View Full Version : PDAs and you
08-15-2000, 03:56 PM
Since FQ seems to be home to many tech savvy early adopters, I was kind of curious how many people here own a PDA.[nbsp][nbsp]Having just purchased a Handspring Visor myself, I'd love to be able to trade tips, suggestions, software, etc. with other users, since this forum is much more personable than others you run across.
Otherwise, let this thread wither away into a sad existence in a dank and dark archive ;)[nbsp]
08-15-2000, 05:04 PM
I have a Palm IIIx (is it 4 or 8 meg of RAM) with a leather organizer that I'm trying to sell, original box, manuals, everything.[nbsp][nbsp]Anybody interested?
I thought it was a great thing until the batteriess kept dying out. Since then I bought a 160mhz laptop with 2 gig drive and 32 meg of ram for $250. And it includes a car adaptor.
08-15-2000, 10:07 PM
Well Dave you probably got a good deal on the laptop, I've used palms off and on, don't have one right now, the 3x is 4 megs of ram, I followed the handspring for awhile, they seem pretty cool. Hey dave if you really want to get rid of the 3x you can email me what you are looking for.
08-16-2000, 03:36 AM
Having used a Psion 3c for a couple of years, I was always a bit sceptical of Palm type devices (no keyboard -- that can't be much use!).
However, after playing with a friend's Palm V I was really impressed with how easy it is to use, and amazed to find that the Graffiti text input actually works well. There is also a stack of third party software available.
I bought a Handspring Visor deluxe a few months ago, and I am well pleased with it. It's easy to use, and the synchronisation with a PC is extremely slick! Plus with all the Springboard modules being developed, there's no end to the gadgetry. It would even keep Justin amused for a day or two . . .
If you haven't got a copy of HackMaster yet you should get one right now, and have a look at some the utilities that are available for download. I particularly recommend MiddleCapsHack (essential!) and TealLaunch (useful). The best site I have found for software downloads is www.palmgear.com (http://www.palmgear.com)
A couple of other sites to bookmark:
08-16-2000, 02:05 PM
And while the on-screen keyboard is fast and efficient, if you're a big typer, I highly recommend one of the many stowaway keyboards available.[nbsp][nbsp]A full-sized keyboard which folds up into a package the size of your handheld, with a docking bay.[nbsp][nbsp]Great stuff.
And I agree, the Visors are great things.[nbsp][nbsp]8Mb RAM, Palm OS, and the flexiblity, expandability and added functionality of the Springboard slot.[nbsp][nbsp]I can't wait for the Geode GPS system to be released for it later this month.
08-16-2000, 02:35 PM
Deb, please yank me out of this thread now...
I have enough techno toys at this moment and don't need any more (drooling) diversions...
--Please hurry up TransMeta, I can't hold out much longer!--
She can't be bothered at the moment, she's down in the Domain Names & Procedures forum thinking about that $9.99 domain name registrar :P
08-16-2000, 03:02 PM
i own a psion 5mxpro "all in wonder" machine :).
you will find software for your pda at tucows... http://download.tucows.com/perl/PDA.html?Target=index.html
a n d r e a s
terra: if you ever worked with this "all in wonder" machine, you will throw your dreamcast steering wheel out of the window ;)[nbsp][nbsp] ...and your co-workers will see you not often in the cto-war room :).
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I own a Palm III for over a year now, and can't live without it anymore. All addresses/ phone numbers + my whole agenda is in it (i.e. my life...)
[ And today I bought a Dreamcast ]
08-17-2000, 03:55 PM
Without Visor Deluxe:
1) Forget to purchase tasty food
2) Forget to feed cat
3) Forget to do particularly important small tasks at work
1) Death from starvation or frozen dinners (I'll take death, thanks)
2) Cat pulls shiv, attacks madly, tells me I'm going down. (Adding to Visor To-Do list: up the dosage on my anti-hallucinigenic...)
3) Fired, thus unable to buy tasty food or feed cat, resulting in both previous events, only out in the street surrounded by my furniture.
With Visor Deluxe:
1) Purchase tasty food
2) Feed cat
3) Do particularly important but small tasks at work. (Big ones too, but I'd not be likely to forget those.)
1) MMmmmM, tasty food.
2) Purring cat.
3) Promotion, raise, worshiped by co-workers, etc.
Really no comparison.
SneakyDave: Hey, haven't you ever heard of Rechargables? (Not, heaven help you, Radio Shack NiCads, but real, decent NiMh batteries? $24.95 near me for a quick-charger w/four AAs.)[nbsp][nbsp]Mind, a $250 laptop is fun, but it's gotta be just SLIGHTLY more bulky than the Palm. :)
If you're really trying to sell it, eBay is a great place for sellers. (Rotten place for buyers, IMHO, but there sure are a lot of them...)
08-19-2000, 02:30 AM
I think I got about the oldest PDA to exist. It's commonly called a "zoomer". It was a joint thing by three companies, Tandy, and two others I can't think of.[nbsp][nbsp]I have had it for about 8 years and use it all the time. Mostly for note taking.
It has a PC Card slot, runs on a 8088 possessor, and uses the GeoWorks OS running on ROM-DOS. Very hackable. Also has a serial port and a IR port. It's just like a Palm, only twice the size(big screen). I put on Graffiti and some other cool apps. Best part, it get's 8 months on 3 AA batteries. :)
Now if I could just remember where I put the thing. :)
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