I bought a Psion 3a PDA many years ago, primarily to keep track of stock prices in the spreadsheet application. It was a wonderful little piece of hardware and at £400 expensive at the time considering that it only had 2mb of memory on board. You could expand it by buying either Flash SSD or Ram SSD but I never needed to. Yes, 2mb was indeed enough for what I used it for. Data, Word, Agenda, Time, World, Calc and Sheet applications, all well written and easy to use. I used the graph capability in Sheet to track moving averages in stock prices, looking for a Golden Cross.
The Data application was used to keep track of contact details and the book’s, LP’s, CD’s and video’s that I had bought. I also started to keep a database of quotations. Whenever I heard something that I thought was funny, witty or profound I tapped it into my little Psion 3a. The collection just grew and grew over the years.
Yesterday I found the export of this data in a text file on my iMac and I decided to put it on a blog page. I was going to just use a little Ruby magic to wrap HTML tags around the data and dump it into WordPress. This isn’t very technical I know, not being in a database, but it would have done the job. Then I found that Dustin at Zombie Robot had written a WordPress plugin which does the job. I just did a little tweaking of the PHP code so that it matches the same style as the other quotes on my blog.