medicine until someone at Pfizer realized that perhaps the side effect might be worth something. I suspect that's an urban legend though....

Re:Love the Post-its (1)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 9 years ago | (#12462221)

..Vasoline.

You really shouldn't learn to spell things from song titles [lyricsfreak.com] . Musicians are frequently the worst authority on literacy. The word you want is Vaseline [vaseline.com] .

Other ideas for Post-It technology (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461316)

I which they'd come up with full page size Post-Its with full adhesive backing with a removable liner. That way you could print off CAD drawings and use them as guide templates for drilling and cutting out parts. Sort of a poor man's CAM tool. Think of surfaces like plexiglass where you can't mark on it directly since it would ruin the finish.

Re:Other ideas for Post-It technology (1)

rusty0101 (565565) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461743)

Well, you could use spray adhesive. There are a couple different tackyness levels, from will peel off with little difficulty, through permanent adhesion.

If you are working with plexiglass that already has a sheet of plastic on top of it, to be removed to reveal the final surface, then even the permanent spray adhesive would not be an issue, as you would just peal it off with the surface protection plastic.

Even with that, over the long term, it would probably be more efficient to use a laser or watter jet cutting machine, and 'print' directly to the final cuts through the 4'x8' sheets.

-Rusty

Re:Other ideas for Post-It technology (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461763)

How about bigger [officedepot.com] than full page?

mod parent up (1)

Maxwell42 (594898) | more than 9 years ago | (#12462147)

I've used those mega post it and they are indeed really useful to stick on a wall, windows or anything you can imagine for a presentation.

Re:Other ideas for Post-It technology (4, Insightful)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461772)

It's called "Rubber Cement." We've been doing this for decades before the Post-It adhesive. Works just fine.

KFG

Not just the /. Eds that are clueless (4, Insightful)

Ronald Dumsfeld (723277) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461318)

Seriously! Minnesota's greatest invention prefigured email, hypertext, and the digital revolution.
Say what?

Despite common belief, e-mail actually pre-dates the Internet; in fact, existing e-mail systems were a crucial tool in creating the Internet. [wikipedia.org]

Email originated before I was born, and I'm old enough to remember the introduction of the Post-It.

Re:Not just the /. Eds that are clueless (1)

ThJ (641955) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461906)

Yup. Clearly remember having a Post box on all the BBSes I went to back in the day...

Come on! (5, Insightful)

Matthias Wiesmann (221411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461319)

You realise that before post-it notes, people would simply use a sheet of paper and some duct tape or a bloody paper-clip? (the non virtual, non annoying kind). The brilliant idea of post-it notes was to have pre-cut, pre-glued paper notes. Claiming that post-it notes are ancestors of hyper-links is like saying that the red pen used by teachers is the ancestor of versioning systems...

Re:Come on! (4, Funny)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461366)

Yes, it's all about laziness. My univ still doesn't use post-it, and they don't intent to, until they run out of their supply of blank 80-column [retrologic.com] cards. Every office has a box (10,000 or so of them) and they are used instead of post-it notes, actually being way more handy because of stiffness and size.

bloody paper clip? (2, Informative)

bobalu (1921) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461761)

Yuck. Point taken, but what a nasty mental image! Wouldn't want too many of those on my desk. :-)

Actually the real innovation was the glue that wouldn't "set", so you could remove the thing later w/o tearing the original. It was a failed experiment that they found a use for. I believe the guy was looking for a way to keep his place in a hymm book at church. He didn't want to deface it.

Re:Come on! (1)

lostwanderer147 (829316) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461768)

Claiming that post-it notes are ancestors of hyper-links is like saying that the red pen used by teachers is the ancestor of versioning systems...

It's not quite that far out of line. It is possible to see the connection they've tried to make, between directly linking an idea to another idea without interfereing with the first and HTML, because that is kind of how HTML works, but I understand what you're saying. It's quite a bit of a stretch, but the items are related more closely than red pens and versioning systems. I can't come up with an example right now, but I'm sure some fellow /.er will help me out.

Electronic Equivalents (3, Funny)

Baricom (763970) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461322)

There have been a number of software products based on the Post-It concept, such as 3M's own app (which includes an ability to transfer notes using XML) and Apple's Stickies.

I'm curious: do fellow Slashdotters find these programs helpful versus other ways of keeping track of snippets of information, such as e-mail?

Re:Electronic Equivalents (3, Interesting)

Ctrl-Z (28806) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461338)

I actually find it easier and more convenient to stick real notes onto my monitor than work with those things on my desktop. The notes are always on top, can be moved easily if necessary, and can adhere to the frame of the monitor to stay out of the way.

