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    Is the old 555 notebook or the new iPad better?

    Is the old 555 notebook or the new iPad better?

    The old 555 notebook was "killed" by filofax which in turn was kaput-ed by PDAs and now .... seriously, I am already starting to "dumb down" my gadgets .... I am actually enjoying using the old 2B pencils that Lick Hung insists that the kids must use in school - nothing beats the sharpening of pencils to start the day (apart from a nice hot bowl of currymee ) - it is like the mental "cranking" up of the brain !!

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    IMHO, two major avantages 555 notebook has over iPad:

    1) NOBODY WANTS TO STEAL IT !!
    2) Your heart don't break IF you drop it !!!

    PS: I don't carry a 555 notebook myself but an old-flowery thick cover Quattro size 400 pages notebook
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    additional major advantages 555 notebook has over iPad:
    3) Requires NO power source.
    4) Instant boot-up

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkNite
    additional major advantages 555 notebook has over iPad:
    3) Requires NO power source.
    4) Instant boot-up
    Put in your pocket and carry with you wherever you go.

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    And with so little "memory" and limited hard-disk space (pages), you only STORE IMPORTANT STUFF and REMOVE/FILTER the junk out .... talk about "in-built" prioritisation and discipline.
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    One of the bad habits that we have developed as a result of having cheaper and cheaper and larger HD space is that we tend to keep a lot of stuff (GBs) whether it is useful or not ... I blame this "idea" on Gmail for promoting "keep ALL your emails - don't have to delete" mantra ... now we have TBs of photos, videos, music, documents etc .... UNLIMITED CONSUMPTION ... I think the world needs a return to frugality and scarcity ... we are killing the environment and overusing the resources ....

    An example that BSLee will like is cars ... nowadays, we hear of people changing cars every 2-3 years, while a few decades ago, people don't change cars UNLESS it is totalled in an accident or broke down beyond repairs and ownership is like at least 10 years !!
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    555 lives! You can still buy 555 around here.... probably popular. However, it cannot take the heat... whenever I sweat, it melts It would be good if they come out with a plastic cover.

    Netbook, ipad and pda are just expensive toys which needs battery.

    I still carry a piece of recycle piece of recycle A4 paper folded into my pocket than carry around the thick heavy management folder/filofax/diary the company provides... nak cabut meeting diam2 lagi senang

    For ipad u hafta buy the softwares... nice to have but not for working...a mini version of ipad is the ipod touch.

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    What was the 555 booklet originally used for? I remembered that they used to be real small. And why 555 and not 888 or 999?

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    Ancient way of bookkeeping and very efficient summore.

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    ahh... was that the way they sell groceries in the past? A list of all the creditors for easy collection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by venuspop
    What was the 555 booklet originally used for? I remembered that they used to be real small. And why 555 and not 888 or 999?
    You must be very young.... relatively.

    Let me tell you how I first used the 555 notebook, as a notebook kept by a man known as Rasool, the proprietor of the canteen we undergads at Econs Faculty at UM called "The Cowshed"....

    You see, we had no money in the pocket... practically broke you might say. We only saw some money end of the month when our parents sent us a Postal or Money Order or for some of us when we received our monthly bursary or loan from the Lee Yan Lian Foundation or Lee Rubber Foundation or State Government Bursaries lah.... or when parents of some of our tuition students paid us the tuition fees.

    But we needed food to survive. So we ate first and paid later. We eat our 2 roti canai garing with teh-O (about total 90 sen back then) and Rasool will write down in a 555 notebook "90 sen" and we just signed at the side lor...

    End of the month we would pay Rasool for whatever we have signed for.... and if we still haven't got our money yet to pay Rasool, we go eat in the canteen at the Arts Faculty concourse and open another 555 account there lor....

    p.s. remember the late singer / lawyer Sudirman Haji Arshad? He was a Petronas scholarship holder and yet he has one of the most 555 accounts throughout the entire campus.... ha ha! We had fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by venuspop
    What was the 555 booklet originally used for? I remembered that they used to be real small. And why 555 and not 888 or 999?
    The purpose, it is simple. When I was young, I used to hear this at the coffee shop near my dad’s shop… “Kopi O satu …otang !”.. at month end, the coffee shop owner will collect money from his customers by checking his 555 book. Amazingly, the customers would not question and paid as the shop owner told.

    Thinking about it, the society then was poor but people were honest and simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentinel
    You must be very young.... relatively.

    Let me tell you how I first used the 555 notebook, as a notebook kept by a man known as Rasool, the proprietor of the canteen we undergads at Econs Faculty at UM called "The Cowshed"....

    You see, we had no money in the pocket... practically broke you might say. We only saw some money end of the month when our parents sent us a Postal or Money Order or for some of us when we received our monthly bursary or loan from the Lee Yan Lian Foundation or Lee Rubber Foundation or State Government Bursaries lah.... or when parents of some of our tuition students paid us the tuition fees.

    But we needed food to survive. So we ate first and paid later. We eat our 2 roti canai garing with teh-O (about total 90 sen back then) and Rasool will write down in a 555 notebook "90 sen" and we just signed at the side lor...

    End of the month we would pay Rasool for whatever we have signed for.... and if we still haven't got our money yet to pay Rasool, we go eat in the canteen at the Arts Faculty concourse and open another 555 account there lor....
    Thank you for enlightening me. Thank goodness they no longer practice 'Eating on Credit' in canteens these days. Else, we parents will be 'pokai' with our children's expensive taste.

    What about the numbers, 555? Had that anything to do with food mostly costing 5 sens in those days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HTCHONG
    The purpose, it is simple. When I was young, I used to hear this at the coffee shop near my dad’s shop… “Kopi O satu …otang !”.. at month end, the coffee shop owner will collect money from his customers by checking his 555 book. Amazingly, the customers would not question and paid as the shop owner told.

    Thinking about it, the society then was poor but people were honest and simple.
    But then again, in those days, everybody knows everybody else, so if one doesn't pay, I guess the whole town gets to hear about it? Not like now....heck I don't even know my neighbor's name....

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    555 was actually pronounced Tiga Lima... and there was also a very popular cigarette brand then known as State Express 555 from MTC... second in popularity then to Benson & Hedges. 555 was the first cigarette that started the mini-packet of 5 sticks for 30 sen.... can easily hide the whole pack easily in the school bag....

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