24 April 2014

Filofax Tip No. 11

So today's tip.

If like me you swap from one organiser to another during the year. Instead of just taking all the pages out and moving them across in to the other organiser.

Take 5-10 minutes to see if there are any pages you can remove, discard or archive. It is very easy for your organiser to grow through the year.

I try to remember to do this every couple of months, it helps if you have a variety of different ring sizes in your organisers.

Until the next tip happy organising.  Check out other tips here.

Lefax Radio Log

You might recall Paul did a guest post on the Lefax Radio Log back in August 2012, well recently he offered to donate it to me for safe keeping and also because of my radio engineering background, which was very generous and kind of Paul.

We agreed the best way to get it to me and it arrived when Alison was at the London Book Fair a couple of weeks ago.

It arrived safely, but seeing it close up the leather organiser is rather delicate. But Paul had managed to remove the pages from the rings successfully without doing any further damage to the organiser.

I've been doing some research and I'm making contact with The Leather Conservation Centre in England, so hopefully I will have some better answers on how to preserve this leather artefact for many years to come! The ring mechanism is a little bit rusty, but they still work. I will be hoping to attend to the rust soon as well.

I have also scanned in all of the pages at a reasonably high resolution and I will be making these scans available for research purposes as well.

So although I read Paul's description a couple of years ago there was one small detail I sort of over looked. This 1920's Lefax organiser has a very different set of rings in it compared to the type we see these days.

The difference is how they work. No tabs on these, but the two sets of three operate independently of each other, watch:

Both sets closed

Open the bottom set

Open the top set

Close the bottom set
Because there are no tabs you have to use the rings themselves to open them. And as you know we strongly advise against doing this with any ring bound organiser these days. Simply because pulling apart one set of rings can twist the internals of the mechanism and you end up with the well known gaps in the rings issue.

However, if the rings are independent of each other, like on this one the problem is greatly reduced. I am not sure when the ring mechanism makers around the world stopped making rings like this, but there are definitely some positives about this type of design!

Having scanned in the pages I was able to read the pages much easier on my big iMac screen as my eyesight isn't so good with small print and trying to read things close up, old age sadly. But on the screen I am able to read the pages with ease.

Some of the following images you will have seen as photos in Paul's original post.

A huge range of inserts, some I can only guess what they are about.

This is just the first page of the radio log, I'm sure you don't want to see all 32 pages of it. But in case you do, hop over to my blog and you can see it in full.

As a comparison, come forward 60 years to the late 1980's and these are the sheets from the Filofax International Data Set that included the BBC World Service frequencies and broken down in to regions served. 

And the list of programmes for the BBC World Service from 1987.

Admiralty Handbook of Wireless Telegraphy 1938 edition which cost £0, 6s, 9d in 1940.. I have the receipt! an old Morse key, and the pages from the Lefax Radio Log! I like to keep up to date with technology!

When I got my first Filofax back in 1986 I was working for the UK radio regulator in the section that assigned frequencies for sound broadcasting transmitters in UK. I mainly dealt with the ones on VHF FM, but my colleague that I sat next to dealt with the MF (Medium Frequency - 526.5 kHz to 1606.5 kHz) assignments. So it was interesting to see the equivalent lists for the USA back in the 1920's.

Back in the 1980's BBC and IBA (Independent Broadcasting Authority as was) used to produce their own Engineering Information Guides. These were small pocket books that listed all the radio and TV transmitters, the size of the books where about Filofax personal size, which for me at the time was very convenient.

I will enjoy doing more research in to how spectrum management was carried out in the 1920's compared today. I've already spotted something in the details that might be worth exploring in more detail, but I will tell you about that at another time!

Again thank you for Paul's generous offer to donate this radio log to me.

23 April 2014

Looking Back: If You Like It Buy It...

I was looking back through the archives the other evening trying to decide what to write about today... but I spotted that it is just a few days more than 4 years since Laurie and I met for the first time in 2010 in London.