Re:Electronic Equivalents (2, Informative)

Arimus (198136) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461365)

And not to mention having a real bit of paper can be handy when your PC decided to stop being a useful pile of electronics and become a device for providing frustrating hex dumps on a blue screen ;)

Seriously though I prefer real notes as I don't need to login to my desktop and wait for all the networking stuff just to read a note saying "X tried to call... can you call back?"

Re:Electronic Equivalents (2, Interesting)

QuantumFTL (197300) | more than 9 years ago | (#12462090)

I actually find it easier and more convenient to stick real notes onto my monitor than work with those things on my desktop. The notes are always on top, can be moved easily if necessary, and can adhere to the frame of the monitor to stay out of the way

Actually in Mac OS 10.4, the postit notes widget can be made to do all of that. This hint [macosxhints.com] at MacOSXHints.com shows how to keep the stickies always on top. They are easy to move and can be put back into the dashboard at any time. Maybe not as good as on the rim of your monitor, though.

Re:Electronic Equivalents (2, Informative)

ultrasound (472511) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461371)

I have been using on screen 'Post-it' notes for many years. I run my own business and have to multitask far beyond the task switching capabilities of my memory, so these notes are great for temporary and semipermanent storage.

I started using freeware post-it like software that allowed arbitrary sized/coloured notes to be left on the desktop, however I gradually migrated to using MS Outlook notes, which I use for all of my notes. Currently I have about 40 different notes active. Usually only one or two are displayed on the desktop, the rest I open as and when I need them. They are incredibly useful as aid memoires for the various tasks I have to perform. A permanent TODO note lists various outstanding tasks or items I am working on. Other notes may contain e.g.

o Various ideas for specific projects
o Admin items that need performing
o Outstanding tasks for design
o Things to order (stationary, components)
o Records of temporary/permanent changes to local Network
o Site kit lists (cables, tools, software, dont forget your passport etc.)

I want to migrate away from Outlook to e.g. Mozilla Calendar, but I need a good replacement fo the Post-its, as well as the Contacts database. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Re:Electronic Equivalents (2, Interesting)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461412)

No.
They take up screen real estate, which is a very limited resource. I often use post-it notes myself, to write down useful info from the computer. More, I sometimes print sidebars and paste them to the sides of the monitor (i.e. SFR and memory map for 8052 while developing programs for it, or basic help for some new program - I had "mouse gestures" in "printed sidebars" before I remembered them.) - these actually "increase screen real estate". (same reason I think no 15" ultra-hi-res super-duper LCD screen can replace a good, ol' faithful 21" CRT).
There are things that are good on screen only, things are good in both worlds, and things that are good IRL only. Post-it is good only as non-virtual.

Re:Electronic Equivalents (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12462078)

For my part I'v always found stickies annoying. I just use a plain text file(well rtf these days) for notes.

Users celebrate! (5, Funny)

Skiron (735617) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461328)

If it wasn't for the Post-it-note, how on EARTH would users remember their passwords! Got to be the best invention ever for Windows users in businesses everywhere!

Re:Users celebrate! (4, Funny)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461344)

My passwords are stored in more permanent manner.
Like the poster on the wall, saying "Lexmark Z-50_Color Ink Printer." It's not going to go anywhere in the next 2-3 years.

Re:Users celebrate! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461351)

Why exclusively Windows users? "Pretentious, moi?" Does usage of GNU/Linux, Mac OS or another UNIX-derivative somehow increase brain memory capacity?

Re:Users celebrate! (1, Informative)

Skiron (735617) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461375)

Does usage of GNU/Linux, Mac OS or another UNIX-derivative somehow increase brain memory capacity?

No, but said users have a bigger brain capacity to start with...

Re:Users celebrate! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461384)

It's a lot harder to remember where all those compiled programs went (unless you're packing 'em as you go) than it is to open up Add/Remove Programs... We need more memory capacity ;)

Re:Users celebrate! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461419)

No, it just prevents wasting (decreasing) it.

I hate post-its (3, Funny)

tedric (8215) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461333)

"Foreshadowing email, they made informal, asynchronous communication with your co-workers a major part of modern office life."

I hate it when I come back from a lunch break and my monitor shines in yellow with gazillions of post-its from co-workers on it! Sometimes I think people just wait until you leave your desk and then attack you with post-its from behind. Office is so cruel sometimes...

Re:I hate post-its (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461387)

Because when you're away, you can't say "No, I can't do it", "No, I'm busy with something else", "Why don't you do this yourself?" or such. There's no "Reply" button on post-it notes, which makes them a great tool to unload your own work onto someone else.

Re:I hate post-its (1)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 9 years ago | (#12462307)

Because when you're away, you can't say "No, I can't do it", "No, I'm busy with something else", "Why don't you do this yourself?" or such. There's no "Reply" button on post-it notes, which makes them a great tool to unload your own work onto someone else.

But on the up-side, post-its leave no sender-side copy of themselves, nor is there any delivery confirmation mechanism. I have shirked off jobs that others have tried to shirk off on me via post-it by simply "vanishing" the note. "Dincha' see that post-it I left?" "Nope. Must've fallen off and stuck to the back of something and got thrown away."

Re:I hate post-its (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461430)

Post-It-Spam?

Re:I hate post-its (1)

kabbor (856635) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461533)

Then May I present my soon-to-be-patented bulk post-it notes remover!
Just a sort of plastic-paint-scraper with a receptical, it allows you, with one foul scrape, to remove all the notes and transfer them painlessly to the nearest appropriate receptacle. (Trash can or toilet - it just depends on your mood!)
More advanced models, containing, say, a shredder or some kind of incendiary device will also be covered.

I recall once possessing a similar device, but that was for removing ice from the inside on a freezer. Nothing like mine at all.

There's one problem about them... (4, Funny)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461335)

They are bitch to remove from inside the floppy drives.

Re:There's one problem about them... (1)

Leroy_Brown242 (683141) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461890)

Oh yeah. Like when a user sticks one or more to a floppy, shoves it in the drive, and the disc comes out without the post-it note(s).

Damn I hate that.

BANNED! (4, Interesting)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461348)

Amongst other things I provide consultancy for help desks and call centres (migration, training, expansion, logistics, workflow etc.)

On that kind of environment I strongly recommend AGAINST using sticky notes because they are apt to get lost, fall down the back of desks, under keyboards etc. and they do not stick well to fabric partitions, plus, when you see a desk/wall/monitor plastered with dozens of 'please call' or 'urgent' notes not only does it look extremely messy but it also devalues the urgency of the notes and looks unprofessional - it's a bit like if you received all incoming emails flagged urgent.

If a call centre or help desk cannot send electronic notes, I recommend a clipboard for each employee hooked by their desk in a specific location upon which A5-sized pre-printed notes can be left - because each note is arranged in the same way with regards to from/date/subject/priority etc, it is easier than wading through tons of stickies all written in a diferent way and placed on your keyboard, monitor, chair back, or whereever the person chose to leave it. Some advocate sticking notes on the monitor, but if someone comes back to their desk and needs to check something out on their computer they just peel off the pile and put it 'somewhere' to deal with later and they can get lost, forgotten or ignored.

This may all sound a bit over the top bit it just takes one note from a very important customer to go astray and you can appreciate the need for organisation and consistency - I'm not a control freak but sticky notes are not always the best way to do things in some environments.

Re:BANNED! (3, Insightful)

yagu (721525) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461487)

This may all sound a bit over the top bit it just takes one note from a very important customer to go astray and you can appreciate the need for organisation and consistency - I'm not a control freak but sticky notes are not always the best way to do things in some environments.

Well it does sound a little over the top... not because it's bad policy but more because I don't think it guarantees that one note from a very important customer still won't get lost somehow. I probably have a couple thousand "notes to self" in the form of text files laying around and I'm sure some of those are lost.

Chaos is chaos, and better tools probably just provide better chaos. And more expensive chaos. Wish I had an ultimate solution to suggest, but I've seen many sophisticated environments (e.g., Lotus Notes, PM tools, etc.) and not one has solved the "lost note" problem. Sigh.

Re:BANNED! (0, Troll)

kfg (145172) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461825)

Wish I had an ultimate solution to suggest. . .

Remove the chaos from between your ears.

KFG

Re:BANNED! (3, Funny)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461885)

For the more important. mission-critical issues (e.g. workflow, schematic, tactical plan) may I suggest a table napkin.

The Big Picture (3, Interesting)

coastwalker (307620) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461358)

Theres still no better way to get a bunch of people to collaborate over solving a problem than sticking ideas on postit notes on a framework sketched out on a Very Large Piece of Paper (TM.) stuck on a wall.

What I could do with is a way of capturing these things and then cutting and pasting portions of the thing and moving them around and then reprojecting them, rinse and repeat..

I could do it with a laser scanner (of the sort used to capture egyptian tombs) and a high deffinition projector I guess.

Good for web site design, FMEA, Business process re-engineering and the capture of complex systems.