We discussed a lot of things that day, even with my poor memory I can still recall how we didn't stop talking about organisers whilst we walked along the London South Bank in the sunshine.

One thing we both agreed on 'If you like it... buy it' and it still holds true today.

More so now I guess, although the number of people that visit Philofaxy every day has increased since 2010, there are still people that we are attracting from our audience on Facebook and elsewhere. So there's even more people hunting around for those models from the past.

Time and time again I see messages on Philofaxy, in my inbox, on Facebook. They normally start with 'I'm looking for an x in y size and in z colour' and you don't even to look most of them up, because you know they were phased out a couple of years ago or more!

Sometimes we get lucky. I often suggest placing an advert on Ad-spot, that can often turn things up that people have hunted for on Ebay, Amazon, every possible FF site in the world and one can turn up on Adspot.

So is there a Filofax or another brand of organiser that you regret not buying at the time they were sold or being sold off?  I have a few, but I will share those with you in the comments...

22 April 2014

Web Finds - 22 April 2014

So here are the latest Filofax blog posts from around the Internet:
  1. P is for… Password Tracker - Planning with Printed Portal
  2. Patent Red Compact Filofax Review - Spread the Giggles 
  3. What’s In My Bag? - OATTblog
  4. Ultimate FiloHack! DIY Dollar Planner Refills! - InsMOMniac
  5. Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge Day 15-18 - The Pit Bull Mama
  6. Blogger Challenge (Filofax Faces) Competition Result! - Filofax Love
  7. Bullet Journal Record - Clarifilo
  8. Q is for… Quick List - Planning with Printed Portal 
  9. Simplified life starting with a pocket Chameleon - It's Bluetiger
  10. Gillio Comparison: Mia Cara vs Amica - OATTblog
  11. Mini To Do List - Roses in December
  12. Planning My Cruise Packing List: What To Wear - Giftie Etcetera
  13. Filo Photo Friday Wk16 - Fi-Lily, Fi-Lo
  14. Converting currencies and who pays VAT where - This Bugs Life
  15. 365/30: A wallet, a phone, a Filofax... - Filomaniac
  16. R is for… Running Log - Planning with Printed Portal
  17. To Do’s, Tasks and Projects - Heather Holistics
  18. The Five Minute Filo Pocket - Recycling for Earth Day - The Contemplative Belle
  19. Pen-loop Hack - Mole in a Hole
  20. Gillio Comparison: Amica vs Compagna - OATTblog
  21. Blogging 101: Photography Basics - Strange & Charmed
  22. Tutorial No. 13 – To-Do Board for Filofax - DiYfish
  23. My Filofax set up - Bella Coco
  24. A5 Aston overhaul and Filoflex iPad Mini Combo - It's Bluetiger
  25. Do You Really Need to Take a Filofax when Travelling? - The University Project
  26. Another Page Marker - Roses in December
  27. "My Week" Links from Around the Web 4/22/14 - The Contemplative Belle
  28. Filofax Focus - Steve Morton
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  • We can not guarantee people will read your posts, but we know there is a higher chance of people reading your posts and returning to read other posts if you make them interesting with pictures and good hints and tips. Do not forget to give your posts a title... 
  • For some general tips on Filofax Blogging, please see this post
And here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. My Filofax set up - Bella Coco
  2. Van der Spek A5 Touch Me - Gidget Loves
  3. Gillio Comparison Amica vs Mia Cara - OATTblog
  4. Filofax Week 16 Decoration Tutorial - Sugarpandax3
  5. Unboxing of the KiddyQualia inserts for my Filofax - MadeWithLoveCrafter
  6. Gillio Comparison Amica vs Compagna - OATTblog
  7. Filofax 2 days per page inserts - palestblue 
  8. Week 17 Filofax Decoration - Filofascination
  9. Mein Filofax A5 Setup - Tabbitapse
  10. agenda filofax Malden pocket - Il mondo Di Luna
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