No time to lose, I'm off to start up a new business right now, just as soon as I have recorded the idea on a postit note stuck on my monitor. Now where did I leave them....

This just in!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461382)

In just the last few days, we have received literally dozens of reports that Steven P. Jobs, the current CEO of Apple Computer, Inc., will personally be shaving all body hair from his corpus to be included in the plastics of special MAC mini's, in efforts to promote MAC mini pricedrops for this Christmas season.

Apple spokeshermaphrodite, Leslie Theresa Doe, stated, "This was the opportunity to get Mr. Jobs really involved in the MAC mini production. I mean, after all, he did steal the design from Amelio and Hancock!"

Being part German and part Italian, Jobs's body hair is expected to be found in no less than 15 different systems, all being distributed across the world. Lucky MAC mini purchasers who find the magic folicles will be flown to Apple's One Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California for a special day held by Apple staffers and hired help: local area barbers will be shaving the lucky winners' body hair as well! This is really a way to show the old Apple spirit is back!

Pluck some knowledge this way, baby. PLEASE!

It's finally happened... (0, Troll)

connah0047 (850585) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461402)

Slashdot has run out of articles to post...

Great for storing passwords! (4, Funny)

gooman (709147) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461403)

Just jot it down and stick it on your monitor.
If you are really security minded, you can simply stick it under the keyboard.

Used Post-It Sold on eBay.... (2, Insightful)

the-dark-kangaroo (848289) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461439)

Seems someone tried to mark this anniversary by selling a post-it note on eBay UK. Bids got upto £1.8 million, but then that bid was retracted. I managed to get a screenshot of it. See the screenshot here [linux-hoster.co.uk]

this sounds familiar (2, Interesting)

rizzo5 (574275) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461440)

from TFA: "At 3M, however, there is a long-standing policy that permits employees to spend fifteen percent of their time working on projects of their own choosing." I guess Google can't be credited with innovating that (although I've never seen anyone claim that they had). I wonder how many other companies have done something like this?

Re:this sounds familiar (2, Interesting)

rusty0101 (565565) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461783)

From what I recall, HP had a varient on this. Engineers could use anything in the HP inventory to work on whatever they had in mind, and if HP chose not to turn that idea into a product, the engineer was free to do with it what ever they chose. Thus Woz created both the Apple I and Apple II from mostly off the shelf parts at HP, and was able to take the result outside of HP, and colaborate with Jobs on creating Apple.

Then again you probably remembered that just after you posted, and decided it was just outside your tollerances for variations on the idea.

-Rusty

Re:this sounds familiar (1)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461788)

from TFA: "At 3M, however, there is a long-standing policy that permits employees to spend fifteen percent of their time working on projects of their own choosing."
Not only that, but they are obligated to not spend some percentage of their budget on their primary research project, so they have that little margin to explore "side effects" that would be neglected thanks to traditional normal stupid shortsighted bean-counters.

As long as it is Star Wars season (1)

beforewisdom (729725) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461441)

I would like us all to recall that line from the original Star Wars movie where Obiwan Kenobi tells Darth Vader:

"If you cut me down you will only make me stronger".

PCs, the web have not cut down post-it notes, only made them stronger or transformed them.

I still see a few computers in every office with post-it notes plastered around the monitor with fresh pads of them in every supply closet.

Every desktop I have seen has an electronic analog of post-it notes. Even gnu/linux with the KDE ( I don't know abut Gnome ).

Re:As long as it is Star Wars season (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461549)

"If you cut me down you will only make me stronger".

"But if you stick post-it glue to my back, I will fall to the floor within 2 minutes."

Re:As long as it is Star Wars season (1)

rusty0101 (565565) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461848)

At least once, as 'Stickies' under accesories as an Applet.

And while it is not a 'Gnome' specific app, there is xpad which uses gtk extentions.

Enjoy.

-Rusty

Ah yes... The Post-it. (4, Funny)

nunchux (869574) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461445)

I hate you, Post-it Notes. I hate the person who invented you. And most of all, I hate my uptight, neurotic and textbook case of passive behavior ex-roommate who communicated exclusively through you.

Re:Ah yes... The Post-it. (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461540)

...hmm talking to inanimate objects eh!?

Re:Ah yes... The Post-it. (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461920)


But most of all, I hate white Post-It notes. They just blend into the white background of that important document that was forwarded to you five days ago and the document was supposed to be completed and edited by you, duplicated, bound, and circulated to upper management by YOU, five minutes from now, on this date, as indicated on said Post-It.

Re:Ah yes... The Post-it. (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 9 years ago | (#12462289)

[nunchux,
I'm watching you. -your ex-roommate]

problem with post-its (2, Funny)

miyako (632510) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461568)

I've always liked the concept of post-it notes, since my memory for tasks is abysmal (or rather I'm too easily distracted from the tasks I need to complete). I've tried using post-it notes, but the problem is that usually after a few hours, they stop sticking. I've tried using other brands but I can't get any of them to stick for more than an hour or two. Anyone have any experience with a brand that will actually stay stuck on vertical surface (e.g. monitor, fridge, etc) for more than an hour or two?

Re:problem with post-its (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12462125)

Super-sticky Post-its, just released!

You can always tell the cool people at work... (1)

cryptocom (833376) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461593)

...'cause they use multi-colored neon Post-Its. :)

Romy and Michele (0, Offtopic)

xaraya (635792) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461744)

Who knew that Romy and Michele [imdb.com] also had a hand in creating the internet as well.

They didn't pay them enough... (2, Interesting)

electrosoccertux (874415) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461760)

I know one of the primary developers of the chemical they used to make it sticky...he was on the original team. And I think I rememeber him telling me that they only gave them a one time 50K bonus. (Might have been 500K, but he said it was pretty small, so I think it was 50K). Thats sad.

What the...? (1)

op00to (219949) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461765)

They're notes. How exactly are they hypertext? They are annotations, like tooltips.

Macintosh post-it notes. (1)

Tibe (444675) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461822)

Macintosh post-it notes: the post-it note for the rest of us. [uriah.com]

Saturday Night Live's Macintosh Post-It Notes Parody.

Coral cache. [nyud.net]

Re:Macintosh post-it notes. (1)

nuggetman (242645) | more than 9 years ago | (#12462367)

I assume that'd be funnier if you oculd actually READ what they're writing since it appears to be making a jab at the Newton's handwriting recognition

Virtual Post-It Notes (2, Informative)

bender647 (705126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461836)

GTK+ dependencies:
http://xpad.sourceforge.net/ [sourceforge.net]

For KDE:
http://pim.kde.org/components/knotes.php [kde.org]

Re:Virtual Post-It Notes (1)

rusty0101 (565565) | more than 9 years ago | (#12461868)

There is also the 'Sticky Notes' applet for Gnome Panels. If it's in the version of Gnome you have, it will be in the 'Accessories' menu under 'Add to Panel' option.

Enjoy.

-Rusty

micnus 5, Troll) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12461846)

clothes or be a rules to follow so there are pe*ople confirmi8g the and shouting that to use the GNAA of *BSD asswipes the resignation people's faces at [tuxedo.org],

Interesting Quote (1)

Deinhard (644412) | more than 9 years ago | (#12462228)

Strange that the "quote of the month" in our elevators is from Spencer Silver.
"The key to the Post-It adhesive was doing the experiment. If I had sat down and factored it beforehand, and thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. If I had really seriously cracked the book and gone through the literature, I would have stopped. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do it."
The Post-It is a great example of bucking convention and developing something that is 1) useful and 2) never before considered.

Post-Mortem (2, Interesting)

Ranger (1783) | more than 9 years ago | (#12462275)

Everything about that blurb annoys me:

"has a fascinating article revealing the history and development of the humble, ubiquitous Post-It Note."

Anything small yellow and square can't be humble. Just ask SpongeBob SquarePants.

An intriguing tale of a dedicated visionary working the system to bring an innovative product to life in a monolithic, tradition-bound organization."

We are talking about Post-It Notes, right?

From the article: "Two and a half decades later, as the little yellow notes celebrate their silver anniversary, it's easy to forget what a recent innovation they are.

I suppose so, if you are generation X. Everyone else knows they are modern. Why doesn't liquid paper get the same accolades? It's been around longer. Whatever happened to liquid paper anyway?

Thanks to their material simplicity, they seem more closely related to workplace antiquities like the stapler and the hole-punch than integrated chips.

Again what about liquid paper? Workplace antiquities? A scrivener's tools are workplace antiquities: blotters, quills, inkwells, candles, etc.

Instead, they're an exemplary product of their time. Foreshadowing the web,

Ooh, puh-lease! No it didn't.

they offered an easy way to link one piece of information to another in a precisely contextual way.

What the fuck are you talking about? Post-It notes are about as contextual as writing on a cocktail napkin.

Foreshadowing email, they made informal, asynchronous communication with your co-workers a major part of modern office life."

Foreshadowing email my ass. Email existed before Post-It's. Asynchronous? Do you even know what that means? Who the fuck used Post-It Notes to communicate to other people? I just used them as reminders for myself. And if other people saw them at my desk any communication was unintentional.
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